November 27, 2015

Washington Redskins: Week 11 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

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.

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Washington Redskins: Week Six Monday Recap following another third quarter let down to Jets

Kirk Cousins takes over as Washington Redskins starting quarterback. (photo by Brian Murphy)

(Photo by Brian Murphy)

It turns out that the Washington Redskins comeback victory against the Philadelphia Eagles gave everyone a sense of false hope that they would not again be the cellar dweller of the NFC East. Now after yet another collapse after halftime against the New York Jets, we are all back to reality that the Redskins are still years away from contention. Hopefully Scot McCloughan can continue to work his magic in player assessments and that rebound will be coming within the next three seasons, not a decade. Today head coach Jay Gruden, you have to start to wonder maybe how much longer, reflected on yesterday afternoon’s loss.

As is expected with inconsistent quarterback play, many of the questions addressed concerned the state of Kirk Cousins as the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. As Gruden explained yesterday, he is behind the “young” Michigan State product because “he’s getting better and he will play better”. Coach Gruden honestly believes he is “not trying to make excuses for or baby anybody”, but he has yet to find the right balance of defending his players and holding them accountable for game-changing mistakes.

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Washington Redskins: Same old tune as Skins implode during third quarter in order to lose to Jets

The Washington Redskins had six starters out for Sunday’s battle with the New York Jets, not including the additional three sitting on injured reserve. The injury situation was so bad that in order to fill the 46-man active roster, Robert Griffin III suited up for the first time in 2015. After an initially solid start in the first half that featured Bashaud Breeland recovering two fumbles (one that he forced) and having an incredible interception, the Redskins decided to do what they do best: fall flat in the third quarter. Whether it is poor coaching when halftime adjustments should be made or the team just losing focus, the Redskins gave up 24 straight points and fell to 2-4 after a 34-20 decision.

Things looked bad early. Kirk Cousins threw slightly behind Ryan Grant on a slant pattern to start of the game and getting behind in the down-and-distance led to a three-and-out. Luckily for the struggling offense, Kyshoen Jarrett came up with a big hit on Eric Decker and forced a fumble on the Jets first offensive snap. Being set up on a short field and scoring a touchdown was something the Redskins had not accomplished in their previous 28 opportunities. That changed, as Cousins completed passes for first downs to Jamison Crowder on a screen, Grant on a key third down, and Alfred Morris on a dump off. Two plays later, Pierre Garcon had a great hip fake on Darrelle Revis and hauled in the pass on a slant route to put the Redskins up 7-0.

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Washington Redskins: Week Five Monday Recap after Heartbreaking loss to Falcons

The Washington Redskins fought back yesterday on two separate occasions before eventually falling to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. Usually we would have been accustomed to losing as soon as Atlanta took a 13-12 lead and surely after the Falcons took a 19-16 lead with just 24 seconds left in the game; however, in the end the loss was even more painful at the end.

As Jay Gruden stated yesterday, “Ryan Grant just slipped and fell, it’s unfortunate” on the pick-six that ended the game. Today Gruden avoided explicitly blaming one individual for the end result as he understood that Kirk Cousins “had to get rid of the ball quickly” because “you don’t want to take a sack there in a big situation”. It was summed up best as “an unfortunate play” that kept the Redskins from maintaining their lead in the struggling NFC East. According to Gruden, Ryan Grant was running a stop route indicating that it was not an out and Cousins’ pass attempt was far too wide even if Grant does not stumble. Gruden called Grant a “developing football player” that “got a turf monster at the wrong time”.

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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: With hope of relevance in weakened division, Skins fall flat against Giants

Going into this season, there was probably less hope for the Washington Redskins than ever before in recent history. Robert Griffin III did not look the greatest, suffered a concussion, and was subsequently benched. Two weeks into the season, the Eagles and Giants were both 0-2 and the Cowboys were without their three best offensive players from last season (Romo, Bryant, and Murray). The Redskins had a chance to build momentum after an impressive 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams, but instead came out slow and never recovered on their way to a 32-21 loss to the New York Giants.

After getting off to solid starts the first two weeks of the season with 10-0 leads, the Redskins decided to flip the script early. On the first drive of the game, Jordan Reed was penalized for pass interference, which Jay Gruden did not agree with, that not only negated a big play but stalled the drive into a punt attempt. I say attempt because the Redskins poor special teams reared its ugly head again as practice squad addition Terrance Plummer got blown up by running back Rashad Jennings leading to a block and safety.

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Washington Redskins: Week 3 Tuesday Press Conference Wrap Up

After the big news yesterday that the Washington Redskins had waived 2013 second round pick David Amerson (who was quickly claimed by the Oakland Raiders), the Redskins lost another member of the defense as backup ILB Martrell Spaight was placed on the injured reserve list due to a concussion. Spaight is now the third of ten rookies to no longer take a snap for the Redskins this season joining WR Evan Spencer and CB Tevin Mitchel. Placing Spight on IR opened up a roster spot for the recently reinstated Chris Culliver who missed last week’s win due to a one game suspension. Although Terrance Plummer, formerly of the practice squad, will be active for Thursday’s game, head coach Jay Gruden said that if Perry Riley cannot go then Trent Murphy could serve as the emergency middle linebacker, similarly to the Packers’ Clay Matthews.

Elsewhere on the defense, Gruden said that veteran corner DeAngelo Hall is becoming more confident in his body with regular season games under his belt. Hall is coming off of two torn Achilles tendon and will turn 32 before Week 11 this season.

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Washington Redskins Waive Former Second Round Pick David Amerson


The big news out of Redskins Park today was that the Washington Redskins waived 2013 second round pick David Amerson in order to make a spot on the 53 man roster for defensive end Frank Kearse, who was sent down in order to make room for ILB Terrance Plummer. Amerson was due to make around $2.5 million over the course of this and next season but now will be a dead cap hit of just about $640 thousand. UPDATE: Amerson was claimed off of waivers by the Oakland Raiders just about 24 hours after he was released. It is not that Amerson cannot develop into a very good player as Gruden put it, but it was almost certainly not going to happen here.

In the first of two year without having a first round selection in the NFL draft due to the trade to draft Robert Griffin III, David Amerson as a second round draft pick (51st overall) was the Redskins top pick in 2013. The 2013 draft took place during a time of excitement as the Redskins had just won their first division title since 1999 behind the rookie of the year performance from RG3. There seemed to be little pressure on the Redskins to improve through the draft during the final year of the Shanahan regime with current President Bruce Allen acting as General Manager.

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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 2 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Yesterday, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke to the media about evaluations from last week and a preview of this weeks game against the St. Louis Rams. Here is what you need to know.

Trenton Robinson, who played nearly every snap after Duke Ihenacho suffered his season ending wrist fracture, was named the starting strong safety over ex-Seahawk Jeron Johnson. Gruden said that besides Johnson’s hamstring injury during training camp, Robinson’s speed also helps separate himself from the free agent acquisition.

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