Jay Gruden: "We Have To Try To Figure Out A Way To Beat Philadelphia."

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

On injuries:

"Did not participate were [Ryan] Anderson, hamstring; Maurice Harris, concussion; [Colt] McCoy, fibula; [Ty] Nsekhe, knee; Jordan Reed, ankle/foot; [Matt] Ioannidis, hamstring. Limited were [Vernon] Davis, concussion; [Tony] Bergstrom, knee/ankle; Trent Williams, thumb and wrist; [Jamison] Crowder, wrist; [Adrian] Peterson, shoulder and there's one more. I don’t know who that is, I can't read it. Oh, [Zac] Kerin, knee. Zac Kerin, knee."

On placing any players who can't play this week on IR:

"There's a possibility. It just depends on if we need those spots for other players or not. If we have 46 guys here that can go out and play that we feel good about, we won't need to put anybody on IR. We'll just leave them as inactive. But if we need to get a spot, like for Ryan Anderson for instance, if he can't go, we might need a spot there and we could put one of those guys down."

On if he sees new players coming into the building:

"We've got them all in the building. We signed Marquis Flowers, another inside linebacker, and got a couple of guys on the practice squad that we added recently so we should be OK. Alex Carter, we added, obviously [ArDarius] Stewart, Carlos Henderson, [Jack] Tacho, so we've added some people."

On why he decided to move on from S D.J. Swearinger Sr. and what the discussions were like:

"Well, the discussions were private. I had multiple discussions with him in previous instances. At the end of the day, we thought as an organization it was best for us to part ways. Obviously, he wasn’t happy. He voiced his displeasure many, many times. At the end of the day, we thought it was best for him to let him go and best for us moving forward."

On why Swearinger's comments were not constructive:

"Well, I think if you read the articles, I think those aren’t constructive. Having a suggestion whether to play zone or man is a suggestion and that’s fine in house. With a microphone in your mouth, it's not productive for anybody. The fact of the matter is, we didn’t play good enough to win against the Titans, but we played good in certain areas – missed a few tackles here and there. We did play some zone, we played some man-to-man and unfortunately we didn’t get it done."

On if he knew after he saw the comments that he would cut Swearinger:

"Yeah, I mean we've had discussions before in the past obviously and it's my fault. Ultimately, it's my fault. Obviously, I didn’t make it clear to certain people that we don’t talk about our business to the media. For me to allow that to creep in is ultimately my fault. D.J. did some great things here without a doubt. We wish him nothing but the best. But at the end of the day, that’s something that this franchise or any franchise in my mind can't afford to have, so we moved on."

On what made this situation with Swearinger different than others on the team:

"Yeah, it was repeated offenses, yeah. We've had, I've had many talks with him in the past. Obviously, I didn’t get through to him so again, that’s my responsibility. But at the end of the day, we decided as an organization to go ahead and move on."

On the plan at safety this weekend:

"Yeah, we've got Ha Ha [Clinton-Dix] still. Obviously, Deshazor Everett has played a lot of ball for us. Jeremy Reaves has been an upcoming talent that we are very interested in. We are going to move Harlan Miller to safety, which he's played safety in the past, so we have it covered. We signed Alex Carter from the practice squad. We probably will boost up Alex Carter possibly here in the next couple of days and we have some other guys to look at. It will be good experience for some of those young guys to get some opportunities to play."

On core special teamers getting reps at their natural positions this weekend:

"There could be. I think the ultimate goal is to win the game and put our best players in place to do that. I think we're still reeling a little bit from the loss and being knocked out of the playoffs. That hurts a lot of people. At the end of the day, our job is to put the best team on the field and try to get a victory against our division rival – one of them. So, it's very important for us to do that. Jehu [Chesson] has done some good things and he could get some more reps as could [Darvin] Kidsy. But we still think Josh Doctson is a heck of a player and he needs to be out there. Jamison Crowder for sure. Michael Floyd has done some great things in the running game. Obviously having the ability to look at some different people would also be beneficial."

On if he made the decision to cut Swearinger or if others were involved:

"No, it has nothing to do with anything. Any decision we make from a personnel standpoint, bringing people in, cutting people, putting them on IR, it's a group decision. We take every decision that we make very seriously. We have lots of talks about it and discussions and at the end of the day, we're trying to do what's best for this organization moving forward in the long term. Whether I'm here or not, I don’t know. But I know we felt very strongly that this was the right decision."

On if he discussed the Swearinger move with the team and what kind of message it sends:

"I don’t know. I'm sure when you have a guy that’s been here a year and a half, two years, there's going to be some friendships that are going to happen and obviously there's a natural reaction to when you lose a good friend of yours and a pretty good player. I didn’t expect everybody to be happy about it. I wish it would have never happened, really to be honest with you, because I like D.J. and I like what he brought to this football team, his energy and his compassion and competitiveness. At the end of the day, we just can't have that. So, I think everybody will learn from it, grow from it and at the end of the day, when you work for a company or work for a team, its best that you try to be positive with your remarks."

On if he needs to make a clear message on the standards of the organization:

"Well we have talked about our standards here and I'd like to think we set high standards and goals for our organization and our football players, not just our teammates, our coaches, everybody. So yeah, obviously every decision we make and everything that comes out in the media, that’s a separate entity. This one here is its own entity again and we felt like we had to address it, not just for the player's sake but for the team's sake."

On if there are veterans who've dealt with injuries that will be shut down:

"No, I think if they have the ability to go, they're going to go. I think it's very, very important. This is pro football. If that were the case, I don’t know if we'd have 50 guys or 40 guys to play. I think everybody is banged up to some degree. Trent [Williams] is banged up a little bit, Morgan [Moses] is banged up, [Tony] Bergstrom, obviously Chase Roullier is a little bit banged up. Our linebacking crew is a little bit banged up. This is part of it. This is part of our guys, the type of guys that we brought in here, obviously great competitive spirit. Tough time right now, tough pill to swallow, not being in the playoffs without a doubt. But I do expect the type of guys we have here to step up."

On what the mindset it is going into Sunday after this season's ups and downs:

"Well, I think we tell our team, like I said we have high standards for our team and we expect our guys to come out and compete. Anytime they put a Redskins helmet on, we expect great things from them – individually and together as a team. Great focus, great energy, great passion for the game without a doubt, that's number one. Number two is we have to set our goals high and we have to try to figure out a way to beat Philadelphia and focus on what they do and try to come up with a plan to best put our players in a positon to make plays and win the football game. That’s the only thing we can do right now moving forward. Are we sick about the position we're in? Yes we are. There's 15, 16 other teams that are in the same boat, and I expect they are going to go out and compete the last game of the year also. It's no different here."

On having to talk about other things besides football:

"Yeah, obviously you don’t want to talk about that stuff, off the field stuff. I'd rather talk about the upcoming opponent, which is a very good opponent. They just got Mike Wallace back, they have two very good quarterbacks, their offensive line is intact, defense is playing extremely well. But when things happen, social media nowadays and microphones in players mouths a lot, sometimes you have to address certain things that you don’t want to. That’s part of my job and we try to communicate to our players, our staff, the right way to go about our business and keeping our business, our business. Unfortunately, we've had a few instances here that we would like to learn from and forget."

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