Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has been asked to characterize what he wants out of an offense, and hasn’t given it a specific name.
“People forever want to know what style of offense (we’re going to have),” Del Rio said Tuesday in an interview with KNBR 680-AM in San Francisco. “…We have a coordinator in place in Bill Musgrave who has experience in the pure West Coast pass offense. He has experience in the Chip Kelly, Oregon spread offense. And he has experience with the power football we used together in Jacksonville where you have some two-back isolation runs, some of the big-boy ball that you saw some with Stanford and San Francisco the last few years.
“I think there’s going to be a bit of a blend. What we’ll look to do on offense is make sure that we tailor our offense to the talent that we have. We’ll go into this offseason looking for that talent as well through free agency and the draft. We’ll tailor our system to some of the talents we have.”
Musgrave’s recent experience as quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia certainly has people intrigued. He only held the position for one season but, as he has at other stops in his coaching career, absorbed the team’s scheme well.
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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s offense is an innovative system popularized at the University of Oregon, based on an accelerated tempo and spread formations. It’s unique, and has an ability to produce exciting offense.
While Musgrave has a reputation for power running during stints as a coordinator, he said Tuesday that elements of the Eagles offense will likely come west with him.
“The last 12 months have been terrific for me to see what’s going on in Philadelphia and to be a part of it,” Musgrave said. “We’re going to do quite a bit (of what the Eagles do), if it fits the players there in Oakland.”
Musgrave insists he’ll “tailor” his offense to what the 2015 roster does best. He also anticipates concepts from the Eagles offense will work just fine.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there with the young men this spring and finding out where their strengths lie,” Musgrave said. “We’ve talked about tailoring the system to fit them, but I’ve got a hunch that a lot of the things we did in Philadelphia will match up nice and be effective.”