December 17, 2018

Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden talks injuries, importance of early leads, and Packers

The Washington Redskins found out they will be hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 4:40 pm, which will be broadcasted on FOX. That news came out several hours following the Redskins beating the Dallas Cowboys to end the regular season with a 9-7 record. In just his second year at the helm, Jay Gruden reflected on the recent success leading up to an NFC East championship and began to preview the Wild Card matchup.

On the injury front reserve defensive back Dashaun Phillips, who was taken out of the Cowboys game on a stretcher in a scary situation, “looks like he’s going to be OK.” Phillips, an ace on special teams as a gunner, is dealing with a painful cervical stinger but Gruden is not ruling out the possibility of him practicing on Wednesday. The news is actually worse for Kyshoen Jarrett who is already ruled out of the Packers game because of concern about the “nerve that affects his right arm.” Jarrett will undergo further tests while Joe Barry and Perry Fewell come up with a “plan on who’s going to play where and how” without their versatile rookie.

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Washington Redskins: Week 14 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

In the shortened work week following a Monday night game, the Washington Redskins held a walkthrough on Wednesday. Following the latter, head coach Jay Gruden  and quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed the media as they look ahead to the Chicago Bears.

Throughout much of the Cowboys game, Washington was unable to make Matt Cassel feel uncomfortable and allowed him to deliver the ball in a clean pocket. Gruden says that Joe Barry, who does not like to blitz often, is not dialing up many blitzes because of the instability in the secondary. The Redskins do not want to leave their corners on an island, but thinks that as the defensive backs start to become consistent more safety blitzes could be dialed up. Such is a role that both DeAngelo Hall and DaShon Goldson could thrive in.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins have a chance to take the NFC East divisional lead on Sunday with a win at home against the New York Giants. In a “one-game season”, according to head coach Jay Gruden, a loss would mean a three game deficit for Washington and a possible early offseason. On an extended Friday practice to account for the shortened Thanksgiving day effort, Gruden addressed the media before getting ready to host the rival Giants.

Gruden expressed his hatred to losing a “good player” in Chris Culliver yesterday in another “unfortunate” and “fluke” injury that seem to be striking the Redskins the most recently. With Bashaud Breeland ill, while Washington hopes it is “just a 24-hour bug”, the team will be forced to rely on the likes of converted receiver Quinton Dunbar and recently promoted corner Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad. Gruden hopes that defensive backs coach Perry Fewell‘s “schooling” of the Redskins depth will pay off while DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett can both return to the majority of their playing time coming at corner.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After practice in the indoor bubble, instead of the soaked practice field, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media about the Carolina Panthers.

One of the Achilles heels for the Redskins defense this season has been tackling and now with the challenge of facing a 6′ 5”, 250 pound quarterback, Gruden knows that the coaches have to preach sound and fundamental tackling techniques. The Redskins will “have to wrap him and try and get him down”. Gruden believes that Newton is most dangerous as a runner on “drop-back passes” where you do not account for him during man coverage.

During Jay Gruden’s tenure as head coach, the Washington Redskins have been a miserable 1-11 on the road including a current 8 game losing streak away from FedEx Field. Gruden said he doesn’t know what he can do to improve that since the routine is more or less the same. “We have to travel at the same time. We stay at a hotel. We have meetings at night. We get up and play in the morning — at 1:00.” Gruden does not have any “magical pep talks” that will help the team since they are already practicing hard.

Gruden thinks the biggest reason for the success in the run game against the Saints was that the team was able to play “with a lead”. On the contrary, when you are down and have to play catch up, you are unable to stick with the plan. Gruden believes that the “ability to convert on third downs, keep drives alive” helps the run game “tremendously”. Part of the reason for the relatively good offensive line play this year has been the development of second year tackle Morgan Moses. Gruden attributes his rapid development to his “work ethic, attention to detail, and want to get better”.

Contrary to previous belief when the Redskins brought in veteran center Brian de la Puente to possibly start ahead of Josh LeRibeus, Gruden said that the converted guard LeRibeus is still the team’s starter. The real reason why Washington brought in de la Puente was because they were not comfortable with Spencer Long being put into emergency center duties at the end of the first half against New England. Gruden said that the team “knew we needed another center in the building”. Despite LeRibeus’ poor shotgun snaps that Gruden says is being worked on every day, it is overall just something LeRibeus is new to that he will eventually get better at.

Although DeAngelo Hall is still not at 100% as seen by his limited play against the Saints, the Redskins are definitely looking at the possibility of the veteran corner to contribute at free safety. Gruden likes the idea because of the current success that hall of fame candidate Charles Woodson is having with the Oakland Raiders and thinks Hall has a “similar-type of ball skills that you look for at free safety”. Barry would later on that Hall could “absolutely” contribute at safety in the future, but amended that “he’s still going to play corner” too.

Barry spent most of his time addressing the Redskins internal struggles with run defense and how that possibly plays into the hands of the Panthers’ physical run game. Barry concurred with Gruden that the key in both aspects will be simply tackling better. Barry knows that Carolina’s “unique” running game can pose difficulties for defenses which is “why they lead the NFL”.

To end his presser, Barry would applaud Newton for playing “smart” whether it be by throwing the ball away or “running smart”. Barry believes and is corrent when saying “the more you play the more you’re going to grow”, which is what the Redskins hope to get out of Kirk Cousins.

Washington Redskins: Week 10 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Chances might be slim that the Redskins have post-season viability, but if there is to be any hope, it starts with a must-win game against the New Orleans Saints. Before getting ready to host WhoDat nation, head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator  Sean McVay spoke to the media.

With the team becoming healthier as a whole, Jay Gruden likes that DeSean Jackson is returning to his pre-injury form. Mainly, Jackson is gaining confidence because his returning speed which Gruden was impressed with during this week’s practice. McVay concurred with the head man by announcing that he believes Jackson is back at 100 percent and fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After Thursday’s practice that saw no one sit out for the first time this year, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media.

When asked about the possible lack of production opposite of Ryan Kerrigan, Gruden partially avoided the question by explaining that they are always looking for more from Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. Gruden elaborated that both young players are a “work in progress” that have a “ways to go”. Barry added that both have had “some good, some bad”. Washington would have loved to have the talent of Junior Galette, who continues to “rehab his butt off” at the Redskins facilities, according to Gruden.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Coming off of a mistake filled loss to the New England Patriots Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, addressed the media with their attentions now set on the New Orleans Saints. All involved know that a sixth loss this early in the season, will likely end the slimmest of hopes at a run for postseason contention.

After Washington was forced to place starting center Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve, they decided to quickly bring in seven-year veteran center Brian de la Puente in to possibly take over for converted guard Josh LeRibeus. LeRibeus has struggled in shotgun snaps and run blocks and Gruden hopes that de la Puente’s primary background as a true center will help with that. Gruden said that the team has not “given up on Josh [LeRibeus]” but they need to see the former third-round pick improve while the Redskins evaluate “how much de la Puente can do”.

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