Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden met with media after Saturday’s practice and was asked what he thought about his teams’ performance in their preseason win over the New England Patriots. And here’s what Gruden had to say about the Redskins defensive performance:
“Defensively I was impressed the way we ran around and flew around to the football. And we played some good situations, we got a red zone stop in there. We got a fourth down stop in the red zone, we stopped some screens, we had some good pressure on the quarterback and that was exciting.
But overall I was just impressed with the communication and then the pursuit to the football and then the tackling I thought was outstanding. Very few missed tackles which was exciting and when you see the guy on the ground for the Patriots and you freeze the film and you see six or seven red hats around the ball that’s what I like to see.”
And here’s what Jay Gruden had this to say about the Redskins offensive performance:
“And offensively, obviously the running game was very good. I like the way our backs were finishing runs, getting yards after contact. I like the way our receivers were blocking and in the passing game I thought we were pretty disciplined in our routes, and didn’t have any drops I don’t think that I can remember.
So guys were flying around and they were all doing the right thing. And I was impressed with the rookies and the way they came out and there were very few mental mistakes. So it was a good day for a lot of people. Obviously there’s a lot to work on and a lot we can do better but very pleased with their effort and their knowledge of the scheme so far.”
So it seems Jay Gruden has things in the right perspective. It was a good performance by his team but it was only one preseason game so no need to start feeling overly confident. As the Redskins need to focus on continuing to improve and Jay Gruden will be making sure that no one is getting too carried away by the win.