December 17, 2018

Washington Redskins: Week 13 Friday Press Conference Wrap Up

Following the Washington Redskins second practice of the week, head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Joe Barry addressed the media ahead of Monday night’s key matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

With the news that Perry Riley Jr. will be out three to six weeks with a broken fifth metatarsal, Gruden called it a “big loss.” Barry knows that the team has to “move on” although he “feels horrible.” Washington is preparing for Mason Foster to start because Keenan Robinson is still not a lock to return to the fold. Foster “knows the defense” and has a lot of practice reps according to Gruden. All of the injuries have been unfortunate, but the mentality of backups being “starters in waiting” is why Barry believes they have been able to get past the adversity.

DeSean Jackson had the New York Giants safeties “backing up a little bit” after his touchdown early in the game. However, Gruden still believes that defenses are still going to play the defense that they preach in practice.

Gruden credited Barry for getting the most out of a make shift secondary due to injuries. The team is now confident in their safeties and corners even without Chris Culliver. “There’s a thousand” examples of DaShon Goldson’s leadership during the year according to Barry. “He is a great captain” because he knows how to deal with every situation.

“This is the National Football League” said Barry, who knows that a Romo-less Cowboys is still a task that cannot be taken lightly.

On an off topic note from the Redskins, Barry said the Packers hail mary pass on Thursday Night Football makes you “puke” as a defensive coordinator.

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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