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Raiders’ new offensive coordinator sees no need for big changes

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The Raiders made a change at offensive coordinator this offseason, sending Bill Musgrave packing and promoting Todd Downing from quarterbacks coach to the top assistant job. But while Downing’s role has changed, he says the offense won’t change much at all.

“I think there’s a certain amount of, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,'” Downing said, via ESPN. “I think you’re always … looking for ways to tweak things and kind of adjust them to best fit your personnel and personalities. We won’t be doing wholesale changes. When I first got the job, we discussed that. There’s certainly going to be, every stone turned over to look for a way that we can do better.”

So why make the change from Musgrave to Downing? It may be simply a matter of having a coach running the offense who has a great relationship with quarterback Derek Carr. The two are close, and Carr said he sees himself as an extension of Downing on the field — and a friend and golfing buddy of Downing off the field.

“There’s nothing that him and I don’t step into with each other,” Carr said of Downing. “To have that off the field is cool, just to have a friend like that, let alone your offensive coordinator.”

If Downing can get an even better year out of Carr in 2017 than he had in 2016, the coordinator change will look like a wise move.

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22 Responses to “Raiders’ new offensive coordinator sees no need for big changes”
  1. drunkraider says: Jun 2, 2017 1:12 PM

    Carr gets along with everybody.

    Musgrave is gone because people got tired of seeing the 1 yard pass on 3rd and 10

  2. nfloracle says: Jun 2, 2017 1:24 PM

    Having your coach (or boss at work) as your friend will 99% of the time cause grief somewhere down the line, in my experience.

    Note: Brady and Belichick… mutual respect, no doubt love felt between the two, but they don’t golf together and they don’t socialize… pure professionalism… and five (possibly soon to be six) rings suggest they’re behaving in the proper manner for success.

  3. guyjuneguyjune says: Jun 2, 2017 1:47 PM

    Raider players and fans should know that the California legislature just passed a bill for a single payer medical plan. This is significant as California will have to raise taxes to pay for the $400 billion to $600 billion plan. If this progresses, taxes on high income home team players and visiting teams will jump. HEADS UP! Maybe Las Vegas is not a bad idea.

  4. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 2, 2017 1:49 PM

    So Carr can now snap his fingers and have coaches fired so his friends can replace them? Now that is Rock Star swag. To bad he cant snap his fingers and get a new contract! LOL!

  5. fumblenuts says: Jun 2, 2017 2:31 PM

    Wear them down in the 4th qtr with Marshawn Lynch!!

  6. chargerdillon says: Jun 2, 2017 2:34 PM

    That will work great until you play a team like the Patriots that have you so well scouted these exact words will be the ones that cost you your job.

    If you’re not growing, changing, evolving in this league, you’re going to go backwards.

    Watch for the regression.

  7. maiphatdong says: Jun 2, 2017 2:39 PM

    Raider players and fans should know that the California legislature just passed a bill for a single payer medical plan. This is significant as California will have to raise taxes to pay for the $400 billion to $600 billion plan. If this progresses, taxes on high income home team players and visiting teams will jump. HEADS UP! Maybe Las Vegas is not a bad idea.

    wont pass. no funds to pay for it

  8. schmitty2 says: Jun 2, 2017 2:51 PM

    If Downing isn’t going to change much on the offense with the” if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” belief then why was Musgrave sent packing?.

  9. Mudcat Williams says: Jun 2, 2017 3:08 PM

    droppedinagreasefire says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:49 PM
    So Carr can now snap his fingers and have coaches fired so his friends can replace them? Now that is Rock Star swag. To bad he cant snap his fingers and get a new contract! LOL!

    2 19
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    TOO bad you can’t spell too

  10. ch1ggs says: Jun 2, 2017 3:16 PM

    Hope Raiders fans are ready for a disappointing final season in Oakland.

  11. hanspard says: Jun 2, 2017 3:43 PM

    Just run the ball more, Todd, and you’ll be fine.

  12. realdealsteel says: Jun 2, 2017 3:47 PM

    Raiders have a top three hardest schedule in the league. Can’t see them finishing better then 9-7. 8-8 most likely.

  13. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 2, 2017 3:52 PM

    Just run the ball more, Todd, and you’ll be fine.
    _________________________________
    Havent you heard? Beastmode is the new face of the franchise. He’s getting all the Carr bucks. Yes, the Raiders will be running more, lots.

  14. mrcneff says: Jun 2, 2017 4:41 PM

    According to Greg Cosell, the Raiders had gotten very advanced in their formations and looks on offense, it’ll be interesting to see if they continue that evolution.

  15. styro1 says: Jun 2, 2017 4:50 PM

    guyjuneguyjune says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:47 PM
    Raider players and fans should know that the California legislature just passed a bill for a single payer medical plan. This is significant as California will have to raise taxes to pay for the $400 billion to $600 billion plan. If this progresses, taxes on high income home team players and visiting teams will jump. HEADS UP! Maybe Las Vegas is not a bad idea.
    _____________________________
    I guarantee the $400 billion to $600 billion estimate will more than double if California goes forward with this insane plan. The state is already going bankrupt and this plan will surely send them into the abyss. Look at the high speed rail boondoggle where the total cost doubled before a foot of track has been laid. Or the Big Dig in Boston. Original $2 billion estimate exploded to a final cost of over $22 billion.

  16. charliecharger says: Jun 2, 2017 4:54 PM

    This is good news. The reason for the Raiders’ recent success is Derek Carr. Some coaches can get star struck when they sign a great veteran. I saw Indianapolis sign Frank Gore two years ago, and they changed things up a bit to feature Gore. Andrew Luck won 36 games his first three seasons without Gore, then posted back to back 8-8 seasons with an offense that was centered around the aging HOFer. While it’s been fun watching Gore climb the all time rushing list, it was much more fun for Colts’ fans to see the team playing in the championship game.

  17. raideralex says: Jun 2, 2017 4:55 PM

    hanspard says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:43 PM
    Just run the ball more, Todd, and you’ll be fine.

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    Raiders had almost ideal balance last year, finishing top 10 in both rushing snd passing, something incredibly difficult to accomplish. I dont believe giving your best player (Carr) fewer opportunities is a recipe for success. The top offenses (Pats, Steelers, Packers) routinely lean towards pass heavy.

  18. autumnwind999 says: Jun 2, 2017 4:57 PM

    Truth is Musgrave was very reluctant to give Carr freedom to call plays at the LOS. This same basic lack of faith in the QBs also caused horribly predictable playcalling that set the backup QBs to fail in the last two games. Plus another team would have hired Downing as OC if the Raiders didn’t and Musgrave’s contract was up. Those reasons are why the change was made.

  19. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Jun 2, 2017 5:30 PM

    maiphatdong says:
    Jun 2, 2017 2:39 PM
    Raider players and fans should know that the California legislature just passed a bill for a single payer medical plan. This is significant as California will have to raise taxes to pay for the $400 billion to $600 billion plan. If this progresses, taxes on high income home team players and visiting teams will jump. HEADS UP! Maybe Las Vegas is not a bad idea.

    wont pass. no funds to pay for it
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  20. raideralex says: Jun 2, 2017 6:27 PM

    It’s funny to hear from Raider fans that Musgraves play calling was predictable. The Raiders offense was fourth in the league until carr got hurt week 16! How can you possibly be predictable yet continually fool opposing defenses better than 28 other NFL teams and set franchise offensive records??

  21. radrntn says: Jun 3, 2017 11:35 AM

    styro1 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 4:50 PM
    guyjuneguyjune says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:47 PM
    Raider players and fans should know that the California legislature just passed a bill for a single payer medical plan. This is significant as California will have to raise taxes to pay for the $400 billion to $600 billion plan. If this progresses, taxes on high income home team players and visiting teams will jump. HEADS UP! Maybe Las Vegas is not a bad idea.
    _____________________________
    I guarantee the $400 billion to $600 billion estimate will more than double if California goes forward with this insane plan. The state is already going bankrupt and this plan will surely send them into the abyss. Look at the high speed rail boondoggle where the total cost doubled before a foot of track has been laid. Or the Big Dig in Boston. Original $2 billion estimate exploded to a final cost of over $22 billion.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Single payer medical is far and away the most cost effective health care that exists. Instead of listening to the trillion dollar healthcare industry who spends millions on telling you on how bad it is. They also has more lobbyist in DC then any other sector in our country…Just do research over the past 50 years and look at the increase in the private sector, and the increases in Medicare…facts are facts, numbers never lie.

  22. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 4, 2017 7:13 AM

    The only reason Musgrave got kicked to the curb is that Downing is Carr’s close, personal friend.

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