The Redskins made a lot of news on Sunday with the promotion of Greg Manusky and Matt Cavanaugh to defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively. A case can be made for both moves, though each decision also brings potential pitfalls. Below are three areas that could bring trouble for Cavanaugh:
- He's not Sean McVay - This has nothing to do with Cavanaugh, but it's nearly impossible to think the Redskins won't suffer some small setback with McVay gone. There is a reason the Rams hired the 30-year-old as the youngest head coach in NFL history. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and eye for defensive tells, McVay will be missed on the staff, even though Cavanaugh has plenty of experience and the two worked closely the past two seasons.
- Don't look back - Cavanaugh served as an offensive coordinator twice before, first in Chicago from 1997 and 1998 and then in Baltimore from 1999 to 2004. Never did his offenses finish in the Top 10 in yards and only once did his team finish in the Top 10 in points. The Redskins finished the 2016 campaign ranked third in yards and 12th in scoring, and depending what happens with the roster, fans won't have much patience for a step back.
- Less individual attention - Kirk Cousins' growth as a quarterback during the past two seasons has been remarkable. While much remains to be determined about his 2017 status, no matter what, Cavanaugh deserves some praise for Cousins emergence as a definitive starting NFL QB. In two years working together, Cousins broke the Redskins team passing record in 2015, and then broke his own record in 2016. Head coach Jay Gruden often credited Cavanaugh's tutelage of Cousins, a sentiment the passer echoed. In the offensive coordinator role, it's inevitable Cavanugh will have less time to spend directly with his quarterback.
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