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Gruden points to ‘issues with the back end’ on defense

Jan 10, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

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The Redskins could be in for some major changes in their defensive secondary.

When Jay Gruden was asked about the Redskins’ defensive alignment, he said, “I love the 3-4.” He added that he didn’t like going up against it as an offensive coordinator. Gruden held that position for the Bengals when they played the Redskins in Week 3 of the 2012 season.

“I know that when we played against the Washington Redskins, I know it’s very difficult to run against them,” said Gruden. “There were some issues with the back end here and there but there is a core foundation in place.”

The Redskins did a good job against the run during that game, holding Gruden’s team to 93 yards on 28 carries (3.3 yards/carry). To say that there were “issues” in the secondary that day, however, is an understatement.

Andy Dalton torched the Redskins, going 19 of 27 for 328 yards and three touchdowns. That comes out to a completion percentage of 70.4, an average of 12.1 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 132.9.

Dalton wasn’t the only Bengal who threw a pass on that day. On the Bengals’ first play from scrimmage Mohammed Sanu launched a 73-yard touchdown pass to A. J. Green. That particular play may have been more on the scheme than on the execution by the players but the record book shows a total of 385 net passing yards given up by the defense on the day.

Four members of the secondary played all but one of the 62 defensive snaps against the Bengals. Two of them were not here last year, safeties DeJon Gomes and Madieu Williams. Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson were both starters in 2013 but both will be free agents in March.

Richard Crawford was the nickel back, seeing his first substantial NFL action. He played 24 snaps. Cedric Griffin, Reed Doughty, and Crezdon Butler all played one or two snaps.

So if Gruden has a bad impression of the secondary based on that game—and you have to think that is the imprint that is foremost in his mind—Hall, Wilson, and Crawford had better have some film that impresses Gruden or they cold find themselves looking for other employment for the 2014 season.

  1. aprilwalker2013 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    I think Hall would have enough good tape to get him to stay!! I sure hope he does anyway!! Hope to see Hall again in 2014!! HTTR

    • manchild157 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Dhall is pitiful, very inconsistent, his experience helped him play against some big receivers but it’s time to get an upgrade.

      • aprilwalker2013 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Can’t get an entire new defense! Best to keep strongest players we already have!! I’m all in on Hall..HTTR

  2. kenlinkins - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    In 2012, D. Hall had a below par year but WIlson, Williams and Gombs were down right bad, and unlike D. Hall, WIlson and Gombs didn’t get any better in 2013. The fix for the back end fell apart early when Crawford and Thomas were hurt and placed on IR and Brambo showed why he fell so far in the draft and Amerson learned to play CB in the NFL. I do not place all the blame on the DB’s, as our pass rush was just a bad and it is hard to tell which caused which (chicken or egg). IMO if we stay in the 3-4 then we must draft a DT first, if we moved to 4-3, then we must draft a LB or DB first (unless you feel our pass rush sucked, in which case we must draft a DT first, See my point). LOL

  3. rcjur - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    There were actual 4 things wrong with the team outside of the old system coach Shanahan. It included the Oline, Dline, ST and DB’s. If the Skins really want to get better next year they need to release Wilson, Doughty, Biggers, Minnifield and Hall. D. Hall does not give his all and is overrated. Skins need to find a top notch CB in FA and one in the Draft to start opposite D. Amerson. Hall coming back needs some serious thought by this coaching staff. J. Wilson is horrible and I would cut him immediately. I just saw a tape on newly signed former Baylor WR Gettis and it was Wilson that got burnt on a long TD. Skins should keep Amerson, Craford, Gumbs, Rambo, Robinson, THoas and Merriweather can be a good backup Safety. Another issue I had was when they released CB Jerome Murphy, who had good size. Bring him to camp.

    • manchild157 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      hey rcjur- Minnifield was on the practice squad and I think he should be given another training camp to prove himself esp after having injury setbacks. Doughty can still be a backup safety mostly on the strength of his run stop and motor. Will be interesting to see how this all plays out, we got cap money opening up but we can’t cut everybody.

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