RICHMOND -- Two days after expressing disappointment about the brawls that interrupted a joint practice between the Redskins and Texans, Washington Head Coach Jay Gruden conceded that there may have been a silver lining.
“I think it brought us together a little bit, actually,” Gruden said Monday afternoon. “When you watch tape—who was right, who was wrong—when you see Redskins players helping Redskins, that’s a good thing.”
Gruden, of course, was referring to Saturday’s fight-filled practice at the Bon Secours facility. After the third brawl, the teams were sent to adjacent fields, ending the joint portion of the session about an hour early.
In the aftermath of the incident, Gruden said he warned his players about fighting on gameday because of the potential for penalties, ejection and suspension. But he also said the team did not discipline any of its players for their part in the melee.
“Obviously on gameday, you make a big deal about [the fact that] you can’t come off the bench, you can’t enter fights on gameday,” Gruden said. “That’s 15 yard penalties and possible suspensions. So we made a made a big deal about that.”
“But,” Gruden continued, “in that setting, there was no choice but for people to go protect one another. It was good to see that. I think it brought everybody closer together.”
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