July 13, 2020

Washington Redskins: Week 13 Saturday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of practice before facing the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay addressed the media.

Beyond a rather hefty injury report that has six Redskins questionable for Monday’s game, Washington waived safety Trenton Robinson with an injury designation on Friday after he re-tweaked his injured hamstring. Washington will wait until Sunday to fill the spot on the 53 man roster. Even though Mason Foster is expected to start at the linebacker position, the Redskins could add another to the active roster with the injuries to Week 1 starters Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley Jr. Carlos Fields, Derrick Matthews, and Lynden Trail are on options off the practice squad.

Sean McVay knows that the Cowboys defense is “extremely sound” especially with their personnel that is well suited for Joe Barry‘s father-in-law Rod Marinelli’s defense.

McVay also talked briefly about some of the position players that he has to work with:

  • DeSean Jackson “brings a different element” to the team and is able to “open things up.”
  • Kirk Cousins is “getting better each and every week.”
  • Alfred Morris is a “rhythm runner” but is running the “same” relatively to last year. The coaching staff continues to have “a lot of confidence in him.”
  • Jordan Reed “knows he can be better in the run game” compared to his rather high number of penalties, 10, so far this season.

Washington Redskins: Week 13 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Following the Washington Redskins second practice of the week, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media ahead of Monday night’s key matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

With the news that Perry Riley Jr. will be out three to six weeks with a broken fifth metatarsal, Gruden called it a “big loss.” Barry knows that the team has to “move on” although he “feels horrible.” Washington is preparing for Mason Foster to start because Keenan Robinson is still not a lock to return to the fold. Foster “knows the defense” and has a lot of practice reps according to Gruden. All of the injuries have been unfortunate, but the mentality of backups being “starters in waiting” is why Barry believes they have been able to get past the adversity.

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Washington Redskins: Week 13 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

With the Washington Redskins set to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, “a dream” for Kirk Cousins, their first official practice of the week came on Thursday. Head coach Jay Gruden and Cousins addressed the media after an “outstanding” practice.

Gruden is also not taking into account the Cowboys record when preparing for the rivals because they can “dominate the line of scrimmage”. Dallas’ level of physicality is hard to match so Washington will be going at it hard in practice to remove any sense of complacency.

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Washington Redskins: Opportunistic defense helps Skins down Giants to take control of NFC East


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Although much has been made about all games being important by both Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins were faced with a true must-win situation when they hosted the New York Giants on Sunday at FedEx Field. A win and Washington would be in first place in the NFC East and firmly control their own destiny; a loss would set them looking toward the offseason and three games back of division contention. The Giants streak of five consecutive victories over Washington was snapped as the Redskins will go into December as the NFC East leader after a 20-14 win.

The Redskins led all day, but Odell Beckham, Jr.’s diving, one-handed touchdown catch from Eli Manning with 4:57 left drew the Giants within a touchdown, prompting nerves from all in attendance. But the Redskins were able to churn out a couple of first downs — via Alfred Morris — and when the Giants got the ball back with just 19 seconds left, there was little they could do — though a hook-and-lateral on the last play at least made the final play fun to watch. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 11 Preview: at Carolina Panthers

The Washington Redskins head to Charlotte, NC to face their second undefeated opponent in 3 weeks in the 9-0 Carolina Panthers. The Redskins are coming off their most complete performance of the season against the New Orleans Saints in a 43-14 rout, while the Panthers pulverized the Tennessee Titans, 27-10, in their Week 10 matchup.

The Panthers are led by the man who has been dominating headlines this year for his stellar play and creative celebrations, Mr. Cam Newton. Newton has been discussed as an MVP candidate this year, with his 15 passing TDs and 6 rushing TDs. He is a dynamic playmaker, especially around the red zone, where he loves to hit his big TE Greg Olsen. [Read more…]

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 9 Preview: at New England Patriots

The Washington Redskins are coming off a nice long bye week to their toughest road test of the season: the mighty Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The Redskins hope to build off of the miracle 31-30 comeback win vs. Tampa Bay two weeks ago, and will be healthier than they have been for most of the season. However, they are running into the juggernaut that is Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Not much needs to be said about the Patriots that has not been repeated ad nauseam. New England is a dynasty, with four Super Bowl Rings in six appearances in the past 15 seasons. They are the very antithesis of the Redskins during that time, and are now 7-0 for the first time since their historic 16-0 regular season in 2007. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 9 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

After announcing the usual injury update, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden continued to address the tough challenge of the New England offense, which was also the main theme of defensive coordinator Joe Barry‘s press conference.

Of the many things that Gruden discussed, one was about Brady’s extreme efficiency in quarterback sneaks that Gruden assessed to the recognition of a certain defensive front. Gruden also complimented Brady’s use of the snap count to catch the defense before they are completely ready, one of the major pros of a tempo offense. The Redskins head coach and former quarterback kidded that he hated running sneaks because he “always got killed”.

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