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Need to Know: Gruden not fazed by extra rest for Redskins’ opponents

Dec 4, 2015, 5:04 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 4, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football.

Gruden not fazed by extra rest for opponents

The Redskins will face the Cowboys on Monday night. Washington last played on Sunday against the Giants while Dallas played three days earlier on thanksgiving. It will not be the first time this season that the Redskins will have faced a team with considerably more rest before the game than they had.

The Redskins played the Jets, Bucs, and Giants (the most recent game) when those teams were coming off of their bye weeks. And when they played the Patriots they were coming off of their bye but New England had played a Thursday night game the week before so they had only a few days less time off than the Redskins did.

Jay Gruden was asked if he thought the Cowboys had an advantage with the additional days off to heal their bumps and bruises and get some extra time to game plan. As you might expect, Gruden was not making any excuses in advance.

“Not really. I think we have all the games on tape,” said Gruden. “Obviously, we played them twice last year. They have a couple days of rest to get in some healing, I guess, but overall, it’s not that big of an advantage. Usually, you give your team a couple of days off. You know, we’re going to give our team an extra day off this week. I think both teams will be well-rested and ready to roll.”

The Redskins are 2-1 against teams coming off of the bye, beating the Giants and Bucs and losing to the Jets. They did lose to the Patriots but it likely would not have mattered if New England had played the day before. So it’s hard to make a case that the Redskins have been all that adversely affected by having to play with less rest and preparation than their opponents.


Today’s schedule: Open locker room 10:30; Practice 1:20; Jay Gruden and Joe Barry news conferences after practice, approx. 3:15

Days until: Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Bears 9; Bills @ Redskins 16

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Dec 4, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Yep not a big deal. Our adrenalin from a big win and taking the NFC East lead will be worth more than an extra 3 days off for a team that had the wind taken out of heir sails by a loss of a starting QB and a poor outlook for their season. I see our adrenalin worth much more than their extra 3 days off.

    Not saying they won’t play us hard and make us stretch to win this game. This game is a stretch for both teams regardless of standings.

    It still amazes me that the RGIII supporters (I have been one for years until the data against him was too compelling), still question the switch to Kirk. Everyone remembers the Monday night Dallas game where RGIII made the 70+ yard TD run. That was when I fell in love with RGIII. This is Kirks chance to deliver the same blow to Dallas but through the air. What we will find from the RGIII cult after Kirks win is that they will position RGIII had a harder game to compare. You heard it here first. Even if Kirk takes us to the same point that RGIII took us, division title and lose the first Playoff game, they will still say Kirk is not as good as RGIII. I understand there is a major divide. (Ok RGIII cult slam me). Keep in mind I was one of his greatest supporters. Both my young boys still wear their RGIII jerseys. I still want he best for him. I just am not blind. I see the facts as they are with no bias. Can you say the same?

    When the lights turn on Monday night under the National viewing audience, all that stuff goes out the window.

    If we win this game we could really create a serious winning streak that will set us up to win the division.


    • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 7:44 AM

      70+ yard TD run against Dallas on Monday night? WTF?

      There was that 70+ TD run against the Vikings at home and there was the awesome 1st half against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day 2012. There was also the final game that season against Dallas on Sunday night where Morris had 200 yards rushing and Demarcus Ware was chasing ghosts on the read option. Was that deliberate misinformation – exaggeration to make a point?

      • colmac69 - Dec 4, 2015 at 7:53 AM

        Yeh that was very funny to watch how player of his ability was completely taken out game by the read option play on rgiii td (to b fair wasn’t only guy over season)

    • Mr.moneylover - Dec 4, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      I just got a bad feeling we might lose because we won’t bring that same intensity we brought against the giants…we will tell how this game is gonna go by the end of the first quarter…redskins have a habit of letting they foot off the gas pedal to soon….they can’t look pass nobody now this is a statement game its either you want this division or you dont

    • brucefan1 - Dec 4, 2015 at 2:06 PM

      “When the lights turn on Monday night under the National viewing audience, all that stuff goes out the window.”

      That sentence is the most interesting part of your comment to me, color (Gotta admit tho, all this totally superfluous “Kirk cult/RG3 cult” chatter is really boring me already. Imagine how much worse its gonna be if its STILL going on for years to come!! LOL)

      Back to that quote; I’m loving how the B&G took a big step by breaking their Giants jinx. Next I would love to see them correct their “performance issues” on nationally televised games …. especially of the nighttime variety. They have had very poor results in the several night games they have had ever since that long-forgotten, frequently-dismissed 2012 season. So the Skins gotta get up that night! No time for a flaccid showing. (Yikes! Sounds like a Viagra commercial ;^} )

      The football world will be looking in on FedEx Monday Nite (with Big Bro analyzing the action, no less), inspecting the Skins’ wares and trying to determine whether they are true contenders or mere pretenders to an NFCE title that seems to be going begging.

      Winning on Monday will be huge for their playoff run, of course, but it will also go a long way toward giving them some of the NFL-wide cred that has eluded them for most of the last several years. Dunno … might not mean much to you, but it kinda does to me.

      • ajbus1 - Dec 4, 2015 at 5:41 PM

        You’re bored of it now huh? Interesting…

        • brucefan1 - Dec 4, 2015 at 8:56 PM


          Because now it’s a moot point, silly; a dead letter.

          None of it means zip zilch nada anymore! At one time, when we all thought there would be an actual competition (foolish us!!) it seemed to be an important discussion.

          But what’s the point now, what with Grifiin’s days in B&G dwindling to a final few, and many people fretting about how many millions should be thrown at Cuz in a heated attempt to keep him? (Except maybe for some need to “gloat” about something — but I’m not sure I see what anybody has a lot to gloat about yet.)

          Things change, and we gotta change with them. Time to move on, dontcha think? Try it!

        • ajbus1 - Dec 5, 2015 at 1:11 AM

          I tried to tell you that a month ago but it’s OK. As you said, moving on.
          Do you think kirk is worth it? I think he is for the right price. I’m just worried some team will offer him more than he’s worth and we’ll be back to looking for a QB.

  2. Stephfan - Dec 4, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Color shut up no one is talking about rg3 but you and all the mindless drones on here

    • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 7:47 AM

      Where you yesterday when funnyman made the conversation about #10? Even if today is a new day – which it is – it appears that you, color and me are referencing #10. So, nobody’s talking about him except for the three of us? :)

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 4, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Matt Cassel is a 33 year-old journeyman QB, 3 days extra rest or no.

    • ET - Dec 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM

      Matt Cassel is an asset for the Cowboys’ opponents. You can bet that Jerruh and Co. will be ‘scoping hard for Romo’s successor this off-season. He’ll be tough to replace.

  4. colmac69 - Dec 4, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    First of the 70 yrd td run was vs vikings

    Believe he threw 4tds vs dallas on thanksgiving

    Think gruden right bout how much the xtra rest actually means…..maybe if team playing on Sunday then a Thursday may have more effect but guys are professional and know the score

    B interesting to see how much the defense can disrupt cassel with dallas line being far superior to Nyg. …however believe our offense will score more than dallas….we get ahead first half into third qtr I think the cowboys will struggle to play for 60 mins

    Here hoping anyway

    • ET - Dec 4, 2015 at 11:16 AM

      The Dallas line is superior to the Giants’ line, yeah, but most of the players behind it and to either side are MEH. Matt Cassel makes Colt McCoy look like a Golden Football God (Colt kinda was at UT, I guess, but you know what I mean).

  5. colmac69 - Dec 4, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Unrelated to above topic but have to put it out there bout last play game of gb det game

    I assume their no rule that says d-line has to have anyone on l.o.s?if not why did detroit use 3 guys on line….could they not have put 11 guys (d-backs/receivers)on goal-line to defend at best 5 receivers?knowing that Rogers would have to throw ball from l.o.s (bout 60 yrds)…he didn’t have any other play and no time left

    Anyone else got theory?

    • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 8:33 AM

      Could’ve rushed zero, Could’ve rushed eleven. Got to rush some or they can do some rugby type play where they run it but keep pitching laterally or backward until there’s a space for someone to burst through. Bottom line. The Lions blew the coverage and may have thought the Pack would try a play similarly to the Giants last play on Sunday.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 4, 2015 at 9:52 AM

        Detroit turned into Cleveland in the 4th quarter.

        What else could explain it?

        • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 10:14 AM

          Did they turn into Cleveland or just into the typical Lions? They sorta have a track record of doing these things.

          On an off topic, I giggle every time I see the CBS Thursday night football topic with all these deep voiced quarterbacks delivering their lines and then there is Matt Stafford saying C. B. S. It just seems so out of place.

      • colmac69 - Dec 4, 2015 at 10:16 AM

        Quite possibly but think there would b every chance someone would made tackle…

        But they definitely blew the play…..

        • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 10:37 AM

          It apparently was the longest such TD ever. Hard to believe but that’s what they’re saying.

        • ET - Dec 4, 2015 at 11:18 AM

          Maybe it’s the longest ever with the clock at 0:00?

        • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 12:45 PM

          Yes, ET. The longest ‘hail mary’ TD pass ever.

        • ET - Dec 4, 2015 at 1:17 PM

          To your comment that it’s hard to believe it’s the longest Hail Mary completed, I was wondering if the distinction is the play clock was already at 0:00, not some value less than 10 seconds … (I haven’t looked.)

        • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM

          Heard it said on the radio. Not sure of all the qualification but was using the Elias Sports Bureau as the source.

  6. sidepull - Dec 4, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Alf needs to pound that rock. I dont care how much resat the Cowgirls have. If Morris pounds that rock it will be a good day for the Redskins. Cowboys gonna be blitz happy. Run him all day. Come on Alf time to deliver a great game.

  7. Mr.moneylover - Dec 4, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    DB coach perry farwell don’t get enough praise he got a young group of guys and with the other injured DBs the young players done stepped up

    • ET - Dec 4, 2015 at 11:54 AM


      Perry Fewell has done a fantastic job this season. The whole “interchangeability” of DBs that Haslett also preached is finally making sense under Fewell. He’s maximized a pretty banged-up unit and “coached up” some rookies really quickly. (I hate the term “coached up” but it seems to fit in this case.) Kudos to Scot as well for finding some good under-the-radar personnel who stepped up quickly (Dunbar, Jarrett, Blackmon).

  8. flyingroadstar - Dec 4, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    “They did lose to the Patriots but it likely would not have mattered if New England had played the day before.”

    Ouch! Nice one, Rich.

  9. kenlinkins - Dec 4, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    My football brain tells me that we Redskins fans are very fast to give credit to a 5-6 team that has yet to win 2 games in a row and is still under 500%. By all that is holy in football, the Redskins should be able to beat the Cowboys on Monday night and be ready to make a play off run. The concerns are many (i.e. will the pass rush and rushing show up, will the Redskins tackle better, will Cousins throw INT’s, will the play calling be good and how many holding calls will kill drives) that we seem to forget because we get Dallas at home to stay in first place in the NFC East. This team is still a work in progress and that requires the team not to let up. I do not want to see “Big Swaggy” doing a sack dance the play before a 4th and 16 TD pass that started a come back ever again. Wait until the game is in the bag (and with this team that means when the clock reads 0:00) to start dancing. The Redskins have a chance again to get to 500% which is the first step to becoming a winner, that is the only thing that matters this week. Dallas be damned, all I want is another win, 2 in a row, get to 500% and everything else will take care of itself. Remember that the cliff the Redskins have walked off the past 2 years about this time is still in sight and not that far removed that it should not concern us Redskins fans (players and coach’s)

    • bangkokben - Dec 4, 2015 at 1:10 PM

      You and your 500%. There is NO WAY the Redskins are getting to 60-0 out of 12 games. No chance whatsoever. 6-6 and .500, sure. A reasonable and attainable goal. But not even a must although winning two of the three remaining division games plus one additional game pretty much clinches the division and winning Monday night puts them that much closer.

      Of course, I want the team to win 50-0 and have all the FedEx “faithful” scream We Want Dallas the entire time. At the same time, the part of me that has watched the Redskins post Gibbs 1 AND forgetting the three glorious playoff runs in ’05, ’07, and ’12 is waiting for the other shoe to drop. You do have to ignore those playoff runs and conjure images of the Redskins collapsing in a playoff race to get that “realistic” view of our potential. That’s right. In all of our years of futility, we haven’t experienced a playoff race collapse but we have experienced enough futility that we can imagine the 15% of the lower bowl dressed in blue stars chanting We Want Dallas in mock derision because we don’t celebrate the victories enough or just don’t have enough to celebrate.

      The Redskins could lose Monday. True but so what. It’s affect on the outcome of the season is minuscule compared to last week and may even be less should the Giants lose to the Jets and Eagles lose to the Patriots. But let us focus on the positive. The Redskins – especially Kirk Cousins – have played very well at home. They know what is at stake and have played very well with their backs against the wall this season (3-0 in make or break games). They bring that mentality and come Tuesday, the Redskins will be .500 a game ahead in the division and with two tiebreakers in hand.

  10. joparks2012 - Dec 5, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Rich, regarding the topic, I found it odd the amount of times the Skins seemed to play some teams with extra rest regardless of the record the team has had so far against those teams. For a team that gets one bye week and one Thursday game they have had 2 games to technically heal up although the healing from a Thursday game is mitigated by having to play on Thursday to begin with. I was wondering if the Skins actually had the most adverse schedule of all the teams in the league in this instance. They played 3 teams coming off a bye week and two teams coming off a Thursday game. One of those Thursday games being a Monday night follow. When they had their bye week, they played a team that was coming off a Thursday game. I am not sure if there is another team that has had it worse. From a numbers standpoint, if you have 1 bye week and 1 Thursday night game, that’s 112 days between games for the season. If you look at the Skins’ opponents, they have had when they’ll play them a total of 129 days off between games this season. That’s 17 days more rest for their opponents. Seems like the controllable portion of the schedule was not exactly in the Skins favor this year. The uncontrollable portion is the opponents’ win percentage they have had to play and that has been well documented the disparity of the quality of opponents they have played on the road versus at home.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 6, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      I think it’s just how things worked out. If they have similar things popping up in the schedule for 2-3 straight years maybe something is up. I don’t recall them playing an inordinate number of teams coming off of extra rest the last few years. Archives

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