Changes to Raiders offense will be “very subtle”

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The Raiders finished seventh in the league in points scored and sixth in offensive yards during the 2016 season, which usually isn’t the kind of year that’s followed by a change in offensive coordinator unless that coordinator is moving on to a head coaching job.

Bill Musgrave isn’t a head coach, but he won’t be back in Oakland. Musgrave did not get a new contract after finishing the final year of his deal and he’s been replaced by former quarterbacks coach Todd Downing, who realizes that there’s a lot to work with offensively.

Downing said that he won’t be “changing [the offensive scheme] just for change’s sake” and that his goal for 2017 will be finding tweaks that make the Raiders even better at what they already do well.

“Oh, it will be very subtle,” Downing said, via ESPN.com. “We’re going to keep the same system terminology. There’s no reason to change any of that stuff. All we’re doing right now is finding the ways that we can all individually do our jobs better, prepare our positions better, and how we can just quarter-turn a couple things to make the offense as efficient as possible.”

One change that Downing plans is for quarterback Derek Carr to have more opportunities to make changes at the line of scrimmage than he had under Musgrave over the last two seasons.

12 responses to “Changes to Raiders offense will be “very subtle”

  1. With Our Oline being one of the tops in the league I think our run game could use a shot in the legs.

    Murray is good and has speed but he is not a power runner nor a game changing explosive runner.Get either or out of the draft.Get the TE more involved,I have yet to see Clive play the way he played at the U.

    Im not a we have to draft defense with the first pick type of guy just because.If a potentially game changing Offensive threat falls in our laps like Dalvin Cook or OJ Howard?We should not pass on either one, IMHO.

    A late round speed merchant with return ability wouldn’t hurt either.

  2. That speed merchant would be a Deep threat at WO no doubt. With those three additions that should subtly change our offence.

  3. I thought Musgrave did a decent job in Oakland, wasnt perfect but did well. Statistically it looked good but after watching every single game and snap there could be improvements.

    The Raiders didnt want to lose talented coach Todd Downing so promoting him was a good move. Similar to when the Raiders had Hue Jackson as offensive co ordinator, did a great job and they would have lost him had they not made him HC back then.

    Downing works very well with Carr so its a great move. Musgrave had his moments but its the nature of the business. Its a sign when other teams werent busy trying to sign Musgrave as offensive co ordinator

  4. THIS OFFENSE IS ALREADY ELITE…I THINK THE ONLY THING THEY NEED TO DO IS WORK ON DEFENSE IN THE OFF-SEASON THEY BETTER THE D.. THEY GET TO SUPER BOWL HANDS DOWN..I ALSO WOULD LOVE TO SEE CARR BE ABLE TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE THROWING THE BALL DEEP..COOPER IS A BURNER DOWN FIELD..

  5. Coop has deep speed but it takes him little while to get there. His separation doesn’t come with his straight line speed,it comes with his quick moves. He will draw the doubles over the top.His bombs are always the short version with yac or rac to the endzone.I have yet to see Coop get deep deep.So he has not been to this point a deep threat.

  6. My one comment would be that, for two games this upcoming season and in the event that we were to meet them a third time in the playoffs, I would hope that we’d change the offensive terminology AT LEAST for Carr’s audibles at the line…

    …that loss to Gruden over a decade ago still kinda stings!

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