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Redskins Promote within at both Coordinator Positions

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After a long exhaustive search the Washington Redskins have decided to promote Greg Manusky and Matt Cavanaugh

First Joe Barry was fired, then Sean McVay was hired as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. To fill both voids, the Redskins have decided to promote internally at two of the most important positions in coaching. There were concerns that Jay Gruden’s status as head coach affected his ability to hire better candidates. Washington interviewed Gus Bradley earlier in January but Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was able to lure Bradley because of his job security.

By hiring internally, Jay Gruden and his staff gains a bit of continuity but the moves are uninspiring. Greg Manusky played the first three years of his career in Washington, and as a former player he can relate to his guys. He also brings a bit of energy and passion to the position, but after holding the same job with the Colts, Chargers, and 49ers his defenses have been less than stellar. San Diego 

Matt Cavanaugh is certainly a downgrade from McVay at offensive coordinator but its a move that could be a seamless transiton. Cavanaugh has spent the past the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and was vital to the success of Kirk Cousins. He was last an offensive coordinator in 2004 with the Baltimore Ravens. There have been questions about who’ll call plays. My guess is offensive line coach Bill Callahan and Cavanaugh will have input but Jay Gruden will ultimately call plays.

The Redskins also announced that they’ve hired Jim Tomsula to be the defensive line coach. Tomsula was with Scot McCloughan and Greg Manusky in San Francisco and was an integral part of the 49ers defensive as they reached the NFC Championship game three years in a row. The only vacancy on the coaching staff is for the defensive backs.