Redskins Coach Jay Gruden was not a fan of the failed fourth quarter screen pass to Jamison Crowder on Sunday.
“No,” Gruden said if he liked the call. “That was awful.”
With the Redskins leading 13-12 late in regulation and facing a third and goal from the six yard line, the call was for a bubble screen to Crowder, who had some success on screens earlier in the game.
It did not work this time, as Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow got around tight end Derek Carrier and stopped Crowder for a four-yard loss. The Redskins ended up settling for a 28-yard field goal that stretched the lead to 16-12 with 2:38 left to play.
“Yeah, probably too conservative,” Gruden said. “We got it earlier in the game on third down…Crowder broke it and almost scored. We thought we’d get the same look. Really their [linebacker] bossed over a little bit wider this time and our tight end couldn’t quite get out there and get him. He made a good play.”
In retrospect, Gruden wishes Kirk Cousins would have had more options.
“We had a lot of other good plays we could have gone to in that situation,” Gruden said. “It’s one of those things, if it worked we’re all high fiving on the sidelines, but it didn’t work and we’re all very upset at the call. You’d just like to have, instead of a one-man show, you’d like to give the quarterback a few more options. Didn’t work out.”