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Monday, April 7, 2014
Foles should thrive under Musgrave

By Andy Jasner

Quarterback Nick Foles thrived under first-year Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Foles, who threw 29 touchdowns and just two interceptions last season, will have the opportunity to learn even more under Kelly and new quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave.

Musgrave replaced Bill Lazor, who was recently hired in January as the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator. The 46-year-old Musgrave actually coached once before with the Eagles under Ray Rhodes in 1998.

Kelly was impressed by Musgrave from the moment they got together to talk.

“Just when we went through the interview process, I think Bill’s way about himself,” Kelly told CSNPhilly.com. “He’s another guy that’s extremely intelligent, but he’s got a demeanor in terms of how he gets his point across. He’s got a ton of experience not only as a coach but also a player. He played for the 49ers and won a Super Bowl. He has a lot of understanding about the game, that proven experience.”

The coaches in the trenches are the ones who can really make a huge difference.

Enter Musgrave.

“That’s the guy that’s with those guys every single day,” Kelly told CSNPhilly.com. “Kind of what the dynamic in that meeting room is who is leading that group, understanding Nick, understanding Matt (Barkley), understanding G.J. (Kinne) and the guys in that room.”

Musgrave called the plays when the Minnesota Vikings throttled the Eagles, 48-30, last season. In that game, Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns, handing the Eagles their only loss in the second half of the season.

Musgrave’s understanding of the West Coast offense has to be intriguing. So does the chance of working with Foles, who developed into one of the top quarterbacks in the league last season.

In his career, Musgrave has been a quarterbacks coach with the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers. He has also been the offensive coordinator with the Panthers, Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.