Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was offically added to the Eagles coaching staff Monday afternoon, replacing Bill Lazor as the quarterbacks coach.
Musgrave has been bouncing around the league as an offensive mind for the past 15 years, and has been running a similar West Coast offensive scheme as head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Bill Shurmur.
Since 2008, Musgrave has worked extensively with young and young quarterbacks, including Matt Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-2010 and Christian Ponder with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-2013. While working with Ryan in Atlanta, Musgrave helped pass on his knowledge to Ryan who reached an All-Pro status early in his career.
Although Musgrave hit a rocky patch with the Vikings quarterback situation, he still helped develop and design plays through Minnesota’s running game. As the team’s offensive coordinator, he allowed running back Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012. This helped the Vikings reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
We can all admit that the Vikings have slowly been falling back in the standings the past two seasons, but the coaching staff shouldn’t be taking all of the blame. Ponder has had a lackluster career to date, and it seemed that every week someone important battled an injury. Minnesota needed to clean house and bring a new attitude to the table in order to revamp their franchise — luckily for the Eagles, they let Musgrave go.
This is a smart replacement for Bill Lazor by Philadelphia’s front office. Bringing Musgrave back to his roots as a quarterback coach might be the best case scenario for both parties. The Eagles needed to replace Lazor with somebody with experience, and Musgrave gets to work with and help mold Nick Foles.
This isn’t his first go-around in the Philadelphia, either. Musgrave was an offensive assistant with the team back in 1998.
A full season awaits Foles next year, and he’s going to need all of the help he can get in order to live up to the expectations that Philadelphia has for him. We can only hope that this relationship will surpass last season and give the Eagles a franchise quarterback in Foles.