With nine seasons as a defensive coordinator across three teams, Greg Manusky has more than enough experience to warrant his promotion to the top of the Redskins defensive coaches. Although experience isn't what got him the job.
Passion and excitement drew head coach Jay Gruden to Manusky, and that fire was evident in his first interview as Washington's defensive coordinator. Asked for his defensive philosophy, the answer was an all-timer:
Chew bubblegum and kick a** - and we're all out of bubblegum.
Manusky's comments came during a spirited interview with Larry Michael on Redskins Nation (full video above). The Redskins defense will need to improve basically across the board in 2017 to validate the hire, and the new D-coordinator thinks improved communication and cohesion will be a big factor in the team's improvement.
"I'm excited about getting this group of men together and playing as one unit," Manusky said.
A former NFL player for 12 seasons, Manusky played for the Redskins from 1988 to 1990. He also coached linebackers for the 'Skins under Marty Schottenheimer in 2001. He knows the organization on a number of levels, and sounds passionate about improving the defense.
"Love the area, love the fans, love the stadium, let's get this sucker rocking," he said.
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.
Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.
Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.
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After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.
The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).
The salary cap hits per year are as follows:
2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million
The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.
Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.
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