Greg Manusky has internal support | ESPN Redskins Blog (note: written before Bradley to SD)
Outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky has a lot of support among the players, and it would lead to some continuity among the coaching staff, giving Gruden someone he knows well and could immediately trust. He has support in the front office, too. So he checks a lot of boxes. One player felt the longer this search went on, the better it was for Manusky, simply because it meant other potential targets couldn’t be hired for whatever reason. It might end up being Manusky, but it was not preordained going into the search that he would get the job.
After the season, Kerrigan said he hoped rest would be enough to help his elbow. Two weeks later, though, he needed the surgery and his chance to play in the Pro Bowl had ended. It would have been his second Pro Bowl appearance, but this was the first time he'd been voted into the game. Kerrigan has never missed a regular-season game in six years with Washington.
They might re-sign Chris Baker, but there are questions about his consistency. There’s also no doubt he has talent. We’ve seen what he can do and he’d be improved with the right guy next to him, someone to not only take up blockers but to push him. Ziggy Hood is not a starting nose tackle (not his fault; he played there out of necessity) and Ricky Jean Francois is best as a reserve. It's not as if these players can't help, but they need stronger starters. There’s no doubt the Redskins feel they must improve here over anything else.
What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost.
It’s very early but the preliminary big boards make it look like the Redskins are likely to have a defensive lineman such as Solomon Thomas of Stanford or Mailk McDowell of Michigan State wind up as the best available player so that both the fans a Scot McCloughan can be happy.