Oakland Raiders Offense Approaching Uncharted Territory Under Bill Musgrave

For the first time in Oakland Raiders history, the team could finish the NFL season with a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver.

But some still yell, “Fire Bill Musgrave.”

Yeah, sure. Fire the offensive coordinator who is propelling the offense into new heights. Later on, we'll go through franchise record books that make this idea seem rather silly. 

But for now, the fact is quarterback Derek Carr needs 207 passing yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the season finale to complete the 1,000-1,000-4,000 trifecta.

What’s the point of highlighting these areas of uncharted territory?

Despite showing glimpses of brilliance, the Raiders offensive coordinator has drawn heavy criticism and complete disdain for his play-calling.

Are we that shortsighted that we fail to see the big picture for the Raiders offense? What offensive coordinator calls perfect games for 16 weeks? It's an unrealistic expectation that has clouded perspective on what Musgrave and the offense achieved in 2015.


Is it Musgrave’s Fault?

 “It’s Musgrave’s fault!” is echoed throughout Raiders' discussion boards and media circles after most losses or mishaps.

Based on the above logic, Musgrave should receive credit for Carr's 31-12 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But you won't hear about that favorable narrative.

Musgrave has become the easy scapegoat any time the team falters. We often forget about rookie wideout Amari Cooper’s drops: He leads the league in that category with 16. In fact, the Raiders are tied for second with the Philadelphia Eagles in dropped passes:

But those drops have nothing to do with Musgrave and everything to do with player execution. Let’s not use coaching as an excuse for poor o...

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