While conducting a press conference on Thursday to announce additions to his coaching staff, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that he considered the offensive coordinator position one of his most important hires because of the focus he’ll maintain on the defensive side of the ball.
With that said, Frazier’s decision to tab Bill Musgrave as his offensive coordinator makes sense.
Musgrave’s name may not be household in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the right fit for the job. In fact, Musgrave’s career background makes him an excellent fit. He played QB in the NFL and is now an 11-year NFL coaching veteran, most recently serving as the assistant head coach/QBs coach with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were 13-3 in 2010 and earned the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs before dropping a game in the Divisional Round to the Green Bay Packers.
In Atlanta, Musgrave worked closely with a pair of successful QB projects. Matt Schaub began his career in Atlanta and eventually signed a big contract to be the Houston Texans starter. Musgrave’s latest pupil was Matt Ryan, the #3 overall pick of Atlanta’s in 2008. While it’d be disingenuous to say Musgrave is the only reason for the development of those 2 star QBs, it’s also more than appropriate to give Musgrave credit for his work with each player.
Aside from his work with young QBs, something the Vikings will surely do in the near future, Frazier said another appealing aspect of Musgrave is his ability to think globally in terms of offensive scheme, rather than be married to one way of doing things. Musgrave has extensive experience with the West Coast offense, but Frazier said it was clear to him in speaking with Musgrave that the new offensive coordinator will look to a variety of schematic strategies to best utilize the offensive talent on the roster.
“To be able to combine the things that he learned in that West Coast system along with the things he picked up with Joe Gibbs and some of the other coaches he’s been around, when we sat and talked, and we’ve talked for a number of years about the potential of us being able to work together, the fact that wasn’t tied to one system but he could see globally, that was important to me. We have a multitude of weapons on our offense and sometimes you can get so tied up in a system that you don’t see the forest through the trees. It was important to me that he understood the importance of utilizing the strengths of our players on our offense, and he was able to exemplify that in our conversation.
“I’ve seen them do it in Atlanta with (offensive coordinator) Mike Mularkey, so I knew that he had an idea of how it could happen. And once we sat down and talked about it, I was convinced he was the right man for the job.”
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