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5 Takeaways: Nov. 19 Jay Gruden Presser

Here's five takeaways from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden's Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, press conference at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.:

1. Defensive lineman Chris Baker (chest), guard Shawn Lauvao (concussion), tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) and left tackle Trent Williams (knee, ankle) were held out of practice on Wednesday. Rookie outside linebacker Trent Murphy (knee) was limited.

Gruden said Williams' sprained knee and ankle were "pretty sore and were "not good enough for him to practice today, so we'll see how he's doing tomorrow."

"It'll be a long road for him, but we'll see," Gruden said. "He's a tough guy."

As for Reed, Gruden confirmed his current injured hamstring is not the same one that kept him out for several weeks after injuring it just seven plays into the Week 1 matchup against the Houston Texans.

2. Both players and coaches are sharing accountability for mental lapses in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gruden said it'll be critical to improve from a mental standpoint as a team moving forward – especially along the offensive line, where changed snap counts will be part of the plan (again) against a talented defensive front like the 49ers.

Top images from Washington Redskins' practice on Nov. 19, 2014, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

"They have to listen to the snap count. We have to change the snap count offensively," Gruden said. "Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson and those guys, if they get a bead on your snap count - and this week it's Justin Smith and Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks - if they get a beat on your snap count, you have no chance to block them. So if we don't change up the snap count, we're asking our linemen to do the impossible."

Gruden said "moving forward we've got to make sure we nip that in the bud and do the best we can to listen to the plays and listen to the snap count and avoid those silly mistakes."

3. Gruden is glad the Redskins were able to snatch wide receiver DeSean Jackson up before he had the chance to visit with the 49ers this past offseason.

After Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in late March, his first visit was with his former division rivals, the Redskins. He didn't leave the D.C. area without signing his contract, although if he had, his next stop was reportedly San Francisco.

"There's a reason why we didn't let him go," Gruden said. "We wanted to make sure we get the deal done. Bruce Allen really had everything to do with that."

Jackson has continued to be one of the more lethal deep threats in the NFL this season. The seventh-year pro out of California has 40 receptions for 819 yards – an average of 20.5 yards per catch – and four receiving touchdowns.

"The only thing I said was 'Let's not let him out of here because if we let him go there's a good chance we won't get him back,'" Gruden recalled. "So Bruce did a great job of not letting him out of the restaurant or wherever they were and all the other guys that were involved did a good job."

4. Gruden, team owner Dan Snyder and Allen are all on the "same page."

After a tumultuous week that included a loss to the Buccaneers followed by a couple days of various sound bites that certainly made their rounds, Gruden said his goal this week – other than putting together a winning gameplan for the 49ers game – is to "try to squash all the Twitter and all the media and all the things that got twisted around."

"Whatever happened, happened. I handled it the way I handled it. There's nothing I can do about it," Gruden said. "But we're all together on this moving forward that we want to stay together as a team."

Gruden said moving forward, he wants to make sure he talks about "us as a group – offense, defense, special teams, organization – and not make it so much about one person."

"But we're on the same page right now," Gruden said.

5. Quarterback Robert Griffin III is more than coachable.

Gruden on Monday wasn't shy in listing what Griffin III's exact fundamental problems were against the Buccaneers.

On Wednesday, he said he regretted hashing that all out through the media, saying he should've just let the performance speak for itself.

Gruden said, however, that anything he tells the press would be something that Griffin III or his other players would've already heard from him.

"I don't drop any bombs, you know what I mean?" Gruden asked. "I try to make sure that I communicate with the players before I come up here, and if I'm not happy with something and I say it up here, then the player will know about it before I come up here and speak to the media."

Gruden said Griffin III is receptive to his coaching and his criticisms.

"That's what every quarterback does, every position player does," Gruden said. "You know, our left tackle Trent Williams has to be coached. Our center has to be coached. Our outside linebackers have got to be coached on every minor detail and right now we're not getting the results that we're putting in for some reason. As a staff, we've got to make sure we give these players every bit of ammunition they need to perform on Sunday."


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