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As Mark Brunell’s 19-year career (four seasons with the Washington Redskins) was winding down as a backup for the New York Jets, he noticed a positive in Matt Cavanugh — the new quarterbacks coach — that few coaches he worked with before had.
Cavanaugh had been in Brunnel’s shoes before, as he was a former NFL quarterback himself.
“I’ve always thought that’s been helpful,” Brunell told ESPN’s John Keim. “Young quarterbacks don’t get that. They don’t understand what the job is. I didn’t understand. Unless you have someone who has been there and been through it and been around a while. You can learn very quickly what the job is and what you can expect and what needs to take place.”
Brunell continued by saying that positional coaches like Cavanaugh, who also has experience as an offensive coordinator, are “hard to find.”
“I played 19 years and only had a couple coaches like Matt,” said Brunell. “Really, there were only two or three like that, who did a really good job in every aspect.”
And whether it’s needing that extra push or someone to heed advice from, Cavanaugh is “always pretty positive.”
“What I like is that he was always very even,” Brunell said. “His highs aren’t too high and his lows aren’t too low. I don’t remember ever a time with him ever yelling. I remember him getting after us, but he had real good balance as a coach. Some guys are yelling or high-fiving you and there’s no in-between. Matt was always that in-between, really steady. I enjoyed how consistent and steady he was. He helped me out a lot.”
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