Bill Musgrave spoke with head coach Jack Del Rio about being the Raiders offensive coordinator by telephone last week and again in a formal interview on Monday.
The talk with Del Rio went well, and Musgrave was hired shortly after.
The last time these two conducted official team business the outcome wasn’t as grand. Del Rio fired Musgrave as Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator after the 2004 season fell short of the playoffs.
Musgrave bounced around some after his Jacksonville stop, as assistants are prone to do, but didn’t hold resentment or any kind regarding his Jacksonville split. Despite the unwelcome parting, Musgrave said that the pair maintained a solid relationship.
“We did,” Musgrave said Tuesday in a conference call. “It was a difficult time for me, and I learned a lot from him. Sometimes you learn more when you stub your toe than when you triumph. Quarterbacks learn more from interceptions than touchdowns. I’ve tried to do a good job of learning from my mistakes over the years, whether is was in Jacksonville, Washington, Atlanta, Minnesota or here in Philadelphia, I’m trying to apply those lessons each and every day.”
Musgrave believes he’s grown as a football over the past decade, and is excited about his reunion with Del Rio.
“Jack and I are always pulling in the same direction,” Musgrave said. “We had some positive times in Jacksonville. We went 9-7 that second year and won four games in a row. I really wish we would’ve won enough or won the tiebreaking to get into the tournament that year.
“Jack’s very competitive as I am, so I understood his decision.”
Musgrave said he’ll be involved in the search for lower-level offensive assistants as the week moves on. He also said the Raiders plan to hire a quarterbacks coach, despite his reputation as an excellent teacher of quarterbacks throughout his career.
While Musgrave will be in charge of the offense and it’s game-day operation, the new coordinator insists that Del Rio will play an important role.
“It was a team effort (in Jacksonville),” Musgrave said. “Jack is involved in every aspect of the team, whether it’s during the week or on game day.”