Fooch’s update: Washington made it official.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden is making changes to the defensive side of his coaching staff, and he is dealing with some familiar names. Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula will take over as defensive line coach, according to NBC4’s Carol Maloney. Additionally, Gruden is promoting former 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky from outside linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
Tomsula was out of football over the past year following his firing by the 49ers. He had served as DL coach for eight years, including four with Manusky as the team’s defensive coordinator. It was a frustrating time as the 49ers had talented players on defense, but the unit could not put it all together. The 49ers made some big player additions to the unit in 2011, but the addition of Vic Fangio was no small thing.
While Washington gets their defensive coaching staff finalized, the 49ers will have plenty of work in front of them to figure out that side of the ball. If Kyle Shanahan ends up getting the job as expected, he brings an offensive expertise. He is an experienced coach, but will need a strong defensive coordinator to lead that side of the ball. The team was reportedly interested in Gus Bradley and Vic Fangio, but neither worked out. I am curious to see who Shanahan has in mind moving forward.