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Redskins Coaching News: Kevin O'Connell named Offensive Coordinator, Jim Tomsula will return as DL Coach in 2019

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The Redskins made it official, Kevin O'Connell has been promoted to Offensive Coordinator. O'Connell spent the last two seasons as the team's QB Coach, and had the title of Passing Game Coordinator added last year.

It was reported that Ken Zampese had interviewed for the Redskins vacant QB Coaching job, but there had been no official word on O'Connell's future with the team. He was only listed as the Passing Game Coordinator on the team's official website earlier today.

Matt Cavanaugh has been the Redskins OC for the past two seasons, and he will remain on the staff for 2019 as a Senior Offensive Assistant. This might be the year we find out what he actually does.

O'Connell is considered a bright, young offensive mind, and the Redskins do not want to continue losing coaches like that. He reportedly had an influence on the team using more Run-Pass Options(RPOs) last year, and worked with the stream of QBs that came through Redskins Park after Alex Smith's injury.

The team also announced that Jim Tomsula will return as the Defensive Line Coach for 2019. His contract was reportedly up, and he was considering leaving. He is close with Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky, and his return, even though the Redskins flirted with other candidates, likely made re-signing him easier.