Here's what Gruden had to say following the team's Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
You can listen to the interview on the latest Redskins Talk Podcast.
JP Finlay: Did you sleep at all after a night like that?
Jay Gruden: A little bit. You try to.
JP: How hard is it after that game, where your team played so well for 30 minutes, to then have the second 30 minutes, then try to remind yourselves it's game 1 of 16?
Gruden: Yeah, for sure. It's disappointing. We came out pretty strong, 17-0 lead. They had a big play to DeSean [Jackson], 17-7. We had a big stop, got a field goal at the end of the half to go up 20-7. Third quarter, we talked about the importance of coming out fast. They put together a nine-minute drive, scored a touchdown. We go three and out. They get a quick touchdown. By the time we get the ball, we're down one. Then we missed a couple throws here and there. A big penalty cost us, and the next time we get the ball we're down 29-20. It was tough. We have high expectations for our defense. It was surprising we couldn't get off the field on third downs. That's something we have to continue to work on and put an emphasis on.
JP: Case [Keenum] connected on the big touchdown throw to Terry McLaurin in the first half. In the second half, he missed one by two feet, I'd say. What's your reaction when you see that ball hit the turf?
Gruden: Yeah, it's hard. You're talking to your team like, 'we need some momentum-changing plays.' That's one that could have changed momentum and put it back in our favor. Unfortunately, we missed it, then we dropped a slant on the next play and had to punt. They still had the momentum. We did nothing to take the momentum over on special teams, defense, or offense. Somebody is going to have to step up and make a big play, and unfortunately, we couldn't do it.
JP: If you hit the home run there, the momentum swings. Even if [Paul Richardson] catches that ball, what difference could that have made in that game?
Gruden: It's a first down and we're moving the ball, moving the chains. We missed the post, then we missed that, and I don't know what happened after that. We had a couple of opportunities to make some plays, and we just didn't make them. We [have] to call better plays, but eventually, somebody has got to make a play.