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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