Kevin O’Connell Serious Candidate For Redskins’ HC Job

Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell is expected to receive serious consideration for the team’s head coaching post, as Mark Maske of the Washington Post writes. O’Connell, 34, has been with Washington since 2017, and this season is his first as the Redskins’ OC.

Before Washington elevated him from passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach in January, O’Connell garnered interest from multiple other teams. For all of the Redskins’ problems, they have had a number of young and talented coaches rise through their ranks — Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur, and Kyle Shanahan, to name a few — and apparently there is a belief that O’Connell can follow in their footsteps.

Washington is near the bottom of the league in points per game and yards per game this year, but the offense is largely bereft of talent at the skill positions and along the O-line, so it would be difficult to hold the performance of O’Connell’s unit against him. As Maske notes, the real question will be whether O’Connell, interim HC Bill Callahan, or an outside candidate will be best-suited to maximize Dwayne Haskins‘ potential.

Owner Dan Snyder has not had much problem luring big-name head coaches to the nation’s capital; the problem has been making it work once those coaches arrive. Plus, team president Bruce Allen could be an obstacle. One of Maske’s sources, an agent who represents coaches, said that no coach worth his salt will accept an HC job with the Redskins as long as Allen is in charge of personnel.

In addition to O’Connell, Maske names Gregg Williams, Marvin Lewis, and Mike McCarthy as big names who could attract Snyder’s interest.

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5 comments on “Kevin O’Connell Serious Candidate For Redskins’ HC Job

  1. crazylarry

    Allen is a disaster. Who would want to work for him? The only ones who know they will NEVER GET A SHOT with a real organization. Allen needs to go as well as Snyder

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Marvin Lewis is holding on line one. Lol.

      No, but seriously, you hit the nail on the head- working for Allen is an awful job. It’s either going to be a young coach looking for an opportunity; or a veteran coach desperate for another chance, but not confident it’ll come. Marvin Lewis would seem to fit that bill, though.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Why do that when they can just wait for Jason Garrett after the Cowboys experience a late season meltdown?

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