INDIANAPOLIS – Bolstered by the addition of Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians earlier this week, General Manager Ryan Grigson and Head Coach Chuck Pagano have added Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator.
Manusky joins Indianapolis from San Diego, where he served in the same capacity in 2011. It was Manusky's second coordinator position. He was in the same capacity with San Francisco from 2007-10.
The 2012 season will mark Manusky's 12th professional coaching season. He started as linebackers coach with Washington in 2001, then joined San Diego in the same role from 2002-06.
"I met with Greg yesterday and today with Coach (Pagano). I really feel good about him being a part of this," said Grigson. "(He is) a great fit. He's versatile within the scheme, 3-4, 4-3. It's part of the philosophy of not trying to put a square peg into a round hole. He lines right up with that. He's a football guy, passionate, fire in his eyes. You know when you sit with him for two seconds he's an intense football coach. He's ready to come in here and do some great things with us."
During his career, several players have gained Pro Bowl honors, including San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis, defensive tackle Justin Smith and cornerback Walt Harris. San Diego linebackers Shawne Merriman, Donnie Edwards and Junior Seau also gained the honor, as did Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington. Merriman, Edwards, Arrington, Willis and Smith all earned their first honors under Manusky's tutelage.
Manusky was a linebacker and a standout special teams performer during his 12-year playing career. He spent time in Washington (1988-90), Minnesota (1991-93) and Kansas City (1994-99). He played in 113 consecutive games during his career.
Marwan Maalouf has been selected to lead the special teams for Indianapolis. Maalouf was the assistant special teams coach with Baltimore from 2008-11. He was a special teams quality control coach with Cleveland from 2004-06. He served collegiate posts assisting in offensive line play with Baldwin-Wallace, Fordham and Rutgers.
Roy Anderson has been selected as secondary/safeties coach. Anderson served with Baltimore from 2005-11, starting in player personnel, then moving to a coaching/defensive assistant position from 2008-09 and to defensive assistant/secondary from 2010-11.
Grigson also said Clyde Christensen will remain with the organization, tentatively in the possible role as quarterbacks coach. "He's a pretty selfless guy, and he wants to do whatever he can to help the Colts win. It's great to have someone like that," said Grigson.