Philadelphia Eagles: Bill Musgrave

Musgrave happy to be back in Philly

June, 24, 2014
Bill Musgrave recently returned to familiar surroundings.

And he couldn’t be happier.

Musgrave, who worked as the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator in 1998, came back recently as quarterbacks coach after Bill Lazor was named offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

“It’s a tremendous organization, tremendous coaching staff, and they have talent on the football field,” Musgrave told “To see what they did last year -- winning seven of the last eight and have momentum going into the playoffs -- I feel like it’s a program that I can contribute to and also can learn from at the same time. I was excited to (come here and) learn this system, learn this culture, be a contributing factor on a team that’s really on the rise.”

Musgrave will have the opportunity to work with Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.

It’s quite a different atmosphere than ’98, when the struggling Eagles offense was among the worst in the league.

“I learned a lot that year (’98),” Musgrave told “I learned a lot about the men on that team. The record wasn’t what any of us wanted, especially Coach (Ray) Rhodes, but it was great to work for Ray Bob, and great to be around those players. They never quit, never quit fighting, and stayed competitive throughout. ... It was an experience that I learned from. I learned from all my experiences, and I’m thankful for all of them.”

Foles should thrive under Musgrave

April, 7, 2014
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 “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 “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.