Manusky spent four prior seasons as the Colts defensive coordinator, but was recently dismissed as the team has overhauled their coaching staff around head coach Chuck Pagano. Instead, the Colts decided to go forward with former Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino as their defensive coordinator.
In Manusky’s four seasons with the Colts, his defense has ranked 21st (24.2 ppg), 9th (21.0 ppg), 19th (23.1 ppg), and most recently 25th (25.5 ppg) in allowed points per game.
On a defense lacking playmakers; however, Manusky’s Colts defenses were at least passable all things considered:
His biggest downfall was that his defenses failed to show much improvement on a year-to-year basis in his four seasons with the Colts. Specifically, his defenses would routinely get torched by elite quarterbacks–giving up an exorbitant amount of passing yards and touchdowns.
However, Manusky will now go to the destination where he began his coaching career, as he started as a linebackers coach with the Washington Redskins in 2001–having also played for the team as a middle linebacker from 1988-90.
While the Colts are clearly looking forward to seeing what Monachino can bring as their new defensive coordinator, it’s good to see that Manusky has landed safely on his coaching feet.