The Raiders plan on adding some pace to their offense. New coordinator Bill Musgrave plans to implement and execute up-tempo, no-huddle concepts in his scheme, a contrast to what the team has run in recent seasons.
Musgrave mastered in up-tempo offense while working in Philadelphia under head coach Chip Kelly, and plans to use concepts from that high-octane offense.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio discussed that offensive style on Thursday during a lunch with local media.
“It’ll be something that we practice,” Del Rio said. “How much we utilize it will depend on the game plan, the opponent and how the game unfolds. We will definitely have that aspect of attack, and the ability to attack people in that manner.”
The Raiders won’t push it all the time, but will do so when it suits them – when a personnel package presents matchup advantages, for instance.
“That’s something we want to be able to do when we decide to do it,” Del Rio said. “We want to be able to go at different speeds. When we want to go fast, we’ll go fast. If we go no-huddle at a methodical pace, we’ll do that. If we want to huddle up and really milk it, we’ll know how to do that.
“We’ll know how to play at different speeds. We’ll decide and dictate to the defense what speed we want to play at.”
Second-year quarterback Derek Carr is familiar with high tempo offense, after playing in one during his last two seasons at Fresno State. While the Raiders will certainly upgrade most skill position groups, the quarterback is excited about running the scheme.
While Musgrave will create this version of an up-tempo attack, other assistants are verse in its use. It remains uncertain exactly how much no-huddle offense the Raiders will use. Expect it to be an integral part of the scheme, especially if it’s executed well in the offseason.
Musgrave is well known for a power running game, providing big-time totals for big-time backs like Adrian Peterson and Fred Taylor. He won’t abandon those tendencies, even when the Raiders go fast.
“Bill Musgrave has a wealth of knowledge, and has been around a lot of different coaches and different schemes,” Del Rio said. “As a staff, we’re going to sit down and determine what the Raider way is going forward, but (the no-huddle, up-tempo style) is an element that he brings to the table.”