Jay Gruden talked to the media after today’s practice. The obvious big topic was the Redskins decision to claim former 49ers LB Reuben Foster off of waivers after his domestic violence arrest and release. The Redskins issued a statement that was attributed to Doug Williams(name misspelled and all). Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Team President Bruce Allen were not made available for comment today, directing all the heat at their head coach.
Gruden said it was a team decision to claim him, instead of waiting until he cleared waivers and do more due diligence. The team has not talked to the alleged victim, and reportedly did not contact the police department involved in the case. Gruden said they will let the process play out, and there is no guarantee Foster will ever play for Washington. He knew Foster from the draft process, and from visits with him and other Alabama players.
Colt McCoy also spoke to the media before today’s practice and said turnovers are bad...
WATCH LIVE: Head coach Jay Gruden speaks to the media following practice Wednesday. https://t.co/WTYCIvYmPR— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 28, 2018
Jay Gruden on claiming Reuben Foster off waivers. pic.twitter.com/VQpGsTDcYB— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 28, 2018
Jay Gruden says Redskins have to go through NFL investigation before anything happens with Reuben Foster. “We saw an opportunity there to claim him and chose to do that as an organization.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2018
Jay Gruden on Reuben Foster "we probably could have done that..we chose to claim him as an organization." On why they didn't wait time & for him to clear waivers. #Redskins @1067theFan— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) November 28, 2018
Gruden at the podium now. On why they claimed Foster now: “That’s a good question.” Says he will let the process play out.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 28, 2018
Redskins did not reach out to the victim before claiming Foster off waivers, Gruden said.
Jay Gruden said of Reuben Foster they understand the issues. He said they’ll let the NFL investigation and the law play out.— John Keim (@john_keim) November 28, 2018
Gruden on Reuben Foster: “He has a lot to do before he even thinks about anything with the Redskins.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2018
Jay Gruden says his conversation was "very brief" with Reuben Foster. Says he has a lot to do & lot of obstacles to clear. #Redskins— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) November 28, 2018
Gruden won't answer whether he thinks Foster could play in 2018 or if this was a 2019-and-beyond move.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) November 28, 2018
“We hold our standards very high. We want to get to the bottom of what happened.” -Gruden on Foster— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) November 28, 2018
He says he’s not familiar with the investigation process. He’s preparing for Philadelphia.
Gruden: “I anticipate it will be a while before (Foster plays).” Gruden said there’s no guarantee he ever plays again.— John Keim (@john_keim) November 28, 2018
Jay Gruden "This is no distraction whatsoever" to his players as they prepare for the #Eagles @1067theFan— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) November 28, 2018
Oooops Gruden mentions Bruce & Dan when it came to whether the team worried about public outcry in claiming Reuben Foster.— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) November 28, 2018
Jay Gruden on Foster claim: "We hold our standards very high...We just want to get to the bottom of what happened... At the end of the day we decided to make the move, and we'll deal with the outcry, so to speak."— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) November 28, 2018
Gruden says "at that time he was one of my favorite players" in the draft process & also said Foster was one of his favorite interviews. Says "I don't know" what has happened since. #Redskins @1067theFan— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) November 28, 2018
Colt McCoy Presser
WATCH LIVE: QB Colt McCoy speaks to the media prior to practice Wednesday. https://t.co/2fMZwihW4S— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 28, 2018
Loss to Cowboys:
McCoy- takeaway from the Cowboys game is losing is tough especially in the division. Moving forward to the Eagles now— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2018
Colt McCoy at the podium. He said there’s a lot to learn from the Dallas and the extra day of practice should help for the Eagles.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 28, 2018
McCoy said he was pleased with his performance from an “operational standpoint,” but there are things to clean up.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 28, 2018
McCoy on Doctson - I’ve got to continue to trust him and get him the ball and let him go and make plays. He’s “willing and eager” to get better— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2018
Colt McCoy today: “I think these guys have the ability to make plays in this offense.” Talked about getting “50-50 balls” to them so they can have a chance to make plays.— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) November 28, 2018
Colt McCoy- “We need some explosive plays”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2018
Colt McCoy- “Turnovers are gonna lose you games”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 28, 2018
“There are a lot of ways to be better. Communication. My ability to play comfortably in the pocket. Then just reading coverage.”— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) November 28, 2018
Says Philly is really tough to prepare for because they do a little bit of everything and have a really tough front.