The Redskins have hired a full-time QB coach for the first time under Jay Gruden. Last season, 1st year Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay and Gruden handled the responsibility. Matt Cavanaugh spent the last two seasons as the Chicago Bears QB coach, working with Head Coach Marc Trestman and QB Jay Cutler.
Cavanaugh has 21 years of coaching experience, including 15 seasons in the NFL and 12 as an NFL or collegiate offensive coordinator.
He spent the previous four seasons (2009-12) in New York working with the Jets quarterbacks. During those four seasons, the Jets made two AFC Championship game appearances. In six postseason contests during that time, Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez had a 94.3 passer rating, ninth highest in NFL playoff history among quarterbacks with at least 100 postseason attempts. Sanchez's nine postseason touchdown passes are most in franchise history and his 1,155 passing yards in the playoffs are second.
Prior to his time with the Jets, Cavanaugh spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh (2005-08). It was his second stint at Pitt after making his coaching debut in 1993 working with the Panthers tight ends. As offensive coordinator, Cavanaugh helped tutor future NFL running backs LeSean McCoy and LaRod Stephens-Howlin. In 2006, quarterback Tyler Palko ranked fourth in the nation in passing efficiency with a 163.25 rating. In 2007 as a freshman under Cavanaugh, McCoy was 21st in the nation in rushing averaging 110.7 yards per game. McCoy followed up that campaign by ranking 10th in the nation in rushing in 2008, averaging 114.5 yards per game. His 21 touchdowns as a sophomore were tied for third most in the NCAA that year and his 36 total touchdowns (35 rushing) in his two years under Cavanaugh set an NCAA record for touchdowns by a player through his sophomore campaign. McCoy's 2,816 rushing yards ranked fourth in school history, despite only playing for two seasons before leaving for the NFL.
CAVANAUGH (Bucs-Free) FOOTBALL TIMELINE
2013-14: Quarterbacks Coach, Chicago Bears
2009-12: Quarterbacks Coach, New York Jets
2005-08: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, University of Pittsburgh
1999-2004: Offensive Coordinator, Baltimore Ravens
1997-98: Offensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears
1996: Quarterbacks Coach, San Francisco 49ers
1994-95: Quarterbacks Coach, Arizona Cardinals
1993: Tight Ends Coach, University of 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, University of Pittsburgh