The Cleveland Browns adding Bill Musgrave upgrades the offense in ways unforeseen.
Despite all the titles suggesting otherwise, the Cleveland Browns just hired their de facto offensive coordinator. Bill Musgrave joins the Browns at a time when their current head coach/play caller faces an offseason of change. Musgrave will give head coach Kevin Stefanski the opportunity to focus on the team without a drop-off in offensive game planning.
Who is Bill Musgrave and why should we care?
Bill Musgrave was officially hired as the Senior Offensive Assistant. He couldn't be hired as an offensive coordinator as Alex Van Pelt currently occupies that position. However, Van Pelt has recently been tabbed to man the role of quarterback coach. The Browns don't have an official quarterback coach as of right now, unless you count Van Pelt as doing two jobs at once.
So, if you are keeping track at home, the offensive coordinator is the quarterback coach. The senior offensive assistant is, most likely, the new offensive coordinator. But, the quarterbacks' coach position is still officially open, so the Browns may add another coach calling them the quarterback coach while they perform another function, like coaching tight ends to block.
Now that we have that sorted, who is Musgrave?
He's the guy who turned Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, and Steve Beuerlein into Pro Bowl quarterbacks. As offensive coordinator for the then-Oakland Raiders, Musgrave transformed an offense ranked dead last in the league. Under his leadership, the Raiders finished in the top seven offense in the league two years running.
He was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 when the Vikings had the top ranked rushing offense in the NFL. Stefanski was the assistant quarterback coach for Musgrave for the Vikings from 2011 through 2013.
Stefanski is familiar with Musgrave. But what kind of offense does Musgrave like to run?