Coaches

Greg Manusky
Defensive Coordinator
College:
Colgate
Hometown:
Dallas, PA
Experience:
15

Greg Manusky enters his fourth season with the Colts as the team’s defensive coordinator. He holds 15 years of NFL coaching experience following a 12-year playing career in the league.

 

In 2014, Manusky guided a defense that helped record the team’s third straight 11-5 regular season record and second consecutive AFC South Division Championship. The defense finished 11th in the NFL in yards allowed, an improvement of nine spots from a No. 20 ranking in 2013. The Colts also finished second in the league in third down percentage allowed (33.3%), which was the lowest single-season percentage allowed in team history since 1972. From Weeks 4 through 7, the Colts only allowed one third down conversion in four straight games, marking the longest such streak by an NFL team since 1970.

 

Manusky coached three defensive players who earned their first career Pro Bowl nods in safety Mike Adams, cornerback Vontae Davis and inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Adams ranked tied for first in the NFL in takeaways (seven), while Davis finished tied for third with a career-high 18 passes defensed. Jackson led the team with 184 tackles (111 solo) and notched career highs in sacks (4.0) and fumble recoveries (four). Manusky also guided outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, who led the team and finished second among rookies with 6.5 sacks.

 

In 2013, Manusky led a defense that helped produce an 11-5 regular season record for the second straight season and an AFC South Division Championship. The defense finished the year ranked fourth in the AFC in points allowed (21.0), tied for fifth in sacks (42.0) and eighth in interceptions (15). Outside linebacker Robert Mathis earned his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl selection after leading the NFL and posting career highs in sacks (19.5) and forced fumbles (eight). Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman led the team in tackles (169) for the second straight year and set career highs in sacks (5.5), forced fumbles (six), fumble recoveries (two) and interceptions (two). His forced fumbles total tied for third in the NFL and first among inside linebackers. Cornerback Darius Butler posted a team-leading four interceptions for the second straight year and led all AFC cornerbacks from 2012 to 2013 with eight interceptions.

 

In 2012, Manusky incorporated a new 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme that helped produce an 11-5 record and an AFC Wild Card playoff berth. The Colts defense compiled 32.0 sacks and 12 interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns, tying the most for a single season in franchise history. The defense also allowed opponents to convert only 38.1 percent of their third down attempts.

 

Manusky guided Mathis and Dwight Freeney as they made the conversion from defensive end to the linebacker position. Mathis led the team with 8.0 sacks while Freeney totaled 5.0. Safety Antoine Bethea topped the 100-tackle plateau for the fifth consecutive year and Freeman set a new franchise record for tackles in a single season (203) in his first year with the Colts. Butler (four) and Davis (three) led the team in interceptions, while Butler returned two picks for touchdowns.

 

In 2012, the defensive unit represented several individual awards, including Mathis’ fifth consecutive career Pro Bowl selection. Cornerbacks Cassius Vaughn, Butler and Davis all garnered AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

 

Manusky spent the 2011 campaign as the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Under his direction, the defense allowed an average of 224.4 net passing yards per game as safety Eric Weddle tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions and earned a trip to the 2012 Pro Bowl. Manusky also coached linebacker Antwan Barnes, who set a career-high with 11.0 sacks, which ranked 11th in the NFL.

 

Prior to joining the Chargers, Manusky spent four seasons (2007-2010) as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. His 2009 unit did not allow a touchdown in five separate games while forcing an NFL-best 21 fumbles, allowing just 3.6 yards per rush and sacking the opposing quarterback 44.0 times.

 

Manusky’s first tenure with the Chargers lasted four seasons (2002-06), during which he served as the linebackers coach. In the 2006 campaign, San Diego linebackers accounted for 42.5 of the team’s 61.0 regular season sacks.

 

Manusky was a linebacker and special teams standout during his 12-year NFL playing career that included stops in Washington, Minnesota and Kansas City. He recorded a stretch where he participated in 113 consecutive games. Manusky earned All-Madden Team honors in 1991 and retired from the NFL in 2000.

 

Manusky started his coaching career in 2000, working as a volunteer linebackers and special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp. He then joined the Redskins staff in 2001 as the team’s linebackers coach.

 

Throughout his career, Manusky has coached an impressive list of Pro Bowl players, including Mathis, Davis, Jackson and Adams with the Colts and Weddle, Shawne Merriman, Donnie Edwards and Junior Seau with the Chargers. He also guided Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Walt Harris with the 49ers and LaVar Arrington with the Redskins.

 

A native of Wyoming, Pa., Manusky attended Dallas High School before moving on to Colgate University where he was a four-year letterman and an All-Colonial League selection. As a senior in 1987, Manusky was named the Colonial League’s Defensive Player of the Year. He graduated with degrees in education and geology.

 

Manusky and his wife, Laurie, have two sons, Colton and Jake, and two daughters, Logan and Chandler.

 

Coaching Career

2001                Washington Redskins             Linebackers

2002-2006       San Diego Chargers               Linebackers

2007-2010       San Francisco 49ers               Defensive Coordinator

2011                San Diego Chargers               Defensive Coordinator

2012-2015       Indianapolis Colts                    Defensive Coordinator

Greg Manusky enters his fourth season with the Colts as the team’s defensive coordinator. He holds 15 years of NFL coaching experience following a 12-year playing career in the league.

 

In 2014, Manusky guided a defense that helped record the team’s third straight 11-5 regular season record and second consecutive AFC South Division Championship. The defense finished 11th in the NFL in yards allowed, an improvement of nine spots from a No. 20 ranking in 2013. The Colts also finished second in the league in third down percentage allowed (33.3%), which was the lowest single-season percentage allowed in team history since 1972. From Weeks 4 through 7, the Colts only allowed one third down conversion in four straight games, marking the longest such streak by an NFL team since 1970.

 

Manusky coached three defensive players who earned their first career Pro Bowl nods in safety Mike Adams, cornerback Vontae Davis and inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Adams ranked tied for first in the NFL in takeaways (seven), while Davis finished tied for third with a career-high 18 passes defensed. Jackson led the team with 184 tackles (111 solo) and notched career highs in sacks (4.0) and fumble recoveries (four). Manusky also guided outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome, a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, who led the team and finished second among rookies with 6.5 sacks.

 

In 2013, Manusky led a defense that helped produce an 11-5 regular season record for the second straight season and an AFC South Division Championship. The defense finished the year ranked fourth in the AFC in points allowed (21.0), tied for fifth in sacks (42.0) and eighth in interceptions (15). Outside linebacker Robert Mathis earned his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl selection after leading the NFL and posting career highs in sacks (19.5) and forced fumbles (eight). Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman led the team in tackles (169) for the second straight year and set career highs in sacks (5.5), forced fumbles (six), fumble recoveries (two) and interceptions (two). His forced fumbles total tied for third in the NFL and first among inside linebackers. Cornerback Darius Butler posted a team-leading four interceptions for the second straight year and led all AFC cornerbacks from 2012 to 2013 with eight interceptions.

 

In 2012, Manusky incorporated a new 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme that helped produce an 11-5 record and an AFC Wild Card playoff berth. The Colts defense compiled 32.0 sacks and 12 interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns, tying the most for a single season in franchise history. The defense also allowed opponents to convert only 38.1 percent of their third down attempts.

 

Manusky guided Mathis and Dwight Freeney as they made the conversion from defensive end to the linebacker position. Mathis led the team with 8.0 sacks while Freeney totaled 5.0. Safety Antoine Bethea topped the 100-tackle plateau for the fifth consecutive year and Freeman set a new franchise record for tackles in a single season (203) in his first year with the Colts. Butler (four) and Davis (three) led the team in interceptions, while Butler returned two picks for touchdowns.

 

In 2012, the defensive unit represented several individual awards, including Mathis’ fifth consecutive career Pro Bowl selection. Cornerbacks Cassius Vaughn, Butler and Davis all garnered AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

 

Manusky spent the 2011 campaign as the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Under his direction, the defense allowed an average of 224.4 net passing yards per game as safety Eric Weddle tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions and earned a trip to the 2012 Pro Bowl. Manusky also coached linebacker Antwan Barnes, who set a career-high with 11.0 sacks, which ranked 11th in the NFL.

 

Prior to joining the Chargers, Manusky spent four seasons (2007-2010) as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. His 2009 unit did not allow a touchdown in five separate games while forcing an NFL-best 21 fumbles, allowing just 3.6 yards per rush and sacking the opposing quarterback 44.0 times.

 

Manusky’s first tenure with the Chargers lasted four seasons (2002-06), during which he served as the linebackers coach. In the 2006 campaign, San Diego linebackers accounted for 42.5 of the team’s 61.0 regular season sacks.

 

Manusky was a linebacker and special teams standout during his 12-year NFL playing career that included stops in Washington, Minnesota and Kansas City. He recorded a stretch where he participated in 113 consecutive games. Manusky earned All-Madden Team honors in 1991 and retired from the NFL in 2000.

 

Manusky started his coaching career in 2000, working as a volunteer linebackers and special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp. He then joined the Redskins staff in 2001 as the team’s linebackers coach.

 

Throughout his career, Manusky has coached an impressive list of Pro Bowl players, including Mathis, Davis, Jackson and Adams with the Colts and Weddle, Shawne Merriman, Donnie Edwards and Junior Seau with the Chargers. He also guided Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Walt Harris with the 49ers and LaVar Arrington with the Redskins.

 

A native of Wyoming, Pa., Manusky attended Dallas High School before moving on to Colgate University where he was a four-year letterman and an All-Colonial League selection. As a senior in 1987, Manusky was named the Colonial League’s Defensive Player of the Year. He graduated with degrees in education and geology.

 

Manusky and his wife, Laurie, have two sons, Colton and Jake, and two daughters, Logan and Chandler.

 

Coaching Career

2001                Washington Redskins             Linebackers

2002-2006       San Diego Chargers               Linebackers

2007-2010       San Francisco 49ers               Defensive Coordinator

2011                San Diego Chargers               Defensive Coordinator

2012-2015       Indianapolis Colts                    Defensive Coordinator