RICHMOND—For the second straight year, Josh Norman will be playing in a different defensive scheme.
Last year he came to the Redskins from Carolina and had to learn Joe Barry’s defense. After the season Barry was fired and outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky took control of the defense and he has installed his philosophy. Norman likes the challenge of making the change.
“It’s pretty cool to see both sides of the spectrum, I think I only saw that one time when I was at Carolina,” said Norman. “Then coming here, we had a defensive coordinator in Joe Barry and then now, Manusky, but the thing is, he’s still in the same coaching staff as last year, he just moved up to another position. They are similar but two way-different type of schemes.
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That’s is an interesting way to phrase it and some other players have echoed Norman’s sentiment. While we won’t really know what to expect until the regular season opens—we will be treated to vanilla schemes during the preseason—it seems that while the actual scheme is not all that different Manusky will call it much more aggressively.
“I like this scheme, I enjoy this scheme,” said Norman. “This is what we do and this is our backyard . . . This one right here, like I said, it feels like it’s in my backyard. It’s going to be a fun year.”
Norman made sure to day that he also liked aspects of Barry’s scheme. But apparently he prefers the nature of what Manusky is bringing to the defense.
Along with the new coordinator came a new position coach for Norman. Perry Fewell was fired and in came Torrian Gray, the former Virginia Tech secondary coach.
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“I think he will help a lot, I really do,” said Norman. “He brings a sound technique background to what he does. His approach is pretty cool, it vibes well with the group. He’s a funny guy. I think that resonates with people when you have an energetic, funny guy. It comes off as ‘OK, we can rock with this and learn some stuff.’ I have been taking a few things of what he [does] and using them at our discretion, so it’s been pretty good.”
Of course, it’s easy to be happy about everything after the offseason program and one day of minicamp. Everybody is undefeated. We will see if things change of the team and the defense get off to a rocky start.
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