Monday Press Conference 11-20-17: HC Jay Gruden

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  • CT and Pryor to have surgery
  • Pryor to IR
  • Perine and Byron Marshall are 1 and 2 on the RB depth chart, with Marshall most likely being the 3rd down back.
  • A third RB might come from the practice squad if they have the roster spot for it:  OLine is taking up a lot of spots right now.
  • Nicholson is in concussion protocol

On the 3rd and 1 play

couldn’t convert, you know, bad calls, bad coaching calls whatever it might be just as a group the Redskins didn’t get it done.

On the Intentional Grounding call

Kirk did what he was coached to do, I told him to throw it out of bounds [ed: wait, what?  Yesterday you said you made an audible to a bubble route but Crowder never got the signal…I’m confused.]

On Brees’ play during the late comeback

Lets credit Drew and their execution, and our execution wasn’t good enough…pressure wasn’t good enough, and when we tried to bring pressure [Brees] escaped effortlessly…when we didn’t pressure him we didn’t get any pressure, and uh the coverage wasn’t tight enough [ed: #BenchDHall]

On replacing Montae Nicholson

Fish is here [rookie Fish Smithson] already on the practice squad and we have Everett and DHall and DJ, so we have three for sure that are active and ready to go, and Fuller can also play Safety.  So that may not be a position we have to address right this second.

On other plays that could have been called on the 3rd and 1

Sneak was an option, they lined up–they covered the Center and both Guards and we figured they were gonna pinch down in there and stop the Sneak, which basically they did…We tried a little ‘down, down, and pull’ our Center got picked off by the 3 technique to his right so he couldn’t get the linebacker…and Niles saw two free players in the hole and he kinda got flustered a little bit and didn’t get any of them.…Had it be a chance for a do-over, probably would’ve run it up the middle…maybe just throw it…

We had success with that play on a short yardage on the touchdown run to Perine, out of a different personnel group…you know we have athletic lineman that can pull and for that [defensive] front we thought it would be a good play.

On the defensive injuries

Jonathan [Allen] goes out, then Ioannidis goes out, now McClain goes out, now the rotation becomes thinner and thinner.  Those guys are big guys and they’re running around they’re playing in ‘Base’ first, second down and now they’re asked to play third down rushing the passer and it wears on em.

Hats off to Ziggy Hood, I mean he’s playing his tail off and Stacy McGee is doing a great job…and Matt played with a club on his hand…so those guys you gotta hand it to em for their effort…we could use a little help to ‘spell’ em from time to time.

On Ioannidis wearing a club

he had to come out, he had to fix it a couple of times but for the most part…he probably wasn’t as effective as he normally would be, but I don’t think it was that much of a problem to where he was totally ineffective.

On Perine

I thought he ran well…good contact balance, he was patient on some of the runs, he ran through some tackles…


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