News surfaced on Tuesday that Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave would not be renewing his expired contract. There’s no destination or position elsewhere for Musgrave yet, but the Raiders are promoting quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport is responsible for initial report.
Musgrave’s final contract year saw Oakland ranking sixth in total offense, with five offensive selections to the 2017 Pro Bowl. In addition, another five were selected as alternates for the yearly event. This season saw Oakland averaging 26.0 points per game, ranking seventh. To many, the news may come as surprise, with Oakland finishing the season with a 12-4 record. Overall, Musgrave’s coaching history stems back nearly two decades, beginning in 1999 at Eden Prarie High School.
Replacing Musgrave: Todd Downing
Downing, Musgrave’s replacement, is no stranger to the Raiders system. Downing is responsible for fine-tuning the game of quarterback Derek Carr. Downing’s first season with the Raiders saw Carr’s first Pro Bowl selection. Additionally, Downing’s resume includes working with the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.
Familiarity with the system and personnel may go a long way, especially considering the praise from staff and players alike. Prior to Oakland, Downing worked with the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills most recently as quarterbacks coach. With Downing’s familiarity, it’s expected for the offense to show some similarities to years past under Musgrave.