Jay Gruden: "I Want To See Guys Wanting To Play Football"

Head Coach Jay Gruden speaks to media following practice on Thursday at the Inova Sports Performance Center.

On injuries:

"Did not participate were [Matt] Ioannidis, hamstring, [Josh] Doctson, illness, [Ty] Nsekhe, knee. Limited were [Ryan] Anderson, hamstring, [Maurice] Harris, concussion, [Vernon] Davis, concussion, [Tony] Bergstrom, knee and ankle and [Zac] Kerin, knee. IR, we put [Colt] McCoy and Jordan Reed on IR."

On how he would sum up the season for TE Jordan Reed:

"I think he did some good things, without a doubt. I think everybody was trying to work together, work through the quarterback change early on with Alex [Smith] and Alex was getting to know everybody. Then, obviously we had the quarterback issues, with the injuries, then he had the injury. I was actually pleased with the way he played. Statistically, probably we would expect more, but I think a lot of that had to do with some of the quarterback changes probably."

On if Reed will get a full season of work instead of rehab:

"Yeah, I think so. I don’t think this is a bad injury. I think he possibly, if we were playing next week he could have gone next week probably. So yeah, I think that’s a great point. I think it will be great for him to get a full set of OTA's in and training camp. There's a lot to be said about that. Guys who miss those opportunities to get better and stronger sometimes struggle throughout the course of the year, but having that will be beneficial to him."

On DL Matt Ioannidis and OL Ty Nsekhe playing Sunday:

"Yeah, I don’t know. Ioannidis maybe, Ty is pretty sore. I would say Ty is probably a longer shot than Ioannidis."

On what the days after Sunday will look like for the players:

"We'll have obviously exit physicals, we'll have a team meeting in the morning after the game and then after that, after they get their physicals and exit physicals I'll try to meet with each and every one of them throughout the course of this week and next week before they go. Then, obviously I'll probably have to meet with the owner at some point and see what the deal is."

On if the team has thought about bringing QB Josh Johnson back next season:

"Yeah, that’s a ways away for us. We're trying to focus on Philadelphia. I think all those discussions will take place once the season is over and we have a green light to move forward, talking about our personnel, we'll go there then."

On the business operations changes and how it affects him:

"Not one bit, to be honest with you. I didn’t even know about it. It's unfortunate, I've gotten to know some of those guys and I'm sad for them, but I've had nothing to do with any of that."

On what weight he puts on the game for young players or pending free agents:

"We put a lot of weight on every game to be honest with you. We are very critical in our evaluation of everybody throughout the course of the year. You obviously want to see players get better and stronger as the season goes on, both mentally and physically. That’s why we have the weight room in here. So, that’s something we'll have to look at, but this game is important. I want to see the type of character guys we have, I want to see how they compete, regardless of the score, whatever happens in that game I want to see guys wanting to play football, wanting to compete and wanting to get a win."

On what he thinks the biggest difference was for the defense in comparing the times they played well versus the times they struggled:

"Yeah, I mentioned it before, I think offense had a lot to do with it. I think we were off the field a lot, we didn’t control the ball like we did when we were playing well and sometimes we punted. Sometimes, we had three, four first downs and punted and backed them up, but when we struggled I think we were not efficient on offense, turned the ball over a little bit. Then defensively, we got behind, the whole playbook was open and we just failed to make plays at critical times – third downs especially. Then we gave up some gash runs, which are uncharacteristic of our defense. Big plays hurt us, third down conversions hurt us and then obviously being on the field a lot also hurt us."

On if he was surprised about RB Adrian Peterson's durability:

"Yeah, I'm not surprised by it, but it doesn’t happen very often for a back his age to do what he's done. Accomplished what he's accomplished, getting over 1,000 yards, playing through some painful injuries, really. Practicing, working hard, being a great teammate, just been very impressed with Adrian's total package so to speak. It was a blessing in disguise. Obviously we missed Derrius [Guice], we had high hopes for him. Rob Kelley went down, we needed a back and it's not very often you get to sign a Hall of Fame type back to your roster when you have a couple of injuries. Fortunately, he was around, we signed him and he's everything as advertised."

On if they will look at bringing Peterson back next season:

"Yeah, it could happen. We'll see what happens. I'm sure he's got to weigh his options out, as do we and we'll go from there. But, like I said, we're a long way from that. We’re just trying to focus on the Eagles right now and put our best foot forward to try and get a win the last game of the year."

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