Coachspeak - Gruden, Philbin talk

Wednesday was Coach day as Jay Gruden and Joe Philbin spoke with the media

ASHBURN -- Wednesday was podium day for Redskins coach Jay Gruden. So are most days when the media assembles at Redskins Park. There was also a conference call with Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. Here's what they said.

Jay Gruden

  • Slighty different news on the Robert Griffin III concussion front, but for now, nothing changed. Gruden said the team has received a verbal update on the quarterback's status following his latest exam, but the coach is waiting for the written report before addressing the matter. "You know what happened last time," he said, referring to the reversal in Griffin status ahead of the third preseason game.
  • Offensive tackle Tom Compton (calf) didn't practice Wednesday. Gruden said there is some "concern" he might not be available for the Dolphins. 
  • Tight end Anthony McCoy, added to the 53-man roster earlier this week, is physically available. "We just have to see if we can get him ready to play mentally. We're throwing a lot at him." Gruden said McCoy, "looks like a true blocking tight end. Has great length. What you're looking for at the point of attack. And he can run good enough." Ultimately, the Redskins are looking for McCoy in the run game as a blocker.
  • With McCoy brand new and Derek Carrier a relatively recent addition, Gruden acknowleged there is "a lot" of pressure on the lone TE holdover, Jordan Reed. "We're counting on Jordan quite a bit," Gruden said through an honest and revealing chuckle. "I think he's up to the challenge. His body is stronger. He's in great shape. ...It will be a great challenge for that position."
  • On helping Kirk Cousins with the mental side of the game: "Talked to him a lot. Part of playing the position is the mental approach, not just the physical. ...What happens when you throw an interception. You're not going to go the whole season without throwing a pick. When you do throw one, what happens after that? Against Baltimore, he threw the pick to [Terrell] Suggs and then he bounced back, recovered and led the team on two scoring drives after that. I think he's come a long way in that regard. Time will tell, but we have high hopes.
  • Gruden announced the team voted on team captains: Trent Williams (offense), Dashon Goldson (defense), Tress Way (punter). Interesting that the safety receives the honor entering his first season with the team.

Joe Philbin

On Kirk Cousins: "He's a guy that we have a lot of respect for as a player. I remember him coming out in the 2012 draft. He's a guy I remember interviewing (at NFL Combine) in Indianapolis. ...We think a lot of him as a football player. ...I think he has good command of what they're doing. ...I'll go back to tthat interview in Indianapoli. We thought he was a real bright guy. Thought he understood the game of football, understood projections, knew how to move guys around, make adjustments and so forth in the brief time that we spent with him. I think you see some of that on tape. I think he's intelligent, good decision maker."

On what kind of defense the Redskins want to be: "I think they want to be physical and stop the run. They've got a goo, physically strong front seven. I think they do a good with their safeties. They have shown to be active, good productive tacklers. Obviously, let's be honest. This is probably the one area especially where Coach [Joe] Barry coming from San Diego [helped].

Development of Tannehill: "Well, there's really been three things since the day that he's arrived that we've really stressed. ...The first thing is decision making. The second thing is throwing the ball accurately. And the third thing is making plays when the team needs it most. The good thing is I think Ryan's improved in all three of those areas throughout the course of his time here. Now he's heading into year four. He's comng off the best season that he's had to date."

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