Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 27, four days before the Washington Redskins travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings.
Notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s press conference
Jay Gruden held his day after game news conference via teleconference on Tuesday afternoon.
—Hey, those of you who have been saying that the Redskins’ season is over and that the remaining games are meaningless! Gruden would like to have a word with you. “I read somewhere after we lost our fifth game that we were playing meaningless games from here on out, which is pretty far from the truth,” he said. “You know, we wanted to come out against Tennessee and get a win, and then obviously come out and compete against Dallas on Monday Night Football and prove that we aren’t dead, you know? We still have a pulse, our heart is still beating, and we have a lot to play for still.”
—Colt McCoy underthrew DeSean Jackson on a deep pass in the first half. Gruden said that it was almost impossible to overthrow the speedy receiver. “So we’ve just got to understand as quarterbacks, all of them, they can lay it out there a lot farther than they think they can,” he said. “I think we’ve only overthrown him maybe twice since I’ve been here in practice. It’s pretty incredible. That’s an incredible guy tracking the ball. The first deep one, if he throws it out there, it’s a touchdown, but at least we completed the dang thing.”
—We got used to Mike Shanahan being very non-specific when it came to talking about what was wrong on his team. Gruden laid out exactly what issues he had with McCoy’s performance on Monday. “That’s one, in my mind, if you’re going to critique Colt for his interception, and then the two delay of game penalties, you can’t have as a quarterback,” he said. “You don’t see veteran quarterbacks take delay of games very often.”
—Gruden also stepped up and took the blame for some coaching mistakes. “We had coaching errors— offensively, defensively—that we need to correct also in big games like that,” he said. “That substitution penalty, my not taking a timeout there at the end of the regulation when I should have been standing closer to the ref, those are costly. We can’t have those happen.”
—Gruden said the team’s confidence grew as the game went on, thanks mostly to the defense. “Yeah, you could feel it. I think that really, to me, it stemmed from our defense. Our offense did some decent things—the first half we weren’t very good—but when your defense is flying around, sacking the quarterback, doing what they were doing, it’s pretty exciting.
—Gruden was aware of Jim Haslett’s game plan to blitz hard and often but he gave his defensive coordinator full credit for it. “He dialed them up,” said Gruden. “Sometimes I closed my eyes and watched them but I was ready for them and I had total faith in what they were doing because I saw them during the week and I thought they’d be successful also. So he has total control of the defense and did a great job.”
—Today’s schedule: Practice 1:25 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 3:00
—Days until: Redskins @ Vikings 4; Bucs @ Redskins 18; Redskins @ 49ers 25
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