The Oakland Raiders have decided that they will move on from Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave once his contract expires at the end of this season, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports.
This news comes as shocking to many. The Raiders ranked sixth in overall offense this year (sixth in rushing, thirteenth in passing) and was seventh in scoring. Meanwhile, the Raiders ranked 26th in defense, so its greatness on offense was a huge part of why the Raiders finished the season 12-4 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Jack Del Rio has criticized the offense at times this year. He had issues regarding the lack of running game used in the Week 14 loss to Kansas City and the Week 17 loss to Denver. It is unclear if that is the reason behind letting Musgrave go, but Del Rio has had issues with how Musgrave used the prolific offense in the past.
Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing has been promoted to offensive coordinator in Musgrave’s place, sources told Rapoport. Ken Norton Jr., the defensive coordinator, is expected to be retained as well.
That wasn’t the only coaching news from the Raiders today. Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported that Marcus Robertson, the defensive backs coach, was fired.