September 23, 2020

Washington Redskins: Week 4 Thursday Press Conference Wrap Up

The Washington Redskins took part in an an outdoor practice in the dreary rain, in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin’s effect on Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to sources the game WILL be played this weekend and not postponed until both teams have byes during Week 8 of the regular season. Afterwards, coaches Jay Gruden and Joe Barry both addressed the media.

The team will NOT practice outdoors tomorrow when even more treacherous weather is developing, the initial effects of Joaquin. The team will work out of the bubble after getting use to the messy weather today, a smart ploy by Gruden to avoid injuries that are already hurting the team. Besides the center to quarterback snap exchanges that Kirk Cousins spoke to on Wednesday, Gruden said that the team is putting more efforts to improving Matt Jones‘s ball security after fumbles in back to back weeks.

With special emphasis on the Eagles stout offensive line, Gruden says that the pass rush will need to be more effective than it was against the Giants. Offensively, the team will rely on their run-first mentality in the messy weather; however, Gruden presumed the Eagles would as well.  With regards to special teams, recently signed ILB Mason Foster will make an immediate contribution especially on punt protection where he will likely replace former practice squad member Terrance Plummer.  In short, “the team that doesn’t turn the ball over, the team that plays well on special teams will probably win this football game”.

On Wednesday, Gruden expressed frustration about the lack of turnovers produced by the defense when something they preached all throughout the offseason. Joe Barry followed that up by noting “they’ll come”. Barry’s best line of the press conference was, “I’m a firm believer that the best defense we can play is sitting over on the sideline drinking Gatorade”. Turnovers are one effective manner to go along with stopping offenses on third down of getting off the field.

Both Gruden and Barry praised recently promoted CB, and converted wide receiver just during this past offseason, Quinton Dunbar who will likely see playing time as both a dime and possible nickle corner if Chris Culliver is unable to go with knee soreness. Dunbar narrowly beat out another corner the Redskins have on their practice squad in DeShazor Everett because of his extra length, speed, and man-to-man cover skills. Barry said that “from the minute we moved him, he’s shown daily improvement. Not weekly or monthly improvement, he’s shown daily improvement”. Washington will definitely need Dunbar to step up after the season long loss of Justin Rodgers and the short term loss of DeAngelo Hall.

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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