Washington Redskins: Wanted – A Defensive Coordinator

For the past six years, there has been a lot of talk about the Washington Redskins. Mainly surrounding their head coach Jay Gruden. However, under Gruden, the defense has been absolutely horrid. Teams have been able to go up and down on the Redskins game in and game out. It is now time to put this to rest. I know we are only two games into the 2019 season, nonetheless, Greg Manusky needs to be fired and here is why.

  1. Points

In the first two weeks of the season, the Washington Redskins have given up 30+ points to each of their opponents. With upcoming games against the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots in the next three weeks, things could get uglier. That is unless a change is made.


  1. Soft Corners

The cornerbacks for the Washington Redskins are often seen giving 7-10 yard cushions on receivers. This is completely unacceptable. An NFL CB should not be more than 5 yards off of the ball. Even in zone coverage. If the Redskins CBs would get up and pressure more opposing WRs there may be more chances at passes being defended rather than passes being completed.

I understand that there may be situations, such as third and a mile, in which you pay off. In any case, that has not been the situations that the Redskins defense has been in.

  1. Lack of Blitzing

This has been a mantra of the Washington Redskins since Gruden took over. Even in his first year when the defense was under Jim Haslett, there was a lack of creating pressure. The front four of the Washington Redskins may be able to create pressure on their own early in games, however as games wear on they do not get home.

  1. Run Stoppers

The Washington Redskins have two of the best young run stoppers in the game in Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen. Nevertheless, they cannot stop every run.

More often than not, the linebackers for the Washington Redskins are out of position on run plays. This is a huge factor. If the horses upfront can’t make those tackles, then the opposing running back is often finding his way to the secondary of the Redskins.

  1. Depth

The depth of the Washington Redskins is still non-existent. I believe that there needs to be a better managing of the game day roster. Maybe we need to have more DBs or lineman healthy so that we can maintain the pressure on at all times for four quarters. This is just an idea but something has to be done.

The lack of defense has been going on for Gruden’s tenure. They have finished in the bottom half of the NFL a majority of the years (20th in 2014, 28th in 2015, 28th in 2016, 21st in 2017, and 17th in 2018). I have been an advocate for the coaching staff in the past. Simply because we needed some stability. Nonetheless, if Jay Gruen does not man up, let his balls drop, and make a change to this defense…….it may be time for him to go as well.

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