Oakland Raiders OC Search: Latest Rumors, Speculation on Vacant Position

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2015

Oct 26, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was on the hunt for a new offensive coordinator, and on Jan. 19 the team confirmed Bill Musgrave would be taking the position.

Continue for updates.

Raiders Select Bill Musgrave For OC Position

Monday, Jan. 19

The Raiders confirmed on Monday that their next offensive coordinator will be Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave:


Bill Musgrave has joined the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as offensive coordinator.

Raiders Search For New Offensive Coordinator 

Sunday, Jan. 18

Newly inked as the Oakland Raiders' head coach, Jack Del Rio isn't wasting time filling out his staff.   

Bill Williamson of ESPN passed along a report from colleague Chris Mortensen citing Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave as a contender for their offensive coordinator opening:

Bill Williamson @BWilliamsonNFL

Per @mortreport Eagles QB coach Bill Musgrave a hot contender for #Raiders OC job

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported recently deposed Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is also a candidate. Trestman is expected to interview for the position this week.

Should Musgrave land the gig, it'd be the second time in as many seasons the Eagles lost a quarterbacks coach. Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor served under Chip Kelly for one season in Philadelphia before taking the Miami job.

While he'd likely implement some of Kelly's philosophies in Oakland, Musgrave is more of a known NFL commodity. He's been an offensive assistant in the NFL for more than a decade, regularly serving as an offensive coordinator and a quarterbacks coach.

Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (right) talks with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave (left) during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Before heading to Philadelphia, Musgrave was Leslie Frazier's offensive coordinator in Minnesota. Despite having Adrian Peterson, the Vikings never finished better than 15th in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric when Musgrave was running the offense. His and Frazier's inability to develop Christian Ponder as a franchise quarterback played a large part in his demise.

The same goes for Trestman, who couldn't make things work with Jay Cutler in Chicago. Billed as a quarterbacks guru, Trestman failed in curbing Cutler's turnovers, and his Bears ranked 14th in DVOA this season.

It'll be interesting to see whether that plays a factor in Del Rio's decision. Derek Carr, who started all 16 games in Oakland as a rookie, will already be on his third head coach (if you count interim coach Tony Sparano) and second offensive coordinator. Whoever gets the job will be tasked with developing Carr from the checkdown machine he was in 2014 into a viable long-term option under center.

Having two guys with recent notable failures on their resume might be cause for concern.

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