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  1. **** the Cowboys

  2. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    Are you kiddin me
  3. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    Holy **** what a game
  4. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    If this game was a pro wrestling match it'd be getting the "Fight Forever" chant.
  5. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    Pierre Garcon. Making ****ty QBs look good since Indianapolis .
  6. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    That one faded over your head I see.
  7. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    Where's the fade McVay?
  8. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    They are. 9ers all black looks like **** though Damn. McVay musta learned from Jay last week that you CAN run the ball in the Red Zone
  9. The Official 2017 Game Day Thread

    Rams Offense is both pretty good & pretty familiar. McVay just has a better RB then he ever had in DC. And he's currently got WRs then we do now. With the ties from here & the branch off of the John Gruden coaching tree these Rams have been fun as hell to watch on Offense.
  10. September 21, 2017 Head Coach Jay Gruden On injuries: “Limited: Jordan Reed, rib/sternum; [Mason] Foster, shoulder; [Rob] Kelley, rib; [Morgan] Moses, ankle/shoulder; [Montae] Nicholson, shoulder; Josh Norman, shoulder. Full were [Deshazor] Everett, knee – lots of guys here – [Josh] Doctson, hamstring; [Spencer] Long, knee; and [Chris] Thompson, back.” On if it seems like there are more injuries this year: “Uh, no. I think it’s about normal this time of year. Some teams are more fortunate than others, some players are more fortunate than others, but it is a physical game and these things happen.” On TE Jordan Reed’s progress: “He did more today, so I think the pain is becoming manageable, we hope. We’ll see how he does tomorrow.” On if he was still able to conduct a productive practice with so many players limited: “We did a good job. They had a good practice today. The limited guys participated a little bit in their periods here and there, so we were able to get everything done.” On drawing the line between playing limited players vs. playing healthy players: “Yeah, first of all, that’s not my call. That’s the player’s call and the trainer’s call, so I have to find out from the trainer A) if they’re able to play and if the player feels up to it and then we have to make that determination – whether or not the person who would play in their place would be better than that person at 80 percent or what have you. So, a lot goes into it, but ultimately it’s the player’s and the trainer’s call.” On if QB Kirk Cousins or C Spencer Long has the final say on protections: “We have a system in place but obviously Kirk can always trump it and change it at the line of scrimmage if need be. Spencer initially makes the calls and then if Kirk sees something different and needs to change it, he will.” On if WR Josh Doctson is at the point where he has no limitations and should be producing: “Well, we’ve got other players too that are producing and have been producing, so it’s not like he’s just going to jump out there and get 80 snaps. Terrelle [Pryor Sr.] is doing a good job at X, Ryan [Grant] and [Jamison] Crowder are doing a good job at Z, Crowder at slot, so he’ll work his way in the lineup. He’s a good player. Brian Quick’s going to get his share here and there, so I think the rotation’s going to be key. Keeping them fresh is going to be key and then taking advantage of opportunities when they get them is obviously the most important.” On if he will game plan plays specifically for Doctson: “We’ll have some special plays for Josh because he does some special things. Obviously we haven’t seen him a lot around here as far as on game day, but we’ve seen him out at practice so there will be some instances where we try to get him the ball.” On how tough it is to face quarterbacks like Raiders QB Derek Carr who get rid of the ball quickly: “It’s tough, it’s tough. It gets frustrating for pass rushers. You know, you say, ‘Rush the quarterback, rush the quarterback,’ and the ball’s gone – at one point I think the average was under two seconds that he gets the ball out of his hands. So, the big thing is to make him the feel the pressure if we don’t get home. We’ll get our hands up, maybe bat some balls, but still I think if you make the quarterback uncomfortable, even if you don’t get the sack, it can be equally as important as getting the sack. So, I think just making him uncomfortable, maybe getting him off his spot, will be critical and then having tight coverage on the wideouts to make him hold the ball.” On how he is going to stop Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch: “I am not going to stop him [laughter]. Hopefully, I think it’s just going to be a group effort like it is with every great back in the NFL that you face. Todd Gurley’s a different type of back but, you know, it takes more than one. He might jump over one guy and the next guy’s going to have to come get him. Marshawn might stiff arm one guy but the next two or three guys are going to come get him.[It’s got to be a group effort and we’ve got to run to the football – all 11 of them on defense have got to pursue to the football with great passion.” On if he sees any lag in Lynch’s game after a year away: “No. No lags. He looks fine.” On doing multiple things in the run game, and if that’s just trial and error or the fact that this group of backs is capable of multiple things: “Yeah, I think it’s a combination of both. We do have young backs with Samaje [Perine] and Rob Kelley still fairly new, only in his second year. Mack Brown obviously is fairly new. But the line really and the tight ends are a big part of that. The tight ends are a major part of the run game too, so they all have to be on the same page and they’re all smart. They targeted all the runs correctly. Targeting is one thing and then you’ve got to hang on to your blocks and you’ve got to finish blocks. We did a great job of that last week that gave the backs some holes to run through. So each week is a different challenge and each front presents something different. Oakland’s a little bit different with their fronts and Reggie Nelson and [Karl] Joseph will be a factor in the running game also. They come down and blitz from the safety spots from time to time, so we’ve got to make sure we target them right, account for those guys and get to running.” On how impressive it is to see his receivers blocking downfield: “Yeah, it’s important. They’ve been challenged and they’ve been up to the challenge. They were against the Rams, so that’s got to carry over. That’s something that they have to do. The backs, Chris Thompson, they do a great job on play actions and the dropbacks and protecting for them when they run routes so it’s important for them to return the favor in the running game. We have big guys. Crowder plays big. Despite his stature, he’s a good blocker. So all those guys are expected to block and will block on my watch.” Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky On to what he attributes the defense shedding blocks successfully so far this season: “I just think overall, I think it’s from a coaching perspective. You just teach guys to get off blocks, not to stay blocked. The defensive line is doing a good job up front of keeping the linebackers free and the linebackers actually striking and separating and making the play. So, I think it is both player and coaching alike.” On if the technique is being taught differently this year: “No, that’s the way I have always taught it. You know, over my years I don’t think technique-wise it was anything different. It was just - we are just playing harder, we are playing smarter and we are playing faster.” On the Raiders’ offensive line: “I mean, overall, they are big body guys. They work well together. Mike Tice does a good job of putting them into positions where they are pushing the double teams, doing the duos, doing all that kind of stuff. He has got them at a high level right now and we have got to defend that on Sunday night.” On the combination of S Montae Nicholson and S Deshazor Everett: “I think both of them are getting into the flow of the game. For Montae being a young guy, to get him into that flow of the game and Deshaze of course, you know, not playing as much – he didn’t play much last year – and this year getting him into just feeling it and working with D.J. [Swearinger] on the back end. It was a good little complement back and forth.” On Nicholson’s performance last Sunday: “He did a great job. From a communication standpoint, he communicated with D.J. He flew around to the ball. He did what he had to do and he was in the right spot the majority of the time.” On DL Matt Ioannidis focusing on defensive end and if he has noticed improvement: “I mean, sometimes when you have individuals, sometimes when you move them around over my past and Jimmy’s [Jim Tomsula’s] past, moving guys from nose to left end or to right end, it kind of confuses them and sometimes certain guys just get in a mind frame of being in one position and seeing it from a certain standpoint and that’s Matt, and he is doing a great job of playing where he is right now.” On his ability to use different players at different times: “Well, I think that anybody that’s up could be playing and it doesn’t… For me personally, I don’t really care who is the guy that is in there playing. It could be Junior [Galette]. It could be Pete [Robertson]. It could be Harvey [Josh Harvey-Clemons]. You have got to make sure that you be able to be ready for the game and get ready to play. It could be Comp [Will Compton]. It could be Mase [Mason Foster]. It doesn’t matter to me, from my standpoint. We do have our starters, don’t get me wrong, but you have to go into the week going like you’re the starter and that’s what we do.” On having all the options at linebacker and how that helps attack an offense: “Oh, it’s great. You have different guys, sometimes if it’s always Preston [Smith], they are always seeing him on tape and then put somebody else like Junior in the game, it is a different body, different athlete. It just changes it up for tackles and inside guys as well.” On if it is helpful to have DL Stacy McGee, who played in Oakland: “Yeah, it’s pretty good. From Stacy’s mentality he is kind of a soft-spoken guy, doesn’t say much. But for the most part, he kind of told us about the offensive line and how they are.” On Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch: “[I’ve] played him many times. He’s a beast. He has great sight lines. He can hit it downhill. He can make guys miss in the hole; he has been doing that for years. It is just like – it is just like he is regular or has been the past couple years, the same player that I remember when he was up in Buffalo... and Seattle.” On what he told his players about the Raiders’ quick passing game: “Well, I mean, that is the way the offense is, you know? They are quick hitting, getting the ball out. It doesn’t matter if it is going up top, underneath. He does a great job of knowing where the ball is going to be going before he wants to go. He is going to throw it out and we just have got to make sure that we be in position to make the plays Sunday night.” On what he has learned about his players from the first two games: “Just trying to build that camaraderie amongst these guys, you know what I am saying? D.J. [Swearinger] does a great job of bringing everybody together. Just trying to get the guys to keep on working, working every day. We do a lot of drills and stuff out there on the field. Everything is so precision-like during the game that some of those things that we are trying to hit, they are coming together and they are understanding what the guys around them can do. So it’s pretty good.”
  11. September 20, 2017 Head Coach Jay Gruden On injuries: “Did not participate was Jordan Reed with his rib cartilage [and] SC joint ligament sprain. Limited was Rob Kelley with his rib, Montae Nicholson with his shoulder, Josh Norman with his shoulder, Mason Foster with his shoulder, Deshazor Everett with his knee, Morgan Moses with his ankle and shoulder. Full were Spencer Long, knee; Chris Thompson, back; and Josh Doctson, hamstring.” On the plan and/or concern for TE Jordan Reed: “The plan is [that] we’ve got to get him healthy. The concern is [that] he’s not healthy right now. So we have to wait and see how it goes.” On if it was promising that several other injured players were able to practice today: “Yeah, it was promising. They’re trying to fight through it right now. We’ll see what their effectiveness will be, come tomorrow, Friday and obviously Saturday.” On if LB Mason Foster received an MRI or second opinion on his shoulder: “No. Dislocated – popped back in place, I guess. Strap it up and see how he does” On if there is risk vs. reward in playing RB Chris Thompson more: “Yeah, no doubt. I’ve said before, he’s a very valuable guy in the role that he’s in – third down. He’s also one of our kick returners. He does a lot of getting back on track calls on second down-and-long, and there’s some first-down plays that he’s in. But, yes, it’s important for us to keep him healthy. He’s not a guy that I personally want to give him 30 carries a game. He probably wants it but he probably won’t get it.” On if RB Rob Kelley’s injury will change Thompson’s usage: “No.” On how versatility helps the defense: “I think we have some versatile guys out there, especially defensive lineman. They can play nickel and base, which is important. You’ve got to be able to stop the run, even in sub packages, and they do a good job. And our linebackers are athletic enough that they can play both. Then our safeties and corners, they’re pretty good. He [Greg Manusky] does a good job, matching personnel, playing personnel, whatever he wants against whatever personnel is out there, because out guys are athletic and they are versatile, like you said. That speaks well of the people that we have on defense.” On what has impressed him about DL Matt Ioannidis: “I think the first game he was feeling his way, he got a half a sack the first game, did some good things. But he’s feeling his way still, his first real live action he’s had, a lot of snaps in, in some time. Yet last week, against the Rams, he played very well. He had pressured the quarterback four or five times, he hawked down Tavon Austin on a jet sweep, which was a big play on the first play of the game. If he gets out of there, it could’ve been a 70-yard touchdown. I think just the work that he’s put in in the weight room with Chad [Englehart] and in the OTAs, he’s just gotten himself in bigger, stronger shape. He’s in better shape, kind of following Ziggy Hood’s lead, which is good. Coach [Jim] Tomsula has got his hands on him, done a great job with him. He’s played in sub, he’s played at base, done a good job. I think moving him to end full-time has helped him, kind of keeping him out of the nose guard position for now I think has been beneficial to him.” On the offense playing well early and late last week and if the middle portion of the game was a matter of adjusting and counter-adjusting: “A little bit of both. There was some pressure and missing throws. Chris Thompson had the unfortunate drop where things could’ve looked a lot different, had he caught that one. That could have been another 60-yarder for us. There was a lot of things, it’s hard to point. It’s not that he wasn’t adjusting, I think we had some throws available. But they have a very good defense. Pressure with [Robert] Quinn and [Aaron] Donald and those guys – they do an excellent job with their pressure packages. Got off rhythm a couple times, but I liked the way he finished. That’s the important thing. Getting a win on the road is not easy, anywhere, anytime. And making the key throws down the stretch, going 3-for-3 on that last drive was critical.” On Ioannidis’s transition to defensive end: “I think just playing one position for him has been good. I think he’s finding a home there, he’s playing three-technique and some end. I mean, he can still play shade and play some nose guard if need be. But I just think he’s really strong at the point of attack and he’s showing the ability to rush the passer a little bit.” On if he plans to run more play action with Cousins this season: “Yeah, yeah, we’ve tried a couple. We had a couple shots that we didn’t connect on, unfortunately. We had to checkdown to Vernon Davis out of our own end zone, had a chance for Terrelle Pryor down the middle of the field, but the pressure didn’t allow us to get there, so we checked it down to Vernon for a nice gain, backed up. Tried another one to Jordan Reed, they had a good coverage for it, took it away, and tried about three or four more. Just didn’t hit on them. We had a naked out there to Terrelle Pryor we connected on, but we had a holding call. So we’ll continue to use those. The more effective our running game will be, the more effective our play actions will be. So hopefully that’ll build more into our offense this week and next week.” On if Reed looked like “the old Jordan” last week: “Yeah, Jordan was awesome. I thought he had the best all-around game he’s had in a while. I think, not just route-running, but blocking. He was outstanding in blocking. Had a key block on the touchdown Chris Thompson had on the second series of the game, was physical and did a great job. But his route-running has always been solid. I might have been nitpicking the first week, he’s just a little too quick sometimes, but he’s still a great player and has done an excellent job for us.” On if every week becomes a referendum on Cousins’ contract: “You know what, I don’t really think about all that stuff. We just try to concentrate on our opponent and trying to give them the best plan possible moving forward and try to give our team the best chance to win on a given week. We don’t even talk about dollars. That would never come up with any of these guys, so it’s not an issue. It won’t be an issue. Ever.” On what he’s expecting from the Raiders’ defense: “Well, I see this guy, No. 52, he’s pretty good. You know, Khalil Mack is a… he’s a game changer. And Bruce Irvin has done some good things. Their defensive line’s solid. They’re big guys. The rookie is playing very well from UCLA and, you know, they have [David] Amerson obviously. And [Gareon] Conley, the rookie from Ohio State’s a pretty good corner. Sean Smith didn’t play last week but he’s always been a solid corner and Reggie Nelson, I know from Cincinnati, [he’s] got great ball skills. The first rounder they got from West Virginia is an excellent safety – [Karl] Joseph. So they’ve got a lot of good players. They’ve got a good scheme. They change up the fronts a lot, they don’t just line up in one front. They’re multiple in their fronts – unders, overs, linebackers on the line of scrimmage in the box, blitzing safeties. So it’s going to be important for us to identify the fronts, target them and then obviously finish the blocks, which will be a tough task.” On communication between the defensive backs: “I think D.J. [Swearinger] has a big part of that. And that’s still going to be a challenge for those guys week-in, week-out. We’re going to have different coverages, different game plans, different opponents, different formations, so that’s going to be a challenge every week for them. This week was pretty smooth. I think partly because [it was] a similar offense that we have and we’ve seen all through training camp, so they were able to communicate effortlessly this week. But this week with Derek Carr and the multiple formations that they have – the ability to run the ball, throw the ball, play action to Marshawn Lynch and [Michael] Crabtree and Amari Cooper – it’ll be a great challenge for them with communication.” On knowing the team can win by running the football: “I think it’s good to be able to win multiple ways. It’s going to be important. There’s going to be teams that are going to be really, really hard to run the ball against. We ran into that situation last year against a couple of the defenses we faced and we had to throw the ball a little bit more than we wanted to. But the ability to run the ball is a great asset for us and it’s necessary for us to be successful long-term. For us to get to the playoffs and win Super Bowls, we have to be balanced and we have to be able to run the ball to take the pressure off our quarterback and open up the play actions.” On the clarity with Su’a Cravens’ status and if they are going to add someone at safety: “No, we have Fish [Smithson] already as our fifth guy on the practice squad and he’s doing a good job, so we’re OK at safety spot. As far as Su’a’ is concerned, we just have to put it behind us, move forward and let him take care of his personal life and let us take care of this season.” On what the Raiders’ offense is doing well so far this season: “Well, everything. There’s nothing they’re not doing well. They can throw it, they can run it, so there you have it. They have a big, powerful offensive line. They have a couple tight ends that can come in and maul you. They have great play actions and their receivers can get down the field. And Derek [Carr] does an unbelievable job at giving them opportunity balls and they come down with the majority of them, so our defensive backs will be challenged. Our defensive line and linebackers will be challenged. They’re anxious. They’re excited. It will be a great test.” On playing a prime-time game: “Oh, we’re excited. I think losing our opener – home opener against Philadelphia – hurt a little bit and we’re excited to get our next home game. We know it’s going to be a great test. This is a good football team. They’re playing as well as anybody the last year and a half, the last 18 games, so to speak. They have a great record. Derek has been very efficient with the football. He doesn’t get sacked very often. It’s going to be a great challenge but we’re going to need our home crowd support, so to speak – make it loud, make it hard on him. Hopefully we’ll give them something to cheer about.” On younger players around the league opting to end their careers early: “I think every individual’s different and this game isn’t for everybody. I’m not speaking for Su’a or anybody else, but this is a major commitment for a young man, and if you’re not fully committed, then you shouldn’t play it. I’m not saying that Su’a’s not fully committed at this time, I’m just saying in general for anybody who’s choosing not to play. It’s a grind. It’s very rewarding though, if you choose to play it. The people that I know that have played it and had success wouldn’t trade it in for the world.” QB Kirk Cousins On RB Chris Thompson: “Chris is one of our best players and is a tremendous asset to our offense because he is so versatile. He can pass protect. He can catch the football. He can run good routes. He is a smart player. He is a good teammate. He runs the ball well. He can hit the home run. He can make people miss. There is just a lot to like and the other thing about Chris that you have to know from his story is it wasn’t like he showed up as a rookie and was an All-Pro. It took time to develop and that’s the case with so many guys in this league. I think people like to write the book on somebody pretty quickly and I think we have to understand that guys take time to develop and I think Chris is still getting better and doing things this year that he didn’t do last year. So [I am] thrilled with his growth and development and can’t wait to see where it goes from here.” On if he and Thompson have a better relationship because they’ve both had to work their way into their current roles: “I remember when they drafted him the coaches said – one of the ways we pick people in the draft is we try to watch their best plays, like their 25 or 50 best plays from college. Chris’ best plays – when he was healthy at Florida State – were as good as anybody in the draft. They said his best plays look like a guy who is a top 10 pick and so they said we really felt good about taking him. So there was obviously some other things that needed to be worked out, which is why he didn’t go that high, but you knew it was there if there was a way to coach it out of him, develop it and to his credit he worked hard and got it going. It is a thrill to play with him. And I know you guys have gotten to know him. He has got a great demeanor about him. He is very composed, very intelligent, good teammate. I told him that, I said ‘You’re the kind of guy I want in the huddle in a tense moment in an away stadium,’ just because you feel like he is a guy who has composure about him and the moment is not too big for him. So, can’t say enough good things about Chris and hopefully continue to lean on him. I think we will continue to lean on him because of the mismatches he can create on linebackers and things like that.” On Thompson thinking about Cousins’ stats after his drop: “I’ve said it many times and hopefully it translates to wins, I don’t know that it always does, but we do have a really good locker room. It is examples like that where players are thinking of other players that makes a big difference. The second the ball left my hand and we didn’t complete it, I said to myself ‘I threw it too hard.’ I didn’t give him a chance to really catch it. I rifled it and needed to just throw a more catchable ball. So we are all being critical of ourselves and finding ways that we individually can play better so that collectively as a group we can have improvement going forward.” On Head Coach Jay Gruden calling the passing game “very, very close” and the next step for it: “Well, when I look back at this last game, I think we were 18-of-27, and when you look at a few dropped passes, the missed fade throw, there were couple screens we didn’t hit, you very easily could start adding it up and be like, ‘We very easily could’ve been 24-of-27,’ and we would’ve said ‘Wow, what an efficient day in the passing game.’ A lot of the throws we did complete or balls that were thrown were good accurate passes and so we felt good about that. So that’s where I think he says we are really close because you’re a touchdown pass away and a couple other situations from really having a big day. I think that is where we say we are close. I think so many times we come away from games saying, ‘If we would’ve done this, if we would’ve done that…’ There are always those plays that can put you over the edge so we have got to find ways to continue to make those plays so that we aren’t saying that as often when we walk away from the game.” On if he expects the offense to keep progressing throughout the season: “I would like to think that as the year goes on the offense gets better and better. Sometimes around this league – I don’t know, I would be interested to do a study to see do offenses tend to take more time to get going than defenses in this league, I wonder? I know for me these last couple seasons we’ve gotten stronger as the year has gone on offensively and have gotten an identity and kind of gotten a better understanding of what we do well and how to make that work week in and week out. Hopefully we take those steps going forward and we just hit our stride and play much better than we have the first two weeks. But that being said, we have still done some really good things the first two weeks and have moved the ball, but I think there is more in the tank there that we have got to bring out.” On determining how long he can wait to try to make a play downfield: “Every play is different, but you always have your reads and where your eyes are and you focus downfield and you try to feel the pass rush. There are times where you stand in there and make the throw, which I have done many times. There is times where you eat it and you take the sack to avoid a tipped ball or an interception, or whatever it may be. There’s times where you have enough time to throw the ball the way to avoid the sack, but you also knew that the read downfield wasn’t declaring and so rather than throwing it into a gray window, you just throw the ball away. Those are those split-second decisions that you try to train through muscle memory with a lot of practice reps and game reps. That’s something that I think I am continuing to get better and better at.” On if chemistry comes into play when making those split-second decisions: “I think it would depend on which rep. I think each rep I could say ‘Oh, this one is more of a building timing or this one has nothing to do with that.’ I think it all depends. But there is no doubt that with our receivers we are still young and new with this a little bit with a few of the guys, and so we can continue to improve each week as we spend more game reps and practice reps together learning on the fly.” On the offense playing well early and late last week and if the middle portion of the game was a matter of adjusting and counter-adjusting: “Probably adjustments here and there. If we hit the fade to Josh Doctson or the third down, if we get a touchdown pass there, we’re saying, ‘All right, we’re rolling, passing game is rolling and we’re doing good in the red zone.’ Then we got the ball back in that two-minute drill and we hit the run instead of having to pass it down the field. So I’m happy to hand the ball off and get a long touchdown run, but if we had dinked and dunked our way down the field, we could be saying, ‘Oh, the passing game is what did it.’ It was the run game, and we didn’t have to use the passing game. And then we got the ball back and hit a couple completions but ran out of clock and then didn’t get the first down. It goes, like you said, all over the map. It’s one player, one player, the third down that we missed, when I scrambled to my right and Chris Thompson’s open and I was nervous I had crossed the line and so I threw the ball a little awkwardly and we just missed the throw. Those are those plays that you say, ‘They happen.’ And you’d love to eliminate them but they happen. If a couple of those go your way, now it’s a totally different day, statistically. But what we’re happy about is [that] we won the game, found a way to win, made the plays as the game goes on that we needed to make.” On the Raiders’ defense: “First of all, they win football games. They’re a good team. That, I think, breeds confidence. Success creates more success. They have a great culture going there. You can tell they have a good locker room and a good group of guys that play together and play hard. Khalil Mack is as good as they come in the NFL and Bruce Irvin I’ve played against when he was in Seattle and he’s a very active player, both in the pass game and in the run game. Very athletic in space. Obviously we know David Amerson and the player that he’s become. They’ve got experienced players, they had a great year and went to the playoffs last year for a reason and they’re 2-0 for a reason. Very good defense.” On not being able to connect with players downfield in the face of the Rams’ pressure last week: “I think the beautiful thing is when you win the game, you can watch it and say, ‘OK, that’s a place to get better,’ but it doesn’t hurt quite as much, because you know it didn’t cost you the game. When you lose the game, that’s where watching those plays just eats at you. Getting the win healed a lot of that. There will be plays up ahead, lots of games left thankfully, and we’ll get a lot of opportunities. I’m excited to watch our players and offense, including myself, develop and improve. I expect us to be a more mature offense – a better offense – Week 15 than we are Week 3. It’s not just a set, cut-and-dry thing. I think we’re going to continue to get better as we go.” Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio On the Redskins’ defense: “Well, I’ve known Greg [Manusky] for a long time. He does a great job with his preparation and his game planning, so I’ve got a lot of respect for Greg. I also know [Ryan] Kerrigan is special. I really liked him coming out. I was hoping we’d draft him back in whatever year that was when he came out; it was my last year in Jacksonville. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. Josh Norman is probably as good as any corner out there. We know Stacy McGee, we tried to sign Zach Brown, so there are a bunch of guys in there that I think are really good players and I know Greg does a great job with them.” On how Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky coaches defenses effectively: “Well, he’s been around a lot of ‘ball. There’s design, there’s teaching, all the things that it takes to be good on defense.” On what made him interested in LB Zach Brown: “Well, he’s theirs now, so we’re going to move on from that. But I wish him the best. It was good to get to know him.” On what he liked about Brown’s skill set: “I like him as a player. I think he’s a big guy that can run and can be an every-down linebacker.” On how versatility helps on defense: “It’s just a matter of utilizing your personnel, and that’s what we all try to do – utilize it to the best of your ability. Each week’s a new set of challenges and how you’re going to get ready for it and what you’re going to do. I think we recognize that.” On what he thought of RB Marshawn Lynch before signing him: “Before signing him, it was more appreciating the way he ran the football, but mostly from afar, knowing we’re both from the Bay Area, kind of having that kind of respect for a guy that came out of this area and did well. But having him, it’s been great to have him. He’s a passionate player. He brings toughness and he brings that passion and love that he has for the game of football and the city of Oakland to us.” On the challenges RB Chris Thompson presents: “Good player. You can hand it to him, you can toss it to him, you could throw him the football out of the backfield. He’s been good. In fact, all three backs have been productive for them behind that line. The line is doing a nice job blocking – good design. They’ve done a nice job. They’ve run the ball as well as anybody in the league to start the year, and obviously they’ve got a quarterback that threw for almost 5,000 yards last year. So it’s a good group.” On if he had any concern about the media attention Lynch garners: “No.”
  12. For Immediate Release September 18, 2017 STATEMENT FROM THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS “Today the Redskins have officially placed Su’a Cravens on the Reserve/Left Squad list. In accordance with the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, Su’a will not be permitted to return to the club for the remainder of the 2017 NFL season, including the postseason. We sincerely hope that Su’a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he’d like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018.”
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  14. September 18, 2017 Head Coach Jay Gruden ** The following is a transcript of a conference call with local reporters this afternoon.** On injuries: “Rob Kelley has a rib cartilage injury, he’ll be day-to-day. Jordan Reed has a chest/sternum contusion, he’ll be day-to-day. Josh Norman has an AC joint sprain, day-to-day. [Montae] Nicholson, AC joint sprain, day-to-day. Mason Foster has a shoulder dislocation and the labrum, he’ll be day-to-day; [Deshazor] Everett, knee sprain/MCL, day-to-day; [Morgan] Moses, ankle sprain/shoulder strain, he’ll be day-to-day. Those are the big ones.” On what he told the offense late in the fourth quarter: “Well, just play with poise. I challenged Kirk [Cousins] a little bit and, you know, we had six minutes to go so we weren’t really in a hurry-up mode. It was important for us to continue with our plan, mix in some runs and the passes and when we had to throw, convert a big third down to Jamison Crowder – that was huge. And obviously the pass to Ryan Grant was big. But just stick with the plan. The guys had a lot of poise and made the plays.” On “challenging” Cousins: “I didn’t really, just, ‘It’s the fourth quarter, man.’ It’s his time. It’s time for him to make the plays that he’s going to make. We had a lot of confidence in him and he had a lot of confidence walking out there and performed well.” On what has changed in terms of being able to stop the run this year: “I just think overall the team defense, I think we’re better personnel-wise, quite frankly. I think that helps. I think when you add Jonathan Allen… I think Matt Ioannidis had a heck of a game and you bring in Ziggy Hood, who is playing good nose guard football. Our linebackers are playing well, our safeties are tackling well, our corners are coming in and making tackles. You know, it’s a physical group. All our secondary guys are good tacklers, our linebackers are… with Zach Brown, we added some speed. But our defensive line with [Terrell] McClain, Hood, [Stacy] McGee, Ioannidis, obviously Jonathan Allen and then our outside backers are setting a good edge.” On if any injuries are particularly concerning heading into Sunday night’s game: “Well, I think we’ll just have to wait and see. You know, I gave them today off obviously and then tomorrow will be another good treatment day for them. We’ll start practice on Wednesday so I’ll get a good look at them Wednesday when we see them. Tomorrow will be another good day of treatment and then we’ll see where we are Wednesday. We’ll put the pads on and practice Wednesday and see how many guys can participate and go from there. But, you know, obviously Rob Kelley’s a tough guy. I think he’ll try to play with that thing, but you never know how much pain he’s in. We’ll see how that rib feels. Same with Jordan, same with Josh, same with Montae, same with Mason, same with Deshazor, same with Morgan. So they’re all a concern, but they’re all tough guys and hopefully we’ll have them.” On if there’s a certain position that needs to be addressed if one of the injured players can’t play: “Luckily we have Mack Brown ready to go. He’s on our 53-man roster. And if Deshazor and Montae are both banged up a little bit, we’ll have to think about getting Fish [Smithson] up. We’ll just have to wait and see. But let’s hold on until Wednesday and Thursday and see how these guys are.” On the improvements he saw from RB Samaje Perine: “I saw him stay… I think he did a nice job, really. I think I felt him run with a lot of power. Even after his 10th, 12th, 15th carry, I still think he had power left in the tank, which was good to see. A lot of times you don’t know how their stamina is going to be when they get more than 10-12 carries, but I think his stamina was outstanding and he ran with great pad level and got the tough, physical yards we needed.” On particular areas of improvement that helped the run game: “I just think they came off the ball. I mean, every run scheme that we had had some kind of success. Obviously they stopped some runs there in the third quarter. They did better against the run in the third quarter for a little while, but for the most part I think we were hitting on all cylinders as far as guys were finishing blocks, getting up on the right people, we were… The box count was done correctly by Spencer Long and guys were finishing plays – not just the offensive lineman. Like you said, the tight ends, Jordan Reed had a great day blocking, Vernon Davis was outstanding, Niles Paul did a great job. It was fun to watch those guys play. Last week, we just had a couple breakdowns here and there against Philadelphia. This week, we had very few.” On if there is an update regarding S Su’a Cravens: “No, I haven’t heard anything from Su’a or about Su’a.” On RB Chris Thompson and if there is a possibility he could receive an expanded role: “Oh, yeah, that’s a possibility, without a doubt. And if Rob Kelley can’t go, we’ll get Mack Brown up and ready to go and he’ll get some carries too. Still, Chris has got such a defined role for this offense and it could be expanded, but he’s so important to us on third down we just have to be careful. He’s not the biggest guy in the world. We don’t want him to get 20-25 carries a game and get a lot of pounding on that body. He’s definitely needed in pass protection and the routes and all that stuff on third down and red zone. So we’ll try to expand his role a little bit, but we don’t want to go too crazy with him.” On the roles of WRs Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant moving forward: “We’re going to continue to expand on Josh’s role. The more he practices, the more he’s going to get a chance to play. Last week, we didn’t get a lot of opportunity balls to the wide receivers. Terrelle [Pryor Sr.] made a couple plays, Ryan Grant made a big one at the end of the game. [Jamison] Crowder made a few. Their day will come. Just a matter of what defenses we’re playing, how we’re going to attack. I think yesterday was more about tight ends and backs against their linebackers and safeties. This week could be different. We could attack their corners, we’ll see.” On conversations he’s had with Cravens: “I haven’t had one. The last time I talked to him was when he informed me that he was leaving. So that’s all I know.” On CB Kendall Fuller’s development: “I think he’s done a good job. I think he’s playing physical football. Number one [thing] you look for in a nickel, you’ve got to have a tough guy in there. He can make tackles in the running game and obviously made a couple big tackles in the passing game to stop the Rams short of some third down conversions. On a crossing route he came up and made a big hit. So I like where Kendall’s at, man. I think he’s getting better and better. The more he plays, the better he’s going to get. He’s a very smart football player, very cerebral. And he can do a lot of things for us – he can cover, he can tackle. He’s going to get better and better, the more he sees, the more he plays.” On how to consistently run the ball well: “Yeah, it takes a lot of continuity in the offensive line. We’re going to play different fronts, different challenges each week. The Raiders will pose a different front, different type of challenges with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin and some of the big guys they have, the rookie [Eddie] Vanderdoes from UCLA. So it’ll be a great challenge for us. We just have to identify the right people, get on the right people, finish blocks, stay away from the holding calls and the missed assignments and just let our backs hit the hole and finish runs.” On the importance of football intelligence and versatility: “Yeah, it’s critical, it really is. You downplay the importance of intelligence sometimes. You look at the athletic skills of a player, but intelligence this day and age in pro football plays a great role. Guys are going to have to play nickel, corner and safety. They’re going to have to play inside – both inside backers, they are going to have to play both outside backers, maybe even some defensive line. The defensive linemen are have to play nose, three, and five. The tight ends are going to have to play Y, U and sometimes a little fullback. The receivers are going to have to play three positions. That’s why guys like Ryan Grant, [Josh] Doctson and Jamison Crowder are very important. The defensive linemen we all have are very versatile. The corners and the safeties are doing a great job of learning what they’re supposed to do. We have [Will] Compton and he can play both linebacker spots and Mason [Foster] can play both linebacker spots. So having smart football players is a necessary deal here in the NFL and fortunately we have quite a few of them.” On if they will change the schedule at all with the game being on Sunday night: “The only thing I did is I gave them Monday and Tuesday off. Everything else will be the same.” On QB Kirk Cousins’ statistics and if there’s anything he isn’t doing right: “Not doing right? No, I think there are a lot of things involved in his completion percentage. We have taken more shots. We haven’t done as many of the quick passing game that really get your stats up to around 70 percent. I think those will come. I think the quick passes will come and I think we will hit some more shots down the field. I think we haven’t hit as many big plays, but for the most part I think he has been efficient. There is a lot we can improve on in the passing game, from Kirk to the routes to the protection. It’s a work in progress, but we will get there. We have total faith that we will get it done and his numbers will get better.” On S Montae Nicholson: “I think he has just progressed. We started him in training camp – obviously he wasn’t on PUP, but he was unable to practice, but he was getting all the walkthrough reps, so he was getting all the mental reps, which is important for him. Then when he was able to practice, he just got in there and made some plays. He is a big, physical guy that can run and we are excited about his prospects. Nothing against [Deshazor] Everett, we are just trying to get him out there and get him some reps. We know how important that position is. The last couple years, we have had a lot of injuries so we are trying to get all our guys ready to play. Montae has all the traits to be a great safety, we just have got to get him in there and get him some experience and the more experience he gets, the better he will get.” On what he learned from the team in the last five minutes of the game: “They are a resilient group, man. I think you have a tough loss at home against the Eagles, one that we really wanted to come out and start fast on. Unfortunately we didn’t get it done, but for them to bounce back shows their mental toughness. Then obviously with the injuries a lot of these guys played with shows their physical toughness. That’s a mark of a good football team. We just have to keep building on our performance last week, correct the mistakes that we made and move forward on to Oakland. I have got a great group of guys, man. They all work hard, they practice hard and obviously they are showing their mental and physical toughness, which is critical this day in age in pro football.” On why the team is so good when their backs are against the wall: “I think we try to keep the same consistent approach to every game. I think we try to have a sense of urgency every week. You only get 16 cracks at these things and just because we lose a game doesn’t mean we didn’t have any sense of urgency. I think sometimes the team that we played just played better than us that day. But it shows the signs that we are a mentally tough team and we don’t let a bad performance identify us as a bad team. We have to bounce back and our guys did bounce back and got a big win on the road in California. It’s not easy to travel to the West Coast and get a win against a team like the Rams, a very talented football team. But we are a mentally tough team, we have been, and that’s the type of guys we try to target in the draft and free agency – guys that are going to deal through adversity and rise above it.” On how close the passing game is to where he wants it to be: “Very close. Very, very, very close, but close isn’t good enough. Close doesn’t win you any games, obviously. We have had some plays out there that I expect us to make and I think we will make here in the near future. So we’re just going to keep sticking with the plan, getting these guys open the best way we can and hopefully we give Kirk the protection and he sees the throws and makes the throws. But we’re right there, really. I like the group that we have – the receiving group, the tight end group, the running back group, our offensive line in protection. So we’re not far away. And then with the added running game, if we can continue with the running game, it will open up everything.” On if anything changed that caused the passing game to click on the last drive: “No, not really. We stuck with the plan. Unfortunately we had a big first-and-20; I think we had a holding call on a little naked that we called to Terrelle Pryor called, so we had first-and-20. But luckily Samaje hit a trap play to get us to I think it was third down and six or whatever, and then Crowder made a big completion on a third down play for the first down. We stuck with the plan, stuck with our inventory of plays on third down and our dropbacks. The big play in the red zone was a play we worked and Ryan did a great job executing, so did Kirk.” On Nicholson: “I was impressed with Montae, the way he runs around. He had a big hit, unfortunately hurt his shoulder and his game got cut a little short. But he’s done a good job on special teams and the bit that he played in the game, he did a good job.” On the differences between Nicholson and S Deshazor Everett: “They’re different players, really. I think Montae covers a lot of ground. He’s very long and very fast and Montae is a good hitter too. Deshazor is still doing a good job at safety and on special teams. He was dinged up a little bit, too, but both of them are good football players and we plan to use them both. I think they’re both going to help us.” On LB Preston Smith: “I think he’s doing good. I think he’s doing good against the run, number one. That’s what we have to do. He’s got to set the point. You’ve got to set the point of attack, and he’s done a good job of that. And then when he’s asked to rush some, he’s done fine. I think he and Junior [Galette] had some good rushes. Junior got that critical holding call that pushed them back out of the red zone and forcing them into a field goal and obviously [Ryan] Kerrigan is doing his thing, so all three of those guys are doing a great job as far as giving a chance of pace. Preston is doing a good job. He can go inside, he can use his bull [rush] and he’s working on his get off. So I think he’s getting better and better.” On if he’s happy with LB Junior Galette’s role at the moment: “Oh, yeah, we’re happy with where he’s at. We’ll try to get him more and more in there, but with Kerrigan and Preston, we’re trying to get all three of them on the field from time to time. But I like where Junior is at. He’s getting better and better. He showed some explosiveness again in the game yesterday and I think he’s just going to get better and better as the season goes on.” On the Raiders: “I just started watching their defense. I know all about their offense. I know [Derek] Carr is playing at a very, very high level. He’s got some great receivers and the line is giving him good protection. But he can throw it in the tightest of windows. He believes in his receivers and they’re making plays for him. And then obviously the Beast Mode [Marshawn Lynch] and adding Cordarrelle Patterson as a specialty guy in reverses and the running game is a dangerous, dangerous proposition for us. They can run the ball equally as well as they can pass it. So they’ve got great balance, they’ve got a great scheme and obviously great players to boot.”
  15. WWE® Launches ECW® As Third Brand STAMFORD, Conn., May 25, 2006 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., today announced the official launch of ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) as a brand extension to its RAW® and SmackDown® franchises. After acquiring the ECW assets in 2003, WWE spent the past few years re-introducing ECW to the global WWE audience and increasing the interest in its unique brand of sports entertainment. To date, WWE has successfully released three ECW DVD’s, all of which have become best sellers, and produced a very profitable ECW pay-per-view event in June 2005, with another ECW pay-per-view scheduled for this June 11, 2006. With consumer interest at an all-time high, WWE is introducing ECW as a complementary brand to RAW and SmackDown. “After keeping the ECW concept alive and creating an enormous cult-like following for all things ECW from DVD’s to PPV’s to books, we feel that now the time is right to officially launch ECW as its own stand-alone franchise,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman. “RAW, SmackDown and ECW now represent a portfolio of WWE brands for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy.” Similar to WWE’s RAW and SmackDown brands, WWE will produce, market and promote a full line of ECW products from television programs to pay-per-views to live events to licensed consumer goods. In a related announcement, The SCI FI Channel today announced it would start airing one-hour episodes of a new ECW live television program, debuting June 13 at 10 p.m. ET. (more on this announcement) World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at and WWE® BRINGS ECW® TO SCI FI CHANNEL New York, N.Y., May 25, 2006 - SCI FI Channel today announced that World Wrestling Entertainment®, the producer of the No. 1 weekly basic cable TV series, “Monday Night RAW “on USA Network, will debut a summer series on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) will be an alternative brand of wrestling suited to fit the SCI FI Channel’s commitment to fuel the imagination. "Research tells us that there's a healthy appetite for wrestling among SCI FI viewers," said Bonnie Hammer, President, USA and SCI FI Channel. "With ECW, we're able to deliver to those fans unique action with a twist that's perfect for SCI FI." “ECW on SCI FI will push the boundaries of sports entertainment in new and unexpected ways,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment. SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site ( and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at and ECW Going Global May 26, 2006 WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has big plans for ECW. In fact, in a Friday afternoon interview with, McMahon revealed, “We are taking the ECW brand global.” Going worldwide with the likes of Paul Heyman, Tommy Dreamer and Sabu, however, is miles away from where ECW was prior to its closing in 2001. In fact, stationed out of Philadelphia, many looked at ECW as just a northeastern wrestling promotion. But the recently re-launched ECW will not have much of a struggle making an impact both here in the United States and overseas. In fact, according to Mr. McMahon, ECW already has plans for its own Merchandising and Licensing, International Sales, consistent Live Event schedule, as well as its own set of pay-per-views. But with so much of WWE’s global enterprise behind it, can ECW be expected to be the same ECW it was when it developed its cult-like following in the late 1990s and early 2000s? “We will bring forward many of the more legendary characters of ECW’s past,” said McMahon regarding today’s ECW. “But it can’t be the same. That’s pretty much impossible. It’s now five years later. A lot of the performers now have five more years under their belt, and the ECW style has taken a great deal out of them. This is something that the ECW audience already realizes. They know that if ECW was still in business today, they would be very different from what they were five years ago.” While the re-launched ECW will undoubtedly be different from the original ECW, McMahon is adamant that the brand will not stop pushing the envelope, nor will it be like the already successful WWE brands SmackDown and RAW. “It will be an alternative, there’s no doubt about that,” claimed the WWE Chairman. “It won’t be shot the same way we shoot SmackDown or RAW. It’ll have a different feel. It will be more gritty. There will also be more imagination put into concepts and characters. But at the same time, there will need to be a delicate balance because there are three masters to serve. There’s the small, vocal ECW audience. Then there’s the SCI FI audience that is accustomed to things more SCI FI. And obviously, you have to also be true to our broader audience in terms of what sports-entertainment is today.” With so much of the vision of the new ECW brand already mapped out, many wonder what took WWE so long to re-launch the brand. According to McMahon, it was all about timing. “Over the last several years, we have been busy re-establishing the concept of ECW without it having to be its own brand,” said McMahon. “Now, with the success of The Rise and Fall of ECW DVD and the success of last year’s One Night Stand pay-per-view, it just seemed right. And it feels like this year’s One Night Stand pay-per-view will be a launch to re-establish the brand.” So with the launch of the re-established brand right around the corner, will former ECW head Paul Heyman have a role? “Absolutely,” exclaimed McMahon. “But at the end of the day, Mr. McMahon is in charge.”
  16. September 13, 2017 Head Coach Jay Gruden On injuries: “Limited: [Josh] Doctson, hamstring; [D.J.] Swearinger, back. Full were the rest of the guys.” On the origin of Doctson’s injury: “He’s just been tight. Precautionary this time of week.” On his approach to facing Rams Head Coach Sean McVay: “Well, we have to approach it, study what they’ve been doing and understand that they have a very good offense. They’re very efficient on offense when they’re in positive down-and-distances. So we have to figure out ways to get them in third-and-long and then make them one-dimensional, like every week. It never changes. They have a very good running game with Todd Gurley. They’ve got different weapons on the outside that can hurt you. Jared [Goff] is playing efficient football right now, obviously, after one game. I think the amount of formations, the keepers, the play-pass, all that stuff is very, very good when you have a lead and you’re in favorable down-and-distances. It’s tough to stop. You’ve got to get after the quarterback. It’s the only option.” On if the Redskins are at a disadvantage because of how well McVay knows the Redskins’ offense: “Our offense? No. No. Not at all. It’s the same thing for us. When you’re one-dimensional and you’re letting their five rushers rush, it’s going to be tough because they have four or five or six or seven of them that can really get after the quarterback, similar to last week. Different fronts, but very, very good pass rushers with [Aaron] Donald and [Robert] Quinn – list goes on and on – Connor Barwin. We have to be able to be balanced, keep them off-balance somehow.” On if he has faced a coach that knows him like McVay: “Not really. Not like this. We played Cincinnati in the preseason a little bit, and in London last year. We knew them quite well. None of that matters. 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. We have to go out and try to figure out a way to get our first win on the road, which will be tough. I think our guys will bounce back and make a good game out of it.” On if they will change their approach at all for the West Coast trip: “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. For the most part, it’s a business trip. It’s a long trip, we understand that. Most important thing is to try to get them the rest that they need to be efficient on Sunday.” If the long trip changes anything in terms of practice: “No, we’ll just move it back a little bit from time to time. Nothing changes.” On if he is emphasizing third-down defense this week: “Yeah, same as always. Rushing the passer. Got to rush the passer. You can play different coverages, there’s going to be a hole in a zone if you play zone, man-to-man you’re going to have to buckle down and play good, tight man-to-man. At the end of the day, you’ve got to rush the passer. You can’t give the quarterback time to throw and set his feet that easily like we did. It’s easy for pro quarterbacks to pick you apart and find an open receiver if they have time.” On not being able to finish sacks: “That’s a tough deal, we had four of them, I guess. We had arms or hands on the guy and he spun out of all of them. He’s a very strong quarterback. There’s nothing you can do. We just talk about keeping your eyes up and trying to wrap him up if you can.” On how QB Kirk Cousins can better handle situations like the one that resulted in an interception last week: “I don’t know, he’s got just be able to try to see the throw if he can. It’s hard, it’s easier said than done when you have a guy barreling in front of you unblocked from time to time. But that’s part of pro football. When they bring one more than you can block, you have to throw if off drift and find your guy. I think he saw a couple burgundy jerseys and thought one was running the other route and got a little confused there. We just have to keep trying to work with him and hopefully drill him in practice and get him better.” On what separates other quarterbacks from Cousins in that situation: “Maybe they’ve done it before, maybe they’ve seen that same type of blitz or people in their face, and have a better understanding of where the guys are going. Unfortunately for us, in fairness to Kirk, that was an option route for Jamison [Crowder], so he could be breaking out or in, he broke in. The ball sailed on him. He just threw it off the wrong foot and the ball sailed on him – which happens. He’s not the only quarterback that’s ever happened to.” On what he would like to do better to help the team execute: “Yeah, I think it’s obvious. I think, when you’re talking about pro football, it’s about rushing the quarterback, getting after the quarterback, protecting the quarterback. We didn’t do a good enough job in either instance. I think we had some opportunities to get the quarterback down, like we mentioned, but we failed to do so. We let Carson [Wentz] have time to throw it, and we didn’t protect our quarterback very well in critical situations. And then ball security. We had four turnovers and that’s not quite good enough. When you talk about situational football, things that you need to improve on, we always talk about third downs. We were 8-for-13 on defense and 3-for-10 on offense. That’s not good enough, that’s not our standard. Then you talk about ball security, we dropped four balls, four turnovers. That’s not good enough. Then you talk about red zone, we were 0-for-2 in the red zone. So the three critical areas you have to be successful on in pro football, we failed miserably.” On if Doctson’s limited practice today could impact the number of snaps he could play this week: “It doesn’t help.” On if he is spending more time with the defensive staff given his familiarity with McVay’s offense: “Yes, we have discussed numerous things – not with the players, with the staff. Not that it will help, but we have discussed it.” On what gave him confidence to give McVay play-calling responsibilities in Washington: “Well, he is organized and detailed, number one. He was with me and my brother in Tampa and he was with me in the UFL, so he knew what I like to run. Very smart, very detailed. He also had a good grasp on what they did here in previous years with Robert [Griffin III] and Kirk [Cousins]. So we tried to kind of mix and mingle our two systems together. He was a big part of that, so I felt good about him calling plays and we scripted together – well, not scripted, but we game planned together – and got our situational stuff down. So it was a steady, good flow that he had about him. I didn’t have to step in a whole lot. I did from time-to-time, but he is a good play caller. We just kind of let him roll with it.” On the team’s mood and S D.J. Swearinger bringing the team together before practice: “I think everybody is still smarting a little bit. 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. I think that is the one thing you have to do after a loss. You have to correct the mistakes and then you have got to move forward. That is what we are trying to do here and I think that was the message.” On how much the Rams’ offense mirrors the Redskins’ offense from years past: “It’s a different line coach. Aaron Kromer’s the line coach. The run concepts are maybe a little bit different, but not too much. But everything else, we can call everything on tape. I’m sure they can call everything on tape that we’re doing. It’s just probably they changed the terminology up a little bit. Like I said, the whole key is staying in positive down-and-distances and staying balanced and getting your quarterback out of the pocket from time-to-time and mixing in the play-actions and then staying out of those dreadful third-and-longs.” On if he’s ever really surprised by teams now given the amount of film study in today’s game: “Teams have tendencies, but they also know that they have those tendencies, so they play off of those tendencies. Very few times can you call the exact play coming out unless you’re just getting gutted by the same play over and over again and a coach is like, ‘Heck, I’m running it again. They haven’t stopped it yet.’ But very few offensive coaches will call the same play in the same situation over and over again. You prepare for those plays that they like. They have set plays that they like that they might go to in critical situations over the course of a year, but you hope your defense and your rules hold up versus anything they throw at you. And that’s where the pass rush comes in. You need to have a good pass rush.” QB Kirk Cousins On the challenge of preparing for a team that knows his game so well: “There is a familiarity there and that does present a challenge, as you’d imagine, with knowing what makes the offense go, not only the scheme but the personnel, and so we’ve got to be aware of that and plan accordingly. I think Sean [McVay] would tell you and we would say that ultimately it comes down to executing and if we can run our plays very detailed and be disciplined in the way we execute, usually that can overcome familiarity. But certainly if we don’t execute well, it certainly gives them the opportunity to capitalize.” On what Rams Head Coach Sean McVay would have told him to work on after last week: “I’m sure anything that he would share would be what Jay [Gruden] and Coach Cav [Matt Cavanaugh] and Kevin [O’Connell] are telling me, but it’s all correctable. It’s all there to be fixed and it’s disappointing that we let one get away at home, but there’s nothing we can do to change it now. We can only move forward and try to make the most of each opportunity we have and in preparing for the next opportunity. We’ve got a great challenge coming on Sunday and we can get right back where we want to be with a great performance and a win, so that’s where our focus is.” On how he balances his reads between being personnel-based or defense-based: “I’m always defense based. I think the coaches are always going to be personnel-based trying to get certain guys involved. When they draw up the game plan, they can create formations and motions and reads where certain guys may have a higher percentage chance of getting the football. But once it comes to game day, unless it’s a complete 50-50 read, I’m just going off what the coverage dictates and the front and what the read tells me to do and then from there, what the post-snap read tells me to do. It can be everybody on any given day and from week to week I think it will change quite a bit.” On how cognizant he is of keeping a run/pass balance: “Yeah, I think that again goes back to just philosophy and what you’re coached to do. In the game, we threw a few of those, what we call run alerts. The thought process was, ‘Hey, if we can get five yards, let’s just take the five yards,’ because if you’re getting five yards on a run play, that’s a pretty good run play. So if we can get five yards, let’s take them. There are other times where you feel like maybe, ‘OK, we’re doing that too much. We’re getting four or five yards, but there’s some good opportunities there in the run game, let’s hand it off.’ Then that goes back to having that discussion on the sideline and making sure you’re doing what you’re coached to do and I think that’s something we want to, like you said, not get too out of control with getting away from running the football too much.” On what McVay meant to his career: “I mean, Sean meant a lot to my career. I signed a jersey for him when he left and it just said – and there’s a lot of people I could say this to but certainly to him – I just said ‘I owe you my career,’ and then signed it. I certainly appreciate the hard work he gave to our team and as a result, gave me an opportunity to be successful and it was just a smart hire by Jay [Gruden] to bring him in in the first place at his age. Very smart by Jay to give him the role that he gave him and the opportunities he gave him and, you know, that’s one of Jay’s strengths – his ability to identify potential in people and believe in them maybe when it’s not the common thought everywhere else. It’s not an obvious choice. Jay clearly made a really good decision there in bringing in Sean and Sean proved him right, and as a result he’s a head coach now. So I guess when you make good decisions like that and have success, you could lose those people, but Sean’s certainly a great coach.” On why he feels that way about McVay: “Well, I mean, he was our play caller for my two best seasons in the league. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. I think it’s pretty self-evident why he’s had a big impact on my career. He was also there calling plays when I was struggling and didn’t give up on me and encouraged me through that process and believed in me. I’ve been reading Bill Walsh’s book ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself’ and Bill says in the book that four of the most powerful words you can say as a coach to a player is, ‘I believe in you.’ And Sean said that to me over and over and over again even when there weren’t many other people who did, so that certainly means a lot especially when you look back and see where we came from there.” On the challenges that Aaron Donald and the Rams’ defense present: “Yeah, they always say, ‘It’s not just about the X’s and O’s, it’s about the Jimmy’s and the Joes.’ Sean’s going to have great schemes. He does a great job as a coach and you need that, but when you have players like Aaron Donald and Trumaine Johnson, it definitely helps. Aaron, as we’ve all documented and talked about, is one of the best interior lineman, both against the run and the pass, in the NFL and he’s going to be a great challenge for us. I do feel that every week when you look at the NFL schedule, you can name a player on the other side of the ball who’s dominant – who’s a game changing player –and Aaron’s no different. They have a couple others as well. But that’s the NFL and that’s why this league is so tough and also so great is because there’s just such a challenge every single week.” On what about Donald’s game makes him so good: “I don’t know that I’ve studied him enough to really give you a breakdown but I think that he seems to have really good leverage. He seems to be a very compact player. He seems to have really good get-off off the snap count. He’s quick-twitch. He’s sudden. He uses leverage and power. Football is a game of leverage and power and he knows how to use it and get every ounce of his power and drive where he needs it to create havoc in the backfield.” On what’s different about McVay than other coaches he’s worked with: “I think the difference may be more in personality in terms of the way they go about their business. I think at the end of the day, the X’s and the O’s and the way they look at football are pretty similar, but the way it’s presented is always different based on your personality. Sean is high energy – a great communicator. He’s a warm, friendly guy. Positive. So those are the kind of traits that I think were unique to him. He kind of had them all the time and he was wired. He was a guy that was high energy from early in the morning until late at night and it served him well. He’s done a great job.” On what enables McVay to walk into a locker room and ease the doubts of players: “Well, I think the best way to ease doubts is to win football games. I think ultimately you can ease all the doubts you want to ease in OTAs and it doesn’t mean a whole lot if you don’t win come the regular season. Sean has presence and it’s hard to teach presence. He has charisma. That’s hard to teach, and it’s hard to teach being a good communicator. You kind of either have it or you don’t. So you can talk about his age, but he had presence when he was 20 years old and there’s a lot of guys who are 65 who don’t have any presence. That just is something you have or you don’t and he has it, and I’m sure that was a big reason why when he goes in there and interviews, he impresses because he has something that doesn’t grow on trees.” On how much input he prefers to have in early play calling: “I’ve really always had as much input as I want to have. I’ve never really had the door shut in my face or them laugh at me. Whenever I want to speak up, they listen and take it into account and factor it in and they appreciate the feedback – they’ll ask for the feedback. But I’m also pretty comfortable with what they’ve done and trust them at the same time, so it’s a back and forth but I let them do their job. I liked the play call. I think it was good, I think that you mix it up. You don’t want do the same thing every week to start the game, keep defenses guessing and I think the play was there to be made. Again, we talked about execution at the start of this press conference and that’s what it comes down to, right? I mean, you could draw plays and have a great scheme, but we have to go out and execute them and make plays happen and create opportunities. I really do trust the plan each week that we have it.” On how McVay could help a young quarterback like Rams QB Jared Goff: “It won’t just be Sean, although I’m sure he’ll have a major role. I think you’ve got to look at other people he’s hired; Matt LaFleur and the other guys there also do a really good job coaching him up. I think the fact that they can say, ‘Look, Matt was with Matt Ryan last year – NFL MVP.’ Sean has been with me the last couple of years and they can say, ‘Look, we’ve worked with other quarterbacks, we’ve helped them have success and move the football and there’s nothing that they do that you can’t do.’ I think all that helps, so it’s just a matter of coaching and teaching, which is what these guys got in the profession to do in the first place and I think they cherish that opportunity to help develop a young player. It helps when he has a lot of ability and he can throw the ball really well, and so that gives them the ability to draw up all the plays they want to draw up because he has an arm that can make all the throws.” On the timing between quarterbacks and receivers: “I think timing is a process. You never like, ‘Just check the box, we have that fixed now. We can move on.’ You’re always trying to tighten it up no matter how long you’re together and keep it sharp. With the nature of NFL pass rush, there’s a lot of anticipation that has to happen, a lot of being on the same page because you can’t just sit there and see everything and then let the ball go. You have to kind of see it before it happens and then trust it and let it go and believe that it’s going to happen the way it needs to once the ball is out of your hands. That takes time and work and that’s why I’ve said for a long time, we’re a work in progress. We’re getting better. We’re doing everything we can and I think that I’m encouraged because a lot of the mistakes you look at from Sunday, they’re very correctable. They’re very fixable. If they weren’t, then you’d be sitting here pretty nervous, but I do feel like, including myself, that a lot of the stuff that we didn’t do well enough can be fixed and corrected and need to be. So we’ve just got to get back out, keep working, never lose confidence and just prepare for the next one.” On if there’s anything specific he could do to help that process: “I mean it could be anything from sending a text message to communicating why maybe there was a drop or maybe the ball was a little bit behind him or if he can take a different number of steps or if I can take a different number of steps in the pocket. There’s all kinds of reasons that can lead to just feeling a little off or making it harder to track the ball. So you have to go back and talk about those things and communicate and be productive in meetings and on the practice field and spend time. All the stuff that we’ve talked about for a long time.” Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay On how QB Kirk Cousins helped his career: “Well, I think when you look at his success – being around great players – you know anytime that you are able to be involved with one side of the ball that has a good amount of success like we were fortunate to do the last couple years and when you have got the quarterback position playing at such a high level, a lot of times coaches or coordinators end up getting credit for it. But I think it is more that I am lucky to be able to have worked with a player like Kirk just because of the way that he approaches the game. He is one of the few players that you’re around [that] makes you accountable as the coach because you want to make sure you have answers for all the questions he has because he is going to do such a thorough job with his preparation and his approach. You feel accountable to those types of guys to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to try to help those guys succeed. It was a great relationship and you guys know how highly I think of Kirk.” On what he can take from his experience with Cousins and apply it to QB Jared Goff: “I think just being able to work with the quarterback position. I think very highly of Colt McCoy too. So I think the experience – as far as learning how important that rapport is between your quarterback and your play caller, making sure you guys are on the same page, they kind of can almost know what call is coming before you say it. I think that rapport and that connection that you have is very important and that is what you’re trying to continue to work to establish here with Jared and Sean Mannion. I think it is a credit too to our whole coaching staff. We have got [Offensive Coordinator] Matt LaFleur and [Quarterbacks Coach] Greg Olson that have done a great job of getting him ready to go. He had a good week last week and we know it is going to be an excellent challenge against a really tough defense this week.” On his first impressions of Goff: “I think the biggest thing I would say is when you get a chance to work with him and then you evaluate the games that he did play last year – like I have said over and over – you look and you see a natural thrower of the football. You see a tough player that will keep his eyes down the field and not watch the rush. As he continues to gain that experience, playing underneath the center, working the play-action game, the boots and different things like that, I think you see him getting more and more comfortable just like anyone else would. But even though you are playing out of the gun exclusively at Cal, you are still working progressions, seeing coverage, trying to throw with the timing and rhythm. It just might be a little bit different philosophical approach. He has played the quarterback positon at a high level. I think it has really been about – over the last handful of months – figuring out what he’s comfortable with and then kind of what fits our players while you also still also do want to have an identity. I think that is something as we gain experience together, I think we will get a better feel for each other and he will continue to get more comfortable with that experience that is going to be accumulated.” On how the league could have more success integrating college quarterbacks from that kind of system: “You know, it’s interesting. You get that question a lot because, at the end of the day, when you look at college football and you look at NFL football, they’re both based on production. Certainly the schooling and all that stuff in college is very important, but coaches are paid to win football games. When you see the way college football is set up, these teams that are competing for national titles and doing a good job offensively, a lot of them are operating out of the spread and that’s the best way they feel to move the football. I think the results speak for themselves. Now you do have a handful of teams that will operate under the center and do a couple different things that are a little bit more similar to what you see around the league. I think what is very important as far as just working that transition from college to the NFL is doing a great job with the evaluation of the person to see how you think those skills would translate. You know, how do they process information? Are they able to make quick, good decisions with the football? That’s where you see guys that have played in – I guess spread if you will. You look at what some of the guys in his class alone, with Dak [Prescott] and Carson Wentz. Those guys made a pretty quick transition and they got a lot of experience last year.” On his familiarity with the Redskins and if it benefits his team: “I think Jay [Gruden] said it best earlier in the week. I think you do have an idea, but you don’t know when they are going to do it, and that’s where you still have to play a football game – it’s reactionary. You want to try to put your guys in good spots, but you also want to be careful of not giving too much information where it doesn’t allow them to play fast. You want to help guys out with some of the keys that you have, but it will be the same thing with Jay knowing exactly how we want to operate offensively. So I think it kind of goes both ways, but really as a coach, you are just trying to make sure we make good decisions and try to put our players in good spots to have success.” On what he saw in Cousins that made him believe in him: “Well, I think you see the traits and the characteristics show up on a daily basis. One of the things that I’ve always heard said is that if you see a guy play at a high level, then it’s your job as a coach to try to bring it out in him consistently. I think just the way that when you get to know the human being too, mentally tough guy, clearly he’s extremely talented throwing the football where he can speed his release up at the top, he’s got a naturally quick release, he’s special in terms of that. And then I think he’s also a special human being in that, any time you spend time with Kirk, as you guys know, he’s not a guy you want to bet against. He’s a guy that you believe is going to figure it out eventually, and I think once he got his chance, he clearly showed why he’s very capable, and he’s only going to continue to get better. That’s why he’s a guy that he’s really easy to believe in. And I think that’s pretty consistent with any coach that’s ever worked with him. You talk to any of these guys that are football guys, the thing that you’ll hear consistently is that nobody is surprised that Kirk has played this well.” On Cousins giving him a signed jersey that says he owed him his career: “That jersey is up in a room that’s kind of like a theater room in my house. That’s probably as special as a gift as I’ve ever received from a player because of how much Kirk meant to me. I think it happened that a lot of the good things that have happened with us kind of coincided together and I think there was a bond that was shared between us. To be able to do that and for him to write that, certainly I know that’s not true because he’s done a lot of that on his own. But to be a part of it and to try to help him is what coaching’s all about. And guys like Kirk are why you get into coaching.” On if this game will be different from a regular game emotionally: “Well, I think it’s different because of getting to see the people, and it’s weird, you know you’re watching a lot of guys that you know and you’re talking about some of the offensive players that have been instrumental in helping your career go the way that it’s gone. The one thing that you do know is, at least you’d like to think so, is that there’s a lot of emotions. It’s certainly never something because of how important these wins and losses are that if you had your pick, you wouldn’t want to have to go against people that you really care about where usually, with the exception of games like Cincinnati, there’s a winner and there’s a loser. I think you try to keep it as much about the game as possible, while there is still the human element and a lot of people that are important to you. But I’m hopeful that once this game kicks off, and once we get past the pregame warmups and stuff like that, you fall into your normal routine where you’re calling plays and trying to make sure that you’re in tune with what’s going on in the game to make good decisions and see if you can come away with a good result.” On if he’s talked to Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden since Week 1: “Oh yeah, of course. I talked to Jay on Sunday after our game. Jay’s really… he’s been great to me and he’s a close friend. We can keep it where we’re talking and not giving competitive advantages but you still care about somebody that’s been such a close friend. You want to see those guys do well and we keep in touch very regularly.” On how different the Redskins’ defense looks under Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky: “Once you get into the flow of the season… Like during training camp, you have a good feel for what your defensive scheme is doing and things like that, but as the season progresses and you get more game plan specific, you don’t have a whole lot of… I didn’t really know as much what was going on on the defense with Joe [Barry] as the season went on, just because during periods that they were performing, you’re trying to get some extra work in with Kirk or things like that. Different than that, I’m not watching their film. You’re moving on, you’re watching yourself and you’re making sure that you’re doing what you can and trying to make sure the offense is operating at a high level. To see really where our defense progressed last year, I could’ve told you right after training camp kind of what the things that Joe was emphasizing were. But as the season progressed, you get a little bit further away from it just by the natural rhythm of the season. But in terms of seeing this defense, I’ll tell you one thing that you do see, is you see guys playing extremely hard up front, credit to Coach [Jim] Tomsula and Coach Manusky. You see the linebackers with K.O. [Coach Kirk Olivadotti], in the back end with some of the new additions they’ve made, those guys compete, they fly around, they do a good job of communicating. There’s a handful of guys that jump off the screen at you that at you that we’ve got to be ready for.” On how different it will be to game plan against Cousins: “Yeah, I mean, it will be different, but I think at the end of the day, you don’t know when they are going to do certain things. You might know what certain guys tendencies are and stuff like that, but you still have got to go play and react. We have got some great players on defense. They have some great players on offense. I think it is going to be a great matchup.” 09.13.17 Redskins-Rams Injury Report.pdf
  17. · The Washington Redskins defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 27-20, in front of an announced crowd of 56,612 people at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. · The Redskins evened their record at 1-1 this season, including a 1-1 mark against NFC opponents. · Including a victory in their road opener last season, the Redskins have now earned victories in their first road game of consecutive seasons for the first time since 1996-97. · Head Coach Jay Gruden earned his 22nd career victory with Washington, pushing him past Bill McPeak for sole possession of eighth-most in team history. · The Redskins rushed for 229 yards, the team’s first 200-yard rushing effort since Week 16 of the 2016 season at Chicago. The 229 yards are the second-most by the Redskins under Gruden, trailing only Week 6 of the 2016 season vs. Philadelphia (230). · The Redskins became the first NFL team to eclipse 200 rushing yards in a game in 2017. · The Redskins recorded 167 rushing yards in the first half, the team’s most in a first half since Dec. 12, 2010, vs. Tampa Bay (174). · Of those 167 first-half rushing yards, 75 came in the first quarter, the team’s most in an opening frame since Week 2 of the 2015 season, coincidentally Washington’s most recent contest against the Rams prior to Sunday (79). · Running backs Rob Kelley (78) and Chris Thompson (77) both exceeded 75 rushing yards in the first half, marking the first time since Dec. 4, 2005, that the Redskins had two players rush for 75 or more yards in a first half (Clinton Portis and Rock Cartwright, also against the Rams). · Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-27 passes for 179 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 97.6. · Cousins started his 34th consecutive regular season game for the Redskins, already the third-longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger behind Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84) and Mark Rypien (41 from 1990-93). · In the fourth quarter, Cousins engineered a 10-play, 70-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ryan Grant for the game-winning touchdown. It was his first game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes of a contest since Week 14 of the 2016 season at Philadelphia. · The receiving touchdown was the third of Grant’s career and his first since Week 17 of the 2015 season at Dallas. · Running back Rob Kelley recorded a team-high 78 rushing yards on 12 carries prior to exiting the game with an injury in the second quarter. · Kelley rushed for 63 yards in the first quarter, the most first-quarter rushing yards by a Redskins running back since Alfred Morris (70) in Week 14 of the 2012 season vs. Baltimore. · Running back Chris Thompson rushed three times and posted career highs in rushing yards (77) and rushing touchdowns (two). It marked his second career multi-touchdown game of his career, joining Week 16 of the 2016 season at Chicago (one rushing, one receiving). · Thompson’s 25.7-yard rushing average was the best by a member of the Redskins with at least three carries in a game in records available dating back to 1960. · Including a receiving touchdown in Week 1, Thompson has now scored touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time in his career. · Thompson scored his second touchdown of the game on a career-long 61-yard run in the second quarter. · The 61-yard run was the Redskins’ longest since Week 16 of the 2016 season at Chicago (Mack Brown, 61 yards). · Rookie running back Samaje Perine rushed 21 times for 67 yards. · According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with Kelley (78 yards), Thompson (77) and Perine (67), the Redskins had three different players reach 65 rushing yards in a single game for the first time since Dec. 1, 1957, against the Chicago Bears (Ed Sutton, 72; Jim Podoley, 71; Don Bosseler, 68). · The Redskins finished their first offensive possession with a 41-yard field goal by kicker Dustin Hopkins. The field goal pushed Hopkins past Kai Forbath (60) for sole possession of fifth-most career field goals in Redskins history. · The field goal on the opening drive was the culmination of a 14-play, 57-yard drive. It marked the first time the Redskins had recorded points on an opening drive since Week 10 of the 2016 season at Minnesota. · With the opening score and the victory, the Redskins are now 5-0-1 in the last six games in which they’ve scored first, dating back to Week 4 of the 2016 season. · On a 13-yard reception in the third quarter, tight end Vernon Davis moved past Dallas Clark and Frank Wycheck (505 each) for sole possession of 10th on the NFL’s list of career receptions by a tight end. · The Redskins recorded a sack in a 26th consecutive regular season game, dating back to 2015. Washington’s active streak of 26 games ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL (Cincinnati, 31) · The Redskins’ current 26-game regular season sack streak now sits in sole possession of the third-longest such streak in team history since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. · Linebacker Preston Smith recorded his second sack of the season, dropping Rams quarterback Jared Goff for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter. · Smith has now recorded a sack in back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game stretch in Weeks 15-17 of the 2015 season. · Cornerback Josh Norman notched a career-high two forced fumbles. It marked the first time a member of the Redskins forced two fumbles in a single game since Oct. 11, 2015, at Atlanta (Chris Baker). · Norman forced his first fumble of the season in the second quarter, stripping the ball from Rams running back Todd Gurley II. He added his second forced fumble of the game in the fourth quarter. · The first fumble forced by Norman was recovered by defensive lineman Terrell McClain, his third career fumble recovery and his first as a member of the Redskins. · Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan started his 98th consecutive regular season game. With Lawrence Timmons being listed as inactive by the Miami Dolphins today, Kerrigan now holds the longest active streak of consecutive starts by any NFL linebacker. · With a second-quarter sack, Kerrigan became the third member of the Redskins to record 60.0 career sacks since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann). · On the play, Kerrigan registered his first forced fumble of the season. The forced fumble was the 20th of his career, joining Cliff Avril (21) as the only NFL players with 20 or more forced fumbles since entering the Kerrigan entered the NFL in 2011. · Linebacker Mason Foster sealed the victory with an interception on the Rams’ final drive. The interception was Foster’s first as a member of the Redskins and his first since Dec. 8, 2013, as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foster now has six career interceptions. · With a fumble recovery last week and an interception today, Foster has now recorded takeaways in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. · Foster’s takeaway was the Redskins’ second of the contest. The Redskins have now recorded multiple takeaways in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2016 season. · The Redskins did not turn the ball over, the team’s first turnover-free contest since Week 16 of the 2016 season at Chicago. · The Redskins played in the greater Los Angeles area for the first time since Dec. 24, 1994, a 24-21 Redskins victory that represented the Rams’ final contest in Los Angeles prior to the franchise’s relocation to St. Louis. · The Redskins improved to 26-13-1 against the Rams all-time, including postseason play. · With the victory, the Redskins are now 14-7-1 all-time in road games against the Rams. The Redskins are 1-1 against the Rams in Cleveland, 5-3 against the Rams in St. Louis and 8-3-1 against the Rams in Los Angeles. · The Redskins played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the eighth time in team history, including the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl VII. The Redskins pushed their all-time record at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to 4-3-1, including postseason play. · The game was the 10th meeting between the Redskins and Rams in the last 13 seasons.
  18. Below is the real story as to why Gruden allowed McVay to go to the Rams. Couple of pre game blog entries are posted for your pre game reading. One from Murf & one from myself. Go check em out : Reviewing The Rams ES Coverage: 2017 Week 2: Redskins at Rams And feel free to drop your comments on them there. As per usual, behave yourselves, Grasshoppers, follow the Rules so you don't get kicked off the board for any time. Thread will autolock at 8pm at which point feel free to either take it to an existing thread if it fits there or start a thread if there's no existing, relating thread. Listen in LIVE to the ESPN 980 Pre Game Show HERE.