Bill Musgrave Brings Years of Experience with QB’s to Raiders OC Position

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Jul 27, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave does push-ups in drills at training camp at Blakeslee Fields. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Musgrave spent only one year in Oakland, working with quarterback Jeff George (and backup David Klingler). George, who was actually older than Musgrave, appeared to respond well to Musgrave’s coaching, turning in one of the best seasons of his career. In a lousy 4-12 season, George threw for a league-leading 3,917 yards and 29 TD’s to only 9 INTs, but was sacked a league-leading 58 times. Joe Bugel was fired after the season, and Musgrave was not retained.

Musgrave spent 1998 with the Eagles as an offensive assistant for Ray Rhodes after a brief stint as a player in the Indianapolis Colts’ training camp. The Eagles were deplorable in 1998, as starting QB Bobby Hoying threw 11 picks and zero TD’s to start the season before Koy Detmer and Rodney Peete finished the 3-13 season.

It got so bad that Musgrave was promoted to Offensive Coordinator, but it was too little, too late. Rhodes was fired after the season (replaced by Andy Reid) and Musgrave was off to Carolina, where he would spend the next two years working with his former 49er head coach, George Siefert.

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