Bill Musgrave starred at the University of Oregon in the late ’80s/early ’90s, was drafted and cut by the Cowboys in 1991, hooked on with the Niners later that year after Montana got injured as the third-string quarterback, and spent four years behind Steve Young. He’d completed four of his five passes from 1991 through 1994 before getting into Super Bowl XXIX to throw a single completion-a six-yard pass to Ted Popson-on the 49ers’ last offensive play of the game. Musgrave went on to Denver in 1995 and 1996, behind Elway, then shifted over to the sideline in 1997 to serve as quarterbacks coach for the Raiders. In his wandering NFL coaching career since then, he’s served as George Seifert’s offensive coordinator with the Panthers in 2000. He’s now a quarterbacks coach for the Falcons.
He quit that Carolina job four games into the 2000 season. At the time, Seifert said: “Bill told me this morning that he felt like it was in the best interest of the team to resign. We met at length and I tried to convince him to stay, but I couldn’t change his mind.” Musgrave later said: “I’m upset at myself at overreacting and making a mistake at that stage of my life. Both George and I made mistakes in our business relationship that caused it to deteriorate. Things just snowballed into things I’m sure both of us regret. I really learned a lot on my part of the equation. I know I’m a better coach because of it.”
Back in the days before the Super Bowl with the Chargers, a profile of Musgrave said he was famous for practical jokes, including dropping stink bombs on the 49ers team buses. Musgrave explained: “It keeps you occupied.”