Washington Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay has been named offensive coordinator by new head coach Jay Gruden. I guess in a way it’s a promotion since the Redskins kept McVay on staff after firing former head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. However, this move is a little unorthodox to say the least.
It’s rare that coaches who served under the fired head coach are kept on staff, let alone promoted to a coordinator position. And this leads me to believe that it may not have been such a random occurrence that Jay Gruden was hired. As he already had a connection to Sean McVay, having worked with him before in Tampa Bay, and in the UFL.
McVay has received high praise from current and former Redskins players, and at age 27, seems to be a rising star in the coaching ranks. McVay is known for his detailed preparation and intricate knowledge of offensive football. And Redskins tight ends, particularly rookie Jordan Reed did stand out this past season.
Jay Gruden has already stated that he will be handling the offensive play calling during games this season. So since McVay won’t be calling plays as previous offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan did, it appears his duties will focus on game planning, while allowing Gruden to concentrate more on the getting the entire team prepared during game weeks.
And while McVay’s promotion may be warranted, it will be somewhat troubling if defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is kept on staff. Unlike McVay, Haslett’s star has faded, and his defenses in Washington left much to be desired. It remains to be seen if Gruden was only referring to position coaches and not coordinators when he said he was going to do a lot of interviewing? But with McVay’s promotion, it seems that question is already being answered.