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Washington Redskins Announce New Offensive Coordinator

A Washington Redskins helmet sitting on the field.

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 08: A Washington Redskins helmet before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins have made an important change to their coaching staff today, as passing game coordinator Kevin O'Connell just received a promotion.

With the NFL gravitating toward a league that thrives on being able to win shootouts, it's vital that teams find the proper coaches that can elevate their offensive production.

Although Matt Cavanaugh has decades of experience coaching in the NFL, the 62-year-old coordinator will be replaced by O'Connell for next season.

It was tough for Cavanaugh to sustain success with the Redskins in 2018, which is mainly because of the injuries at the quarterback position. Alex Smith and Colt McCoy both suffered season-ending injuries over the course of the year, forcing Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson to start.

Cavanaugh will now assume the role of senior offensive assistant.

O'Connell is only 33 years old and has experience as the quarterbacks coach for the Redskins, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. He'll be tasked with the challenge of revitalizing the 29th ranked scoring offense from this past season.

Washington officially announced its coaching moves in this statement:

Perhaps the Redskins believe O'Connell will follow in the footsteps of young offensive geniuses like Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay.

With Smith expected to miss the entire 2019 season because of his gruesome leg injury, O'Connell will have to find another signal-caller to run his offensive scheme.