Tag:Greg Manusky
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 10:23 pm

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

SpikesPosted by Josh Katzowitz

After three seasons in San Francisco, free agent LB Takeo Spikes has a new destination. The Chargers announced Tuesday night that Spikes and San Diego have agreed to terms on a three-year deal.

Even though Spikes will turn 35 in December, he’s coming off a standout year in which he combined for 109 tackles, his biggest number since 2003, and recorded three interceptions. Though it’s understandable why the 49ers wouldn’t want to give him a long-term contract -- though one of the San Francisco beat writers earlier this year said signing Spikes was a “no brainer” -- Spikes clearly still has value.

Even better for Spikes, his old defensive coordinator in San Francisco, Greg Manusky, is now in San Diego.

And maybe for Spikes, it’ll be nice to play for a team that has a pretty good chance to win. From my Five Questions (or More) with him last November:

4. CBS: You know, your career is fascinating to me. You’ve played at such a high level for so long, but you’ve only been on one team that’s finished with a winning record. After 12 years in the league …

Spikes: Thirteen years.

CBS: After 13 years, how do you still get excited about football, even when the teams you’ve played on haven’t been so good?

Spikes: I walk on faith. I think that’s the bottom line. Back in the day, early in my career, you don’t know anything about how a team is supposed to feel, and not understanding the reasons why we’re paying quarterbacks $10-12 million per year. If you have a good quarterback, you’re able to go out and compete no matter how bad your defense is. That’s a fact. Earlier in my career, I didn’t understand that. I thought the defense could do it all. But you still need help. Now, how do I keep myself going? I’m surrounded by a great group of guys, and it’s an even push. They push me all the time. I know what we can be. I see us working toward that as a defense.

- In other former Bills LB news, Paul Posluszny has agreed to a six-year deal with the Jaguars, according to NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Report: Chargers to hire Manusky as D coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

The San Diego Chargers have found their replacement for Ron Rivera. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, former 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky is moving south. It’s not a done deal, but all indications are Manusky will coordinator the Chargers defense in 2011.

Manusky has been in high demand since the Jim Harbaugh hiring made it apparent that he would not be staying in San Francisco.

This hiring makes perfect sense for San Diego. Manusky, who has become highly respected by NFL insiders over the past few years, ran a 3-4 scheme with the Niners that is similar to the one long-employed by the Chargers.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:17 pm

Fangio, Manusky in mix for Cowboys DC job

Posted by Will Brinson

Greg Manusky, a potential head-coaching candidate with several teams including the Panthers, is likely done with the 49ers. Vic Fangio, Stanford's defensive coordinator, was presumed a strong candidate to replace him (because of the Jim Harbaugh connection, obviously) in San Fran.

However, it turns out both gentlemen might have an opportunity in Dallas. Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that Fangio is speaking to the Cowboys about the defensive coordinator position there and Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Manusky informed reporters he'll be interviewing with Dallas on Wednesday for the DC gig.

Fangio's was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for a long time, running Carolina's defense from 1995-98, Indy's D from 1999-2001, and the Texans D from 2002-05 (yes, he's boys with Dom Capers, why do you ask?). Then he was with the Ravens from 2006-09, when they had a decent defense.

Manusky engineered a 49ers defense that ranked fourth in yards allowed in 2009 (and fifth in points allowed then as well) and 16th in yards allowed in 2010. Most impressively, perhaps, the Niners ranked sixth in rush yards allowed both those years and third and second in yards per rush during that time, respectively.

Paul Pasqualoni, who took over the defensive coordinator position when Jason Garrett ascended to interim head coach, is also in the mix for the full-time position next season.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:51 am

Ron Rivera leading Panthers candidate right now?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers are expected to hire a current defensive coordinator as their next head coach. It's what they did in 2002 and it worked out pretty well for them, so seeing something different out of Charlotte in 2011 would be a bit of a surprise. 

This is only solidified by the fact that the candidates under consideration for the 'Cats gig -- Rob Ryan, Perry Fewell, Ron Rivera, and Greg Manusky -- are all defensive coordinators int he league. 

But who's got a leg up on the job in Carolina right now? Well, Peter King of Sports Illustrated tweeted Saturday evening that he's hearing Rivera is the "early leader" for the Panthers job as Marty Hurney and Danny Morrison wrap up their "Tour de Hire 2011." 

We've covered Rivera's credentials as a defensive guru already -- they're quite good. Earlier in the year, Andy also mentioned a story about Rivera as a family man and how he played the role of "Mr. Mom" with his wife on the road for work.

Part of that -- especially paired next to Rob Ryan's family reputation -- may be why Rivera is such an attractive candidate for the Panthers. He's quietly done a great job for several years in both Chicago and San Diego. 

Which is exactly what the Panthers would want him to do in Carolina.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:39 am

Panthers seem to be looking for defensive guy

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to the Gaston Gazette, Panthers GM Marty Hurney and president Danny Morrison met with New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Thursday. Hurney and Morrison met with Browns defensive coordinator (now, likely, former defensive coordinator) Rob Ryan on Wednesday.

According to the report, Carolina’s defensive-minded search will continue over the next few days as “Hurney and Morrison are expected to take their traveling road show to the West Coast over the weekend to meet with San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, although it’s unclear in which order.”

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 9:04 pm

Baalke hired as SF GM (and other 49ers news)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The 49ers are looking for a head coach, but apparently, they don’t mind giving their defensive coordinator a shot at a different head coaching job.

As CSN Bay Area writes, San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will interview for the Panthers job that’s been vacated by John Fox.

- In other 49ers news, the San Jose Mercury News reports that team owner Jed York has narrowed the field to two GM candidates: Trent Baalke and Michael Lombardi.

Apparently, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh – who very well could be the next San Francisco head coach after the new GM is hired – would be fine with either candidate.

Expect a decision on the GM matter very soon. Like, really, really soon.

- And while we’re at it, we’ll throw this bit of news in there as well. As the Contra Costa Times writes, the 49ers have been given permission from the Raiders to interview Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for the San Francisco head coaching position.

“The 49ers asked and Al said yes,” senior executive John Herrera told the paper. “He’s happy for Hue.”

UPDATED (9:00 p.m.):
Earlier, when I said "Expect a decision on the GM matter very soon. Like, really, really soon," I didn't expect the decision would be made 10 minutes after I posted the blog.

But yeah, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Baalke has been handed the GM reins. His first order of business: track down Jim Harbaugh, drag him into the 49ers offices and force him to take the San Francisco job.

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