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Broncos don’t make same mistake Raiders did, keep Bill Musgrave despite staff overhaul

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A year after Jack Del Rio made Bill Musgrave unemployed, now the tables have turned.

Oakland Raiders v Pittsburgh Steelers

A year ago, the Raiders were among the NFL’s top teams on the strength of their offense. Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave led the Raiders offense to new heights, finishing among the league’s top five as the primary driving force of a team that went 12-3 before losing Derek Carr to a broken leg.

Despite that success, Jack Del Rio made the decision to let Musgrave go and promote his QB coach, Todd Downing to the OC job. The Broncos picked up the QB guru Musgrave to be their QB coach and by midseason, the Broncos let go of OC Mike McCoy and promoted Musgrave back to the job he never should have lost with the Raiders.

Musgrave wasn’t able to rescue the Broncos from their fate as they lost went 2-4 over the six games with him in control of the offensive play calling to finish 5-10 and at the bottom of the AFC West.

Today the Broncos did some housecleaning, firing most of the coaching staff. But Musgrave survived along with Head Coach Vance Joseph and Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods.

Losing their jobs were:

ST Coordinator Brock Olivo
Asst HC/RB coach Eric Studesville
WR coach Tyke Tolbert
OLB coach Fred Pagac
OL coach Jeff Davidson
Asst DB coach Johnnie Lynn

It seems like had Musgrave been brought back this season, he may have made a difference in how the Raiders’ season went down. Especially considering how bad the offense was. But as of right now, it’s Musgrave who still has a job, while Jack Del Rio does not and Todd Downing figures to be right behind him.