The Redskins struggled in the red zone on Sunday in a 27-23 loss to the Cowboys. The shortcomings were addressed multiple times with coach Jay Gruden after the game, but few asked as pointed a question as Hall of Famer and Redskins broadcaster Sonny Jurgensen.
Speaking with Gruden after the game, Jurgensen asked the coach about the fade routes the team repeatedly ran near the goal line. Below is an excerpt of their conversation from ESPN980's postgame show:
Sonny: "Coach, why do people fall in love with the short fade down at the goal line? We tried it three times."
Gruden: "Yeah, we tried it three times, and we’ll try it again three times next week if we have to."
It was a brief moment in an otherwise amicable exchange. Gruden explained that the team liked their matchups at the goal line to run the fade. It also hurt the Redskins that the Cowboys were committing to stopping the run on some of the fade throws, commiting as many as nine players to the box in an effort to thwart the rush game.
Washington threw three fade routes, twice to rookie Josh Doctson and once to tight end Jordan Reed. None of the plays were successful, and the failed fades contributed to the team's ineptitude in the red zone.
Against Dallas, Cousins completed 28 of 46 passes for 364 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The interception came in the end zone in the fourth quarter.