Bill Musgrave’s offensive mind is the product of several different philosophies. He’s been an offensive assistant for seven different teams – twice in Philadelphia – including four stints an NFL offensive coordinator before joining the Raiders this offseason.
Musgrave has taken several parts of his massive playbook to form an offense unique to these Raiders. We’ve heard a lot about the Raiders running with power. We heard a lot about increased tempo and the use of versatile skill players.
Musgrave has used the now concluded offseason program to start installing this scheme.
“We’ve done a nice job of putting this system together,” Musgrave said last week. “It’s not some system from Philly or Minnesota or Atlanta, but we’ve really tried to build it from the ground up to make it make sense to us as teachers and also our pupils.
“I think they’ve done a fantastic job. We always chart our mental mistakes and mental errors every day. They’ve gradually gone down as we work through these 10 OTAs, plus the three mini-camps. We feel like the guys are getting more comfortable so they can ultimately play faster.”
These offseason workouts are about installation and experimentation. Musgrave will trim and eventually tailor his play calling towards his personnel.
“Most definitely,” Musgrave said. “So we have our framework, our structure, our language, and then once we find out what Clive [Walford] does best or what Amari [Cooper] does best of Jon Feliciano or what throws come out of the hand of the quarterback the best, we try to customize and tailor the system to fall in line with those strengths.”
Derek Carr has just six practices in the system, but has spent significant time getting to know the scheme. He went out of his way to start learning before coaches were allowed to work with him, and already has a firm grasp on what Musgrave is trying to do.
The offense has its moments, but mastery is a training camp away.
“We made some strides, but we have a long way to go,” Musgrave said. “That’s probably the understatement of the year.
“…We have our moments, but we have to be much more consistent. I think we all recognize and acknowledge that. That will be our goal, of course, going up there to training camp so we can get good in a hurry.”