In an official statement released Tuesday evening, the Washington Redskins promoted Kevin O’Connell to Offensive Coordinator.
O’Connell has spent the last two seasons on the Redskins sidelines as the Quarterbacks Coach in 2017, as well as the Passing Game Coordinator in 2018.
Regarded league-wide as an up-and-coming talent, the Redskins did not want this creative offensive mind to walk out their doors. As recently as yesterday, Chris Russell of DC radio station 106.7 The Fan, insinuated that O’Connell was generating interest from other teams in regarding to joining their staff.
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Dan Snyder wasn’t having it. There has been a concerted effort to maintain talent within the building and ensure that ascending coaches and staff remain with the team. Especially considering the rise of Sean McVay to a Superbowl Head coach with a winning percentage of .750.
O’Connell started his NFL career as a third round pick of the New England Patriots in 2008, where he played quarterback. He then quickly bounced to several other organizations including the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and San Diego Chargers.
Understanding that his career as a signal-caller was short-lived, he turned his attention towards coaching. He broke through as the Quarterback Coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2015. After one year in that position, he moved to the San Francisco 49ers for a lateral move.
He then joined the Redskins staff, and has remained on the Washington sidelines for the last two years. His quick ascension up the coaching ranks illustrates how he is viewed in the program.
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