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3 potential concerns with Redskins' promotion of Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator

3 potential concerns with Redskins' promotion of Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator

News broke Sunday that the Redskins will promote outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator, replacing the departed Joe Barry.

There are plenty of reasons for the hire, laid out here, but also potential concerns with the team's decision.

  1. Backup plan? - The Redskins brought in a number of other candidates for the defensive coordinator, some with better track records than Manusky. While Manusky was always viewed as a strong candidate, fans must hope that he was not the backup option for the job after names like Wade Phillips went to the Rams and Gus Bradley to the Chargers. While complying with the NFL's Rooney Rule could have been cause for some delay, if the 'Skins knew Manusky was the guy, it will be interesting to hear what Jay Gruden or Scot McCloughan answer when asked about the length of time it took to promote Manusky after Barry's dismissal. 
  2. About last year... - The Redskins defense performed terribly in 2016, ranking at or near the bottom in a number of important statistical measures. Manusky was part of that staff, and while it was his not role to dictate scheme or adjust game plans, he was still on the staff. 
  3. The other side of player development - Manusky has gotten some credit for the development of third-year pro Trent Murphy. Working with Manusky as the outside linebackers coach, Murphy recorded eight sacks in 2016. In his two seasons prior, both without Manusky, Murphy had just six sacks combined. Getting more from Murphy was undoubtedly a strong bullet point on Manusky's resume, but what about the sophomore sack slump from Preston Smith? The former Mississippi State star went from eight sacks as a rookie in 2015 to five sacks in 2016. It's a bit of a stretch to attribute Smith's drop in production as a direct result of the outside linebackers coach, but if Manusky gets credit for Murphy's development, it's fair to point out Smith's dip. 

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The Vikings will be without Adam Thielen against the Redskins in Week 7

The Vikings will be without Adam Thielen against the Redskins in Week 7

When Kirk Cousins faces the Redskins on Thursday for the first time since leaving the franchise in 2018, the quarterback will be without arguably his favorite wide receiver.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen will miss Thursday's contest vs. Washington with a hamstring injury. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

Thielen injured his hamstring crashing into a barricade after hauling in a touchdown in the Vikings' 42-30 victory over the Lions on Sunday. The injury isn't expected to be serious, and Thielen might have been able to play this week had the Vikings not been playing on Thursday night. Minnesota expects him to return to action next week.

The wide receiver is a considerable loss to the Minnesota offense, as only Stefon Diggs has more receiving yards for Vikings this season than Thielen. His six receiving touchdowns lead the team, too.

The Vikings have won four straight games, and even with Thielen's injury, are still more than a two-touchdown favorite over the 1-6 Redskins.

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Check out Josh Norman's house featuring a personal barbershop, vibrating bed, and more

Check out Josh Norman's house featuring a personal barbershop, vibrating bed, and more

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins in 2016, at the time making him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history. Well, No. 24 has definitely put some of that money to good use.

On the latest episode of Bleacher Report's 'Ditch the Playbook,' Norman took Adam Lefkoe on a tour of his Leesburg mansion. As you can expect, Norman had an array of things that not many homeowners have.

A notably big Batman fan, Norman's driveway has his customized 'JNo24' logo engraved, mimicking the style of the superhero's logo. He also has a lifesize painting of the superhero on his wall.

Norman takes Lefkoe through the entirety of his house, which features a personal barbershop, a home theater, a giraffe-skin rug, a real sword and Captain America shield, among others.

The unusualness of items that Norman owns led Lefkoe to ask the cornerback a question everyone has been itching to know.

"Do people in the NFL think you're weird?" Lefkoe asked.

"Yeah," Norman said. "They thinkin', like, 'Something's wrong with this guy. I know he's interesting, he's just a little off.'"

One of the last stops in the house is Norman's bedroom, where he sleeps on a massage-vibrating bed. Norman lets Lefkoe try it out, but Lefkoe admitted he didn't "feel comfortable."

If MTV Cribs ever makes a comeback, Josh Norman's house should be one of the show's first stops.

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