The Facts: The Redskins announced on Tuesday that passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell has been promoted to offensive coordinator.
Diehards Line: O’Connell has spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach in 2017 and the passing game coordinator in 2018 for the Redskins. In a corresponding move, Matt Cavanaugh will now be the club’s senior offensive assistant. Cavanaugh has spent the last four seasons with Washington and the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator. As SBNation.com notes, the Redskins have let a lot of talented young offensive minds leave the building over the last 5 years for one reason or another. Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, and Matt LeFluer have all become head coaches. O'Connell is the latest offensive coach who was being highly touted and could have been poached if he isn't moved up. Moving him to OC and moving on from Cavanaugh makes sense. ... Meanwhile, the team also announced that defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will be returning for his third season with the team in the same role. The moves today along with the additions of special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor, defensive backs coach Ray Horton and tight ends coach Brian Angelichio announced last week round out recent changes to the Redskins coaching staff.