"We’re getting there, but we’ve had, what, two first-round picks since I’ve been here? One of them hasn’t played a down -- or played [two] games] -- and the other one is a guard," Gruden said. "We have got to make sure we do well in the draft the next year or two and make sure that we continue to add to the talent that we have. We are in sync. We have a very good view of what we look for in a football player -- very similar -- and that won’t change. I have a lot of respect for the work that Scot puts in. Together we’ll come up with a plan and get the right players in here."
Taylor was a first-round pick in 2011 and played in every game as a rookie, finishing with four sacks. But he played in only eight games his second year -- after tearing a pectoral muscle in May. He appeared in 15 games the following season, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in November, 2014. He hasn’t played since that time.
Approach: Multiple players, but especially the quarterbacks, have all said the same thing about McVay. He’s as detailed a coach as they’ve been around. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy said McVay and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh “are two of the most detailed guys I’ve been around. They give us extra notes. They have great ideas of how we’re supposed to play. Sean has a specific way he wants things done. He’s very detailed. We’re always prepared.” Knowing McVay, he will take that same approach to interviews, which is why those close to him have known he’d do well in these settings.
Before coaching: Manusky made the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Colgate. In three years with the Redskins he played in 39 games, starting 15 at middle linebacker. After that he played for the Vikings and Chiefs for a combined nine seasons. Manusky was mostly a reserve and special teams player; after leaving Washington he started just six more games.