Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 11, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.
Monday notes and quotes from Redskins Park
—Jay Gruden said that he found the Minnesota loss “sickening” but he thinks the team has been playing better with two wins in its last three games. “There are some things the last three weeks that we have accomplished that are pretty darn good, both sides of the ball and special teams,” he said. “I think moving forward, I think people can see that we have the makings of a good football team, we’ve just got to put it all together and stay consistent in our approach and how we play.”
—Redskins linebacker and special teams captain Adam Hayward spent the first seven years of his NFL career with the Bucs. Now that the Redskins are getting ready to play Tampa Bay, he plans on spending some time with quarterback Robert Griffin III. “I’m going to tell Robert all the things he needs to know about the defense,” he said.
—About midway through the season, Gruden said that the Redskins are overloaded with depth at some positions and a bit thin at others. “I think from an offensive standpoint, we just talked about the receivers – certain positions we are really good at depth-wise,” he said. “Other ones we are a little shaky, a little shaky. Losing Orakpo kind of hurt the outside linebacker position a little bit – pass rush. Obviously DeAngelo hurt the corner spot a little bit. But overall I think our depth is pretty good where we can go out on Sunday and compete against anybody.”
—Gruden said that while the players were happy to have a bye he know they didn’t like having to leave the taste of the close loss to the Vikings in their mouths for an extra week. “I think the majority guys probably enjoyed the bye week but they probably didn’t want one the way we left off against Minnesota,” he said. “I hope they didn’t anyway, I know I didn’t. But everybody is ready to get back to work, including Robert.”
—Adam Hayward thinks that DeSean Jackson may have been speaking to a very limited number of teammates when he spoke out in a team meeting about the need to support Griffin. “[Jackson] might’ve been talking personally to a few guys, but just had to address the whole team," he said. "I mean, it’s one of those things where if you were the guy in class not saying anything, but somebody else was, and I addressed the whole class, you wouldn’t pay attention really, right?”
—A lot of fans did not appear to like Gruden saying that the Redskins are “so close” to being 7-2. But he knows that the difference between the teams like the Redskins and the Bucs and the teams in playoff contention is being able to execute the handful of plays every game that decide the outcome. “They are 1-8,” he said. “They are in a similar situation as we are. They are scratching their heads, they’ve lost some close games, games they thought they should have won but ultimately it comes down to – like I said the difference in 1-8 and 6-2 or 6-3 in this league is very, very minimal, and the teams that are playing with good records are the teams that are making those plays, those clutch plays at the end of games and not turning the ball over and doing what’s necessary.”
—Today’s schedule: No availability, off day
—Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ 49ers 12; Redskins @ Colts 19
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