Oakland Raiders (1997) (Offensive Assistant)
Philadelphia Eagles (1998) (Offensive Assistant)
Carolina Panthers (1999) (Quarterbacks Coach)
Carolina Panthers (2000)(Offensive Coordinator)
University of Virginia (2001–2002) (Off. Coord./Quarterbacks/Tight Ends Coach)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2003) (Offensive Coordinator)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2004) (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach)
Washington Redskins (2005) (Quarterbacks Coach)
Atlanta Falcons (2006–2009) (Quarterbacks Coach)
Atlanta Falcons (2010) (Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach)
Minnesota Vikings (2011–present) (Offensive Coordinator)
Musgrave joined the Oakland Raiders as a quarterbacks coach for 1997. 1998 placed him with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was quarterbacks coach under Ray Rhodes, another former 49er assistant. Toward the end of the year, Musgrave was calling plays instead of offensive coordinator Dana Bible. In 1999, Musgrave left to be the quarterbacks coach under George Seifert with the Carolina Panthers, in an arrangement that saw he and Seifert having a heavy hand in calling the plays over offensive coordinator Gil Haskell. Upon Haskell's departure to Seattle, Musgrave was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2000.
Having enjoyed a favorable relationship with Seifert, doing gameplanning, and helping call plays was a major plus for Musgrave, and a reason the team chose him to replace Haskell, who had been a holdover from a previous staff. However, as an inexperienced coordinator, Musgrave had faltered at times, been criticized in the media for choices in playcalling, and was at one point rumored to have been yelled at by Seifert in front of the team. Musgrave resigned from the position after four games.
Musgrave accepted the position of offensive coordinator under Al Groh at the University of Virginia in 2001-2002, tutoring Matt Schaub to school records. Musgrave left to be the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-04), and was released from that position. Since, Musgrave has held the quarterbacks coach position for the Washington Redskins (2005) and Atlanta Falcons (2006-2009).
In 2010, Bill Musgrave was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Bill Musgrave enters his first season as the Vikings Offensive Coordinator in 2011 with a solid offensive background and impressive on-field results. In his past 6 seasons, Musgrave has been a part of 3 playoff teams and helped Falcons QB Matt Ryan adjust quickly to the pro game, earning 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. While in Atlanta, Musgrave served on the staff with WRs coach George Stewart, who holds the same position with the Vikings.
A former NFL signal-caller himself, Musgrave was a backup to Joe Montana and Steve Young in San Francisco from 1991-94, working under coaches Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak. Musgrave was a member of the 49ers club that won Super Bowl XXIX over San Diego following the 1994 season. He played from 1995-96 with Denver where he backed up John Elway when Shanahan took over the reins as Broncos head coach.
Not sure why anyone would think this guy is a upgrade over Bevs. Looks like we got another QB coach that has done nothing but fail when he had the chance to be a O-coord.
Maybe the promotion he recieved while at Atlanta was a indicator that he has matured a bit and is now ready to be a O-coord at the NFL level. That 14-18 record he had in Jax is a flaw that can't be overlooked.
Having said all that, it appears he will employ pretty much the same offensive scheme the Bevs did under the Chiller with a strong emphasis on running first, second and third as mandated by the HC.
For those of us who like that version of the WCO, this will could be a good thing.
In short, for all of you that were chanting for "Marty Ball" at the end of the year, here ya go. Its coming.
Offensive Line Coach
1995 New Orleans Saints (Volunteer Assistant)
1996 New Orleans Saints (Offensive Assistant)
1997 New England Patriots (Tight Ends Coach)
1998-2001 New England Patriots (Assistant Offensive Line Coach)
2002-2004 New England Patriots (Tight Ends Coach) (Offensive Line Coach)
2005-2006 Cleveland Browns (Offensive Line Coach)
2006 Cleveland Browns (Assistant Head Coach) (Offensive Line Coach)
2006 Cleveland Browns (Assistant Head Coach) (Offensive Coordinator)
2007-2010 Carolina Panthers (Offensive Coordinator)
Minnesota Vikings 2011-present (Offensive Line Coach)
Jeff Davidson has made a significant imprint on the Panthers in his three years as offensive coordinator, establishing Carolina as one of the top running teams in the NFL. The Panthers finished third in the league in rushing in consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009 as Davidson has made running the ball a staple of the offense. However, changes at quarterback have created challenges in the passing game. Only once in Davidson's three years, 2008, has Carolina played the entire season with the same quarterback.
In 2009, the Panthers set team records with 2,498 rushing yards, 525 rushing attempts and 123 rushing first downs, and Carolina's average of 4.76 yards per attempt and 18 rushing touchdowns stand as the second-most in franchise history. The Panthers did not commit any turnovers in a team-record six games and ended the season by not turning the ball over in a team-record four consecutive games.
Carolina's offensive accomplishments in 2008 included setting team records with 30 rushing touchdowns, an average gain of 5.96 yards per play and six games gaining at least 400 yards in addition to rushing for 2,437 yards. Also, the Panthers amassed 5,595 yards, tallied 414 points and scored 47 touchdowns, all of which rank as the second-highest totals in team history.
Change was the constant for Davidson in his first season as Carolina's offensive coordinator in 2007. Four different starting quarterbacks never started more than three consecutive games, but Davidson still coaxed the fourth-best rushing season in team history with 1,824 yards while the Panthers became the first team in 10 years to win at least one game with four different starting quarterbacks.
Davidson joined the Panthers as offensive coordinator after two seasons in Cleveland that followed a successful eight-year stint with New England. With the Patriots, he contributed to five playoff appearances, four division titles, three conference championships and three Super Bowl wins as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach from 1997-2004.
Davidson joined Cleveland in 2005, and his impact was immediate as he molded a unit that helped the Browns end a 20-year drought without a 1,000-yard rusher. Reuben Droughns easily eclipsed that plateau with 1,232 yards behind an offensive line that included three new starters.
He was promoted to assistant head coach/offensive line coach in 2006, and Davidson's role was expanded after six games when he became Cleveland's offensive coordinator. Despite having to shuffle the offensive line throughout the year because of injuries, he oversaw an offense that featured tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who produced breakthrough seasons with 89 and 61 catches, respectively.
With New England in 2004, Davidson and offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia worked with a unit that had only three lineup changes all season as the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXIX. The offensive line excelled at run blocking and pass protection as Corey Dillon rushed for 1,635 yards and Tom Brady was sacked only 26 times, sixth fewest in the NFL. Meanwhile, New England's tight ends, under Davidson's tutelage, accounted for 11 touchdowns and nine pass plays of 20 yards or more.
As tight ends coach in 1997, Davidson helped Ben Coates lead the team with 66 receptions. In 1998, he moved to assist with New England's offensive line for four seasons before adding tight ends to his coaching duties in 2002. The results were immediate as the receiving production for the position more than tripled from the previous year. Then in 2003, the Patriots tight ends again improved their performance by combining for 66 catches and six touchdowns.
Davidson began his NFL coaching career in 1995 as a volunteer assistant with New Orleans. A year later, he was named offensive assistant, responsible for the breakdown of game tapes, opponent scouting and self scouting in addition to a number of on-field coaching responsibilities.
Finally a hire I like. I especially like that he has been given permission to scrap the ZB'ing scheme. Mix that in with the experience that he has had on some reputable staffs and I think we will see an improvement on our OL play.
Problem is, I don't think we will see any big changes when it comes to our OL player personnel. This will be a mistake IMHO as I think Sully was fine in the ZB'ing scheme cause he always had help before they shifted to the next level. In the new scheme he will face alot of one on one match ups. A upgrade at C is probably a need here.
Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Ryan Silverfield is in his 3rd season with the Vikings coaching staff and will work again in 2010 with the defensive linemen and coach Karl Dunbar.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Silverfield spent 2 seasons at the University of Central Florida where he worked under former Vikings defensive coordinator George O’Leary. In Silverfield’s 2nd season at UCF in 2007, the Knights closed the regular season with a 7-game winning streak en route to winning the Conference USA crown, the 1st conference championship in school history.
In 2005, Silverfield served as the quarterbacks coach at Jacksonville University. Before working on the Dolphins staff and at the age of 23, he was the head coach at Memorial Day High School in Savannah, GA. That opportunity followed his 4 seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater - Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia – where he began as an offensive assistant in 2000. At the age of 20, he became the defensive line coach, making him one of the younger position coaches in all of college football. He held that position for 2 seasons before moving to TEs and H-backs in 2003, a season in which the Tigers went 9-1 and had the #1-ranked scoring offense in the country, averaging over 47.0 points per game.
Silverfield’s coaching career began as an assistant at The Bolles School in Jacksonville in 1999, following a four-year playing career with the Bulldogs. During his playing days, Silverfield helped Bolles win 2 state championships and earn the title of the #1-ranked high school team in the country by USA Today. As a senior, Silverfield was a 1st-Team All-First Coast selection after leading his team to the Florida Class 3A state title.
You need to read the first live of his bio real close. He worked with the DL before being shifted to the OL. Not sure if that is a typo but I found it repeatedly throughout the various articles I could find on him.
That might be a good thing when you think about it. If a cat understands the DL, then he should be able to help the OL overcome some of that side of the balls techniques.
For now, I'm undecided on this guy.
Running Backs Coach
Saxon has been an NFL assistant for 11 years, including the last three as running backs Coach for the Miami Dolphins. Prior to that, he was in the same role for seven seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Eight players he supervised, including Ronnie Brown, Larry Johnson, Tony Richardson and Priest Holmes, went to the Pro Bowl.
Another hire I really like. Mostly cause Theenimy is now gone. The rest of my opinion is based on what we have seen him do with the Phins RB's. Lets not forget that they had to use the Wildcat cause the didn't have a QB on the roster worth a darn.
Gonna be fun to watch our backs this year, I think.
Quality Control-Offense/Running Backs
I couldn't find a dang thing on this guy. Lets hope he shuts his mouth and learns from the RB's coach.
• 2011-Present: Quarterbacks, Minnesota Vikings
• 2009-10: Running Backs, Tennessee Titans
• 2002-09: Quarterbacks, Tennessee Titans
• 2000-01: Offensive Assistant/Quality Control, Tennessee Titans
• 1997-98: Offensive Coordinator, University of Maryland, College Park
• 1997-99: Quarterbacks, University of Maryland, College Park
• 1992-96: Quarterbacks, Northwestern University
• 1989-91: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Virginia Military Institute
• 1986-88: Running Backs, Rutgers University
• 1985: Assistant Running Backs, Army
• 1984: Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas
• 1983: Graduate Assistant, University of Wyoming
Prior to the Vikings, he was the quarterbacks coach for the Tennessee Titans for seven seasons, and running backs coach for the last season. Before the Titans, Johnson had coached quarterbacks at various colleges for 10 years. As a coach in the National Football League he has developed an NFL co-MVP (Steve McNair, 2003), an NFL Rookie of the Year (Vince Young, 2006) and helped an accomplished veteran recapture his high level of play (Kerry Collins). The quarterback group has totaled five Pro Bowl invitations during his coaching tenure.
A hire, much to my suprise, that I like. I was kindof against him untili I started to do the research.
Comes with a pretty good track record. One thing that I see as an issue is that the QB's he has seemed to do the best with were guys who liked to go deep. That kindof contradicts what Musgrave will be trying to do on the offensive side of the ball with the shorter/quick release throws.
Wide Receivers Coach
Stewart got his start in coaching 1983, when he was hired by Coach Holtz as a graduate assistant working the with the Razorback tight ends. In 1984, Holtz was named the head coach at the University of Minnesota and he took Stewart with him as his offensive line coach. The experience gave Stewart his first look at the state where he would return over 20 years later. The Gophers had immediate success and went 7-5 in 1985 and won a bowl game for the first time since 1962.
Stewart’s final college coaching job was at Notre Dame, where he tutored the linebackers from 1986-88. The Irish capped the 1988 season with a 34-21 Fiesta Bowl victory over West Virginia to finish the year 12-0 and claim the national title.
Following the 1988 season, Noll gave Stewart his opportunity to jump into NFL coaching, as he served as special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1989-91. It was there that Stewart helped Woodson earn a Pro Bowl berth as a kickoff returner. Following his time at Pittsburgh, Stewart went on to spend four years working with the special teams unit in Tampa Bay.
The opportunity to work Siefert came next for Stewart as he was a part of the San Francisco 49ers’ success from 1996-2002. During the span, the team advanced to the playoffs five times in seven seasons. While in San Francisco, Stewart coached special teams (1996-99) and the wide receiver (2000-02) group, which included Owens, J.J. Stokes and Tai Streets. Owens made Pro Bowl appearances in three straight seasons (2000-02). Before working with Stewart, Owens’ career-highs for season receptions was 67, a mark he shattered with 97, 93 and 100, respectively, in 2000, ’01 and ’02. Owens set his career-high in receiving yards with 1,451 in 2000 and touchdowns with 16 in 2001. He broke a 50-year-old NFL record when he caught 20 passes for 283 yards against the Bears in 2000 en route to his career-best day.
In 2003, Stewart joined Reeves as the wide receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons. During his time in Atlanta, the team won the NFC South title in 2004 and advanced to the NFC Championship game against Philadelphia.
In 2007, Stewart returned to the state of Minnesota where he remains today as the wide receivers coach for the Vikings. The 2008 season was his 26th in a coaching career that began in Fayetteville, Ark.
Stewart’s career has been highlighted by a national championship, seven playoff appearances in the last 13 years, two NFC Championship games (San Francisco in 1997 and Atlanta in 2004), and three NFC Division titles in the past seven seasons – 2002 (San Francisco), 2004 (Atlanta), 2008 (Minnesota)
Not much to say about coach Stewart. I have always liked what our WR's can/could do based on their experience level. Our guys seem to be ready to run the short to intermediate stuff and are extremely good at blockign down field for the RB's which should fit what they are gonna try to do with the offensive scheme.
2001 South Carolina State (RB)
2002 Shaw University (RB/TE)
2003 Shaw University (OC)
2004-2005 Texas Southern (OC/QB)
2006-present Minnesota Vikings (TE)
James Olden Johnson, Jr. (born October 6, 1966 in Augusta, Georgia) is a former professional American football tight end for ten seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2006, Johnson joined the Minnesota Vikings as the tight ends coach
I thought at first, that this would be one of the coaches that would be let loose. Instead, like coach Stewart, I think he was retained because of the "Run First, Run Second, Run Third" mentality that Leslie will employ. Our TE's always have been pretty good blockers first with production in the passing game as a secondary thought mostly reserved for Shanc. I anticipate that will continue.
Overall I kindof like the offensive staff with the exception of possibly Musgrave. Lets hope he is ready to go this time.