CSN's Chick Hernandez has learned that the Redskins will promote Matt Cavanaugh to their vacant offensive coordinator role.
Redskins according to several team sources tell me they will promote QB coach Matt Cavanaugh to Offensive Coordinator. #redskins— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) January 22, 2017
Cavanaugh makes two promotions from within Org. with LB coach Greg Manusky promoted to Def. Coord. #redskins— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) January 22, 2017
Cavanugh joined the Redskins in 2015 to work as quarterbacks coach, a role he served for two seasons. Those years coincided with the emergence of Kirk Cousins as the Washington QB and the growth of the 'Skins explosive offense. Cousins broke team passing records in 2015, and then broke his own record in 2016.
Before coming to Washington, Cavanaugh coached QBs with the Jets and the Bears. This won't mark the first time Cavanaugh has been offensive coordinator. He held that position for two years with the Bears and another six seasons with the Ravens, including their 2001 Super Bowl victory.
The big question will be about play calling, which departed coordinator Sean McVay handled before moving on to coach the Rams. Most expect head coach Jay Gruden to resume playcalling duties.
Cavanaugh also played in the NFL for 13 seasons. Selected in the second round of the 1978 Draft by New England, Cavanaugh played most of his career as a backup QB, and started in 19 games between the Patriots, Niners and Eagles, including the San Francisco team that won the 1985 Super Bowl. He played his last two seasons with the Giants but never threw a pass.
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