Redskins hire Greg Manusky as Defensive Coordinator, choosing to stay in-house and promoting Manusky from Outside Linebacker Coach. Given the recent reports that Manusky was favored by those inside Redskins Park, it certainly was not a surprise.
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Although some Redskins fans may view the Manusky hiring as underwhelming, it was difficult to believe the Redskins would get a big name hire. The current Redskins defense is devoid of much significant talent and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has not received a contract extension. Those two facts likely were big factors in the inability to lure a big name coordinator to Washington.
Here is some background on Manusky and his ties to the Redskins organization.
The Redskins will promote outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator, according to several people with knowledge of the situation on Sunday. It’s the fourth time Manusky, 50, will serve as a NFL defensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Redskins last year, Manusky held NFL defensive coordinator positions with the San Francisco 49ers (2007 to 2010), the San Diego Chargers (2011) and the Indianapolis Colts (2012 to 2015).
Manusky’s tenure with the 49ers overlapped with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who was 49ers Vice President of Player Personnel (2005 to 2007) and the franchise’s general manager (2008-2009), and where he had one his best defenses as a coordinator in 2009. The 49ers ranked 15th in total defense but fourth in points allowed.
General Manager Scot McCloughan spent a lot of resources and energy on revitalizing the Redskins offense. It worked. The Redskins offense was ranked third overall in the NFL and had the second ranked passing offense. All eyes will be on McCloughan to improve a pretty bad Redskins defense. The Redskins defense was the third worst in the NFL, particularly struggling up from on the defensive line and in the secondary. With a ton of salary cap space, Redskins Nation should see upgrades on defense this off-season. Despite the big cap space, the Redskins also face big salary cap decisions with QB Kirk Cousins and at wide receiver, with both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon as free agents.