Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 3, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
Thursday Redskins Park notes and quotes
—Ryan Clark was asked if Seattle had any weaknesses. He gave a pretty smart answer. “I believe every team has something they’re not good at,” he said. “You can’t necessarily say it’s a weakness. Offensively if you’re not good at something you choose not to do it. I think that’s why they do an extremely good job of is not worrying about the weaknesses and accentuating their strength.”
—The Redskins have been able to punish a couple of quarterbacks this season but not many teams have been able to do much against Seattle QB Russell Wilson. “You don’t have to hit Russell,” said Clark. “I think getting pressure on him is important. Getting people in his face—I think I’m taller than he is—getting people in his face and in the lanes, making it hard for him to throw, is huge.”
—Coach Jay Gruden recognizes that he has some young players taking snaps on defense and they will make some mistakes. But he thinks that’s a positive in the long run. “Defensively, guys getting a lot of reps for the first time and they’re learning as they go and they’re making some young mistakes,” said Gruden. “The good thing is they’re in the heat of the battle. They’re in the fire and they’re learning from what they’re doing. They’re going to get better because of it.”
—After throwing four interceptions in his last outing, you might think that Kirk Cousins would be a little gun shy. He said that’s exactly what he needs to safeguard against. “That is a natural response to having a game like I had last week, a young quarterback especially,” he said. “Human nature would say you’re going to be a little more careful, but if you do that I think you get in trouble more than you help yourself. So I think it is important in talking with the coaches, watching the film from the game to just go back and trust my reads, trust my instincts and play the game.”
—Gruden had a good way of describing the style of Seattle running back Marshawn “I’m Just ‘Bout That Action, Boss” Lynch. “He is an angry runner and he is a violent runner and he loves contact,” said Gruden. “On the Monday night stage, he’s got a lot of energy – he’s got a week off, so he’s going to be fresh-legged – so it’s going to be important for us to gang tackle, wrap up and get him on the ground. But he is a dynamic running back and he is an angry running back and a forced to be reckoned with.”
—Yesterday I posted on what Gruden had to say about throwing in the direction of Seattle All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. Here’s what Cousins had to say: “He [Sherman] is a great corner. We have a lot of respect for him. There’s a reason he signed a great contract and has a lot of success and a Super Bowl ring. So, he’s a guy to be aware of on the field, but at the same time you don’t want to be letting it affect you too much. That’s a balance you have got to find.”
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—Today’s schedule: Jim Haslett news conference 11:10; Open locker room 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to reporters after first 30 minutes); Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Cardinals 9; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 24
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- Kirk Cousins: 'Be brutally honest with yourself'
- Clark says Redskins must play with "ego" and "pride"
- Crawford concedes he wasn't healthy in preseason
- Look for Redskins CBs to get more physical
- At 1-3, the Redskins are fighting history
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