Raiders promote Todd Downing to offensive coordinator


The man who coached Derek Carr the most is now his offensive coordinator.

Todd Downing was officially promoted to offensive coordinator Saturday, and Jake Peetz will serve in his old capacity as quarterbacks coach.

The move was widely expected after Bill Musgrave’s two-year contract expired and no new agreement was offered by the team, and the Raiders said in a press release:

“Carr has developed remarkably under Downing’s tutelage, earning consecutive Pro Bowl selections and setting numerous franchise passing records.”

Downing entered the league as offensive quality control coach for the Vikings in 2005, and worked for St. Louis and Detroit in a multitude of capacities before earning a promotion to Lions quarterbacks coach in 2011.

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The 36-year-old was hired in the same position after Detroit gutted their staff, spending 2014 with the Bills, and joined the Raiders with Jack Del Rio after Buffalo disbanded their staff in favor of Rex Ryan’s.

Peetz is a lesser-known commodity who boarded the Raiders ship as an offensive assistant in 2015 and served in different capacities with Washington and Jacksonville. This is his first stint as quarterbacks coach.

Jason Leskiw is SFBay’s Oakland Raiders beat writer and member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @SFBay and @LeskiwSFBay on Twitter and at for full coverage of Raiders football.

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