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Manusky is the Man!

January 22, 2017
The Redskins have promoted Greg Manusky to become their new defensive coordinator, after a long search filled with twists, turns, issues and problems

Manusky served as the outside linebacker’s coach in 2016 under Joe Barry, and was the choice of several players.  More importantly, Manusky worked under Scot McCloughan in San Francisco and last year under head coach, Jay Gruden.

Manusky has been the in-house favorite from day one and was my choice all along over Gus Bradley, Mike Pettine and other choices.

The Redskins have not confirmed the news that was first reported by Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media and NFL Network. Garafolo joined Craig Hoffman and myself on 106.7 the FAN moments after breaking the news

Redskins OLB Trent Murphy, who had a breakout season in 2016, partially because of Manusky’s arrival in Washington, also joined Hoffman and myself on 106.7 the FAN and was quite happy with the news. (Story via Brian McNally w/ full audio interview)

“He’s one of my favorite coaches. I’m pretty excited to keep working with him,” Murphy told us. “He was a huge part of it! “ Murphy had six sacks combined in his first two seasons in the NFL. He had a career-high nine sacks in 2016.

As we’ve reported and mentioned all along, Jay Gruden and Manusky developed a very tight relationship throughout the year as Gruden soured on Barry’s style of defense.

Manusky and Gruden were visibly chummy on the plane to and from games and on the bus rides to and from road stadiums and hotels, per multiple sources. Gruden unloaded on Barry, as we wrote about several times on, after the Thanksgiving Day loss in Dallas.

The reason? Gruden wanted Barry to be more aggressive. Manusky is rooted in the Wade Phillips attack mentality and the Redskins 2017 defense will feature more talent and more of a blitzing, attack, aggressive philosophy.

The next question is who will join Manusky on the staff? The Redskins retained Kirk Olivadotti who worked with Manusky at the linebackers position last year and he is fully expected to return. Aubrey Pleasant likely will be promoted to defensive backs coach, with interest from the Los Angeles Rams.

The defensive line coaching position could go to Jim Tomsula, who interviewed with the Saints recently. Also, Jason Tarver could be a part of the mix.

It would seem that the Rex Ryan coaching tree candidates would be eliminated (Rob Ryan, Dennis Thurmond, Mike Pettine) but clearly the Redskins could still add those coaches to the staff, if they so choose.

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for seven years for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five seasons. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (,, & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN.   You can e-mail Chris at