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By Mary Carmichael

The Redskins have made a big move in their coaching ranks:

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, former passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell was promoted to offensive coordinator, and their former offensive coordinator will now be the team’s senior offensive assistant.

O’Connell’s ascension comes less than a week before Sean McVay, who ran the Redskins’ offense from 2014-16, coaches in the Super Bowl.

O’Connell was formerly drafted in the 2008 NFL draft but didn’t have much of a career due to injuries.

However, ever since coming out of college, he has been training high school and college quarterbacks. This led him to get his first job in the business, and he hasn’t looked back since. The 33-year-old is eight years younger than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

It has not been confirmed who will have play-calling responsibilities. Cavanaugh did not, but Sean McVay did. It will all depend on the team’s trust in him calling the shots moving forward.

The team has invested a lot of money into Alex Smith, and he will be leading their offense in the near future.

The Redskins last season went 7-9 and finished third in the NFC East Division under Jay Gruden, brother of Oakland Raiders’ Jon Gruden. Their offense was pretty terrible. They only averaged 17.6 points per game, which ranked 29th overall in the entire NFL. However, their defense was a bit better, only allowing 22.4 points per game. This ranked 15th in the league.

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