January 13, 2017
BRONCOS AGREE TO TERMS WITH BILL MUSGRAVE AS QUARTERBACKS COACH
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Friday agreed to terms with Bill Musgrave to be their quarterbacks coach, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced.
A former quarterback with Denver (1995-96), Musgrave, is a 20-year coaching veteran with 18 years of experience as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator in the NFL. He has previously coached in the NFL with Oakland (2015-16, 1997), Philadelphia (2014, 1998), Minnesota (2011-13), Atlanta (2006-10), Washington (2005), Jacksonville (2003-04) and Carolina (1999-2000).
During his NFL career, Musgrave helped four different quarterbacks to Pro Bowl seasons with Derek Carr (2015-16), Matt Ryan (2010), Michael Vick (2005) and Steve Beuerlein (1999) earning all-star honors.
Hired as Oakland’s offensive coordinator in 2015, Musgrave inherited an offense that ranked last in the NFL in total offense (282.2 ypg) and 31st in scoring (15.9 ppg) in 2014. The Raiders made the biggest offensive improvement in the NFL in yards per game (+91.1) and scoring (+10.2 ppg) in two seasons under Musgrave, finishing in the top seven in the league in both categories in 2016 (373.3 ypg / 26.0 ppg).
The Raiders’ offensive resurgence was spurred by the development of quarterback Derek Carr, who in two seasons in Musgrave’s offense passed for nearly 8,000 yards to go along with 60 touchdowns. An MVP candidate in 2016, Carr led Oakland to a 12-3 record as a starter while operating one of just three NFL offenses to rank in the top 10 in passing (9th – 259.1 ypg) and rushing (5th – 124.3 ypg) before he was injured in Week 16.
Prior to joining Oakland, Musgrave served as Philadelphia’s quarterback coach in 2014 as the Eagles finished sixth in the league in passing offense (272.3 ypg) despite splitting time between two quarterbacks. Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez started eight games apiece for the Eagles and combined to throw for for 4,581 yards—a total topped by only five NFL quarterbacks that season.
Musgrave spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings (2011-13), coaching the top-ranked rushing offense in the league over that span and the league’s 2012 Most Valuable Player in running back Adrian Peterson.
He coached five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2006-10), serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach for four seasons before adding assistant head coach to his title in 2010. Coaching quarterbacks with very different skillsets, Musgrave played a large role in the development of Vick (2005-06), Matt Schaub (2005-06) and Ryan (2010).
With Washington in 2005, Musgrave coached quarterback Mark Brunell, who in his 12th NFL season passed for a career-high 23 touchdowns.
Musgrave spent the 2001-02 seasons at the collegiate level as the offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia, where Schaub was named the ACC Player of the Year and set numerous school and conference records in 2002.
From 1999-2000, Musgrave served as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Beuerlein earned his first career Pro Bowl nod as Carolina finished with second-ranked passing offense (260.1 ypg) and fourth-ranked scoring offense (26.3 ppg).
Following a six-year playing career as a quarterback with San Francisco (1991-94) and Denver (1995-96), Musgrave was hired as Oakland’s quarterbacks coach in 2007. He attempted a comeback with Indianapolis in training camp in 1998 before returning to coaching as Philadelphia’s offensive assistant in 1998. The Eagles promoted Musgrave to offensive coordinator six games into the season.
Selected by Dallas the fourth round (106th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft from the University of Oregon, Musgrave appeared in 12 games (1 start) during his six-year NFL career with the 49ers and Broncos backing up Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana, Steve Young and John Elway.
Musgrave finished his collegiate career at Oregon as the school’s all-time leader in passing and total offense. Named the Colorado High School Athlete of the Year in 1985 as a senior at Grand Junction (Colo.) High School, Musgrave was born on Nov. 11, 1967.
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