Although the 2016 season didn’t end the way Oakland Raiders fans, the team or quarterback Derek Carr, who suffered a broken leg late in the season, may have expected, the excitement of a promising 2017 campaign is hard to ignore.
Yet despite the success of the Raiders last season and despite the MVP play of Carr, the team decided to make a change at offensive coordinator by letting Bill Musgrave walk and promoting QBs coach Todd Downing.
Downing has stated he won’t be tweaking the Raiders’ system just for the sake of change and also plans to get Carr more involved with gameplanning.
“Oh, it will be very subtle,” Downing said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday, via ESPN.
“We’re going to keep the same system terminology. There’s no reason to change any of that stuff. All we’re doing right now is finding the ways that we can all individually do our jobs better, prepare our positions better, and how we can just quarter-turn a couple things to make the offense as efficient as possible.”
“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage. There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that,” Downing said. “… Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans. Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”
Carr is undergoing rehab to return to the field where he can hopefully continue his elite play in 2017 and bring the Raiders back to the postseason.