The Washington Redskins’ roster includes just one name from the New England Patriots’ past.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, whom the latter acquired in exchange for a late-round pick in September 2015, has started all four games this fall.
But there are a few familiar names on Washington’s coaching staff heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff against New England at FedEx Field. Here’s a glance.
Kevin O’Connell, offensive coordinator – The Patriots selected O’Connell in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft, and he’d complete 4-of-6 passes for 23 yards while under center for New England. The former San Diego State quarterback would be waived following the 2009 preseason, with undrafted rookie Brian Hoyer securing the No. 2 job behind Tom Brady. O’Connell made subsequent stops with the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers before transitioning to the coaching side as quarterbacks coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2015. The 34-year-old O’Connell is now in his third season with Washington, and in his first as offensive coordinator.
Matt Cavanaugh, senior offensive assistant – Cavanaugh, who moved from coordinator to senior offensive assistant as part of O’Connell’s promotion, is a former Patriots draft choice, as well. The quarterback out of Pittsburgh was drafted No. 50 overall by New England in 1978. Cavanaugh remained with the Patriots until 1982, throwing for 19 touchdowns and rushing for three more. He earned a pair of Super Bowl rings as a member of the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants, and collected another in his post-playing career with the Baltimore Ravens. Now 62, Cavanaugh has resided on Washington’s coaching staff since 2015.
Rob Ryan, inside linebackers coach – Ryan served as linebackers coach for Bill Belichick’s Patriots for four seasons to begin the new millennium, winning two Super Bowls while also having a hand in the defense allowing a league-low 238 points in 2003. The Redskins mark Ryan’s sixth NFL coaching stint since his time in Foxborough, with the previous seeing him join brother Rex’s Buffalo Bills in 2016. The 56-year-old Ryan was hired by Washington in January, but his haircut from the early 2000s Patriots media guides has stood the test of time.
No current member of New England’s 53-man roster or practice squad previously spent time with Washington. On the sideline, Joe Kim, now director of skill development for the Patriots, once worked closely with the Redskins’ pass-rushers as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.