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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Greg Manusky

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Greg Manusky

Current Redskins outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky has to be considered one of the favorites to land the just-opened defensive coordinator job. For one thing, he’s in the building and that is always a plus for your chances. In addition, he was a defensive coordinator for nine seasons with the 49ers, Chargers, and Colts.

The coordinator experience leaves a significant paper trail. Let’s take a look at his resume and see how his qualifications stack up.

Before coaching: Manusky made the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Colgate. In three years with the Redskins he played in 39 games, starting 15 at middle linebacker. After that he played for the Vikings and Chiefs for a combined nine seasons. Manusky was mostly a reserve and special teams player; after leaving Washington he started just six more games.

Before becoming a coordinator: He was the Redskins’ linebackers coach under Marty Schottenheimer in 2001 and then he coached the Chargers’ linebackers for five years before becoming the 49ers’ defensive coordinator in 2007.

Note: If you want complete stats on Manusky’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

Record as defensive coordinator:

2007 49ers (5-11)

Rankings: Yards 5,539 (25th), points 364 (20th), DVOA 6.3% (24th)
Notable players: ILB Patrick Willis*+, CB Nate Clements

Manusky’s defense got almost no help from the 49ers offense, which ranked last in both yards and points. They scored over 20 points just twice all year. Patrick Willis was named a first-team All-Pro as a rookie.

2008 49ers (7-9)

Rankings: Yards 5,216 (13th), points (381 (23rd), DVOA 3.6% (18th)
Notable players: LB Willis*, DE Justin Smith

The 49ers improved to seven wins even with Shaun Hill and J.T. O’Sullivan at quarterback. The defense held the opposition to 20 points or fewer six times.

2009 49ers (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,222 (15th), points 281 (4th), DVOA -14.0% (5th)
Notable players: LB Willis*+, DE Smith*, S Dashon Goldson

This was among Manusky’s best defenses with the 49ers with Willis and Smith dominating in the front seven and Goldson making plays in the secondary.

2010 49ers (6-10)

Rankings: Yards 5,244 (13th), points 346 (16th), DVOA -1.4% (15th)
Notable players: LB Willis*+, DE Smith*, LB Ahmad Brooks

The team took a step back after three years of steady progress and the defense had its share of blame, giving up over 30 points in four games. After the season, Manusky was let go along with head coach Mike Singletary.

2011 Chargers (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 5,564 (16th), points 377 (22nd), DVOA 10.8% 29th
Notable players: S Eric Weddle*+

The Chargers took a step back from 2010, when Ron Rivera was the defensive coordinator and San Diego ranked first in yards allowed and seventh in defensive DVOA. Manusky was gone after one season.

2012 Colts (11-5)

Rankings: Yards 5,988 (26th), points 387 (21st), DVOA 2.2% (19th)
Notable players: LB Robert Mathis*, LB Dwight Freeney

He took over a Colts defense that was bad in 2011 and boosted them slightly. Manusky did face some adversity when head coach Chuck Pagano, who had a hand in running the defense, was out from Weeks 5-16 while getting treatment for leukemia.

2013 Colts (11-5)

Rankings: Yards 5,713 (20th), points 336 (9th), DVOA 0.9% (16th)
Notable players: DE Mathis*+

There was measurable improvement in the defense here despite the loss of Freeney.

2014 Colts (11-5)

Rankings: Yards 5,483 (11th), points 369 (19th), DVOA -2.3% (13th)
Notable players: MLB D’Qwell Jackson*, CB Vontae Davis*, SS Mike Adams*

They slipped considerably in points allowed but that is at least in part due to Andrew Luck becoming a turnover machine as he threw 16 picks and lost six fumbles. This may have been the prototypical Manusky defense; it wasn’t a great defense or even a very good one but one solidly in the middle of the pack.

2015 Colts (8-8)

Rankings: Yards 6,066 (26th), points 408 (25th), DVOA -2.2 (13th)
Notable players: LB Jackson, SS Adams*, DE Mathis

Pagano, who did have some responsibility for the defense, was kept on after a disappointing season but Manusky did not survive.

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The 2019 Redskins are looking for their first win on their absolute least favorite night

The 2019 Redskins are looking for their first win on their absolute least favorite night

The 2019 Redskins could really use a win in Week 3 against the Bears. Like, really badly.

Unfortunately, the Redskins have played badly on Monday night (which is when they'll square off with Chicago this time around) over the past decade. Like, really badly.

Since 2008, Washington is 2-15 on the primetime stage. Two. And. Fifteen. 

Their last victory on that particular weeknight came in October of 2014. Furthermore, they haven't won a home Monday Night Football appearance since December of 2012, a streak they'll look to end when Mitch Trubisky and Co. come to FedEx Field.

Overall, they've lost seven straight, meaning there are almost-five-year-olds strolling around this planet who have no idea what it's like to see the Burgundy and Gold be successful on that part of national TV. Those poor children.

"I don't give a damn when we play," Jonathan Allen told reporters after the team's MNF loss in New Orleans last year. "We can play [expletive] Tuesday afternoon. I'm still going to be the same as I am today, Sunday night, Sunday morning, Saturday, I don't give a damn."

That is absolutely the attitude to take. Sadly, while the players say they'll be the same no matter the day, the franchise's recent record certainly indicates they aren't the same (they are undefeated on Tuesday afternoon this decade, though).

Now, if you're looking for something promising to hold on to — which you should be, because these stats are legitimately absurd — the Redskins have beaten the Bears seven times in a row. The last time they didn't came in 2003.

So, which run will come to an end: the team's horrendous stretch on Monday night or their dominance of the Bears? Well, knowing their luck, they'll probably just tie, bringing both to an unsatisfying conclusion.


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Redskins running back coach Randy Jordan breaks down Steven Sims' jet sweep vs. Dallas

Redskins running back coach Randy Jordan breaks down Steven Sims' jet sweep vs. Dallas

Entering this past Sunday's contest vs. Dallas, the Redskins knew they needed to be more creative with their rushing attack. The previous week, running back Derrius Guice was only able to muster 18 rushing yards on 10 carries against Philadelphia.

Guice was placed on injured reserve following Week 1, suffering a meniscus injury to his right knee. That meant that the Redskins' ground attack vs. Dallas was expected to come from the likes of veteran Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Wendell Smallwood.

But in the first quarter against the Cowboys, offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell decided to get a little more creative. On three separate occasions, O'Connell called a jet sweep to speedy rookie Steven Sims. He finished with three carries for 16 yards, with the longest going for eight.

The drive resulted in a one-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run, giving the Redskins an early lead.

While a jet sweep may seem simple on the surface, all 11 players on the field have to be in sync in order for the play to work. Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan explains in detail the responsibilities of each player in order for the call to be a successful one (see the video player above).

While Sims was unable to break off for a big gain, the thought process behind the play makes a lot of sense. Gadget plays like these frequently result in picking up large chunks of yardage. However, running it three times in one drive may be pushing their luck.

Don't be surprised if the Burgundy and Gold try and catch a team by surprise with this play in the future.