Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave unknowingly found himself under the gun on Sunday after CBS analyst and former Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon claimed on the broadcast that Musgrave wasn’t on board with starting Paxton Lynch.
Gannon recounted a conversation he had with Musgrave earlier in the week where the Broncos assistant claimed that the decision to play Lynch was “above his paygrade.” Musgrave was asked about those comments on Thursday and said it was, “news to me,” according to Zac Stevens of BSN in Denver.
Musgrave is a former Raiders assistant, first in 1997 and then again in 2015 and 2016, but he wasn’t on staff with Gannon when he was the starter in Oakland from 1999-2004. However, the pair did play against each other twice a year when Musgrave was a third-string quarterback for the Broncos and Gannon was the backup for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1995 and 1996.
It doesn’t appear their careers have crossed paths many times other than that, though Gannon’s status as a legend in Oakland (4 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1999-2002) and Musgrave’s position as a coordinator there likely meant they saw each other frequently.
Musgrave was elevated to the coordinator’s role after for San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy was fired as the offensive coordinator of the Broncos earlier this month. So if he actually made those comments, it paints a pretty bad picture of dissension within the ranks in Denver.
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