Redskins coach Jay Gruden explained he learned a lot of football during the defensive coordinator search, but in the end, felt most comfortable with Greg Manusky.
"We did a lot of work, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I learned a lot of football," Gruden said on Redskins Nation (full video above). "The way we felt most comfortable was we hired Greg Manusky."
Washington interviewed a number of candidates after Joe Barry was dismissed in early January though eventually the decision came down to promote Manusky from his position as outside linebackers coach. The 'Skins moved relatively quick on Manusky once Gus Bradley agreed to take over as defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Bradley had been considered by some to be the top choice for the job. Experience helped Manusky too, as the new defensive coordinator has served in that role on three different teams, has played and coached for the Redskins before, and is known to be close with GM Scot McCloughan from their days in San Francisco.
Considering Manusky was on Barry's staff that coached a poor statistical defense in the NFL in 2016, it's hard to know what schematic changes to expect. Gruden said Manusky's impact could go past scheme, however.
"Greg sold me because he was sold on the players we have," Gruden said. "He’s a great motivator. They have to want to play for the coach."
Numerous Redskins players spoke highly of Manusky's candidacy, and others responded positively on social media after news of Manusky's hiring leaked out.
"I think we're going to play with a lot more passion," Gruden said.
Passion is great, but the Redskins need more talent on the defensive side of the ball. Part of that process begins this week in Mobile, Ala., as Gruden and Scot McCloughan are expected to travel to the Senior Bowl and scout possible 2017 draft picks. CSN will be there, stay tuned for content looking at draft prospects.
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