September 20, 2019

Washington Redskins: Week 9 Monday Wrap Up after mistake filled loss to Patriots

Following a tough loss to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sunday, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media on Monday to discuss the self-inflicted wounds and moving on to the New Orleans Saints.

The only injury concern that will be monitored throughout the week on Sunday was a hamstring strain for FS DaShon Goldson. Gruden said little about DeAngelo Hall and Kory Lichtensteiger besides that they are still progressing. Gruden does not know if Terrance Knighton‘s migraines will keep him out long-term, but he certainly hopes he does not loose another member of his defense in his massive nose tackle.

Gruden said “clearly we’re disappointed with the [New England] game, but it’s important to move on to New Orleans”.

The astounding eight dropped passes yesterday was abnormal and Gruden hopes that “we got them all out of our system” because such a problem is destined to doom an offense on a consistent basis. Things could have turned out a lot differently if Pierre Garcon catches the Redskins first offensive play instead of the pass resulting in a pick or if Derek Carrier hauls in the beautiful touch pass from Cousins in stride.

With the regards to the continued terrible running game that produced just 37 yards, Gruden repeated the same old tune. It has to do with everyone from missed blocks on the offensive line, backs missing holes and/or not running through tackles, etc. Some of the run struggles with the offensive line are chalked up to youth by Gruden, which is understandable since the team has been unable to run the ball ever since the losses of Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger. Gruden said that he does not expect a finished product for a while.

Between the drops and non-existent running game, it is no surprise that the Redskins could muster up just a field goal before a touchdown during garbage time.

With regards to Kirk Cousins, who in my opinion did not play anywhere as poorly as the rest of the offense, Gruden commented on his decision making. “Sometimes Kirk Can overthink some things…he’s got to be decisive with the decisions he makes”.

After being a team that got out to an early lead just to give it away at the end earlier in the season, the Redskins have seen themselves fall into 24 and 17 point holes over the past two games. Gruden stressed the importance of a quicker start against the Saints because “we can’t keep putting ourselves in 17 point holes”.

With the return of the speedy DeSean Jackson, many fans thought that all the offensive woes would be fixed instantly. That was far from the case as Jackson was targeted just three times prior to the fourth quarter. Gruden said that cohesion was stunted by Jackson’s absence in voluntary OTAs and training camp to explain the lack of involvement from the receiver.

The lack of run defense starts, but unfortunately does not end, with the pitiful play from inside linebacker Perry Riley, who’s struggles in coverage are a completely different story. Riley was juked twice in the hole within the Patriots first three runs of the game. Finally the coaching staff had enough and decided to play Will Compton in an increase role at inside linebacker. This does not mean that Riley will not start against the Saints, but Gruden also did not rule out that possibility.

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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