In a disappointing 38-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Washington Redskins left FedEx Field with yet another loss on Monday Night Football. Head coach Jay Gruden discussed the loss afterward. Here are the highlights:
* "We weren't very good on third downs," Gruden said. "The money downs, big difference in the game. But overall, they just outcoached us, outplayed us." The Redskins were 3 of 12 on third- and fourth-down conversions while the Steelers were an impressive 11 of 16 in the same category.
* Gruden admitted he thought "a little bit" about moving cornerback Josh Norman from the left side of the defense in order to have him shadow Antonio Brown. That never happened, and The Steelers receiver went for 126 yards and two touchdowns, much of which came against Bashaud Breeland.
"I think Breeland has done such a good job in training camp. Breeland's one of our corners and he's a good corner. He got beat by a great player today and some great passes that I don't know what corner could defend," Gruden said. "Really. I'm not going to lose faith in Breeland, but there could be a merit to that later on down the road [having Norman shadow receivers], but I love our two corners. I like all four of our corners. [Pittsburgh] just made some great throws and great catches."
* "I don't think so," Gruden said regarding Kirk Cousins possibly being rusty due his limited preseason play. "Maybe I'll look into it next year."
* "I don't feel good about anybody's performance," Gruden said when asked further about his assessment of Cousins.
* Gruden owned up to how the lack of a balanced running attack hindered the Redskins' offense:
"I think that's the one thing we really got to look at. We got to get the running game going and take some pressure off the quarterback. We get a little too giddy sometimes with the weapons that we have. We look at Jordan Reed and Pierre [Garcon] and DeSean [Jackson] and Jamison [Crowder] ... you forget about the bread and butter of this football team needs to be the running game. We got to make sure we stay balanced, and I think that's my fault tonight."
* Washington allowed 143 rushing yards to the 33-year-old DeAngelo Williams. Gruden addressed the continued and predictable struggles of his team's run defense:
"I think we missed some tackles here and there, they had some good blocking schemes in there," Gruden said. "I'll have to look at the film. I'm not going to point the blame at anybody -- defensive line, linebackers, anything like that. DeAngelo ran the ball extremely well. He broke through some tackles and made some big-time runs, and we missed some tackles that we normally make. But it's something we really have to look at because we are playing a team that can run the football very well next week in the Dallas Cowboys, so we better get our ducks in a row or it's gonna be a long one."
* Prior to things going south at FedEx Field, the Redskins' players made the decision to stand as a group and help the military hold the football field-length American flag during the National Anthem. "That was a bright spot," Gruden said of the team's unity.
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