Jack Del Rio has hired and fired Bill Musgrave before. The first time came in 2003, when Del Rio was named coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Musgrave was Del Rio’s first coordinator, but he lasted just two seasons before being let go.
Over a decade has passed since the original parting, and Del Rio had no problem bringing him to Oakland. The new Raiders head coach hired Musgrave as his offensive coordinator a second time on Jan. 19.
Musgrave has obviously expanded his offensive repertoire since their days in Jacksonville -- he plans to include some no-huddle offense in the Raiders scheme, but will still run with power -- and Del Rio believes things will work out better the second time around.
“Bill and I left on good terms,” Del Rio said. “He’s a good man. Since that time, he’s been a coordinator and a quarterbacks coach and has been exposed to different systems. He’s done power running with Adrian Peterson. He’s been exposed to Chip Kelly and the Oregon approach. If you look at his experience, he’s gone through quite a bit and has been battle hardened. He’s worked with me before and understands the demands I’ll place. I think it’s a good fit for us.
“I’m very excited to bring him aboard. I think he’s poised to maximize our ability. He’s a bright guy. I thought he was bright back then, but both of us were kind of green. We were both making our way and, as we get back together now, I think we’re both a lot wiser and a lot better prepared.”