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Redskins Name Matt Cavanaugh As Quarterbacks Coach



LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Matt Cavanaugh as Quarterbacks Coach.


Cavanaugh joins the Redskins with 22 seasons of coaching experience across the professional and collegiate levels. The 2015 season will mark the 32nd NFL season of Cavanaugh's career, including 14 combined seasons as a quarterback for the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 1978-91 and 17 seasons as an NFL coach.


Cavanaugh most recently served as quarterbacks coach of the Chicago Bears from 2013-14. In 2013, under Cavanaugh's tutelage, Chicago's quarterbacks set single-season team records in passer rating (96.9), passing yards (4,450), passing touchdowns (32) and completion percentage (64.4). Prior to joining the Bears, Cavanaugh spent 2009-12 coaching quarterbacks for the New York Jets, guiding the team to two AFC Championship game appearances.


Cavanaugh's background includes stints as an offensive coordinator with the Bears (1997-98), Baltimore Ravens (1999-2004) and University of Pittsburgh (2005-08). His tenure in Baltimore included a 34-7 victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.


Cavanaugh won two Super Bowl titles as a backup quarterback with the Giants (Super Bowl XXV) and 49ers (Super Bowl XIX). He was a second-round selection (50th overall) of the Patriots in 1978 NFL Draft, appearing in 112 career regular season contests with 19 starts and completing 305-of-579 passes for 4,332 yards and 28 touchdowns.


As a collegiate quarterback, Cavanaugh guided Pitt to the 1976 National Championship and was named the Sugar Bowl MVP after a 27-3 victory over Georgia. A year later, he earned All-America honors as a senior in 1977.


A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Cavanaugh attended Chaney H.S. He is married to his wife, Maria, and is the father of three children: Amy, Andrew and Mollie.




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  

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