Improving Personnel Critical for Oakland Raiders to Run No-Huddle Offense

The Oakland Raiders are either incompetent or ingenious. New head coach Jack Del Rio and his handpicked offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave weren’t hot coaching candidates and have spotty resumes, but that didn’t deter a team that hires new coaches every couple of years like clockwork.

Fans are obviously hoping that somehow hiring Del Rio, Musgrave and what is likely to be a similarly uninspiring defensive coordinator will result in NFL success. On Monday, the first puff of white smoke billowed from the creosote-lined combustion chamber in Oakland.

Musgrave will implement a version of Chip Kelly’s no-huddle offense, according to ESPN Insider Adam Caplan. It’s a great idea but improving the personnel on the offense is going to be critically important to the success of such an idea.

There is a fine line between ingenuity and incompetence because coaches aren’t magicians. The best the Raiders can hope to get from Musgrave is a scheme that puts the talent they have in position to succeed. The no-huddle isn’t a cure-all for what ailed Oakland’s offense, but it can be a useful tool.

The question then becomes what personnel Musgrave needs to make his preferred scheme a reality. That’s general manager Reggie McKenzie’s job. Although Musgrave will try to bend his scheme around the players he has, finding players that fit the scheme is even better.

What kind of players fit a no-huddle offense? How many players do the Raiders need to make the offense dangerous?

To understand what types of players fit in the no-huddle offense, one must understand a few key concepts about the offense itself. The no-huddle offense requires the quarterback to call the plays at the line instead of in the huddle.

The intelligence of the quarterback is key if a team is going to run a no-huddle offense. Derek Carr appears to have all the tools neces...

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