Redskins Coach Jay Gruden: "We Have To Bounce Back In A Big Way"

Head coach Jay Gruden spoke to the media following the 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at FedExField.

On injuries:

"As far as injuries are concerned, they all came back to play Trent [Williams] and Brandon [Scherff] and Morgan [Moses]."

On why the line struggled today:

"Well, you know, hats off to [the Indianapolis Colts]. First of all, credit to Coach [Frank] Reich. Congratulate him on his first win. They came in here and outplayed us [on] both sides of the ball, special teams. Got in some tough situations, but we didnt handle the movement you know, again in the running game more than the passing game. We couldnt get any runs going. We had a lot of negative plays in the running game, which is unfortunate, and in the passing game, we couldnt handle a lot of their stunts."

Follow up on if the struggle was due to play calling or execution:

"Well, I think they were executing and we werent period. You know hats off to them like I said. They did a good job. We didnt do a very good job out there in the second half. We werent on track. We were off track a little bit, lost our balance, never really had it really. We were kind of one-dimensional throughout the game. Our running game suffered and we were pretty much one-dimensional."

On what concerned him in the passing game:

"Well, they were very, very loose in their zones. It's not easy to get down the field in that defense. You're going to have to check the ball down a lot. We had some shots designed and they took them away with their linebacker dropping deep, their two deep safeties. You know, they played a lot of that. Cover 3 with deep safeties, deep corners. [If we] had to do it all over again, we'd have been more, obviously, probably less ambitious with some of our deep game and more geared towards moving the ball and getting the ball out of our hands and let the playmakers do their thing. As it turned out, we failed. "

On the pass rush:

"They were in positive down and distances pretty much the whole game. Third and two, third and four, and hit a lot of nice crossing routes. They had one third and 12 backed up and hit a nice bubble screen for goodness sakes for a gain of 15. It was just one of those days we could not really get home and didnt have the opportunity to rush a whole lot. I thought Preston [Smith] had a couple good rushes. [Pernell] McPhee was short a couple times. I saw Jonathan [Allen] back there just a little bit short. We have to get back there a little bit quicker, possibly. Ill check it out."

On changing his protection based on the offensive lines performance:

"I try to keep on track with what we were doing. We were down. We got down a little bit once we gave up that last touchdown in the fourth quarter with nine minutes. We had to go no huddle and that is all she wrote. The first three quarters I tried to stay on track with our running game but just didnt have much success."

On the running game:

"Like I said, we didnt have a very good run plan [and] did not execute very well in the running game [and] did not get many good looks. We had one or two good looks that [Adrian Peterson] fought through there. We have to go back to the drawing board and talk about what runs we can hit against a moving front like that."

On not converting on third down:

"It hurts a lot, you know, it hurts a lot. Last week we were able to get some third down conversions and keep drives alive. That does two things; it keeps your offense on the field, keeps you on track as a play caller and it keeps your defense fresh. We were not able to do that today at all. Third downs were a huge, huge problem for us. Well have to go back and look at that."

On the need to get receivers involved:

"Probably. Like I said, there were a lot of cover two shelves out there. Theyre doubled basically. The corner jams them and the safety over the top. Theres some holes in there that we can try to get in there. From time to time we did. Josh [Doctson] made a couple catches. Paul [Richardson Jr.] made a couple catches. [Jamison] Crowder had a couple there late. Overall, its about taking what the defense gives you. Taking shots when they are available. We just did not have any available to us today. Well have to try next week."

On positive takeaways from this game:

"Well, more than one, obviously. We were excited and upbeat as a result of last week, we are probably a little down this week, and that is pro football, and you have to handle the good with the bad, and see what type of team youre made of, how we handle adversity - and this is an adverse situation. Never like to lose at home ever, but we did and now we have to bounce back in a big way. And get ready for Aaron Rodgers led Packer team."

On struggling with offensive picks:

Well, we got picked, you know that is good design by them - had a couple of them. We have to do a better job at getting on different levels possibly, and not getting picked. On my part, that should have been called, but you know, thats pro football, and if you are going to play a lot of man-to-man, you have to expect some pick plays. And we did not do a very good job at passing those off or switching them in and out.

On dropped passes:

"I dont know. We had no chemistry at all today, and its myself as a play caller. Really its my fault. I couldnt give any rhythm calling plays. The inside zone wasnt working, the outside zone wasnt working, our read options werent working very well. We became one dimensional. And our play passes? We got sacked on two play passes for goodness sake. So they did a nice job, credit defense, they helped execute."

On play of the secondary and D.J. Swearinger interceptions:

"Thats a whole thing. D.J. [Swearinger] gave us some great opportunities to get some points on the board; touchdowns and we failed to do so and its unfortunate. We just got to go back and look at the film and see what happened. I thought we had a couple of good plays down, but they took them away. Ive mentioned all along situational football, they executed, we didnt and thats it."


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