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.