During a Tuesday conference call with local media, new Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he would not double as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
On Thursday, the team found one.
The Raiders will hire Todd Downing as their next quarterbacks coach, his agent, Ken Sarnoff, announced on Twitter.
This is the fourth assistant added to head coach Jack Del Rio’s staff that is publicly known. The team has only announced Musgrave. The addition of lower level assistants Mike Tice (offensive line), Marcus Robertson (secondary) and Downing have not been acknowledged by the team.
Downing was quarterbacks coach of the Buffalo Bills last season. Held that post for the Detroit Lions from 2011-13. Prior to that Downing was assistant quarterbacks coach two years and an offensive quality control assistant for another two in Detroit.
He worked well with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had his best season in 2011 by throwing for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns as just 16 interceptions.
Downing has a connection with Tice, who has been heavily involved in the hiring of Raiders assistants. Downing was a football systems analyst and an offensive quality control assistant during Tice’s tenure as Minnesota Vikings head coach.
Downing will be responsible for developing young quarterback Derek Carr, who made strides last season under 2013 quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Carr flashed potential last season, but must continue to grow if he’s to be the Raiders’ franchise of the future.