Jay Gruden Speaks at Owners Meeting

Twitter Roundup of Jay Gruden quotes from the Owner's Meeting this morning.

New Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden spoke to reporters this morning for an hour at the NFL Owner's Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Here is a quick twitter roundup of the topics he covered.

Alfred Morris:

Brian Orakpo:

DeAngelo Hall:

Kirk Cousins/QB Situation:

Chris Thompson:

Robert Griffin III:

Jason Hatcher:

Offensive Line:

Phillip Thomas:

John Keim's Highlights:

2. They will move Shawn Lauvao to left guard and keep Chris Chester at right guard. Gruden did not address Josh LeRibeus, but it’s clear from this move that there’s not a whole lot of confidence in him.

6. Yes, they looked for some bigger linemen, but they want big guys who can move. As has been stated many times, they plan to use the same run-game schemes.

15. They're anxious to see Kory Lichtensteiger at center. As for Tyler Polumbus at right tackle, Gruden was a bit complimentary but I don't get the sense they're done looking for another possibility. Or, as they say, "more depth."

4. Gruden said if Griffin isn’t comfortable with the read option, they won’t run it as much. He also said he won’t try to stop him from running out of the pocket. Clearly, though, there’s a balance that needs to be struck. But Gruden wants Griffin to feel comfortable on the field. That’s a big issue.

13. He mentioned the young safeties, but, again, I don’t get a sense that either Bacarri Rambo or Phillip Thomas will be the answer this season. Rambo’s play did not suggest he should be; Thomas’ foot and recovery from the Lisfranc injury makes him a question mark for now.

Mike Jones' Highlights:

  • Gruden did say that the addition of outside linebackers coach Brian Baker will definitely help Orakpo. The coach said more will be asked of Orakpo, but that it’s not realistic to expect him to be able to significantly elevate his game without giving him a technician type of coach — something Orakpo has never had (Bobby Slowik, a former Division II wide receiver at Michigan Tech, previously did a lot of work in practices with the pass rushers while his dad worked with the inside linebackers. Mind-blowing, I know).
  • Speaking of coaches, Gruden said the hiring of special teams coach Ben Kotwica "one of my most important hires," and also said the retention of Chris Foerster as offensive line coach ranked among his best moves as well. He also said the addition of Kirk Olivadotti, like Baker, will greatly benefit the linebackers.
  • Gruden said improving Griffin’s fundamentals will be key. He mentioned footwork on drop backs and throws. But he also said that protection is also crucial. He said someone might criticize Griffin for not stepping up in the right spot, but at the same time, they might’ve "missed the guy hitting him in the ribs." Gruden will stress quick releases as well. He said as a player, he took a lot of unnecessary hits because he held onto the ball too long. He himself had a devastating knee injury. But he said that wasn’t the result of holding the ball. "No, I got hurt because my right tackle got beat."
  • Gruden said Griffin has the physical and mental capability to do anything required of him. "There aren’t many things you can throw at him that he can’t do. My fear is I might have too many plays for him," he said with a laugh.

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