When the Washington Redskins signed edge rusher Junior Galette, the decision was met with some criticism due to Galette's off-field reputation. In an interview with CSN's Chick Hernandez, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan broke down the decision and process to sign Galette.
"We brought him in here, I sat him down for two hours, and we were face to face," McCloughan said, per the Washington Post. "We were both sweating. And he's half-crazy, but but that's ok -- that's a football player. But you know what, Bruce [Allen] met with him, Jay [Gruden] met with him; we all gave him the thumbs-up."
McCloughan made it a point to break down the Redskins' system of checks and balances. All three key members of the Redskins' organization, including head coach Jay Gruden and team president Bruce Allen had to be present to meet with Galette and vouch for his character.
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"Bruce (Allen) met with him, Jay (Gruden) met with him; we all gave him thumbs-up," McCloughan said.
Galette finished as Pro Football Focus' second-best 4-3 defense end in their pass rush grade. Only Cameron Wake had more combined pressures from the 4-3 defensive end position. Galette finished with 10 sacks, 13 quarterback hits and 45 quarterback pressures, according to PFF's game charters.
The Redskins will utilize a 3-4 base defense under new coordinator Joe Barry. Galette's role has not been defined yet, but it is expected that he will compete for snaps with the starters at right outside linebacker. Galette was not as effective as an outside linebacker with the Saints when they ran a 3-4 base scheme in 2013.
Barry will look to get his best personnel on the field at all times in the front seven. This could mean that we see Galette in a hybrid role, occasionally with his hand in the dirt as a more traditional 4-3 defensive end. The Redskins are hoping that Galette can translate his "half-crazy" personality to the football field again in 2015.
(h/t Washington Post)