Vikings hire Musgrave as offensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 19, 2011 @ 6 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Vikings announced Wednesday evening that they have hired Falcons assistant head coach/QB coach Bill Musgrave to be their offensive coordinator. The team also officially introduced Fred Pagac as defensive coordinator, Mike Priefer as special-teams coordinator and Mike Singletary as special assistant to the head coach/linebackers coach.

The team decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was closely attached to former head coach Brad Childress and retired QB Brett Favre.

Musgrave, who has been with the Falcons the past five years, has served under well-respected offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and has earned praise for the development of QB Matt Ryan into one of the league's top signalcallers.

He was a quarterback in the NFL, spending six years as a backup behind Joe Montana, Steve Young and John Elway, before getting into coaching. He has served as an offensive coordinator with the Panthers and Jaguars, sandwiched around a stint at the college level at the University of Virginia, where he mentored Matt Schaub. He also coached quarterbacks with the Redskins before coming to Atlanta. He has 11 years of NFL coaching experience.

The way we see it

Although the Vikings don't likely have their future QB on the roster, the job likely appealed to Musgrave because he could call plays, which wouldn't have been the case in Cleveland, where he also was a top candidate for the Browns' offensive coordinator position. Musgrave has used elements of the West Coast offense but isn't a strict believer in it, having had the philosophies of Mularkey rub off on him the past few seasons in Atlanta.

Hiring Musgrave probably makes the drafting of a quarterback even more likely. He has worked with several young QBs before and is noted mostly for this during his NFL career.