The Washington Redskins are a half-game back of the NFC East divisional lead. At 4-5, the franchise is hoping to keep pace with a tough task of the undefeated Carolina Panthers on the road. On Wednesday, head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins addressed the media on the obstacle ahead.
Gruden believes the biggest challenge in facing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton are his legs not only on zone reads, but also running “between the tackles on the power” reads. Gruden kidded that by simply falling down, Newton could pick up two yards. Gruden knows the “simple math equation” with offenses being afforded an extra blocker when the quarterback is able to run the ball. As a result, the Redskins will have to be “really gap-secure” in their defense.