The Washington Redskins have hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky as their outside linebackers coach.
Greg Manusky’s football career is coming full circle.
And, after 15 seasons as an NFL coach – nine of which as a defensive coordinator – Manusky is coming back to D.C., this time as the Redskins’ outside linebackers coach.
The team formally announced the hiring on Friday.
Manusky’s hiring gives the Redskins a coach solely for the outside linebackers for the first time since Brian Baker served that role during the 2014 season. The team did not retain Baker for the 2015 season, however, as defensive coordinator Joe Barry, linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, defensive line coach Robb Akey and defensive quality control coach Chad Grimm primarily split those duties.
Manusky is set to guide a young and talented group of outside linebackers, highlighted by
The team could also elect to re-sign free-agent-to-be outside linebacker
Manusky has spent the last nine seasons as defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts (2012-15), San Diego Chargers (2011) and San Francisco 49ers (2007-10).
He spent his first year in coaching with the Redskins in 2001 before moving on to the Chargers as their linebackers coach from 2002 to 2006.
Manusky’s hiring also represents a reunion with Barry – who was linebackers coach under Manusky with the Chargers in 2011 – and Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who was GM of the 49ers from 2008-09 when Manusky was the team’s defensive coordinator.
Manusky was a standout linebacker at Colgate University, where he was named the Colonial League's Defensive Player of the Year in 1987. He played in 178 games in the NFL with the Redskins, Vikings and Chiefs, collecting 205 tackles.
He played in 39 games with 15 starts with the Redskins from 1988 to 1990, where he registered 161 tackles.
MANUSKY FOOTBALL TIMELINE
2012-15: Defensive coordinator, Indianapolis Colts
2011: Defensive coordinator, San Diego Chargers
2007-10: Defensive coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
2002-2006: Linebackers coach, San Diego Chargers
2001: Linebackers coach, Washington Redskins
2000: Volunteer linebackers and special teams coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1994-99: Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs
1991-93: Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
1988-90: Linebacker, Washington Redskins
1984-97: Linebacker, Colgate