Cavanaugh 'excited about' new role with Redskins

Ben Krimmel
March 22, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Not everybody can remain happy and excited after their job and responsibilities change at work.

Not everybody is like Matt Cavanaugh, but the Washington Redskins former offensive coordinator is excited and ready to embrace his new role on the coaching staff as a senior offensive assistant.

“I’m excited about it," Cavanaugh told "As a senior assistant, I think the role is being defined as we go along each day, but it’s something that I wanted to embrace and try and study."

Cavanaugh moved into his new role with the team after the Redskins announced the promotion of passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell to offensive coordinator in January.

The Redskins' team site described Cavanaugh's role with the offense as working to improve the team's clock management and study two-minute drills. Cavanaugh sees his new position as being one that comes with "added responsibilities."

"I've got a laundry list of things I want to help with on game day," Cavanaugh said. "Let alone still being involved with the game planning and being a part of the offensive staff."

Head coach Jay Gruden described the role has handling tasks Gruden does not have enough time to do himself and part of week-to-week responsibilities which need greater attention to detail, including tasks Cavanaugh had already helped Gruden do in the past.

"Coach Cavanaugh is going to be my assistant as far as helping me with the big picture of things," Gruden said earlier in March. "There are a lot of things I may have swept under the rug so to speak (that) I didn't quite have time for."

“I think if you look around the league, there are more and more (former leaders filling staffs)," Gruden added. "But I think ideas are great, and when you sit down and talk about putting a plan together, offseason, during the season, during the week, short weeks — the more people you have, the better you function.”

Cavanaugh is one of the many assistant coaches on the Redskins staff with high-level NFL coaching experience, including offensive line coach Bill Callahan (a former head coach and OC), linebackers coach Rob Ryan (a former defensive coordinator), defensive backs coach Ray Horton (a former defensive coordinator), and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula (a former head coach).

With the Redskins likely to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft and Cavanaugh could also have a hand in mentoring any young QBs on the roster. (The Redskins have been linked with Dwayne Haskins and Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, among many others.) Of course, Cavanaugh's mentoring responsibilities with the Skins wouldn't be limited to just a young quarterback.

"We say as a staff, Jay, we'll do whatever you need,'" Cavanaugh told "It gives me, in this role, the latitude to suggest more things. 'Hey, maybe you weren't thinking about this. Hey, I need you for 10 minutes just to look at a couple (of) situations that came up in the league last week. How would we handle them? What would we do in those situations?' So I think there's a lot to add there."

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