Transcripts: Redskins Postgame Quotes (Oct. 9)

Head Coach Jay Gruden

(on injury report) "Josh Norman had a wrist aggravation sprain. Morgan Moses had dizziness. He left the game. [Quinton] Dunbar had cramps at the end of the game."

(on performance by the defense) "It was a big performance by everybody. The first drive was a little scary. Here we go again, but they came back and took it personal, and played well. They did what it took to win. They got off the field, played well on third down, rushed the passer and stopped the run for the most part in the second half. Did a great job, hats off to them."

(on Crowder's punt return) "I saw great blocking and an excellent run breaking tackles. He's been outstanding for us so far in all phases. Special teams rose to the challenge. This is a great special teams unit that we were playing against. Coach Harbaugh does an excellent job. We had a nice kickoff return and a great punt return for a touchdown and we covered well. So, a great job by special teams all around."

(on winning these types of games) "I think it's just everybody staying together. I know what type of team we have. We know these games are going to come down to the wire. I don't know if we'll ever dominate everybody and win 53-3. We have to understand that these games are going to be 60 minutes long, they all are nowadays in the NFL. We just have to stay resilient, focused and play hard for the entire length of the game. These guys so far have done a nice job of that for the most part."

(on C.J. Mosley interception) "The guy made a great play. He jumped out of the gym; I mean he was up there. We had Jordan [Reed] behind him on the seam ball and probably got too aggressive and backed up. But we thought we could knife to Jordan [Reed], but [C.J.] Mosley made an unbelievable play. Those happen. They have a very good defense and they're going to make some plays. But for the most part, Kirk [Cousins] was efficient. When you come to Baltimore, and get a win on the road against this team, it's an accomplishment. No matter what your stats are or what happens, it's an accomplishment for everybody."

(on Kirk's drive after the interception) "That was a great drive. We got to eat up some clock, and got our defense fresh again. That was a big-time play."

(on ball bouncing their way) "A lot of it is you just have to play the game. The ball bounces the way the ball bounces. The referees call what they're going to call. You just have to stay focused and go on to the next play, whatever happens. I think we do a good job of that. Try not to dwell on plays, good or bad. We try to ride the momentum wave, but for the most part it's on to the next one, and we do a good job of that."

(on third down defense) "Anytime you have 3-for-15 the key is a lot of things. It's getting them in third-and-long, it's your pass rush, and it's your linebacker play. Like I said, when we're struggling on third down, it's a little bit of everybody. And when we're playing well on third down, it's definitely everybody. The calls were excellent and everybody was doing their part. The pass rush was good, and it was making Joe [Flacco] uncomfortable. He had to check it down, and we were tackling better. We didn't miss many tackles today - maybe one big one. The coverage was good, and the pass rush was fine."

(on coming out of an 0-2 hole) "It's big time. Winning on the road at the Giants and winning on the road here are two great accomplishments. We didn't start out fast like we always want to. The guys stayed on task and we just keep grinding and working. That's the good thing about this football team. They're going to come to work come Tuesday, rain or shine. And they're going to try to get better and that's what we're all about."

(on Raven's fake field goal) "They reacted well. Coach Harbaugh and the Ravens do a great job with their fakes all throughout his career. You're always on your toes, but you never know which one. We defended it well. Our staff did an excellent job of preparing them, but the players reacted and made a play."

(on team play during three straight wins) "I think we're playing hard and playing well. You can argue that the Dallas game was close too, and it didn't go our way. Like I said before, these games are going to all be close and the guys who make the plays and don't turn the ball over are going to be the ones to win the game at the end. Despite the one interception and the one fumble, we got some turnovers ourselves but made enough plays to win. Defense kept us in it and kept the game close. Special teams broke a big one and got out of gear with a win. It's never going to be pretty when you come here. This is a tough place to play. I'm proud of our guys for fighting and getting a tough win here today."

(on snap that went over Cousins' head) "We have a signal. Brandon [Scherff] thought he saw something and tapped the center and the center snapped it and Kirk [Cousins] wasn't ready because it wasn't the right signal. It was just a communication error in a big time situation. It could have really cost us but we overcame it. The defense got a stop, got the ball back and got another stop. Obviously if you can throw it away that would be great. We don't want a 30-yard loss. I think he did a great thing, because if the ball would have come out of his hand funny and he fumbled, then no, we would want him to fall on the ball. Every situation is different. He has to make a decision on the fly sometimes and luckily he made a good one."

(on their running game) "I think they all deserve some touches. It was tough sledding in there. There are some big suckers in there for Baltimore and we didn't really pop ny runs early. I think we popped a few late in the second half. But we want to keep them fresh and give them all carries."

(on fourth-and-one plays in the first half) "It's a gut feeling a lot of times. It was fourth-and-one. The wind was swirling pretty good. I thought we should be able to get a yard and go for it. I had a couple time outs, try to get a touchdown, or the worst case get it up there closer for an easier field goal. It didn't work out, they got a stop. And then the last one at the end of the half had about a 55-yarder and I asked 'Hop' [Dustin Hopkins] if he could make it. We could have taken a shot in the end zone, thrown a hail-mary possibly or thrown a quick out. But 'Hop' [Dustin Hopkins] said he could make it and damn near did."

(on the touchdown overturned) "I saw it on the replay the second time around. Josh [Norman] said he was out, so I believed Josh [Norman]. He would never lie to me."

QB Kirk Cousins

(on getting a win on the road) "It is very satisfying for us to beat a good team like this at their place. We showed a lot of character and resiliency to win this game, but this is life in the NFL. Every week this game takes everything out of you that you have to win a game. Then, you go back and get ready for the next one."

(on C.J. Mosley's interception) "I saw they were in two-deep zone coverage, and their linebackers do a good job in that spot. He made a great play. I didn't see what happened after that, but we were very fortunate that it turned out the way it did."

(on the Redskins' defense) "They were phenomenal today. They showed great character and toughness, both mentally and physically. They came up big for us."

(on the Redskins' habit of winning close games) "To win those kind of games, we have to be physically and mentally tough. I love being a part of a team that is so resilient. We take everything week to week and try to stay focused."

(on the drive after C.J. Mosley's interception) "We just approached it one play at a time. I let the game come to me. It's been my experience that that's when I play my best."

(on the second half offense) "At halftime, we knew that we'd had some opportunities in the first half. We knew we started with the football, and the first few drives were going to be important. At halftime, we didn't come in there thinking that they're not as great as we thought. We just focused on the fact that we'd done some good things in the first half, and we needed to keep playing."

(on the bad snap in the fourth quarter) "My first thought was to fall on the ball, but I looked around and saw I might have a chance to pick it up. DeSean [Jackson] did a great job coming back to me, so I picked the ball up and threw it as quickly as I could in his direction. Of course, my explanation probably took four times as long as the play did. The game moves so fast."

(on Breshad Perriman's apparent touchdown catch) "I was on the sidelines praying hard that our defense could get a stop. When I saw that they had scored, I got up right away and started warming up. I knew would have at least 30 seconds to get into field goal range. Fortunately, they ruled the catch no good, and we were able to win."

(on what it takes to go from 0-2 to 3-2) "We just took it one week at a time. We did a really good job being resilient, and we just kept at it."

S Will Blackmon

(on the difference between winning and losing this game) "We truly worked hard all week. We prepared very well and concentrated on tackling and techniques."

(on the emotional swings of the game) "It was like a rollercoaster today. My stomach dropped more than a few times, but we hung in there and got the win."

(on the Redskins' close wins) "We just challenge each other. We call each other out when we need to, and we've worked very well together as a team. We've developed a trust with each other. We're really happy with this win."

(on his reaction to the Redskins' first win in Baltimore since 1955) "Wow, I didn't know that. I guess that's pretty cool. This is a tough place to play, and we're up against a very successful franchise. They're always good defensively, and they've won two Super Bowls."

WR Jamison Crowder

(on the punt return for a TD) "It was a lot of pieces involved in that. Guys did a really good job of blocking. I saw a crease, broke a tackle, and it was just a run to the end zone. When I saw the guy to my left, he had an angle on me, I braced to protect the football, but when I was able to break his tackle, then I just dug in and headed to the end zone."

(on the improvement of the punt return unit) "The guys are blocking a lot better. Last year, sometimes, I'd make the wrong cut, and other times, there'd be a lot of guys in my face. This year, guys are doing a real good job of matching up. I'm able to catch the ball and get a lot of yardage before facing my first defender."

(on having S Will Blackmon back on punt returns with him) "That was new. We did that because we knew the wind was going to be a factor this week. It was part of our game plan. It worked out for us."

TE Jordan Reed

(on taking the lead in the second half) "The defense got us great field position, and so did the special teams. Kirk [Cousins] made a great throw to Pierre [Garcon] that capitalized on that field position and let us take the lead."

(on the ground game in the second half) "We got the run game going out of regular personnel. Niles [Paul] made some great blocks, and Vernon [Davis] made some great blocks on the edge, and it allowed us to drive the ball."

(on his play today) "They were playing some off coverage, taking away [DeSean Jackson) and Pierre down the field. It left me open underneath to catch some balls. I wish I could have made some more yards off the plays that I got, but they did a good job of gang tackling, so I did what I could."

CB Josh Norman

(on defending the touchdown that was overturned) "[Breshad Perriman] pressed it like he was going on the fade. We were hand-fighting down the field and [I was] pressing him to the sideline, which was our 12th man, and [I was trying] to get him out. That was one heck of a ball. I got a little underneath of him, but he went up and caught the ball. I nudged him a little bit. We got the call of him being out of bounds. That's one of the plays where I have to take my hat off to the technique."

(on the victory) "We were able to get out of here with a win. That's all that really matters. Big ups to everybody who was able to be a part of that. Special teams was huge today, absolutely huge. I can't say enough about them. They put points on the board. Our offense came out and put points on the board when we needed that. The defense, I can't be more proud of them. We stood tough."

(on the defense not allowing a second-half TD for the third straight week) "Basically, it's our will against theirs. We didn't want to go down. These guys are fighters. We're able to focus and lock in. I don't want to jinx us or put us on a pedestal, but we're coming along and fighting. That's all you can ask for. That's what we did today."

(on his first-quarter injury and returning) "I was thinking, 'I've got to go back out there.' But at one time, there was some doubt in my mind. But I just sucked it up, and I was like, 'Look man, you're not hurting, you're not going to die. You can walk. You'll be fine. You can use one hand and be the one-hand bandit and do your job.'"

(on playing with one hand) "When [the injury] first happened, I couldn't really move my hand. It was sprained pretty bad. But we'll treat it this week, and I'm sure it'll be fine. It's one of those injuries where it will take some time, but you can't look at that and just have to fight through the obstacles."

DT Ziggy Hood

(on the game) "We had a game plan. We went out there and executed it, and we're walking out of here with a W. We got down, but we didn't stay down. We dug ourselves into a hole, but we dug back out of it towards the end. We walk back out of here with a win."

(on the injuries to the defense) "It all started Wednesday in practice. We saw our shortcomings. We've got a lot of veteran guys out, and the young guys stepped up and played. [The coaches] really put the pressure on the defensive line to have better pressure. We gave our back end a little help out there."

(on the difference in the defense from the opening drive on) "I think it all started with that special teams play, and all three sides of the team working together. And sometimes, we're not going to score many points, but if we can hold an opponent's offense to a minimum, we're going to do OK. We've got to keep believing and keep fighting."

(on the special teams' TD) "That was a drive-starter, right there. Not only that, but it fueled us because we just gave up a touchdown. They just marched down the field and whipped our tail in the first drive."

(on the win) "That's a good defense on the other side. Our defense has been struggling for the last four weeks, but we finally put things together. We got lucky and we walked out."

RB Matt Jones

(on the offense) "We just found ways to keep the ball moving. We just dug deep, because [the Ravens] have a great defense. So, it was a big challenge for us."

(on his game) "They've got a good run defense, and it was kind of tough to run against those guys. But, our offensive line and our whole team did a great job digging it out and coming out with the win."

(on the win) "We have some great momentum, and we just have to keep it going. [We have to] find ways to win and put all of our tools together."

(on WR Jamison Crowder's TD on the punt return) "It was definitely big and Crowder did a great job of returning it. The punt-return group had a lot of great blocks. They set it up and gave us a whole momentum swing."

(on the running game) "The running game was a little slow. They're the No. 1 defense. They played good, you have to give credit to them. We knew we had to do better, and that starts with me, the running back."

(on his fumble) "It was the handoff exchange with me. I just bobbled the exchange trying to get into the hole at the same time and the defender put his head on the ball, so I just fumbled the ball. He just made a good play."

(on the coaches going right back to him after the fumble) "They keep believing in me, so I'm just going to grind it out. I'm not going to let that get to me, because that's something I can fix – the exchange."

S Duke Ihenacho

(on the defense) "We came through in the end. We're just resilient. We just tackled better than last week and we were flying around more. It just paid off throughout the game."

(on the incompletion in the end zone to Ravens WR Breshad Perriman) "It's crazy, because in real life, it looked like he caught it. But, after watching the replay, he clearly didn't catch it. It was a good throw. [Joe Flacco] put it where only the receiver could catch it. But, it was just no catch. As soon as I saw it on the screen, I was cool. It wasn't like the game was over – we hadn't won the game. We still had defense to play. We still had a couple of downs to go, so I thought, great, we have a chance."

(on the pass rush) "We did well today. We pressured the quarterback, and I think [the defensive line] disrupted a lot of things that [the Ravens] wanted to do. The gaps were easy to read, as far as run-read responsibilities. They did well."

(on Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. leaving the game early) "It was easier. Obviously, everybody knows what kind of player he is – a Hall of Fame player, veteran guy, fiery guy, emotional guy. I feel like, when he went out, part of their emotion went out with him. I think it definitely had something to do with it."

(on the defense going forward) "We have work to do. This was just one game. I'm not satisfied, so we still have some work to do. [We'll] go back to the drawing board tomorrow and figure it out from there, but we'll take this win."

(on the fake field goal) "I just kind of sensed something. Usually, we come off so hard, but I didn't come off as hard, for some reason. When they hiked the ball, [Justin Tucker] took a step up, and he never does that – he takes a step back. He took a step up so I just kind of disrupted him."

(on Ravens K Justin Tucker lining up differently) "I didn't notice that. I think he was lined up on the left side or something, but I didn't notice that."

LB Ryan Kerrigan

(on the defense's change after the Ravens' first TD drive) "There were good adjustments from our coaching staff, and us going out and executing, and keeping the imposing offense out of the end zone. We did a lot better on third downs today. Good situational football. We practice two-minute drills every week in practice, and a lot of football games are decided with the two-minute drill. Today was a classic example of that. [Defensive Coordinator] 'Joe B.' [Barry] always talks about being situational masters, and we were that today."

(on pressuring Ravens QB Joe Flacco) "We knew we had to get guys in his face. We knew we had to get pressure up the middle. Our interior guys did a really good job – Ziggy [Hood] had a really good game. We just tried to get guys in [Flacco's] face and pressure him."

(on winning close games) "We're just playing better football, I think. Coaches are doing a good job making adjustments at half time and we're doing a better job of executing the calls in the second half. I think that allows us to finish games better."

(on his sack) "It feels good. It always feels good to get to the quarterback. Sacks are hard to come by, so anytime you can get there it's an extremely rewarding feeling. I'm really glad to get to it."

(on having a lot of Redskins fans in the stadium) "They were awesome. On that two-minute drive at the end of the game, you could hardly hear the snap count, so our fans really showed up today. I know they probably see this as a rivalry, and so they acted as such today."

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