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Need to Know: Gruden says Redskins defense will be more focused on takeaways

May 27, 2015, 6:01 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 27, 64 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

Notes from Jay Gruden’s press conference after Monday’s OTA session:

1. Gruden is happy the the progress of DeAngelo Hall and it appears that the veteran cornerback will be ready for the start of training camp in late July. That would be nine months after tearing his Achilles for a second time. “Physically he’s got to get himself ready to go after that injury and it’s going to take some time but he has shown major, major improvements already and we’re very pleased with where he is right now with the thought of him being ready for training camp is exciting to all of us,” said Gruden.

2. Did Gruden commit to carrying three quarterbacks on the roster? Gruden was asked about how Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins stack up behind Robert Griffin III. “Right now we don’t have a depth chart for the second and third teams,” he said. “We’re going to let them split the reps up and go from there and then make a decision come game day.” If the decision is going to be made on game day that means McCoy and Cousins are going to be on the 53. That’s no real surprise but interesting to see what the current thinking on the shape of the roster is.

3. It seems that Morgan Moses, who suffered a Lisfranc injury late last season, is making progress back from his injury. “He’s doing all the individual drills and he looks great,” said Gruden. “He’s worked hard in the weight room. You can see his body changing a little bit. So he’s got the strength, I think, he’s there and he’s going to continue to get stronger.” When the injury happened in late December it was not a given that he would be on the field at all at this point in time.

Out: Gruden caught himself taking a couple of shots at the way the defense was under former coordinator Jim Haslett. He quickly corrected himself in both instances. “We were awful at getting turnovers last year,” he said when asked about takeaways. “It’s no coach’s fault or anything like that, we just have got to do a better job of preaching getting the ball back.” Then on the subject of how aggressively the defensive line will play: We want to let our defensive line go and let them get up the field – [Jason] Hatcher, you know – get the handcuffs off of them a little bit, let them get up the field. Not that they had them [handcuffs] on last year, but the frame of mind is to be a more aggressive-style defense and let them play.


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  1. kutzintl - May 27, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Maybe I am Senile, but since the 3-4 defense was introduced with the Shannahan era we jave been preached to by the media that the job of the front 3 was to NOT RUSH the QB but to occupy the line men forcing double teams in order to give the line backers free access to the back field. So what gives?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 27, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      Points, by our D?

    • macny27 - May 27, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      It’s the difference between a 1 gap 3-4 and a two gap 3-4.

      Here’s a good description:

      The 49ers used the 1 gap in their defensive schemes under Fangio.

    • troylok - May 27, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      Kutz, that was Haslett’s take on the 3-4. Berry has said he will focus more on the defensive linemen shooting the gap instead of occupying blockers. Different philosophy. There are pluses and minuses to both. Berry’s defense will create situations where d-linemen will shoot through the line right by a running back who has the ball. This puts more pressure on the middle linebackers to make a play. Haslett’s defense would “gum up the works” in the middle, if executed properly. Very generally speaking, Berry’s defense will be better against the pass, and Haslett’s defense would be better against the run.

      • ET - May 27, 2015 at 1:26 PM

        That’s a pretty good explanation of the differences in general.

        However, I expect Barry to be extremely scheme-flexible, and, with the addition of Mr. Pot Roast in particular, hopefully difficult to run against. Haslett’s D was generally much better against the run than pass, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a flip-flop in priorities.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Third-year corner David Amerson worked with the second-team defense Tuesday. When DeAngelo Hall is healthy, I’d imagine he’ll return to the starting lineup (assuming he hasn’t lost anything because of the Achilles’ injury). Hall said in the first four weeks of the offseason, he worked with the starters whenever they were on the field. Bashaud Breeland is the No. 3 corner, it appears — his ability to cover in the slot helps.

    – John Keim

    A topic of some discussion here. Looks like Amerson played his way to 4th corner, assuming Hall returns to the lineup.

    • bangkokben - May 27, 2015 at 9:50 AM

      Heard that Inehacho was lined up at strong with the one’s instead of Johnson via Mike Jones and Chester was with the ones as well.

  3. bangkokben - May 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Chester just released!!

    • ET - May 27, 2015 at 1:29 PM

      Looks like Chester and Porter have been given their walking papers. Sweet news indeed.

  4. Stephfan - May 27, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Just because amerson played with second unit doesn’t mean anything! It’s to early to tell anything. All it means is open completion at every postion. But I’m hopeing that duke can start, he has the experience. Bout time they used it

  5. hk2000 - May 27, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Amazing….. In Gruden’s mind, it’s never the coaches fault, All the coach has to do is preach the end result and it will come, the coach is not responsible for teaching or devising the scheme necessary for takeaways, just go out there and get the ball back’!!!!
    It seems like we’re hearing the same things every year. Every off-season, we’ve been hearing the ‘focus on takeaways theme’ and every year they fail in that regard, I don’t know but maybe coaching has something to do with it………and there is the ‘handcuffs’/’unshackled’ metaphor again!

    • bangkokben - May 27, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      Hong Kong,

      How do you make this about Gruden? (No shocker here that you blame everything wrong with the organization on him.) Help me connect the dots. Do you really think he was defending himself??!! He realized that what he was saying sounded like blaming his boy Haslet and he then backstroked. If you want something to criticize him, make the point that despite all the times he put his foot in his mouth last year, he still hasn’t mastered not doing it.

  6. hk2000 - May 27, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    I said coaching. They hired a DC who by many accounts, has a lot to prove, and many fans were disappointed by his hire. My criticism of Gruden -in this case at least- is that he’s already exonerating him from any future failures by saying it’s not about coaching. That’s all, I know you don’t agree with me on Gruden, but that’s another story.

    • bangkokben - May 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Thanks. I get your side. You think Gruden is smoothing the way for Barry in case he fails. Yeah. We disagree.

  7. deshackle - May 27, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    First takeaway this team need is to takeaway proven loser Joe Barry.

  8. redskinsnameisheretostay - May 27, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Chris Chester being release is promising news for the offense line IMO. As I stated before at the bare minimum Long needs to be the starter even if he may struggle. After all, we were struggling with Chester starting anyway so why not struggle with a young fairly high drafted player. Ideally, I’d like some miracle take place where LeRibeus is able perform well enough to take the LG while Long steps up and takes RG from another underwhelming veteran in Lauvao.

    It would be nice to infuse the line with some youth: T Williams LT – Spencer Long LG – K Lich C – J LeRibeus RG – B Screff RT. I’m not indicating this to be an all star cast but at least I hope that is a line to build on for the near future.

    • Stephfan - May 27, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      Leribus will be gone after preseason

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 27, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        That’s very likely hence the term Miracle however I won’t expect any thing too soon from the other young guard Kouandijo. I haven’t found a single overall positive review about him and it looks like a reach in the round he was chosen. He has great power but according to most scouting lacks the mobility and he will probably never be close to his younger brother who is already playing in the NFL. I hope Kouandijo becomes a great find everyone missed on but he won’t be starting this season. If we can find anyone to improve on Lauvao then it’s welcome. I really thought he looked just as bad as Chester last season.

      • skinsgame - May 27, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        That’s a pretty bold statement. Rib has skills as a center as well as guard. The late round pick is a center project who would shock everyone if he cracked the 53. Chester was the backup to Lichty, who has those duties now? I’d say with Chester gone, Ribs spot is a little more secure.

    • bangkokben - May 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      Agreed with Steph. LeRibeus will be gone just like his namesake the McRib. And there will be those that wish both will be brought back.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 27, 2015 at 3:36 PM

        I can certainly see LeRibeus on the cut list which brings another possible starting line-up that I’d envision from the armchair.

        T Williams LT – B Shreff LG – K Lich C – Spencer Long RG – M Moses RT

        However, I don’t know how Moses coming back from injury and needing more work being able to start at RT. Others including RIch have reported the staff is trying him out at RG, but a guy with that size and wingspan playing guard? I just don’t buy. I’m not saying I’m wrong but I would bet Moses needs to be able to start as a tackle if he is to ever be a starter in the NFL.

        • Stephfan - May 27, 2015 at 4:47 PM

          Brandon will be the rt now guard. The job is Shawn’s to lose and I could see them starting arie if he pains out the way I think he can. But stop with your guess cause mosses won’t start at tackle unless someone gets injuried.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

          Stephan, you are just guessing as well. What the hell do you think you know about football? Come meet me on a football field if you want to learn the real game.

        • Stephfan - May 28, 2015 at 9:22 PM

          Lmao I know the game and played it. Rynning back, wideout and quaterback thank you

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 29, 2015 at 11:53 AM

          LOL! Great since as a former Linebacker/Safety, I love running into QBs and RBs. We are all Redskins fans here. So providing proper decorum in your response sin future might be advisable otherwise don’t respond at all.

        • Stephfan - May 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

          Look here everyone is entitled to say what they want. I just don’t believe that your mock starting line up is any good. Don’t get yourself all bent out of shape. And since you were on the defensive side of the ball it shows because mcrib isn’t starting neither is Brandon replace Shawn. He was brought here to play tackle. Moses showed that he is a better left tackle n a subpar right tackle. Moses won’t start this season unless injuries happens you can back on that. Because at the end of the day a coach can say this and that bout a player but no one really knows if he really means it. Long could start but I think arie will push for it. Left gaurd isn’t a postion that we need to addressright now. Let arie or one of the other rookies battle it out and the best man wins.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        The McRib was never any good.

        Yet it was still better than LeRibsRUs.

      • skinsgame - May 27, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        I asked Steph and I’ll ask you as well; with Chester gone, who backs up Lichtensteigerein if not LeRib?

        • bangkokben - May 28, 2015 at 9:09 AM

          Who backs up Kory is a great question. Mike Jones from WaPo said that Kuandjio was one of four off to the side on Tuesday snapping balls to the quarterback. He did not say who the other three were. Perhaps they were the 3 centers on the roster (Kory L, Reiter the 7th round pick, and Tyler Lawson). Don’t know. What we do know is that LeRibs did this as a rookie as well but most recently it’s been said that he can only play LG.

        • skinsgame - May 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM

          Chester was a cut I was stunned hadn’t happened earlier and I became convinced the team would keep him due to “versatility”. No matter which way they go there will likely be major growing pains on the right side of that line now and it’s a reminder that rebuilding the roster and bringing players along is at least a 3 year project.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 28, 2015 at 5:39 PM

          Well Skins, I wonder if this opens up an opportunity for Austin Reiter or he could be just OTA/Camp fodder. However, if I was him I’d be a bit stoked about being as the only true Center listed on the roster right now behind Lich.

  9. mr.moneylover - May 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    All I know is…I feel bad for the player who will have to play against pot roast this season the guy is a beast especially in one on one situation and if you do double team pot roast stephen paea and jason hatcher along with ryan kerrigan will get to the QB every single time on top of that we got possibly three shut down corners….defense is not a worry in my book its that damn offense thats been struggling the pass two years thats what im worrying about with this team…its pointless if the defense gets the ball back for the offense offense and our offense cant score the ball…I expect our offense to be better this year if it dont then QB and possibly head coach might be gone Archives

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