September 20, 2019

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 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

On Thanksgiving Thursday, the Washington Redskins moved an expedited practice up in the day in order to get players and coaches home earlier to be with their families. Jay Gruden explained that they will have more emphasis on Friday meetings and more post-practice.

 Prior to Chris Culliver‘s right knee injury during Thursday’s practice, Washington essentially had seven defensive backs that warranted playing time but only five spots, including nickle corner, to play them in. Gruden believes the hardest part about all of that is their pieces have had to play multiple positions in order to get playing time. “A lot of people think it [playing multiple positions] is easy, but it’s not” because of all the formations and pre-snap checks Gruden said Thursday. Thankfully for the Redskins veteran leadership in Will BlackmonDeAngelo Hall, and DaShon Goldson, the secondary has been able to “help the process along.”

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Washington Redskins: Highest Paid FA, CB Chris Culliver Tears ACL/MCL to End Injury Filled Season

During Thanksgiving Thursday’s shortened practice, Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver landed on his right knee, not his left in which he was sidelined four games with inflammation, and “tweaked” it according to Jay Gruden. The Washington Post’s Liz Clarke first reported the Redskins fear of a torn ACL for their prized free agent and now after the MRI was completed, Ian Rapoport reports that Culliver is done for the year with a torn MCL and ACL.

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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: Week 10 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Coming off of a mistake filled loss to the New England Patriots Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, addressed the media with their attentions now set on the New Orleans Saints. All involved know that a sixth loss this early in the season, will likely end the slimmest of hopes at a run for postseason contention.

After Washington was forced to place starting center Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve, they decided to quickly bring in seven-year veteran center Brian de la Puente in to possibly take over for converted guard Josh LeRibeus. LeRibeus has struggled in shotgun snaps and run blocks and Gruden hopes that de la Puente’s primary background as a true center will help with that. Gruden said that the team has not “given up on Josh [LeRibeus]” but they need to see the former third-round pick improve while the Redskins evaluate “how much de la Puente can do”.

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Washington Redskins: Offense, not Cousins, shoots themselves in the foot too many times to stay competitive with Patriots

Coming of the biggest comeback in franchise history and a much needed bye to get healthier, the Washington Redskins had the toughest task they would face this season. Playing the defending champion New England Patriots in Foxborough, MA. Everyone knew it would not be easy, but Washington was more primed for an upset this year relative to their atrocious performance against worse teams last year. Unfortunately, the Redskins are no where close to contend against good teams when they are shooting themselves in the foot. With three turnovers and unofficially seven drops, the defense was on the field way too much to keep things competitive. Washington fell 27-10 and to 3-5 on the season.

For just the second time all year, the Redskins won the opening coin toss and decided to give the ball to Tom Brady to start the game. Although you never want to give the ball to Brady, he made them pay early. After Dion Lewis gained 25 yards on three rushes, two of which were helped by the continued poor play by Perry Riley Jr., Brady went to work in Redskins territory. Lewis would gift Washington with a dropped touchdown, but Brady would make up for the mistake by converting on fourth-and-2 to Julian Edelman. Following a third down conversion by the Patriots, Brady would get the ball to Edelman again for a touchdown.

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Washington Redskins: Reversing the script in the third quarter before a game-winning touchdown drive from Captain Kirk to beat the Bucs

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS COMPLETE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN FRANCHISE HISTORY AFTER GOING DOWN 24-0

In a “code red” game before the midseason bye week, the Washington Redskins were trying to gain “confidence” going into the bye week according to Kirk Cousins. In five of six games this season, the Redskins have “won” the first half only to see their demise in the second. Today the Redskins could barely stay competitive in the first half as the Buccaneers went up 24-0 just midway through the second quarter. All looked bleak as FedEx Field emptied quickly but in a continued script reversal, the Redskins were the better team in the third quarter. Not only did the Redskins get within a field goal in the third, but the defense gave the offense a chance at the end of the game where Captain Kirk delivered an 11-play 80 yard, game-winning touchdown drive to give Washington a 31-30 victory.

For the sixth time this season, the Washington Redskins lost the opening coin toss and opponents have consistently deferred until the second half. That to me is an underrated reason why the Redskins have struggled in the third quarter; however, today the struggle started from the opening kickoff. After immediately getting behind on the down and distance with a negative play on the opening running play, the Redskins went three and out. Tampa Bay also had just a three play drive, but there’s was a variety of quick strike offense. On the second play of the drive, Doug Martin gashed the Washington defense for a 23 yard gainer. One play later, Jameis Winston threw deep to Mike Evans who simply out ran veteran corner Will Blackmon on the route and caught a 40 yard touchdown.

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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 6 Wednesday Press Conference Wrap Up

Although injuries are probably of the biggest concern for the Washington Redskins who have too many impact players on the mend, the team is ready to prove that they are a “very good” football team this Sunday against the Jets. Today we got our first taste of what head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins are thinking about when they face off against a tough Jets defense.

It is safe to say that the Redskins offense was lacking last game against the Falcons defense. Gruden understands that there are “peaks and valleys” with the quarterback position and you simply have to learn and adapt from it. One of the big problems with the offensive unit was that they were not taking advantage of the three turnovers that the defense jumped onto the scene with. Being unable to “keep the momentum” and not putting the “pedal down” when given the opportunity is why the team lost. Gruden think that this is still all part of “growing up as a football team”. Cousins agrees that he has learned a lot from the past two games in which things turned out to finish in polar opposites. Cousins concurred with the head coach, “especially in the red zone” where the Redskins lost the game to the Falcons following the Bashaud Breeland interception.

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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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