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Jay Gruden presser recap: Doctson saga continues, coach downplays McVay factor

Jay Gruden presser recap: Doctson saga continues, coach downplays McVay factor

Here are the big takeaways from Jay Gruden’s Wednesday news conference:

—The Redskins remain reasonably healthy, although Josh Doctson was limited in practice with a hamstring issue that just won’t go away. “He’s just been tight,” said Gruden. “Precautionary this time of week.” The “Where's Doctson” saga continues, we’ll await the injury report on Thursday.

—On Monday, Gruden said that the plan was to have Doctson play 35-40 snaps against the Rams after he played 20 last Sunday. Wednesday, he was asked if the limited practice status might alter that plan. “It doesn’t help,” said Gruden

—S D.J. Swearinger also was limited. All other players were full participants including OT Morgan Moses, who seemed to be affected by an ankle injury against the Eagles.

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—Gruden’s bottom line on stopping former offensive coordinator Sean McVay’s offense on Sunday: “You’ve got to get after the quarterback. It’s the only option.” The Redskins did get after the quarterback against the Eagles, getting two sacks, forcing an intentional grounding, and getting their hands on Carson Wentz several other times. If they get the same rush on the Rams’ Jared Goff they should get close to half a dozen sacks.

—Gruden downplayed the “matchup” with McVay, who was his offensive coordinator for three years and called the plays the last two. “None of that matters,” he said. “You don’t know what they’re going to run anytime. I know he’s a good football coach. He’ll have his team ready. That’s all I know. We have to treat this like another game.”

—This is the first of three games the Redskins will play in the Pacific time zone so the Redskins went to some experts to make sure the team is well rested. “We’ve talked to sleep specialists and all that, we’re going to have to tinker with the schedule a little bit, try to get them some more sleep,” said Gruden. The game will be played when the players’ body clocks are at 4:25 p.m. EDT so in that respect the time isn’t all that out of whack from the routine Sunday schedule.

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—Before practice on Wednesday, Swearinger brought the team into a large huddle on the field and gave a little pep talk. “I think everybody is still smarting a little bit,” said Gruden of the gathering. “We should be. I am, at least. But it’s time to get over it. I think D.J. just wanted to give them a little kick in the rear, make sure we are working towards our first win and not trying to talk about what we didn’t do or feeling sorry for ourselves about the last one that is already gone.”

—In answer to the final question of the presser, which was about how much film study by the opposition has taken away the element of surprise in play calling, Gruden again emphasized the importance of getting to the quarterback. “You need to have a good pass rush,” he said. If that message is going out multiple times in 10 minutes with the media you can be assured that it’s going out to Greg Manusky, Jim Tomsula, and the players in the front seven on defense.

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Sunday was the Redskins' best defensive performance since 1991

Sunday was the Redskins' best defensive performance since 1991

The Redskins were dominant defensively on Sunday night during their 27-10 beatdown of the Oakland Raiders. Historically dominant.

The Raiders gained just 128 yards in four quarters of football. That didn’t set a team record or anything but it was the most dominant the Redskins have been against a quality team in at least the last 57 years.

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Since the 1970 merger, the Redskins have held their opponent to fewer than 130 yards in a game five times. Here is a quick look at the other four teams:

1972 Eagles (120 yards)—They finished 2-11-1 and averaged 10.4 points per game, dead last among the 26 teams in the league.

1974 Bears (126 yards)—Under Abe Gibron the bears were 4-10 and had an average of 10.9 points per game, 25th of 26 NFL teams.

1991 Eagles (89 yards)—Thanks to a dominant defense this team finished 10-6. Rich Kotite’s boys were OK offensively (18th of 28 in scoring) but not on the day they played at RFK Stadium.

1991 Broncos (128 yards)—Dan Reeves’ team finished 8-8 on the year but they ranked 22nd of 28 teams in scoring.

Of course, we don’t yet know how the Raiders will finish the season in terms of scoring but it’s likely that they will finish in the top half of the NFL in scoring, perhaps even in the top 10. None of those teams had a quintet on offense the equal to Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, and Jared Cook. This was as dominant a performance against a quality offense as the Redskins have had in at least 50 years.

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3:00

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 28
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 34

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Redskins vs. Raiders by the numbers

—The Redskins outgained the Raiders 472 yards to 128. The 344-yard differential was the largest for the Redskins since they had a 385-yard advantage over Bears in 1974.

—The Raiders were 0-11 on third down. It was the first time the Redskins allowed no third-down conversions since a game against Dallas in 2007.

—The Raiders’ 128 yards were the fewest the Redskins have allowed in a game since they also allowed 128 to the Broncos in 1992. This marked the fifth time since the merger that the Redskins have held an opponent to 128 yards or fewer.

—Chris Thompson had 150 yards receiving. That shattered his former personal best of 57 yards in a game. Going back to at least 1960, no Redskins running back has gained more receiving yards in a game.

—Thompson added 31 yards rushing. His 181 yards of offense easily beat the Raiders’ total offense of 128 by itself.

—Josh Doctson's first catch of the season was good for 52 yards and a touchdown. 

—The Redskins now have at least one sack in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFC and the second-longest in the NFL (Bengals, 32).

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