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4. Bill Musgrave: The one-time backup journeyman quarterback has added major juice to the Raiders’ offense since coming aboard in 2015. Most of his players and colleagues will attest to Musgrave playing to the strengths of his personnel, which in his case means getting the ball in the hands of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
The lethal receiving duo was on the receiving end of 45.8-percent of the team’s pass targets last season. This year both wideouts rank first in first-down catches (70) and catches resulting in third-down conversions (26).
The rapid development of quarterback Derek Carr can be viewed as another feather in Musgrave’s cap considering how the offensive coordinator has put his young gun in optimum conditions to thrive.
To date, Carr has been the least-sacked player in the league among quarterbacks with over 200 passing attempts. Much of that is due to better personnel upfront, great protection schemes and Musgrave’s ability to diversify his plan of attack.
In a recent win over the Broncos, the long-time NFL assistant made use of heavy sets that often featured a sixth offensive lineman to pound the ball for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite his team’s recent success, Musgrave continues to work his magic in relative obscurity. But just because the national media hasn’t yet taken notice, doesn’t mean that league decision makers aren’t keeping tabs on the 49-year-old strategist. Probability 25 percent