Report: Musgrave To Coach Eagles’ QBs

NFL: Minnesota Vikings-Training Camp

MOBILE, Ala. – Chip Kelly has found his new quarterbacks coach, according to a report.

Bill Musgrave will replace Bill Lazor, a source tells Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com.


Musgrave spent the past three seasons as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator. He broke into coaching in 1997 as the QBs coach for the Oakland Raiders. This will be his second go-around with the Eagles. In 1998, Musgrave started out as an assistant but ended up calling the Eagles' plays. The following year, Musgrave coached the Panthers' QBs, and he was also Carolina's offensive coordinator in 2000.

The next two years, he worked as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/tight ends coach at Virginia. In 2003 and 2004, he was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator. And in 2005, Musgrave coached the Redskins' quarterbacks.

He was the Falcons' quarterbacks coach from 2006 to 2010 and also held the title of assistant head coach by the end of his tenure there. Musgrave coached Michael Vick for one season (2006) in Atlanta.

He has West Coast offense roots as a player, but also believes in simplifying things.

"One thing I believe in is minimal verbiage, and we’ll make it very streamlined, we’ll make the formations easy to learn for the guys, because I believe in players playing fast," he said, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune back in 2011. "We don’t want them out there thinking what word was used for this or that. I know with the group of coaches that Les has put together we’ll put together a system that is easy for those guys to digest, and they’ll go out and cut it loose."

While the Vikings ranked 21st offensively and 23rd in passing (per Football Outsiders) in 2013, they lit up the Eagles in a December matchup. Kelly had an up-close look as Matt Cassel completed 26 of 35 passes for 382 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 48-30 Vikings victory.

Musgrave played his college ball at Oregon and was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1991 draft. The former QB was a backup with the 49ers from 1991 to 1994, before playing out his final two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Musgrave is 46-years-old.

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  • Will

    Well Chip has replaced both of the Coaches he lost with Mike Dawson for assistant DL coach…and now the QB coach…thank GOD it was only those two spots…

    • George

      no punny things to say about this one

    • Adam

      It’s not over yet. The Browns might steal our smoothie blender for the head coaching spot if their search keeps going like it has been.

      • Media Mike

        The Joe Pa statue is also available.

  • Token

    Hmmm. Well, guess you gotta give Chip the benefit of the doubt. But I didnt think Musgrave had a great track record. I know Vikings fans are thrilled he is gone.

    Im just curious what drew Chip to him of all people. Has he ever developed a young QB and done a good job? This seems kind of like a Pat Shurmer influence. He does have a lot of experience. That could be the reason.

    I guess the bright side is he is far away from having a major impact on the structure of the offense. The down side is we have a young QB with things he needs to work on. Hope Musgrave gets the job done.

    Anyone have a list of QBs he has coached? Matt Ryan for two years so thats good. Brett Favre with the Vikings.

    • cliff henny

      i’ll bet musgrave can talk football with the best of them.

      • Token

        Heres a quote from him:

        “One thing I believe in is minimal verbiage, and we’ll make it very streamlined, we’ll make the formations easy to learn for the guys, because I believe in players playing fast,”

        He has a West Coast background.

        • cliff henny

          well, i’ve never met chipper, but bet an interview wouldnt last long if you started out saying ‘we’ve got to slow down get more complicated. way nfl has been doing things last 30 yrs is dead on’.

        • The Dude

          I believe those comments were in reference to the Vikings offense in 2011.

        • CJ

          IDK…that’s a lot of fancy words for. We’ll keep it simple, mostly because Chritian Ponder sucks.

    • Richard Colton

      Mike Vick in 2006. That can only mean Vick is back next year, competing for the starting job.

      • cliff henny

        2005 Musgrave had hair like Sampson

        • Andy124

          Nice.

        • Media Mike

          And in 2013 his starter played like Delilah

    • Media Mike

      Vikings fans expected him to do exactly what with Ponder as QB and trading away Harvin? I think you hit he nail on the head with his QB successes!

      • The Dude

        Chip brought in Musgrave because Ponder is coming here to be Foles backup.

        • Media Mike

          Dude, you’re a lock to win Last Comic Standing this season with jokes like that. Ponder isn’t qualified to back up Brad Goebel.

          • Andy124

            Maybe it’s a sign that they’re bringing Webb over to be the new starting QB.

          • Media Mike

            Ha ha. We’d be better off with Richmond Webb.

          • Andy124

            How ’bout Spud Webb. He was pretty athletic.

          • cliff henny

            katherine webb, charlotte’s webb webb simpsom c-webb…any webb but minne’s Joe Webb

          • theycallmerob

            that pig is something else

          • The Dude

            Ponder is not qualified to backup Musgrave.

        • A Roy

          Perhaps Jack Webb? Then we could really put a Dragnet on the opposition.

    • Maggie

      Maybe going from QB coach to Assistant HC within 4 years shows a lot of potential. Or the ability to learn, and teach others, a quality not always easy to find.

    • theycallmerob

      I mean, didn’t we all say that about Pat and Billy last year? Just because he’s worked with cruddy player doesn’t mean he can’t coach. And personally, I could care less what those clueless nitwits in Near-Canada have to say about the guy.
      The bit about his desire to play fast and west-coast background were probably more appealing. Plus, having played QB in the NFL, he’s more than familiar with footwork, pocket presence, reads/progressions, and film study- all you need from a QB coach.

      • Andy124

        Yeah, but he failed to recognize and develop Joe Webb’s potential. So he’s got that working against him…

        • theycallmerob

          ha, I give up on him. The a$$ can make as many attacks against others’ credibility and statements as he wants, yet Tommy got mad when I went back and forth with him. Best Troll Ever

          • Andy124

            It’s bizarre. It’s like an unspoken contest to see who can be the most tolerant of arrogant idiocy. I also like how you got called out for personal attacks on someone who called you an idiot 3 times.

          • theycallmerob

            different atmosphere, I guess….been posting here longer/more frequently, guess some folks kinda like BBaS over there. I mean, didn’t realize “vick fan-girl” was such a dirty word (or untruth)
            I’ve made peace with it. Just continue to make little jabs here and there….death by 1000 snarky comments

          • Media Mike

            Also a slower atmosphere. WAY fewer posts.

          • Andy124

            In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

            Important addendum:

            As noted in an OS News article titled “Why People Troll and How to Stop Them” (January 25, 2012), “The traditional definition of trolling includes intent. That is, trolls purposely disrupt forums. This definition is too narrow. Whether someone intends to disrupt a thread or not, the results are the same if they do.”

            If he isn’t the very definition (along with Dutch) I don’t know what is. They post their absurdities and pretty much every post from there on out is dedicated to responding at the exclusion of intelligent or humorous conversation that would normally occur.

          • cliff henny

            Vick-less articles and no Dutch have made this site informative and entertaining. some of those #7/BBAAS/dutch threads i thought i was going to lose a keyboard…either throwing it or key mashing

          • Media Mike

            I wonder if that clique will transform into fans of whatever team employs the next flavor of the month system QB next year?

          • cliff henny

            they showed up like clockwork when foles struggled. then had to argue why his improvements werent a straight upward linear progression.

          • theycallmerob

            yea, well, c’est la vie

          • anon

            Nah, he can be a prick sometimes but so can all of us. That said he does make valid football points sometimes (esp. when not talking about QB). It’s silly to sink to trading insults over a football blog.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, i have iggleblitz open for that thread. you know that moron will beg/predict a trade.

          • A Roy

            Man, you need thicker skin than that, my friend. Tommy’s let a lot of us, including you, bust on the pshaw before he (nicely) asked you to cut him some slack.

          • theycallmerob

            oh, it doesn’t keep me up at night. Just amazed he gets away with “tar baby” and the like. I don’t get it…maybe it’s Tommy’s alter ego?

    • Ark87

      If Nick sucks next season at least i have Musgrave around to scapegoat, phew, was getting nervous!

      You ruined him, Musgrave!

      Hopefully it turns out for the best. Chip seems big on interviews. If you’re a teacher first and foremost with an intense passion for football, he’ll hand you the script, you just drill it into your prospects. I’d prefer the coach has something proven to add to and enhance the script, but this hire should be adequate.

      • cliff henny

        think chip’s the one guy you can show up in an interview for, 3 day bags under eyes, wearing sweats, carrying folders with playsheets falling out, still cramming watching cut-ups of eagles on smart phone while arguing with wife over not seeing you in 3 days. chip would look at you and go ‘this is promising’

  • cliff henny

    give kelly credit, he doesnt care about resumes/previous stops. reads alot like davis’, not alot of ‘wow factor’. do like these 5/6 year backup, arent overly gifted, he got and then hung around nfl because pretty smart. guess he hung in there word for word talking football with kelly, seems to be most important

    • anon

      WCO foundation with experience in different schemes, experience as an OC, think it’s a good idea.

  • Andy124

    He looks really old in that picture.

    • cliff henny

      wearing sunglasses ontop of a bald head isnt a youthful look. trust me, been shaving for 15yrs

  • Media Mike

    When asked for comment about why Minnesota struggled, Musgrave replied “Christian Ponder couldn’t score in a brothel with a hand full of $20s, how the F was I supposed to make that work?”

    • cliff henny

      Samantha Steele aint a bad pull.

      • Media Mike

        Something strange is going on there. Maybe her degree is in special education and she wanted an in-home project for her doctoral work? Abby Manning is working on a similar project for the NYU school of education.

        • cliff henny

          or maybe musberger was correct, and creepy…it’s good to be a qb. more hot chicks than famous/wealthy qbs.

          • Media Mike

            You might be onto something my friend. If Ponder can pull Steele with that putrid pedigree, we should be ready for some TMZ pictures of Foles with Kate Upton and Mila Kunis at the same time.

          • cliff henny

            long as there scouting film running in background

      • guest

        He also dated kacie odonnell, the traffic reporter for fox29 a few years back. She dates aaron murray from georgia now.

    • Will

      +10 mike…lol…

      • Media Mike

        Thank you! Any chance I have to take a shot at a Florida State player…….

        • Will

          Home of Nate Allen I think…Stand Clear! Fire away!!!

          • Media Mike

            He’s South Florida.

          • Will

            Close enough….

  • theycallmerob

    Musgrave played his college ball at Oregon

    ha! Chip is seriously f*cking with all of us

    • Media Mike

      He should start letting ducks loose randomly at practice.

      • theycallmerob

        like how Rocky had to chase the chicken….imagine DL running after some mallards, Azz telling them to be more violent

    • Ark87

      He’s a magician, that’s the misdirection.
      “and was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1991 draft”

      Chip has a huge Cowboy bias

  • Ark87

    “BRING ME THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VIKINGS OFFENSE!”
    looks like they are emphasizing the hand-off mechanics for Nick this off-season.

    In all seriousness, it’s good to add someone with experience.

    • Andy124

      Nailed it. This decision was clearly made after they witnessed Foles’ 3rd round qb classmate struggle with said hand-off mechanics in the NFCCG.

  • Fly High

    Thoughts on Musgrave. First of all, he was not hired to be offensive coordinator. Kelly tends to hire folks who are independent thinkers, but Kelly makes the big decision on offense. Kelly hires people without a lot of ego who can work as a team.

    I don’t know about Musgrave as a nurturier of QB’s, there seems to be mixed results. The years with Ryan sound good.

    The positive in this, is Musgrave is not a rising star, and so he will be likely to be hired away quickly. It may be a positive that he is not an ideal OC.

    • Andy124

      Musgrave is not a rising star

      That may change depending on Foles’ numbers next year. :)

      • Media Mike

        19-0 and a 158 rating for the season / post-season will upgrade career prospects in a hurry.

        • Andy124

          That’d be like a record or something.

          • Media Mike

            No, just the first year of our new normal. I figure a 76-0 run over 4 years will permanently shut up all Giants, Cowboys, and Steelers fans.

          • Andy124

            Well sure, if you want to be conservative.

          • UKEagle99

            That’s only 4 Superbowls, I think the Steelers would still be gobbing off.

          • Media Mike

            If we did 4 in a row and laid claim to the mega-dynasty it would trump their double back to backs.

      • Dominik

        Don’t undererstimate the desperation of Banner and the Browns. They want the guy who had a great offense with Peyton Manning this season. I mean, who would have thought that they’d have a great offense?

      • ztom6

        Musgrave was a rising star until he got to Minnesota and failed to be a miracle worker. If the Eagles have another strong year on offense he’ll be right back on the radar as a prospective OC candidate for other teams. It won’t matter though because by then Lazor will be out of a job in Miami with the rest of that coaching staff and he’ll probably be happy to come back to Philly.

    • anon

      We all said the same thing about Billy davis when he came here. He’s not perfect but he was better than expected. I think Kelly needs to have people with lots of pro experience since he has very little — Musgrave bring a lot of knowledge / experience into a room of generally young guys. He’ll be trying to coach up MB as much as NF.

      • ztom6

        What exactly are you guys looking for in a QB coach’s resume? The ones with a track record of developing good QBs get promoted to OC… just like Musgrave was for his work with Matt Ryan. A typical QB coach hire is either coming up from college or from another position.

        • anon

          Frankly i think it’s even better, they’ve got Billy Lazer’s coaching tactics and understand what he’s looking for now they have a person with more experience in the pros.

  • Brett Smith

    Rhodes could have made Sean Payton the OC when Gruden left.

    From another article…

    Ray Rhodes hired Dana Bible as his offensive coordinator. In August, Rhodes hired Bill Musgrave as a quality control assistant. Musgrave took over the play-calling responsibilities during the season. Payton was passed over at each step.

    • Media Mike

      Dude, easy on Rhodes; at least nobody from Dallas broke into our house and raped our whole family…………..or whatever the hell Rhodes used to say as part of his pre-game speeches.

      • cliff henny

        was one crazy inapropriate speech…but it worked! think Reid had similar one, but was about raiding the fridge.

        • Media Mike

          I hear you! My favorite “go to” guy when talking rape is Iran Sheik, but Rhodes is a good backup.

    • Mikeq

      Don’t forget that before Sean Payton became an offensive genius in New Orleans he was demoted mid-season as OC because he was terrible, I think in Dallas. That was in the early or mid 00s. Considering he had even less experience in the late 90s, Ray Bob probably made the right call.

  • Travis papa

    Did some looking and it’s way too early but I could see gronk an eagle by 2015 or 2016 at the latest. His contract is setup to get out each yr pretty harmlessly

    • cliff henny

      see if he can play 3 or 4 games in a row before breaking bones. just about to get rid of one glass joe, not looking for another.

    • theycallmerob

      Ertz will have sent him to the garbage bin of history by then. Pass

  • Rick H

    Musgrave is our new seasoned back up QB. He is closer in age to Peyton then Foles is to Peyton.

    • Clamdigger

      The Kitna Effect.

  • RIP illa

    So the FO made it a point to talk to Colvin yesterday at the 1st senior bowl practice. And today he tore his ACL. Almost certainly makes him a lock to be drafted by Howie now!!!

    • theycallmerob

      man, feel awful for the kid….I kind of liked him as a later round guy.

      • RIP illa

        Yeah it was pretty bad to see. Right as the one on ones were starting and he turned to run w/ the wideout off of his jam.

  • jshort

    Sort of how we ended up getting JJ for DC ….Andy got to see him up close in Indy