With the talent on offense the Oakland Raiders already had, and ones acquired in free agency, new offensive coordinator Todd Downing thinks it should equal success for him in his position.
Downing, formerly the team’s QBs coach, took over the reigns of the offense after Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract.
For the weapons he’s now going to work with, he can thank GM Reggie McKenzie and staff.
“Reggie and his staff have always done a tremendous job of listening to our vision for the offense or the defense,” Downing said Thursday, via Scott BLair of CSN Bay Area. “It’s been a joy to work with those guys over the past three years… (Head coach Jack Del Rio) really expects us to be accountable for our position group. Now that I’m the coordinator, there’s more of a broad scope when looking at offensive talent in the draft. When you work that hard (evaluating players), I think the scouts know that your opinion is well grounded, and that validates it a little bit.”
Downing also acknowledged the recruiting help of QB Derek Carr – “You guys know how passionate he is about this game, and about this team and backing up this franchise,” Downing said. “(His involvement in recruiting) didn’t surprise any of us. He’s pretty hands on when it comes to football. He lives in the area, so he hopped in when we needed it and it paid off.”