I’ve noticed many semi’s bashing Bill Musgrave on the regular, but I don’t understand their complaints. The Raiders are currently 5th in the league in total offense, yards per game (401.1), and points scored (27.2).
So where’s the gripe? Under the circumstances, how can this passionate fan base have anything but positive things to say about Bill Musgrave? Is Musky really operating at a deficit as compared to other offensive coordinators in the league, and where does any perceived deficit really lie—with the players failing to execute, or with a faulty offensive scheme?
Many look to Bill Belichick as proof of concept that an offensive scheme is the crux of NFL offenses. Henceforth, the scheme becomes the reason for the Pats consistent success plugging in scrubs and no names into The Hoodie’s system without any apparent drop-off in performance.
The alternative take is evidenced by the ’66 Packers who would run the “Power Sweep” play 20 to 25 times per game. Opposing defenses knew that Jim Taylor was going to run the “Power Sweep,” they game planned for it, yet they were powerless to impede it.
The success of the “Power Sweep” was not Lombardi’s scheme, but instead it was the greatness of Jim Taylor’s ability to execute the “Power Sweep.” As Bill Romanowski is so fond of saying, “coaches coach and players make plays.”
Regarding Musky’s scheme, many semi’s (you know who you are) deplore Musky’s call for an up the gut run for 3 yards. If the running back fails to produce 3 yards and a cloud of dust, many will point to this as proof that Musky’s scheme is not working.
What some fail to recognize, however is, that cloud of dust keeps the backs and safeties honest against the run, thereby allowing Cooper or Crabtree to find space. Sometimes coaches call plays in sequence in an effort to dictate what the defense will do, as apposed to the contrary. This is chess, not checkers.
Ultimately, a perfect balance of offensive scheme which the players are capable of executing is the nirvana of an NFL offense. This is the lesson of Bill Belichick and Jim Taylor—developing schemes that fit the skill sets of the players asked to execute them.
Considering the Raider’s offensive success this year, let’s cut Musky a little slack. Maybe Musky’s scheme is finally lining up and in sync with his playmaker’s abilities.
Subsequently, the Raiders were able to kick up the same cloud of dust 10 times in a row on their way to posting 218 rushing yards against their most hated rival in front of a national audience. Musky taking a page out of Lombardi’s book…go figure.
Written by: SilverandBlack666
Edited by: nolarick and Kenny Stapler