ALAMEDA – Bill Musgrave created the Raiders offensive scheme. There was obviously input from others, but he was the architect.
He implemented a new system during two years as Raiders offensive coordinator. His original contract wasn’t renewed this past offseason. He quickly signed on as Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach.
Todd Downing was promoted to Musgrave’s old post, and largely kept the team’s scheme intact. He made some adjustments, but the Musgrave’s foundation remains.
He’ll focus this week on preparing Trevor Siemian, but logic suggests he might have some insight on the Raiders offense and a quarterback he helped groom heading into Sunday AFC West clash at Sports Authority Field.
Both sides downplayed that angle, as you’d expect.
“In my opinion, it’s overrated,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph What we do is watch the tape and game plan what we see on tape. Every team changes and when you watch the offense from last year to this year, it’s not the same thing that Billy installed there. As far as the quarterback, we know what kind of player he is and what kind of person he is, just being in our division. It’s not much he can share that we didn’t know about the quarterback.”
Even still, Raiders will safeguard against it. Terminology will be altered some, and dummy calls will surely be made to parry any insight provided. Musgrave will still be a resource considering how much offensive continuity remains on the roster and the staff.
The Raiders aren’t sweating it much.
“We’ve adjusted enough schematically and verbiage-wise,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “We don’t really pay attention to who’s on the other sideline as much as we do just doing our job to the best of our ability.”