Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden confirmed Friday that he plans on playing his starting offense and defense for one quarter in Monday night’s preseason matchup against the Cleveland Browns at FedExField.
“I'm shooting for at least a quarter,” Gruden said after Friday’s practice. “See how it goes.”
The Redskins ran the ball six out of their 10 plays on that initial drive, collecting 31 yards between Morris (27 yards) and running back
Asked what he wanted to accomplish in Monday’s game vs. the Browns, Griffin III said he hopes to “move the ball, be efficient and score points.”
Gruden said he’s happy to get his whole offense onto the field together under the lights for the first time to see how it responds to various scenarios.
“If certain situations come up, we’ve got to handle them – third-and-long, third-and-short, whatever they might be, red zone, goal line short yardage,” Gruden said. “All those are very important for us to try to get a test on moving forward to the regular season, but if they don’t come up, they don’t come up.”
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he was happy with the overall performance of the defense vs. New England, but knows a lot more work is required to get where they want to be.
“We did a good job in the run game last week, I thought we did a nice job pressuring the quarterback,” Haslett said. “It's a process. You're always working on everything to get better, with the coverages and all that. We've got to keep improving in all facets. You'd like to keep improving the run game, the pass game, the rush, and it's early, but we're happy with where we're at right now.”
Gruden also confirmed injuries will officially keep few players out of Monday's Browns game, while another defensive starter's status remains in question.