February 21, 2020

Washington Redskins: Week 7 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

The injuries continue to be a topic of concern for the Washington Redskins, which was the topic of discussion for the majority of Jay Gruden‘s media availability. However, new defensive coordinator Joe Barry was able to discuss football through evaluations of the past and looking forward to the upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The one football game related point that Gruden discussed was what a healthy Jordan Reed would do to jumpstart the Redskins sputtering offense. Having Reed available will add the element of long completions back into the playbook, which Gruden knows needs to be done in order to help the run game. With Reed being a major mismatch against most linebackers and safeties, the Florida product should be able to continuously sit down in the middle of the field behind eight man fronts that are trying to stop the run. Then teams will be unable to simply commit to the run as they have been for much of the past two games.

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Washington Redskins: Week 6 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

As injuries continue to mount, the Washington Redskins continue to do their best to prepare for the New York Jets. Today head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry,  an underrated addition to the coaching staff, spoke to the media.

 The promising news with the recent offensive line injuries to the most veteran counterparts of Trent Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger is that Gruden knows that they could play without practicing, if physically capable, because they have gotten the “mental reps” of walkthroughs. If both are unable to go, the offensive line from left to right would be Ty NsekheSpencer LongJosh LeRibeusBrandon Scherff, and Morgan Moses who have a combined 13 starts of which only 1 (from Moses) came from before this year.

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Washington Redskins: Week 5 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of the media availability before the Washington Redskins travel to Atlanta for a matchup against the Falcons, head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay spoke to the media. DeSean JacksonDeAngelo HallJordan Reed, and Chris Culliver were all ruled OUT for Sunday’s game on Friday.

The Redskins secondary will be extremely thin when facing off a solid Falcons receiving corp. Mid-season signee Will Blackmon, a nine year veteran, will start for the Redskins across from Bashaud Breeland. Behind Julio Jones, Atlanta also has talent from veteran Roddy White and former Redskin Leonard Hankerson. Expect converted safety Kyshoen Jarrett to play much of the team’s nickel position because as Joe Barry admitted yesterday, the team is not overly confidence in the inexperienced talent of Quinton Dunbar and DeShazor Everett, both of whom were promoted from the practice squad last week.

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Washington Redskins: Week 5 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

Besides injury updates, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry continued to shed light on Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

In the theme of conducting a culture change around the franchise, Gruden made one remark that summed up exactly what you will hope can come out of all of it. “The players have done an excellent job of buying in and performing”. Not that the Redskins had not always believed what their coaches are telling them but that they actually have something to show based on their performance is more exciting. In short, Gruden wrapped it up by saying “we’re trying to let the past be the past and we’re trying to make this [something] new”.

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Washington Redskins: Week 5 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

After an exciting comeback performance against the Philadelphia Eagles to bring the Washington Redskins record back to 0.500, the club hopes to continue keeping pace as a co-leader of the NFC East. A small dose of the game plan against the Atlanta Falcons was revealed on Wednesday when head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins met with the media.

With the injuries to opening day starters Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins will have a tough challenge in defending Julio Jones who Gruden called “a different human being”. If Culliver is unable to go, expect lots of safety help for Bashaud Breeland and the reliance that the pass rush can get home before Matt Ryan has enough time to make a big play. On a quick point dealing with safety Trenton Robinson, the league DID clear him of any wrong doing when penalized twice for a targeting personal foul last week. Robinson has been a lift to the team after the season ending wrist injury to Duke Ihenacho and will be relied on to help contain the explosive Julio Jones on Sunday.

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Washington Redskins: Week Four Monday Recap after Comeback Win against Eagles

After a great divisional win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins had a busy Monday while dealing with roster moves, injuries, and evaluating yesterday’s play.

On the game winning 90-yard touchdown drive, Gruden said he saw “poise and confidence” out of Kirk Cousins. Something that Robert Griffin III struggled with, getting through his progressions, is what Gruden credited Cousins with doing yesterday. Gruden believes that the “confidence that he’s starting to get” is leading to improved performances. Gruden also credited the offensive line and specifically now starting left guard Spencer Long for playing “great”, which can only help Cousins as he continues to develop.

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Washington Redskins: Week 4 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins took part in an an outdoor practice in the dreary rain, in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin’s effect on Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to sources the game WILL be played this weekend and not postponed until both teams have byes during Week 8 of the regular season. Afterwards, coaches Jay Gruden and Joe Barry both addressed the media.

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Washington Redskins: Week 2 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

In preparation for a Week 2 hosting of the St. Louis Rams, Jay Gruden took a few questions from the media while defense coordinator Joe Barry was available for extensive question on both Week 1 evaluations and looking ahead. For all injury updates click here.

Head coach Gruden explained that moving the mandatory off day for players to Monday was implemented and has so far been a success because it allows all involved to digest events further. Moreover, it allows the film to have already been broken down by Tuesday’s practice.

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Washington Redskins: Week 1 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

Just three days away from the start of the Washington Redskins regular season, head coach Jay Gruden again talked to the media following a session by new defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

The team is still waiting to receive a written report from the league’s neurologist regarding Robert Griffin III‘s concussion that he sustained three weeks ago. Gruden says that he has “no idea” why it has taken this long and again wants all to know that this is in no way should reflect poorly on the Redskins as it is something out of their control. Because Griffin currently cannot participate in a regular season game due to the possibility of contact, Colt McCoy remains the backup quarterback to Kirk Cousins, however Gruden has kept the door open that Griffin could actually be the backup on Sunday if cleared.

If Griffin is made inactive Week 1, it could be that he has still not been cleared and/or the coaching staff believes McCoy has “beat out” the former rookie of the year. The difference between the two may not be known unless officially announced beforehand. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: 2015 Outlook for Defense

We have looked at the Washington Redskins offense last week. This week we looked specifically at the defensive line, linebackers, and secondary of the burgundy and gold. Now it’s time to look at the defense as a whole, a unit that last year looked worse than a college team under the helm of Jim Haslett. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry might have gone 0-16 in the same role with the Lions, but there is almost no where but up for him to take the Redskins defense.

Similarly to our outlook for the offense, we will go through each unit projecting their grades for the regular season and then develop a projected Week 1 Depth Chart (which will NOT included the suspended Baushad Breeland).

  • Defensive Line: B+. The Redskins might not have any flashy stars like J.J. Watt that we can become enamored with in the trenches, but they have quietly put together a strong group of veterans that get the job done. Ricky Jean-Francois, Stephen Paea, and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton should help solidify a unit that struggled doing anything in non-blitz situations. As long as they accomplish occupying more blockers than they are rushing from the line, that play will be a success. Penetration and giving linebackers open lanes to the ball carrier would be a bonus that would put them is company with some of the best lines in the league, but we must temper expectations to start.
  • Linebackers: B. The lone addition to the unit was Junior Galette and as long as he stays on the field by avoiding off the field issues, he will be an important asset for the team. The unit is quite strong at OLB with Trent Murphy and rookie Preston Smith looking accomplished enough to fill in sparingly, but the there are still concerns for the linebackers in coverage. If they can keep the number of times they are exposed in the pass game to a minimum and play strong run defense while also pressuring the quarterback, it will be another unit for the Redskins that GM Scot McCloughan has upgraded.
  • Secondary: C+. It is simply too soon to tell how the defensive backs will look come the regular season and how much of an improvement they will be over last year’s dreadful unit. DeAngelo Hall might start slowing down at the age of 31 after coming off two torn Achilles injuries. Possibly three new starters to fill out the unit could lead to communication problems as many have been unable to stay on the field due to nagging injuries already. The secondary may improve as the season goes along after recovering Breeland and see a chemistry build, but right now it is too soon to say the unit will be anything but average.

Projected Defensive Week 1 Lineup:

  • LDE: Stephen Paea, Frank Kearse, Kedric Golston
  • NT: Terrance Knighton, Chris Baker
  • RDE: Jason Hatcher, Ricky Jean-Francois
  • WLB: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith
  • MLB: Perry Riley, Adam Hayward
  • MLB: Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight
  • SLB: Junior Galette, Trent Murphy (could be flip-flopped if Galette has not quite gotten comfortable yet)
  • CB: DeAngelo Hall, Justin Rodgers (Rodgers could be cut from the roster when Breeland returns)
  • CB: Chris Culliver, David Amerson
  • SS: Duke Ihenacho, Jeron Johnson (with Johnson’s lengthy hamstring injury, Ihenacho will probably begin the season as the starter)
  • FS: DaShon Goldson, Trenton Robinson, Kyshoen Jarrett

Bottom line: If the defensive line is effective in occupying blockers allowing the linebackers to stop the run and put pressure on the quarterback without all out blitzes, the secondary will benefit by having less time to be exposed.

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