There’s a new norm in Ashburn. It isn’t an aura of dysfunction, or a wave of hope. It’s simply a mentality. The Washington Redskins will be an energetic bunch in 2017, win or lose.
There’s no correlation between excitement and success. Bill Belichick is more than enough proof of that. But when a team starved of greatness needs a hero to turn the tides, they could do worse than a hothead or two. The Redskins have two coaches particularly infamous for their lack of a volume knob.
Greg Manusky, the new defensive coordinator, already cultivated a reputation for himself in-house as the outside linebackers’ coach in 2016. One of the key factors in his promotion was his enthusiasm and ability to get results from his players. And recently-acquired defensive line coach Jim Tomsula already gained the same notoriety in his short time with the Redskins.
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In a fast paced game such as football, Manusky and Tomsula provide the Redskins with two coaches who won’t just keep up with the pace of the game, but dictate it. Loud leadership isn’t always good leadership, but for two coaches who have largely impressive resumes, being loud is a valuable quality.
The Washington Redskins defensive unit is flush with young potential. Manusky and Tomsula are perfect for the task of developing these players. And according to Alyssa Haduck of the Redskins’ official website, the players themselves have already noticed the effect.
“Coach Tomsula is a great coach. He is one of the most unorthodox coaches I have ever had but he is a pretty good coach that brings a lot of experience,” defensive lineman Joey Mbu said. “We had a finance meeting the first day we were [at the Redskins’ facility]. “We literally took about half the meeting up talking about personal finances but we got football out of it, it’s so weird. It’s really interesting and I can’t wait to learn more from him, not only about football but more about life.”
Working with Jay Gruden, the team should have a strong trio on the sidelines steering their players on the right path. The success of the team is magnified by the impact the coaching staff makes. The Redskins’ coaches are good at what they do. And they’re also very loud. Energy is the new ordinary for the burgundy and gold. Will that energy bring about winning as a new norm? The impending season holds the answer.