March 23, 2019

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.

Obviously it is not ideal to have a complete overhaul of the offensive line from last season, but Kirk Cousins as well as Gruden are confident that the 46 players who are active on Sunday are all capable of doing their job. Gruden did however realistically state that he was worried about the Jets stacked defensive line before his two most experience offensive linemen went down with injuries so it would be no picnic for the make shift offensive line should it come to that.

On a reflection from last week, Barry said the team knew that they were going to give up “a little on the run”.  By “a little”, Barry means 153 yards on the ground to Devonta Freeman who has taken the league by storm after it seemed to be he would be replaced by rookie runner Tevin Coleman. To me, the defense was cautious throughout the game as safeties were rarely in the box in fear of giving up a big play with veteran Will Blackmon and rookie Kyshoen Jarrett pushed into action that many would not be comfortable with. This week the Redskins face a different kind of back in Chris Ivory who Barry called a “very hard, physical and downhill runner”.

With the defense coming through with five takeaways in the past two games, Barry said it was exciting to see the results after you preached for all to “stay the course”. Similarly to how third down conversion was a point of emphasis on the offensive side of the ball during the offseason, the defense was always looking for balls on the ground during training camp as the team ranked near the bottom of the league in that department last season.

Similarly to how general manager Scot McCloughan gave quite possibly the quote of the year (below) for the team, Barry made a similar comment today. Barry expressed that he thinks highly of competing, being physical, and finishing, something the Redskins are still learning how to do. “We are never going to be satisfied and we are definitely not satisfied yet”. It is nice that Washington is currently not the complete laughing stock of the NFL, but the goal is return back to relevance and they are still a ways away from that even in a weakened NFC East.

“I know this: when you play the Redskins this year, you’re going to know you played us. You’re going to feel us from the standpoint of being physical. The next morning, you’re going to be sore.”

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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