OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR VIKINGS
After two failed offensive coordinator stints (Carolina in 2000, Jacksonville in '04), the former NFL quarterback has been given another opportunity by new coach Leslie Frazier. While Musgrave's background would seem to suggest he's partial to passing, all indications are that Minnesota will employ a run-first approach (not unlike the system Musgrave was a part of during the past five seasons as quarterbacks coach in Atlanta). Speaking to a reporter in June, he stressed the importance of getting the ball to receiver Percy Harvin. One thing Vikings players appreciate is that Musgrave's version of the West Coast offense is simpler than that employed by former head coach Brad Childress.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR TITANS
Few offensive-minded coaches have made as many stops as Palmer, who spent time with seven NFL franchises before joining the UFL's Hartford Colonials last year. In Tennessee his primary task will be to ease the quarterback transition from Vince Young and Kerry Collins to Matt Hasselbeck. Palmer will also be asked to assist in the development of first-round pick Jake Locker—a potentially scary thought, considering that two of his previous projects were Tim Couch and David Carr.
It's no secret what Cleveland president Mike Holmgren saw in Shurmur. A year ago, as the Rams' offensive coordinator, Shurmur helped transform rookie quarterback Sam Bradford into a star. Now the Browns hope he can perform similar magic with Colt McCoy. Shurmur's West Coast passing game should be a good match for McCoy, who is accurate but lacks a big arm. —MIKE BEACOM