June 24, 2019

Washington Redskins: Week 14 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Following the last day of practice during a shortened week, head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay spoke to the media about the road challenge of the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

 The big news out of Redskins Park today was the signing of veteran running back Pierre Thomas because of the loss, at least for this week, of Chris Thompson. Thomas is an “established third-down back … a very good pass protector and good out of the backfield” according to Gruden. Thomas’ comprehension of the game makes Washington thing he can get up to speed “very quickly” as a bright individual. Sean McVay added that he already “looked good” in practice on Friday and is already familiar with a couple of the Redskins’ packages. It will be up to running backs coach Randy Jordan when and if Thomas plays against the Bears.

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Washington Redskins: Week 13 Tuesday Wrap Up following division letdown against Cowboys

Even though the Washington Redskins still control their destiny in the NFC East and have everything “still available” to them, according to head coach Jay Gruden, they made their lives a whole lot harder on Monday Night Football. The Redskins had an opportunity to be a full game lead in the division and put Dallas out of their misery with an early offseason. Unfortunately, poor offense against the blitz, miscues from DeSean Jackson and Dustin Hopkins, and another ineffective ground attack foreshadowed a heartbreaking loss. On Tuesday, Gruden addressed the local media over a conference call as Washington now turns their attention to a road matchup with the Chicago Bears.

Despite Alfred Morris playing just eight snaps on offense, including no action after the first quarter, Gruden maintains that he is the team’s first string back. Gruden chalked things up, running back coach Randy Jordan‘s decision to utilize Matt Jones more, as how the game played out. Matt Jones averaged 2.7 yards a rush for 49 yards while Morris, on a third of the carries, finished at just two yards per attempt. “We didn’t get anything we wanted out of any [offensive] package” according to Gruden, clear from the total of three points on three turnovers forced by the defense.

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