Washington's defense has featured zone coverage with an emphasis on protecting the deep parts of the field and preventing big plays. This is understandable, given the number of big plays given up by this defense last season, but on Thursday night, the Giants found a way through the Redskins' zone coverage.
"He should have never thrown the ball across the body like that on first and 10 in the red zone area, fringe," Gruden said. "We're just going to have to continue to harp on him and coach him up and there's too many good things going on with Kirk and his progression for us to pull the plug right now because he threw an interception or two. But he's got to be aware, he's got to protect the football, as does Matt Jones, as does the rest of our football team for us to have a chance. We're minus-five in turnover ratio right now, and I'm surprised we've won a game at minus-five. We've got to make sure we do a better job."
Hall's injury is the latest blow to the Redskins' defensive back depth. They lost starting strong safety Duke Ihenacho to a season-ending injury in Week 1 and released former second-round cornerback David Amerson earlier this week. Nickelback Justin Rogers has missed the past two games with a foot injury.
"I think his progress is coming along pretty good," Gruden said. "For a guy who runs a 4.25 [second 40 yard dash], to get him back to that, that's probably going to take some time. But knowing DeSean, he's got a chance to be back sooner than we think. He's pretty optimistic about how it's healing right now. So we just have to wait and see."
The starting left guard suffered a lateral sprain of his left ankle in the first quarter of Thursday's loss to the Giants. He was carted from the sideline to the locker room and did not return.
Meanwhile, after getting just six carries in his Week 1 NFL debut, rookie Matt Jones has had more carries that Morris in each of the last two games. He had 19 against the Rams and 11 in New Jersey on Thursday.