October 28, 2020

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.

One of the five turnovers that Washington committed Sunday was RB Matt Jones‘ league leading fourth fumble lost. Gruden believes its “just a matter of him continuing to focus on the ball.” Running backs coach Randy Jordan’s individual drills are started by working on ball security according to Gruden.

Gruden also spent quite a bit of time discussing what all Redskins fans were upset about during the game: the reversed pick-6 by Chris Culliver. “Officials are human beings and they do the best they can,” Gruden stated, but he “didn’t see anything wrong with what Chris did.” Washington has submitted the play to the league and are waiting to hear back.

Gruden also described the situation “very confusing” because Reed did not draw a foul earlier in the game when popped by Josh Norman. Gruden said he felt “helpless” because you cannot challenge the ruling. The penalty *may* have been warranted as officials are taught to throw the flag at any contact remotely close to the head or neck area, but their were many who had an issue with the soft call.

Veteran defensive end Jason Hatcher set off fireworks by presuming that the league is out for the franchise because of the debate surrounding the Redskins name. Gruden attributed those comments to “frustration.” Many other Washington players took to Twitter to express their displeasure with the call, which Gruden said the team would address in their team meetings.

Coach Gruden wanted to make it very clear that he did not want his team to look like excuse-makers, because there were a number of things that they can to point to for the loss including missed tackles, five sacks, and all the turnovers. As Gruden has preached over and over again during his tenure in Washington after losses, “we have to focus on the fundamentals of football.” With regards to the constant flaws in tackling, Gruden knows the team has to wrap up and have faster pursuit angles.

With regards to center, Gruden called the snaps just a “little bit of an issue,” even though one directly resulted in a sack. Josh LeRibeus is playing “okay” according to Gruden and because the staff likes his athleticism they remain hopeful that he’ll get better with the snap counts and shotgun snaps. Obviously, he needs to improve quickly since Brian de la Puente remains an options once he gets back into game shape.

Gruden knows that in this final six game stretch, “everything” is still available that the team wants: the NFC East division championship. That starts with a home game against the New York Giants this week with a tie for first place on the line. That being said, if the Redskins are going to make any kind of run then they will have to “search for consistency” by looking at themselves “very closely.” Gruden finds it “insane how good we’ve [Redskins] been and how bad we’ve been all in the same season.”

In a small roster move that took place after practice Monday, the Redskins signed TE Je’Ron Hamm to the active roster, while releasing TE Anthony McCoy. Even when rarely active, McCoy saw little playing time on both offense and special teams. McCoy was originally brought in as a blocking tight end after the loss of Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen early in the season. But now with the development in that aspect of the game from Jordan Reed and Derek Carrier, Washington have promoted the pass catching specialist Hamm from the practice squad after he had a decent showing in the preseason.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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