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    January 23, 2017

    REDSKINS ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO COACHING STAFF

    LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have made several changes to their coaching staff, including the promotion of Matt Cavanaugh to Offensive Coordinator, the promotion of Greg Manusky to Defensive Coordinator, the promotion of Chad Englehart to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, the hiring of Kevin O’Connell as Quarterbacks Coach, the hiring of Jim Tomsula as Defensive Line Coach and the hiring of Kavan Latham as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.

    In addition, the team also announced the re-signing of long snapper Nick Sundberg.

    Cavanaugh, 60, brings 33 years of NFL experience as a coach and player to the role, including 14 as a quarterback with the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 1978-91. His résumé also includes 12 seasons as an offensive coordinator at the collegiate and professional levels.

    Cavanaugh served as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach from 2015-16, presiding over the most prolific two-year passing attack in team history. The Redskins’ 8,853 passing yards across those two seasons marked the Redskins most in a two-year stretch, exceeding the 8,485 posted by the 1988-89 Redskins. The Redskins posted team passer ratings of 102.0 and 97.4 in 2015 and 2016, respectively, posting passer ratings above 95.0 in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.

    Under Cavanaugh’s guidance, quarterback Kirk Cousins finished 2016 with single-season team records in attempts (606), completions (406) and passing yards (4,917) and matched his team record for 300-yard passing games (seven). Cousins’ also posted the third-highest completion percentage (67.0) and tied for the sixth-most passing touchdowns in a season in team history (25). He became the first quarterback in team history to average 300 passing yards per game in a season (307.3), surpassing the previous franchise mark of 269.1, set by Mark Rypien in 1989.

    Manusky, 50, brings 28 combined seasons of NFL experience to the role, including 16 as a coach and 12 as a player. Prior to returning to the Redskins as the team’s outside linebackers coach in 2016, Manusky spent nine seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts (2012-15), San Diego Chargers (2011) and San Francisco 49ers (2007-10). During his 16 seasons as an NFL coach, 12 different players have earned a total of 18 Pro Bowl selections under his tutelage.

    Last season, Manusky helped guide linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to his second career Pro Bowl selection. Kerrigan posted 11.0 sacks, becoming only the fifth player in team history to record multiple 10-sack seasons. Manusky’s contributions were also key to linebacker Trent Murphy’s breakout campaign in 2016, a year in which the third-year pro recorded 9.0 sacks after totaling 6.0 across his first two NFL seasons in 2014-15. Manusky’s duo became the first pair to record at least nine sacks each in a single season for the Redskins since Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo in 2009.

    O’Connell, 31, joins the Redskins after spending the 2016 season overseeing special projects for the San Francisco 49ers. In 2015, he served as quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns and worked with quarterback Josh McCown, who became the first player in Browns franchise history to throw for 300-or-more yards in three consecutive games.

    Prior to coaching, O’Connell spent time with the Patriots, Lions, Jets, Dolphins and Chargers during his five year NFL career (2008-12). He was a four-year team captain at San Diego State from 2004-07, appearing in 40 games and finishing his career ranked third in school history in completions (664), fourth in passing yards (7,689) and fifth in passing touchdowns (46).

    Tomsula, 48, joins the Redskins with more than three decades of coaching experience, including nine seasons at the NFL level. Prior to spending one season as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, Tomsula served as the 49ers’ defensive line coach for eight seasons from 2007-14.

    Tomsula’s defensive lines in San Francisco were consistently strong against the run, as the 49ers ranked fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (98.4) and second in rushing average (3.72) across his eight seasons working directly with the unit. Under Tomsula’s tutelage, defensive tackle Justin Smith was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls (2009-13) and earned All-Pro honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    Englehart, 31, assumes his new title after serving as the Redskins’ assistant strength and conditioning coach for the last seven seasons. Prior to joining the Redskins in 2010, he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in 2009.

    In 2008, Englehart served as director of strength and conditioning at Xcel Sports Performance in Louisiana. Before that, he was head strength and conditioning coach in 2007 at HS2 Athletic Performance in Mandeville, La., and at the University of New Orleans in 2006.

    Latham, 28, returns to the Redskins after serving as a strength and conditioning intern for the team in 2013. He spent the last three seasons with the New York Jets, interning with the team in 2014 and serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2015-16.

    CAVANAUGH FOOTBALL TIMELINE

    2015-16: Quarterbacks, Washington Redskins
    2013-14 Quarterbacks, Chicago Bears
    2009-12: Quarterbacks, New York Jets
    2005-08: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Pittsburgh
    1999-2004: Offensive Coordinator, Baltimore Ravens
    1997-98: Offensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears
    1996: Quarterbacks, San Francisco 49ers
    1994-95: Quarterbacks, Phoenix Cardinals
    1993: Tight Ends, Pittsburgh
    1990-91: Quarterback, New York Giants
    1986-89: Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
    1983-85: Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
    1978-82: Quarterback, New England Patriots
    1974-77: Quarterback, Pittsburgh

    MANUSKY FOOTBALL TIMELINE

    2016: Outside Linebackers, Washington Redskins
    2012-15: Defensive Coordinator, Indianapolis Colts
    2011: Defensive Coordinator, San Diego Chargers
    2007-10: Defensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
    2002-06: Linebackers, San Diego Chargers
    2001: Linebackers, Washington Redskins
    2000: Training Camp Volunteer Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    1994-99: Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs
    1991-93: Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
    1988-90: Linebacker, Washington Redskins
    1984-87: Linebacker, Colgate

    ENGLEHART FOOTBALL TIMELINE

    2010-16: Assistant Strength and Conditioning, Washington Redskins
    2009: Head Strength and Conditioning, Florida Tuskers (UFL)
    2008: Director of Strength and Conditioning, Xcel Sports Performance (La.)
    2007: Head Strength and Conditioning, HS2 Athletic Performance (La.)
    2006: Head Strength and Conditioning, University of New Orleans

    TOMSULA FOOTBALL TIMELINE

    2015: Head Coach, San Francisco 49ers
    2007-14: Defensive Line Coach, San Francisco 49ers (Interim Head Coach in 2010)
    2004-05: Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Catawba College
    2002-03: Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line, Catawba College
    2001: Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning, Catawba College
    1998-99: Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers/Special Teams, Catawba College
    1997: Defensive Line, Catawba College
    1992-95: Linebackers/Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning, Charleston Southern
    1990: Defensive Line, Woodland Hills (Pa.) H.S.
    1989: Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Line, Catawba College
    1987-88: Defensive Lineman, Catawba College
    1985: Defensive Lineman, Middle Tennessee State

    O’CONNELL FOOTBALL TIMELINE

    2016: Special Projects, San Francisco 49ers
    2015: Quarterbacks, Cleveland Browns
    2012: Quarterback, San Diego Chargers
    2011: Quarterback, New York Jets/Miami Dolphins
    2010: Quarterback, New York Jets
    2009: Quarterback, New England Patriots/Detroit Lions/New York Jets
    2008: Quarterback, New England Patriots
    2004-07: Quarterback, San Diego State

    LATHAM FOOTBALL TIMELINE

    2015-16: Assistant Strength and Conditioning, New York Jets
    2014: Strength and Conditioning Intern, New York Jets
    2013: Strength and Conditioning Intern, Washington Redskins
    2012: Strength and Conditioning Intern, Temple
    Strength and Conditioning Intern, St. Joseph’s
    2011: Strength and Conditioning Intern, Rutgers
    2011-12: Assistant Coach, The College of New Jersey
    2007-10: Defensive Tackle, The College of New Jersey


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    So, the only opening left to fill now, is DB coach ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fear The Spear View Post
    So, the only opening left to fill now, is DB coach ?
    Rumors that Aubrey Pleasant is in the mix for DB coach, but just a rumor as far as I know. Seems like if they wanted him in that spot, they'd have done it already. And not sure on a Linebackers coach, if we decide to replace Manusky there (I don't believe we HAD a dedicated LB coach prior to him so they could forego that?).
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    What position does Olivadotti coach?
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    Kirk Olivadotti has held various positions in the Redskins organization, some as LB coach and at one time I believe he was the OLB coach. He was ILB coach last year so maybe they could combine them?

    I thought Cavanaugh did a fantastic job as the QB coach. Whether that equates to being a good OC remains to be seen. The upper end of the offensive coaching staff is overweighted on the passing side of the game as compared to the running side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boone View Post
    Rumors that Aubrey Pleasant is in the mix for DB coach, but just a rumor as far as I know. Seems like if they wanted him in that spot, they'd have done it already. And not sure on a Linebackers coach, if we decide to replace Manusky there (I don't believe we HAD a dedicated LB coach prior to him so they could forego that?).
    Read that the Rams were trying to snatch Pleasant, and that we are currently negotiating keeping him here. Damn McVay!

    And, we have had dedicated OLB, and ILB coaches ever since we went 3-4. I remember it was some guy from Cleveland at one point. So, I would think a new OLB coach will be needed.
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    Didn't Cavanaugh OC the Ratbirds Offense that went four consecutive games without scoring a TD... ? I know that was a long time ago, but still...

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    I'm good with the hiresso far. Homegrown players & coaches!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntotoro View Post
    Didn't Cavanaugh OC the Ratbirds Offense that went four consecutive games without scoring a TD... ? I know that was a long time ago, but still...

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    Yeah, I looked it up.
    OC with the Bears 1997-1998
    OC with the Ratbirdz 1999-2004

    I didn't realize he'd been an NFL OC in the past, I just remembered an OC in college just before he signed with the Redskins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntotoro View Post
    Didn't Cavanaugh OC the Ratbirds Offense that went four consecutive games without scoring a TD... ? I know that was a long time ago, but still...

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    I thought that team has always been notorious for having a weak overall offense, as well as lacking in offensive talent, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fear The Spear View Post
    I thought that team has always been notorious for having a weak overall offense, as well as lacking in offensive talent, anyway.
    They were always towards the bottom in passing but to be fair he never had much to work with at QB and what he did get didn't last even two full seasons in a row.

    QB honor roll - Tony Banks (1999); Banks & Dilfer (2000); Elvis Grbac (2001); Jeff Blake (2002); Kyle Boller & Anthony Wright (2003); Kyle Boller (2004)

    Even though the worst record they had during that stretch was 7-9 the Ratbirdz were living off their D & running game.
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    According to Gruden, Pleasant won't be back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ax View Post
    According to Gruden, Pleasant won't be back.
    Pleasant and the team are working on a new contract.
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    I had read that somewhere too, BB.

    It was this little blurb in today's WaPo that has me confused.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.ba1b56decd14

    Gruden said the team still needs to hire a defensive backs coach and assistant defensive backs coach. The team tried to retain the services of Aubrey Pleasant, who has served as assistant defensive backs coach the past three years. There had been some internal discussions regarding promoting Pleasant. However, Gruden said*that Pleasant, who has also drawn interest from the Rams and 49ers, will not be returning.
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    I'm just going with some news on twitter from about an hour ago.
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    Well I trust you more than I do the friggin WaPo.
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    Eh, I'm jag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgundy Burner View Post
    Eh, I'm jag.
    Perhaps, but one without an overt ax to grind.
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    Kind of surprised I havn't seen a single comment on the Tomsula hiring.
    This is a decent upgrade, isn't it ?
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    There've been several discussions about Tomsula


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