The Oakland Raiders are coming off a surprising 12-win season en route to earning their first playoff appearance since 2002. The team’s offense finished seventh in the NFL in scoring and was led by MVP candidate Derek Carr under center.
Despite this, there are major changes taking place within the confines of the Raiders’ offense as the team enters the offseason.
It was previously reported that offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave would not be back with the team after serving the final season of the two-year contract he signed with the squad prior to the 2015 campaign (via NFL.com).
Now comes this report indicating that current Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing will replace Musgrave as offensive coordinator.
Todd Downing will be the next OC of the #Raiders, per source
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 10, 2017
It surely makes some sense considering Downing has overseen the improvement of Derek Carr from wide-eyed rookie to elite-level quarterback in just the span of a few short years.
Downing, 36, has been the Raiders’ quarterback coach since the start of the 2015 season. Prior to that, he served in the same position with the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.
With no game-calling experience to speak of, it is rather interesting that Jack Del Rio would give Downing the keys to the offense at this point in his career. Apparently, he’s earned the trust of the Raiders’ brass.