December 1, 2015

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Monday Wrap Up as the NFC East Division Leaders to Start December

Following the drama surrounding a benched Robert Griffin III towards the tail end of the preseason, who could have possibly seen the Washington Redskins as the team in the driver’s seat of the NFC East heading into December? Not me. Head coach Jay Gruden knows that with five games left, there is nothing that is being taken for granted and preaching consistency during this final stretch.

After Sunday’s first victory of the New York Giants since 2012, it was revealed by players in the locker room that veteran safety DaShon Goldson was responsible for calling a players-only meeting on Saturday night with a theme of “stop losing” according to Pierre Garcon. Monday, Gruden claimed to not have any involvement in or knowledge to such a meeting. “Sounded like it was beneficial” said Gruden about the opportunity to possible air out their issues.

Although Washington certainly has veteran leaders on both sides of the ball from DeAngelo Hall to Trent Williams, Kirk Cousins probably is not in that role as a leader yet though he did draw the compliments of rookie running back Matt Jones yesterday for taking charge. Cousins is “still finding his way” according to Gruden who said the Redskins is “his team.” Gruden believes “the leadership stuff will come” even if being a vocal leader is not his style because he is still looked up to because of “how hard he works.”

On the development of Jordan Reed into an all-around tight end in this league, Gruden started out by stating the obvious that the Redskins “love him in the passing game.” The Gator was given a bit of a pass on his three early penalties yesterday, which Gruden described as “ticky-tack”, but he must “get his hands inside.” Reed is a “huge weapon” on third down and the red zone thanks to his flexibility.

The performance of Washington’s patchwork secondary against one of the best receivers in football, Odell Beckham Jr., and a two time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Eli Manning, was superb. Whether it was veteran journeymen corner Will Blackmon, converted wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, or rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett, Washington got it done when it counted. Gruden attributes that to the “glue” provided by DaShon Goldson and the “excellent job of just teaching” by Perry Fewell, last years Giants defensive coordinator.

As for a quick injury update, Derek Carrier (high-ankle sprain), Quinton Dunbar (open dislocation on index finger), Andre Roberts (knee inflammation), and Chris Thompson (AC joint sprain) are all listed as day-to-day. Dunbar will probably not require surgery as the Redskins will try a splint as their first option in treatment.

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins have a chance to take the NFC East divisional lead on Sunday with a win at home against the New York Giants. In a “one-game season”, according to head coach Jay Gruden, a loss would mean a three game deficit for Washington and a possible early offseason. On an extended Friday practice to account for the shortened Thanksgiving day effort, Gruden addressed the media before getting ready to host the rival Giants.

Gruden expressed his hatred to losing a “good player” in Chris Culliver yesterday in another “unfortunate” and “fluke” injury that seem to be striking the Redskins the most recently. With Bashaud Breeland ill, while Washington hopes it is “just a 24-hour bug”, the team will be forced to rely on the likes of converted receiver Quinton Dunbar and recently promoted corner Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad. Gruden hopes that defensive backs coach Perry Fewell‘s “schooling” of the Redskins depth will pay off while DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett can both return to the majority of their playing time coming at corner.

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Washington Redskins: Week 12 Injury Report

With first place in the weakened NFC East on the line, the Washington Redskins are hoping to be completely healthy when they take on the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Monday Wrap Up After Another Mistake Filled Road Letdown

After Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Washington Redskins gave up 30 points unanswered on their way to an embarrassing loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. On Monday, head coach Jay Gruden addressed some of the many points of concerns about the loss.

A recap of the injuries suffered on Sunday are headlined by a left knee patella contusion for Trent Williams and reaggravation of Alfred Morris‘s rib injury from the Saints game. Both are considered day-to-day and Gruden hopes both to be available in a divisional matchup against the Giants on Sunday. Jordan Reed also was dealing with an MCL sprain, but returned to the game. CB DeShazor Everett suffered a hamstring sprain and would be a loss for the team on special teams as a gunner.

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Washington Redskins: Week 10 Monday Wrap-Up after Impressive Beatdown of Saints

In a “must-win” situation for the Washington Redskins to stay relevant in the NFC playoff picture, Kirk Cousins and company came up large. The New Orleans Saints might not be as dominant as they once were when winning the Super Bowl in 2009, but Drew Brees is still an elite opponent. After getting to 4-5 and having a day to reflect, head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media to recap the victory.

As all involved have preached from Week 1, “it is a process”. Gruden stands by that “you definitely see progress every week” of Cousins and enjoyed that he “answered the challenge”. The injury bug that Cousins seemingly could not shake earlier in his career seems to be gone *knocks on wood*. Gruden believes Cousins is “making good decisions and letting those around him make plays for him”. It certainly helps when the running game is effective and your receivers combine for a season-high 260 yards after the catch. Gruden knows that going forward if the offense “can get the ball out in space, good things will happen”.

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Washington Redskins: Cousins takes advantage of bad Saints defense and score most points since 2005

In a “must-win” game for both the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints, both sides faced off on a beautiful fall day at FedEx Field. Although Drew Brees still can orchestrate one of the most elite offenses in the league, Washington knew they would have their chances to put up points as well against a bad Saints defense. After an early shootout that resulted in a tie game, 14-14, the Washington Redskins scored 33 unanswered points

Things got off to a rocky start to say the least for Washington. Kick returner Rashad Ross made the cardinal sin of reversing his field, multiple times, and ended up running about 60 yards to get out to the eight yard line before a penalty moved the ball back to the four. Then after a big run by Alfred Morris was called back for a hold on Morgan Moses, Washington might have been looking to simply give Tress Way room to punt.

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Washington Redskins: Injury Updates entering Bye Week

Before heading into the bye week, head coach Jay Gruden took the time to address the Washington Redskins lengthy injury report.

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As reported yesterday, Ryan Kerrigan broke a bone in his hand sidelining him for all of the second half. Today the pass rusher had surgery on his third metacarpal bone and he will see the surgeon next week to determine whether or not there is a chance for him to play against the Patriots. Although this would seem to be a major blow to the Redskins defense, the fact that there is a chance Kerrigan will not miss any playing time is a positive. Gruden confirmed that Kerrigan would play with a cast or other kind of protection when he returns, which could hinder a defenders ability to grab on the pass rush.

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Washington Redskins: Week 7 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of practice before the Washington Redskins enter their “code red” game preceding their bye week, Jay Gruden and Sean McVay took the podium to address additional topics prior to hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Although it seems that the Washington Redskins are bound for another year living in the cellar of the NFC East, Gruden is trying to stay optimistic. “We still have high aspirations and big goals for this season, and in order to accomplish those things, we need a win at home vs. Tampa Bay”. No team since Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos in 2011 have ever made the playoffs following a 2-5 start to the season. The Redskins are fair from their 2012 days when they finished the season on a seven game winning streak to win the division, so if they have any chance of challenging for the weakened NFC East title it has to start with a home victory going into the bye. Anything can happen as long as the Redskins start to play smarter and get healthy after the bye, so yes there is still some amount of hope after terrible performance over the past two weeks.

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Washington Redskins: Week 7 Injury Report

The Washington Redskins had SIX starters missing during last Sunday’s game against the Jets and that certainly did not help in the third quarter meltdown. Those six do not even include the additional three who have landed themselves on injured reserve. It has been a body bag kind of year for the Redskins who are hoping they can get some reinforcements back before heading into the bye week.

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Washington Redskins Game 6 Preview: at New York Jets

The Washington Redskins head into MetLife Stadium for the second time this year to face the much-improved New York Jets. The Redskins look to get back on the winning track after a brutal close loss to the Atlanta Falcons, while the Jets are fresh off of a bye week and ready to add another win to their 3-1 record.

The Redskins took a tough one on the chin last week in Atlanta when they climbed back to send the game into overtime, only to have a pick 6 do them in. The Jets have been nice and rested and will definitely feel confident going into this game, so it is up to Gruden and co. to put together a creative game plan to knock them off their rhythm. [Read more…]

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