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Bill Musgrave
Date of birth: November 11, 1967 (1967-11-11) (age 42)
Place of birth: United States Grand Junction, Colorado
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Jersey №: 14
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 4 / Pick 106
 As player:
San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos
Playing stats at

William Scott Musgrave (born November 11, 1967 in Grand Junction, Colorado) is the current quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

Playing career

A standout athlete at Grand Junction High School, Musgrave was named the Colorado High School Athlete of the Year in 1985. Musgrave started four years for the University of Oregon, and was captain for three. Musgrave led the Ducks to back to back bowl appearances for the first time in school history. In 1990, as a Senior, Musgrave was named team MVP, 1990 first-team all-conference quarterback, GTE Academic All-American of the Year, and earned a Scholar-Athlete Award by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Musgrave was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2000. Musgrave is the team's career leader for passing yardage (8343).

Drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys, Musgrave would be released in camp and played with the San Francisco 49ers from 1991-94 under head coach George Seifert and offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan. Musgrave went with Shanahan to Denver in 1995-96, and was released in preseason 1997.

Coaching career

Immediately after being released as a player, Musgrave joined the Oakland Raiders as a quarterbacks coach for 1997. 1998 placed him with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was quarterbacks coach under Ray Rhodes, another former 49er assistant. Toward the end of the year, Musgrave was calling plays instead of offensive coordinator Dana Bible. In 1999, Musgrave left to be the quarterbacks coach under George Seifert with the Carolina Panthers, in an arrangement that saw he and Seifert having a heavy hand in calling the plays over offensive coordinator Gil Haskell. Upon Haskell's departure to Seattle, Musgrave was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2000.

Having enjoyed a favorable relationship with Seifert, doing gameplanning, and helping call plays was a major plus for Musgrave, and a reason the team chose him to replace Haskell, who had been a holdover from a previous staff. However, as an inexperienced coordinator, Musgrave had faltered at times, been criticized in the media for choices in playcalling, and was at one point rumored to have been yelled at by Seifert in front of the team. Musgrave resigned from the position after four games.

Musgrave accepted the position of offensive coordinator under Al Groh at the University of Virginia in 2001-2002, tutoring Matt Schaub to school records. Musgrave left to be the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-04), and was released from that position. Since, Musgrave has held the quarterbacks coach position for the Washington Redskins (2005) and Atlanta Falcons (2006-).


He and his wife, Neely, have four children.

Preceded by
Gil Haskell
Carolina Panthers Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Richard Williamson
Preceded by
Bobby Petrino
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Carl Smith


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