Kevin O'Connell's rise up the Redskins' coaching staff has now landed him at offensive coordinator. But how much influence will he have on the team's offense in 2019?

That's a question that was posed to Chris Cooley during a Redskins Talk podcast interview at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. While the answer to that won't be known for a while — the press release announcing the promotion didn't touch on it at all — Cooley does think allowing O'Connell to call plays instead of Jay Gruden could be beneficial for everyone.

"I love having a guy that's focused on one thing," Cooley told the podcast crew. "I like the head coach being able to focus on the administrative part."

Gruden called plays in his first year with the 'Skins in 2014 and for much of last season, too. But O'Connell, who was passing game coordinator in 2018, chipped in once Washington's QB situation reached the unenviable "Mark Sanchez is playing" stage.

Perhaps O'Connell can assume that role in 2019, but it remains to be seen whether Gruden will give that up in a season in which his job will be on the line. Regardless, Cooley said he envisions them getting along very easily.

"I think he's the guy who sees eye-to-eye most with Gruden," Cooley said.

And the former tight end, who spends a lot of time around the 'Skins, has high expectations for the new O.C.


"Kevin O'Connell is incredibly bright," he said. "It's a positive."