Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins is "far from perfect"

Gruden talked run defense, offensive playmakers, and injuries following the Redskins' first home win.

The Redskins secured their first home victory of the season with a 31-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Head coach Jay Gruden discussed the win afterward. Here are the highlights:

* Washington's defense has allowed 532 yards on the ground this season, including 163 yards to the Browns. Luckily, the bend but don't break mentality worked again with three key second-half turnovers.

"We definitely have to look at ways to stop the run and find out where the holes are," Gruden said. "I think a lot of it has to do with Cleveland. They have [inaudible] Joe Thomas, they have a good running game, (Isaiah) Crowell, Duke Johnson, they have a good scheme over there. You've got to give credit to them, but you have to figure out where we're coming up short. Is it missing tackles at the second level, getting off blocks, getting pushed back too much on double teams? We've got to figure out the answer and try to come up with some solutions. We do have to do better, but if you do give up some runs, we've talked about getting the ball out all the time."

* Quarterback Kirk Cousins did not have the greatest game when considering the interception thrown and fourth quarter sacks taken, but Gruden did enjoy his improvisation on the second touchdown to tight end Jordan Reed

"Kirk made a great play off schedule on the second one," Gruden said. "It was a three-man rush, so they covered up our initial concept. He bought time. Two hands on the ball and kept his eyes down the field. And Jordan did a great job of getting open."

"I think [Cousins] played OK," Gruden said. "There was a couple of situational-type things that we can't do. We'll coach him up. The more he plays, the more he's gonna do. The sack after the big run from Matt Jones, you've got to throw that away, can't take a sack there. I think the interception, we just have to see coverage there, do a better job. He's far from perfect, he's never going to be perfect, but I think he's made some good enough throws to get a big win against a good team."

* On Matt Jones' 117-yard rushing performance, Gruden alluded that the big back can wear out defenses when he gets repeated carries late in a game, although Jones didn't get any touches for a 19-minute span that ended late in the third quarter Sunday.

"It looked like he was running with more power, more conviction," Gruden said of Jones. "That's a big thing as a back. When you make a decision, make it and be decisive and he was more decisive today, more physical. Big back like that runs better when the defense is worn down."

DeSean Jackson recorded only one reception for five yards, but he still made a big impact for Washington. Gruden called the two defensive pass interference penalties that the deep threat drew "gigantic plays." The 50- and 21-yard penalties eventually led to Redskins touchdowns.

* Gruden decided against calling a timeout at the end of the first half because he did not want Cleveland to possibly go for it on fourth down given their kicking issues.

* On the injury front, Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (left elbow) will get an MRI while linebacker Su'a Cravens and safety David Bruton have entered the concussion protocol.

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