Last season under Joe Barry, the Redskins own a milquetoast defense that ranked 28th in total yards per game allowed, 25th in pass defense and 24th against the run.
While Manusky won’t have his defense fully installed until later this month, it’s already clear to veterans players looking at the plan on paper that the new DC plans to get after the quarterback, adding a lot of pressure packages.
With the 114th overall pick, Washington took Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, a 5-11, 233-pound bruiser who left Oklahoma with a string of broken records in his belt. Despite the presence of Joe Mixon, Perine managed to put up at least 1,000 yards and 10-plus touchdowns every season, including a starlit freshman year where he rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns.
One scout, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, described Perine as a type of Eddie Lacy-light, which fits the mold Washington is likely trying to replace with Jones.
According to Rapoport, the extension was struck late Saturday at Prime 47 steakhouse in Indianapolis, where the NFL Scouting Combine is taking place. Saturday was also Gruden’s 50th birthday.
In three seasons with Washington, Gruden has a regular-season record of 21-26-1. He guided the Redskins to the NFC East title in ’15, but lost to Green Bay in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Less than a month ago, many league observers believed Cousins was ultimately bound for a reunion with former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. Now there’s reason to believe the relationship between Cousins and cheap jerseys and the Redskins is repairable.
“I felt very much supported,” Cousins said of his mid-March meeting with Allen and owner Daniel Synder, “and felt the owner and president of the team want me to be the quarterback there and to be the quarterback there for a long time.”
Perine, a fourth-round rookie, will battle Kelley for first- and second-down snaps while Thompson takes the third-down duties. If the Redskins keep a fourth back, Brown makes the most sense at this stage, given his special teams ability.
At this point, Jones has no reason to attend workouts before a trade or release, but Gruden said Wednesday he expected the 6-foot-2, 232-pound runner to show up to workouts.
Solving their defensive woes is a huge part of Washington’s offseason in 2017. After firing coordinator Joe Barry two weeks ago, the team also confirmed interviews with Mike Pettine and Gus Bradley. Pettine, having come up under Rex Ryan as a defensive coordinator, runs a similar pressure-oriented scheme.
While it would be heartbreaking to go through a season without at least one of the Ryan brothers in a position of power, it’s beginning to look that way. Rex has gone largely silent since being dismissed as the head coach of the Bills and, outside of this interview, not much has been heard from Rob. Clearly, the Redskins wanted to find out for themselves if the Ryan defensive scheme was too complicated to install.