Jay Gruden: "We Didn't Make Enough Plays To Come Back"

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden addresses media Wednesday at the Inova Sports Performance Center

On injuries:

"Alrighty, did not participate [Jamison] Crowder, ankle; [Chris] Thompson, rib; [Trent] Williams, thumb; [Quinton] Dunbar, shin; [Morgan] Moses, knee. Limited were [Adrian] Peterson, shoulder; Jordan Reed, back. And then everybody else was full."

On T Morgan Moses playing Sunday:

"He worked on the side today with the trainers, so we'll see."

On if it is too early to anticipate a starting offensive lineup for Sunday:

"Yes, it is. It's quite early so we'll see. The big thing is how Morgan [Moses] does and if he can practice tomorrow gives a better indication."

On T Geron Christian Sr.:

"Yeah, he did some good things for his first time out there, you know, kind of threw him out there in the lineup and moved Ty [Nsekhe] inside to guard. But he did some good things. He had some issues from time to time. But for his first game ever in pro football, I think he faired pretty well. Ideally, I'd like to keep Morgan [Moses] at tackle and Ty at tackle but if need be I can play Christian at right tackle and Ty at left tackle or vice versa."

On if he has hope WR Jamison Crowder will practice tomorrow:

"Do I have any hope? No. I just wait on the trainer's word and Jamison. I gave up the hope business a long time ago when it comes to injuries."

On if he expects Crowder to practice tomorrow:

"I don’t know. I just wait until they tell me and Jamison. If they say he's going to practice, then I'll throw him out there."

On G Luke Bowanko and G Jonathan Cooper:

"We have to work them both in there and see. Right now, Cooper is a solid left guard option for us. Obviously, Bowanko's played a little bit also – center and guard. So, they have some experience, which is important. Now, it's just getting them used to our terminology and the adjustments that we make and our run schemes and the pass protection. Whoever can handle it the best will likely play."

On RB Adrian Peterson practicing today:

"Today we mainly did individual. We did a bunch of walkthrough today, so he was able to do the walkthrough stuff."

On Peterson getting acclimated to the new players on the offensive line:

"He just goes through his reads like he normally would. It doesn’t matter who's blocking for him – at guard, center, tackle, tight end, fullback – if we had one – or receiver. He's just going to go through his progressions and make his cuts and do what he does. It doesn’t matter."

On Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson:

"Well I think the big play ability that he has is well documented. I think he's number one or two in NFL history as far as plays over 40 yards or 50 yards or what have you. That's where you have to really worry about DeSean. But, Mike Evans is a very good player. [Chris] Godwin is an excellent player. O.J. Howard is an excellent tight end. They're leading the league in yardage for a reason. They have great weapons and it's hard to contain all of them. We have to do a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback, which we didn’t do a great job last week against Matt [Ryan]. So, it's critical that we improve in that area this week."

On CB Quinton Dunbar:

"Yeah, I think he's still having some issues with that nerve. It's not firing for whatever reason so he can't really get the full speed. If you're covering the likes of Julio Jones or DeSean Jackson this week, you have to be able to run full speed. We just have to closely monitor it. Hopefully that thing fires and he feels comfortable by Friday and we'll let him go. But otherwise, we'll get obviously [Greg] Stroman or Danny Johnson ready to roll."

On why CB Danny Johnson replaced CB Greg Stroman in last week's game:

"No, no. It was Stroman had hurt his hip a little bit and felt like he couldn’t run full speed either, so we put Danny in there as a good option. Obviously if [Quinton] Dunbar can't go, we'll get Adonis [Alexander] up to be another corner option for us. Young secondary back there with some guys but they are getting more and more experience."

On the challenge of incorporating new offensive linemen:

"I think the mental part of it; we have to get them right. I think that’s why I did what I did today as far as the walkthrough we did. We want to make sure we got more reps as opposed to like a normal Wednesday you probably get 35 reps on offense, today we got about 80, going through all our run game, our pass protections our play actions, just to get them used to it. Snap counts, I mean you forget about that. We've got 18 different snap counts for goodness sake. So, tempos, snap counts, terminology all that is very critical. They've got to know what to do to have a chance. Then physically, they've done it before. We don’t know what kind of shape they're in. It's going to be 82, 83 degrees in Tampa, Florida. That will be an issue possibly. We're trying to teach them OTA's, training camp, seven weeks, eight weeks of football in a day or two. Phil [Rauscher] and Coach [Bill] Callahan have got their hands full, but I think they'll get it done. These guys are veteran guys and are smart guys."

On his impression of S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:

"I think he did some good things. I think for only practicing a couple of days, getting here as late as he did, I think he handed it quite well and that’s what we are hoping [Jonathan] Cooper and Luke [Bowanko] can do also. These guys who've played a lot of football can come into a new organization and learn terminology fairly easily and Ha Ha did that and he'll get more and more reps."

On why the team has struggled to comeback from deficits:

"Yeah, you can probably count on one hand how many comeback wins we've had since I've been here and that’s something that we have to do a better job of and just keep grinding. We tried to get in the game last week but the penalties and some of those things hurt us pretty bad. It's just a mindset really. You are never out of it until the final gun and we've just got to keep playing. I don’t think guys played less hard because we got down, we just didn’t make enough plays to come back and that’s something we have to figure out a way to put our players in position to – A – get the ball back when we're on defense and B – get the ball in the end zone at a decent rate on offense and that’s something we've got to continue to work on."

On how QB Alex Smith has improved:

"Oh yeah, I mean he's getting closer probably and nobody is going to be perfect at that position, but he's learning, getting to know our guys and Jordan [Reed] went out for a little while and obviously there is no Jamison [Crowder] or Chris Thompson and we're working with some other guys. I think from a system standpoint, I think he's feeling more comfortable with the plays and the concepts that we're running and getting the ball out of his hands and scrambling when he has to scramble. He had a big scramble in the game last week, so I think he's getting to where we want him."

On the hit on QB Alex Smith against Atlanta:

"Maybe step out of bounds next time. That would be beneficial."

On T Trent Williams:

"We just had a walkthrough today so we didn’t do anything. Hopefully tomorrow we'll get a look at him possibly if we start his clock, we'll see if he's ready to go. He had his hat on today, looked like he was ready, so I don’t know."

On TE Jordan Reed's production:

"Probably in our three game win streak, we didn’t throw, our balance was probably [more] run oriented than pass so he wasn’t getting as many opportunities. There are a lot of factors involved in that. It's not because he's not playing well, it's not because the quarterback is not looking for him, it's just the opportunities probably haven’t presented themselves and when they have, we didn’t connect for whatever reason. If it was a protection issue or an errant throw or maybe a route issue, so the numbers will come. We're not worried about fantasy football stats, we're trying to go through our progressions and if Maurice Harris is the guy open on that play, we'll throw it to him. If Michael Floyd or whoever it is, we've just got to get the ball to the right guy."

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