Derek Carr, Case Keenum praise Bill Musgrave

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On the same day that Raiders coach Jon Gruden took a backhanded shot at quarterback Derek Carr, Carr provided an arms-wide-open assessment of the man who previously ran the Oakland offense.

“He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever been around when it comes to analytics numbers and percentages and things like that,” Carr said Wednesday regarding Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, via 9News.com. “He’s one of the smartest people that I’ve ever been around.”

New Broncos quarterback Case Keenum agrees.

“Bill is as smart as they come,’’ Keenum said Wednesday. “He’s brilliant and I really appreciate his knowledge of the game and how he explains, installs and teaches us the game. . . . He does a great job of teaching us the game and he sees it through a quarterback’s eyes, which I really like, having a coordinator who played at quarterback and knows what we’re going through.”

Musgrave, as the photo attached to this post reveals, indeed played quarterback at the NFL level. Gruden did not.

The Raiders fired Musgrave after a 2016 season that resulted in the team’s first postseason appearance since 2002. The fact that his replacement, Todd Downing, couldn’t deliver in 2017 helped set the stage for Gruden’s return.

Musgrave now gets a chance to match wits with Gruden. And if the man whom Carr regards as one of the smartest he has ever been around wins, Carr may end up getting called out, again, for whatever it is that Gruden thinks Carr should have done differently.

21 responses to “Derek Carr, Case Keenum praise Bill Musgrave

  1. I kind of feel bad for Carr in his current situation. That team had a lot of potential when Carr came into the league. Now they’re a dumpster fire.

  2. “On the same day that Raiders coach Jon Gruden took a backhanded shot at quarterback Derek Carr…..”

    Fake news.

  3. Nothing wrong with Carr speaking highly of one of his old coaches !!!
    Carr also has to keep his eyes downfield or he will earn the wrath of his coaches AND teammates

  4. Alot of people forget how vanilla and basic musgraves playbook is though. Where he shines is knowing when to call those handful of plays depending on the down an distance and situation.

    Nothing wrong with that, he plays to the numbers and stats but its also easy to figure him out if you actually put the time into studying his tendencies just like he uses.

    Also that time with musgrave our defense was actually respectable with Amerson flashing and the defense as a whole not being completely awful. Tons of shootouts where Carr would have to win in the last 2 minutes aswell, that season couldve very well been a 8 win season but we were able to finish on top a few times.

  5. Gruden rightfully deserves a little grief even though it’s still early. But I think this article proves the ineptness of the Oakland Raiders. You go to the playoffs where Carr has by far his best year and what do you do… you fire the OC. These are the kind of moves that Raiders fans can always expect yet try to sweep under the rug due to their delusion as “Raider Nation”.

  6. schmitty2 says:
    September 13, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    These are the kind of moves that Raiders fans can always expect yet try to sweep under the rug due to their delusion as “Raider Nation”.
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    NOTHING gets swept under the rug by Raider Nation. Rather, Raider fans are some of the most critical folks you’ll find. We just keep our business in house, our issues within the family, and support our team through thick and thin.
    Casual fans will not understand, as confirmed by your post.

  7. Gruden’s dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) scheme and aggressive nonsense are a total mismatch for Carr’s skills and personality whereas Carr thrived under Bill Musgrave in 2015-2016.

    Having said that, the blame is on Carr for lobbying the Raiders org. to get rid of Musgrave and replace him with Carr’s buddy Todd Downing who was totally inept. As far as I can see, Gruden is no real improvement over Downing despite Gruden’s undeserved rep. as an “offensive mastermind”.

  8. Of course snowlock2013 had to mention Minnesota on a totally unrelated article. They just can’t help themselves.

    Got that off my chest. The Raiders and Carr are in for a long afternoon with Denver’s defense.

  9. Raider fan here, though never have been on board with Carr as the pick but the guy I wanted turned out even worse than Carr so there. Musgrave is shear genius, called plays to each players strength. Carrs only skill is to throw quick outs or corner fades. The defensive player can only guess short or long and the offense is gonna win some of those. Aside from that Carrs fears will never let him become that Franchise qb everyone thought he was. Why not trade him before he loses value or at the very least before next year and possibly get a 1st rd pick for him from a team like the Titans. If that happens and you nail the picks, now you’ve got three affordable players to anchor your team for at least 5 years. Not to mention the other 1st rd picks you get the year after.

  10. NOTHING gets swept under the rug by Raider Nation. Rather, Raider fans are some of the most critical folks you’ll find. We just keep our business in house, our issues within the family, and support our team through thick and thin.
    Casual fans will not understand, as confirmed by your post.
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    What a crock of manure. The family??? LOL! How often do you have family meetings? Wow. Delusional. And Raider fans really supported the team in Oakland. That’s why they are leaving again. Keep the tarps.

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