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    • Skins Quotes 12/24/15

      December 24, 2015
      Redskins Park

      Head Coach Jay Gruden

      Opening statement:
      "Did not participate was Perry Riley, foot. Limited was D-Gold [Dashon Goldson], rib, shoulder; [Jason] Hatcher, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Grant, Matt Jones, Morgan Moses and Josh LeRibeus. Then full [participation] was [Ryan] Kerrigan and everybody else."

      On C Kory Lichtensteiger:
      "Kory looks good. He looks like he's got the majority of his strength back. He's just now working on getting back into playing shape and all that stuff, so I would imagine by playoff time he'll be ready. We'll make that decision if it happens."

      On T Morgan Moses:
      "He's going to need the next couple of days. He really is. He did a limited basis today. Him and Josh [LeRibeus] both. Morgan is going to need a little bit more time, so we'll see how he does. I think he'll be good enough to dress and all that stuff, but we'll see how he does come Saturday night. Pregame warm-up and all that stuff will be a good test for him."

      On Eagles QB Sam Bradford's progression:
      "I think I mentioned that the other day. I think he's coming along. Hes obviously gaining a lot of confidence in what he's doing. I've said that before it takes time and it takes repetitions for quarterbacks in new systems whether you're a veteran or not. I think he's just gaining more and more confidence. He's gaining momentum at the quarterback position as far as confidence in where to go with the ball in his receivers, his tight ends, obviously his backs. So he's playing a lot better."

      On his level of confidence in T Ty Nsekhe:
      "He played well in the second half of the game when came in for Morgan [Moses] last week. So we feel good about Ty. He's been here all season. He's been busting his butt and he'll have to step up if need be."

      On who will play at safety if S Dashon Goldson isnt available:
      "Yeah, we'll talk about that. I think it would be a pretty significant injury for Goldson not to go, but we have [Kyshoen] Jarrett, we have [DeAngelo] Hall. Jeron Johnson has been practicing, so that's another option for us."

      On if the players in the locker room are closer than they have been in the past:
      Yeah, I think so. I dont know if its because of the couches, but I just think its just the people in general. They get along pretty good down there really overall. Its a lot of good personalities mixed and they get along good. They have a lot of respect for one another. They play a little cards down there whatever but it is a close-knit group.

      On balancing mixing up coverages with making sure everyone is aligned before the snap:
      Its a big issue is communication, and thats going to be the most important word this week is communication both sides of the ball, how we handle their fronts and their movement and defensively, how we get the calls and the coverages and the fronts and the blitzes, all that stuff. Its got to happen fast. If we have to sub when they sub, we have to get in there, get lined up in there and get our calls in there, so its going to be very important.

      On why the team has opened up the offense in the past few weeks:
      I think its a combination of a lot of things. You know, one, depends on how the defense is playing you. If theyre loading up to stop the run then we want to try to throw the ball, obviously, and we feel pretty good about our protection plan. Obviously having DeSean Jackson back makes a big difference. Really, the big thing is trying to keep a defense off-balance and not being too predictable. I sat up here one week and answered the questions about when [Tom] Compton is in and when Ryan Grant is in, its 85 percent and thats important. We have to understand what our tendencies are and we have to guard against that. We have to stay balanced and keep the defense off-balance and I think the last couple weeks have been very good in that regard. Now, its a matter of staying productive on first and second down. I think the most important thing that weve done is weve done very good on third down whether its third and makeable, third and long we converted a couple of them to keep drives alive and then weve been excellent in the red zone over the last two games. I think were eight-for-eight. With those two variables, I think that makes for a very good offense.

      On if there is a significance to possibly having a Week 17 game with no playoff implications:
      You know, I dont know yet. Ill worry about that after the game. You know, I try not to get too ahead of myself, by golly. Im not going to even think about that. Theres a lot of issues involved there you know, health of the football team, all that stuff you want to deal with and momentum. There are some things well have to seriously think about, but lets not put the horse before the carriage [laughter]. Is that the saying carriage before the horse? Cart before the carriage? Something like that? You know what I meant [laughter].

      On how hard it is to avoid looking ahead:
      Its easy. Just look at our road record the last two years, you know what I mean? We have to understand, one, were playing a very good football team at home. They have a very good defensive line, and offensively, theyre starting to find their way a little bit. Its going to be a great game so its going to be very easy for us to stay motivated and understand the importance of each rep each play in this football game. These guys understand it. Nobody is looking ahead. Were all looking at Philadelphia, no doubt. Weve done a good job of that all year as far as staying focused on the task at hand.

      On the difference in the teams ability to bounce back on drives that include a sack:
      I dont know. There are less of them. Weve had less sacks this year, obviously. I think last year we were in the fifties, which is unheard of. So I think the less sacks we have and some of the sacks theyre not as significant like eight- or nine-yard losses. Some of the sacks are like three- or four-yard losses so were still able to get the first down but you know, I dont know. I just think our second down and long, if we do get sacked on first down, our second-and-long-get-back-on-track calls have been very good to get us back to third down and medium to make some plays.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Skins Quotes 12/24/15 started by Boone View original post
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