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What They're Saying: The Washington Redskins


Each week TheRams.com will be taking a look at what Los Angeles' opponents have to say about facing the Rams. Heading into Week 2 of the regular season, check out what the Washington Redskins coaches and players had to say about their matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at the Coliseum.

On the difficulties of facing head coach Sean McVay, who knows the Redskins so well:

"I just know that knowing what we do offensively, it's going to be hard for our defense. They're going to give us a lot of different formations, a lot of change-of-tempos offensively, quick counts, speed breaks, no huddle, a lot of different formations, a lot of stacks and they've got a good running game with Todd Gurley and he changes it up with good play-action passes. I can tell them what he likes, but stopping it is another issue because you stop certain things but then they hit you with the running game or they hit you with the play-pass or hit you with the bunch-stack deal and the quick game and it's a great changeup... The best way to stop them is to get them in third and long and make them one dimensional or get a big lead and make them one dimensional. It's easier said than done, but that's obviously the goal."**

*      - Redskins HC Jay Gruden *

"Sure. We have to be smart and aware that they're very familiar with our scheme and with our personnel.  It is a unique situation, so we have to be aware of that and plan accordingly. In this league that tends to happen week-to-week or year-to-year as people change and move. There's always people in other buildings that have information or experience that they can share to try to help each end. You just have to try to be a step ahead and have a plan to handle that."

*     - Redskins QB Kirk Cousins *

"I'm pretty sure it's going to be a chess match, but fortunately I'm not one of the players in the chess match, I'm what you would call a pawn. So I'm going to let him and Coach Gruden, pretty sure they're going to have a chess match going. I mean from a personal standpoint, me and Coach McVay have a really close relationship over the years so I was really happy for him, to see him get the job. I thought he deserved it, he's such a good football coach and he's so good with players and with people so I thought the position that he's in now, I thought it was well-deserved. I'm excited to see him running the organization, but obviously I want to see him leave the field with a loss, so it's kind of bittersweet."

*      - Redskins LT Trent Williams *

On what to expect from the Rams' defense, specifically from the secondary:

"It's a Wade Phillips blueprint without a doubt. He's an excellent football coach, we know that and he's got great personnel. He had great personnel in Denver. I don't know how many Pro Bowlers he had over there, I don't know how many he's got this year. He's got five first-round picks on the defensive line, he's got Ogletree, he's got a heck of a corner who is a Pro Bowl type corner. Joyner is playing excellent. Barron, I don't know if he's a Pro Bowler, but he damn near looks like one. So, they've got a very talented defense over there and when you have talented cover guys and you can play man-to-man and rush five or four and get home with your four-man pressures, you can be very successful no matter what you call."

*      - Redskins HC Jay Gruden *

"I don't really look too much into that. They're good players, but everyone in the league has good players. We worry about ourselves, so we have to fix our stuff and the day will go well if we're doing well on our side and running our plays the right way and everything's clicking.  That's all we gotta worry about is ourselves."

*     - Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. *

On how DT Aaron Donald will impact the game:

"Well, it's just going to come down to match-ups where Aaron is such a great player and we have to understand that he can really take over a game and we have to account for him and have a plan to block him in both the run game and the pass game. He's a great player and we'll certainly be aware of his presence on the field come Sunday."

*     - Redskins QB Kirk Cousins *

"We know where he's going to be – he's going to be a three-tech and he's going to rush and he's going to rush hard. He's a heck of a pass rusher, the best three-technique pass rusher and we just played a great one in Philadelphia DT Fletcher Cox. Now, okay, we're done with Fletcher Cox and now we've got Aaron Donald, so two great challenges, two of the best three-techniques in the game back-to-back weeks. Our guards have got to ready. They have to strap it up and protect because he's got every move you want – he can power rush you, he can spin you, he can rip you, he gets off the snap with great tempo and he's fast, so it will be a great challenge."

*      - Redskins HC Jay Gruden *

"I mean I wish he would've held out another week, but that's the life in the NFL nowadays. Everybody has these D-lines who are suped up so we gotta bring our hard hats, it's going to be another tough one."

*     - Redskins LT Trent Williams *

On what they've seen from Rams QB Jared Goff in the first game and if they can already see McVay's imprint on him:

"Yeah, obviously they scored a lot of points and they were in great situations. The defense got two touchdowns for them and they had a big lead, so it's a lot easier for a play caller, without a doubt. You're comfortable and your whole playbook is open. It's a little bit more difficult when you're trailing by seven or 10 or something like that and you have third and longs that you've got to deal with. But you can see his imprint without a doubt. The play-passes, the boot legs, to the running game and obviously the drop-back passing game with all the stacks and all the different formations that you're going to get. He's done a good job of implementing it, making it easy for Jared and Jared did a great job of executing and that's what you've got to have. You've got to have a guy that can handle calling all those plays and formations, but then you have to execute it and Jared did a good job."

*     - Redskins HC Jay Gruden *

"Well, I think Sean has experience working with another young quarterback in myself. He knows what it's like to try to teach his system to somebody who's new to the league and new to starting, so this is not the first time around for Sean along those lines and Jared has all the talent in the world, you know with the arm talent and that certainly gives them a great chance then, because that doesn't limit what Sean can do from a play calling standpoint when Jared has that ability to throw it all over the field. I think with some of the additions they were able to get this offseason and then trade for (WR) Sammy Watkins, it gives them the resources they need to make those plays work. I think when Sean has those tools at his disposal, that's when he's really able to be at his best."

*     - Redskins QB Kirk Cousins *

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