After firing Joe Barry, the Redskins found his replacement within the team, promoting outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky. Here's 3 reasons it could be a good hire.
- It's all about connections - Manusky served as 49ers defensive coordinator at the same time Scot McCloughan worked in San Francisco as general manager. The two are known to be close, and it's a coach the front office can trust. It also can't hurt that Manusky played for the Redskins from 1988-1990, just missing Super Bowl victories on both ends of his career in Washington.
- Player development - Trent Murphy had a breakout season in 2016 working with Manusky. The 2014 second-round pick had more sacks this year (8) than he did in 2014 and 2015 combined (6). Multiple players spoke out that they wanted Manusky to get the job, and the reaction from most players on Twitter when news broke was generally quite positive.
- Experience - A defensive coordinator for nine seasons, Manusky knows how to run that side of the ball. In his last stop as a coordinator in Indianapolis, in three of four years, the Colts made the playoffs. His defenses never had particularly strong statistical finishes, though he coaches with an eye towards turnovers and playmaking.
Below is a chart from Pro Football Reference that shows each season Manusky worked as defensive coordinator: 49ers from 2007 to 2010, Chargers for 2011, Colts from 2012 to 2015.
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