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Need to Know: Redskins OTA notes:–Gruden impressed with Amerson’s performance

Jun 10, 2015, 5:03 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 10, 6 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

Here are some quotes with notes from Tuesday’s OTA session:

Joe Barry had good things to say about David Amerson and his work ethic last week and Jay Gruden echoed them. “The reasons why the guys are here that are here right now from last year is they all are committed to winning and they’re committed to getting better. And, that’s what we’re trying to do. As coaches, it’s our job to make them better. And it’s the players’ job to buy in and want to get to better. David is a one of the great examples of coming in every day, learning the new system and competing. We signed Chris Culliver. He could have buried his head. We’ve got [DeAngelo] D-Hall coming back. We’ve got [Bashaud] Breeland who had a great year last year as a rookie. But David has come in here, opened his eyes up, learned a new system and competed just like everybody else has, so I’ve been very impressed with David.”

—Part of the reason that Jeron Johnson and Duke Ihenacho, who are competing for the starting strong safety job, are with the team is the fact that they came from winning programs in Seattle and Denver, respectively. “It’s important,” said Gruden. “You’re trying to change the culture and we’re all working very hard to do that. You bring in some people with some great leadership skills and have been at winning programs, it’s important. They know how to win and how to prepare to win.”

—Most value cornerbacks for their coverage ability. Gruden likes Chris Culliver’s physical nature and tackling ability. “I like the fact that he’s a tough physical corner,’ said Gruden. “So if there is a running back that gets outside and he has to make a tackle, he’s going to make the tackle. You know, all these screens that you see – receiver screens – he does a great job of fighting off receiving blocks and getting off and making tackles. I like tough, physical corners and then to have one that can also cover is a heck of a bonus.”

—One thing I’m noticing is that it’s hard to get Gruden to talk about Robert Griffin III. A question about that particular quarterback turns into an answer about all three QBs. And it’s not just Gruden. I asked Sean McVay about Griffin and here was the answer I got. “I think we are seeing improvement,” said the Redskins offensive coordinator. “I think Colt [McCoy] and Kirk [Cousins] have also shown improvement as we’ve gone through the OTAs. Coach [Joe] Barry’s defense has done a great job giving us a bunch of looks where we’re seeing different types of coverages and pressures. I think all the quarterbacks have continued to improve each practice.” I’m not sure if it’s important but it is something to file away.


—It’s been 163 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 97 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 8; Redskins training camp starts 52; Preseason opener @ Browns 67

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Jun 10, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    Nice post Rich. Our defense is deep this year and will do one thing for sure, make our offense better. If you think about it we had the worst defense in the NFL working with our offense. Thank god for Scot!

  2. mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    I have little faith in kirk cousins bein the starter week 1 and hear that hes struggling…heres another great question about the QBs…if all the QBs struggle going into training camp and struggle in training camp will one of the QBs get cut to bring in a different QB ???? Hes not commiting to rg3 because rg3 can look good now but turn around and struggle when they practice against the Texans

    • mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2015 at 8:17 AM

      Players now try not to throw shade on jim hasslet but they realize jim hasslet scheme was weak compared to what joe barry want to run and when you have a weak defense you end up having a weak offense because as for the defense you gotta push the offense to get better in practice…when rg3 came out of college it was reports coming out about him struggling and not ready to start but come week 1 he lit up the saints because once they practice the game plan he knew what to do it wasnt new to him nomore…right now I expect rg3 to struggle because this is the fundamental part of the off-season trying to get the timing and footwork down pack so in training camp it wont be new

  3. cowboyhater - Jun 10, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Gruden/McVay will not highlight RG3 because they do not want to bring unwanted attention to his young QB. If anything is said, the media does what they generally do and sensationalize the comments to get readers and have talk shows speak about it. He is smart to temper any compliment, or critique to the DC media. He learned that quick as the first year HC in the DC market. I’m not bashing the media, but I know the newspaper guys see the writing on the wall in terms of readership, and have to try to make a name for themselves to get these online writing gigs to survive as a journalists, and some look at Tony K., and Michael W. and strive to get on TV to improve their visibility. Rich, your doing a great job….you made it out. Keep up the good work.

  4. hk2000 - Jun 10, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    I like Barry’s attitude- “As coaches, it’s our job to make them better….” Every time he gets to speak, he emphasizes that the coaches job is to teach those guy’s. I hope we’re in for a pleasant surprise with this coach,considering that many had reservations about his hire!

    • ET - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      So far, Barry’s saying all the right things. And the players seem to love his enthusiasm. Scot got him some nice personnel upgrades, too. So … things are looking good?

  5. hk2000 - Jun 10, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    One more thing, what does Sean McVay really do? He is NOT a true OC. I know they have training wheels on him all of last year,is that ever going to change, and more importantly when? Can he really be any worse than Gruden?

    • mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM

      I can answer that…jay gruden said that him and sean mcvay think alike so as long as they agree during the week leading up to the game on sunday its not really a problem sometimes sean mcvay might call 80% of the plays sometimes and jay might call the plays 20% of the time….my overall all look was that players was missing assignments and on top of that QB couldn’t manage the game cause of that so thats how a game get out of control very fast…if they can fix those two things this off-season it will be different look and the result will be alot more wins…alfred morris gotta show he can pass protect and catch the ball, wide receivers have to learn how to create separation on routes, and QB gotta be accurate in the pocket…the reason why I didnt include turnovers is because you can still win games with turnovers just ask Andrew luck

  6. hk2000 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Some of the things you say ( like the 20% and 80% thing) you say them as if it’s a fact, but how do you know? where do you get your ‘facts’ from? or are you just speculating like the rest of the fans on here?

    • hk2000 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      This was meant for, but I just saw Grudens quote on anther post, so never mind.

  7. mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    I dont believe amerson has improved lets see when the season comes…David amerson and deshon goldson let rashad ross catch a deep pass from rg3 even tho goldson took the blame thats been david amerson problem for two years now he can stay with the defender hes covering and it puts alot of pressure on the saftey dashon goldson took the blame for the deep catch cause hes a vet and he dont wanna destroy david amerson confidence but the same thing happen last year when ryan clark was playing saftey….bottom line is david amerson had to cover better since hes not a press corner and communicate better on the field thats what gonna help this defense

  8. mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Thats what jay gruden recently said in his press conference…on tuesdays after a game he and jay gruden sit down and put a game plan together…now in practice in a two minute drill with under 2 minutes left with no timeouts left sean mcvay called a run play and jay gruden laughed and said something to sean mcvay now I dont know if jay gruden was laughin to not show how mad he was bottom line he didnt like the play call Archives

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