When the Redskins fired Jay Gruden on Monday, they released a statement that said in part, "The team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility."
Well, if Gruden was let go because he was coming up short as a coach, one easy follow-up question is: Why is Greg Manusky still employed?
During his introductory presser as the organization's interim leader, Bill Callahan told reporters that there will be no changes to the defensive staff. And while there are plenty of other, more crucial big-picture issues to worry about — most namely, what happens with Dwayne Haskins the rest of the way and who'll be tabbed to take over the Burgundy and Gold in 2020 — the fact that Manusky wasn't also relieved shouldn't be glossed over.
Through two-plus seasons as defensive coordinator, here's how Manusky's units have fared in points per game allowed: 28th in 2017, 15th in 2018 and, through five games this year, they're 30th.
So, in D.C., he's never been that great, and this campaign, they're regressing big-time. That's not to mention what's been a laughable effort on third downs and an overall lack of creativity or willingness to switch things up in 2019.
Now, there's no Kevin O'Connell on the defensive side to turn to, the kind of bright assistant who deserves an increase in responsibility. Also, the likelihood of a transition from Manusky to someone like Ray Horton or Rob Ryan or Jim Tomsula transforming the 0-5 Redskins to a surging group is slimmer than slim.
But still, when you move on from a head coach for not delivering but keep the defensive coordinator who also hasn't delivered, it's confusing.
On Monday, Callahan stated his overall intentions of adjusting how the Redskins practice and prepare. O'Connell is now running the offense, meanwhile, so that side should get a fresh start as well.
However, on defense — where players who are regarded as very talented are constantly confused and failing — everything is remaining the same for now. For a franchise that badly needs to start showing some accountability, that's another misstep in a long line of them.
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