The Raiders have had three offensive coordinators the past six years. And as of right now, the only one who is sure to be employed by an NFL team in 2019 is Greg Olson — their once and current OC.
Olson was the team’s OC in 2013 and 2014 before being replaced by Bill Musgrave when Jack Del Rio was hired as the new head coach. Musgrave was let go after two seasons in favor of his QB coach, Todd Downing. And Downing was out along with the rest of Del Rio’s staff a seasons later when Gruden came in, bringing Olson on as his OC.
When Musgrave was let go, he took the QB coach position with the Denver Broncos and was promoted to Offensive Coordinator midseason when the team fired Mike McCoy. Olson was retained in the OC position last season. Today reports say he has been fired from that position with the hiring of Rich Scangarello to the same position.
Downing — who was seen as an OC candidate across the league when he took the position with the Raiders — didn’t even get another QB coach job after the Raiders. He took the tight ends coach position with the Vikings and is reports are that he is not expected to return.
I’m told Todd Downing, who worked as TEs coach, is not expected to return to Vikings in 19. Downing, who still has a year on his contract, has been exploring other opportunities & was offered at least 2 different roles on staff in MIN. Door left open for return but not likely.— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) January 17, 2019
It’s certainly possible that Downing turned down offers from the Vikings to take a better one elsewhere. It’s just strange to hear both of the Raiders previous Offensive Coordinators in the news as not returning to the teams with which they accepted positions following being fired by the Raiders. Meanwhile the guy who was first replaced in this circle, will still be employed by the Raiders.
The NFL coaching carousel is a strange thing sometimes.