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Redskins Busy as Senior Bowl Week Commences

January 23, 2017
The Redskins kicked off a very important week (Senior Bowl week) with a flurry of moves and confirmations.

Washington confirmed that Greg Manusky is their new defensive coordinator, as we’ve covered in detail here on They also officially added former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Tomsula, as their new defensive line coach

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told “Redskins Nation” that Manusky sold him on the fact that “he was sold on the players we had.”

That quote is going to be twisted and manipulated into Manusky not knowing talent and being happy with what the defense did. Of course, that’s not true but many will run with it.

Gruden added, “I think he’s a great motivator and he’s a good developer of talent,” via

I’m not sure why so many seem surprised by the move or disappointed, but whatever, you can’t please everybody.

The same people that are disappointed by this hire or skeptical are probably the same who thought Chip Kelly would revolutionize the NFL and that thought Robert Kraft was wrong for hiring Bill Belichick. Or perhaps, the same critics that also thought Pete Carroll was a bad hire at USC or even back in Seattle.

The point is this: EVERY situation and the timing of those situations is different, because every organization and supporting cast is different. NOTHING is ever the same from one place to the other. However, the “track-record TRUMP’s all” crowd continues to believe that lock, stock and barrel.

The Redskins also confirmed that Matt Cavanaugh is their new offensive coordinator and that Kevin O’Connell is the new quarterbacks coach to replace Cavanaugh.

Gruden told “Redskins Nation” that the move was easy because “we’re not going to make wholesale changes offensively.” Gruden added “we feel good where we are offensively and there’s no reason to make a whole lot of changes”

The Redskins also re-signed veteran long-snapper Nick Sundberg to a new contract as well. Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that it is a four-year deal.

To add another move to the mix, the Redskins also officially promoted Chad Englehart to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, while also hiring Kevin Latham as Englehart’s assistant.

The Senior Bowl is kicking off this week in Mobile, Alabama. The Redskins have sent their coaches to Mobile for the annual showcase under Jay Gruden, which was something they did not regularly do under Mike Shanahan.

Clearly, Washington wanted to have their two top lieutenants in place before the event to avoid questions and a “bad look” with all sorts of questions and reports flying around.

Also on Monday, John Keim of ESPN was first to report that Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins will play in the Pro Bowl this Sunday to replace Matt Ryan who is going to play in the Super Bowl.

If you are looking for great Senior Bowl coverage, there are many great sites for information and profiles that I use and you will want to check out.

Josh Norris of has his Top-25 prospects and more right here. 

DraftWire, part of USA Today’s hub, has a breakdown of 10 Senior Bowl prospects to keep an eye on.

My pal, Brian McNally is also in Mobile this week for the Senior Bowl. Follow all of his coverage at and on his twitter handle

Last week, the East-West Shrine game took center stage for NFL evaluators and has their “Stock Up” list here plus a lot of draft and Senior Bowl coverage that you can easily navigate to.

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