Scott Turner is back after the Washington Football Team’s bye week and he feels the offense is growing, but they need to create bigger plays in the run and the pass. The running game and ball security also needs to get better. Rookie RB Antonio Gibson has improved every week. He’s more decisive, and has improved running between the tackles.
Scott Turner is a big fan of Morgan Moses, and calls him a solid presence on the offensive line. Brandon Scherff is back from injured reserve and they are a great combination on the right side of the line. Moses has been good against the run and pass this year, and plays through injuries.
Who else does Turner(and everyone else really) love? Terry McLaurin of course. The newly-voted team captain has proven he is productive, and has grown as a player and a leader in his second year in the NFL.
Washington’s offense is getting closer to what he ultimately wants it to become. It’s moving in the right direction, but they need to finish more drives. They lead the league in passing on first downs because they don’t want to be predictable, but that also leads to more sacks early.
Growth on offense:
Turner said he feels like Washington is growing as an offense, both as a unit and individually. They still have to create bigger plays in the run and the pass, but the important thing is that players are continuing to improve.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Turner wants to see the offense improve in the running game, connect on some more big plays (either run or pass) and take care of the ball.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
Scott Turner says Antonio Gibson has really improved running between the tackles and sees the "week to week improvement.' @WSHFootballSI— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) November 4, 2020
Turner said Antonio Gibson is one of the main guys who have been improving. He's being more decisive and getting better at running between the tackles. He's always been capable of those things, but the increased exposure has helped.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Here's OC Scott Turner on Morgan Moses. Short version: He's a fan. pic.twitter.com/5oPVZyzSxG— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) November 4, 2020
Turner said Morgan Moses has been outstanding and a solid presence for the offense. He and Brandon Scherff have made for a great combination on the right side of the O-Line.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Turner said that Morgan Moses has been a ""steady, solid presence" along the offensive line.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
Turner said Terry has proven he is productive and practices hard. He's grown, and even though he's just in his second year, he has been a leader for the offense and team.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Turner said that before you can become a leader, you have to prove and show that you're good at what you do.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
McLaurin has showed that, Turner said, and that has led to him being more of a leader. He said McLaurin being named a captain is well deserved.
Scott Turner explains that his teams leads the NFL in passing on first downs bc they dont want to be predictable. Byproduct of that is some sacks on 1st downs too— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 4, 2020
"We don't want to be predictable" - @ScottTurner— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) November 4, 2020
Feels like there's some situations where they could have run more but "nothing too glaring" in terms of looking back on first seven games. @WSHFootballSI
Turner said he watched a bunch of football on the off day Sunday, and he noticed the unpredictability of the NFL.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
"Anyone can win on any given day."
Turner feels like the offense is closer to what it ultimately wants to become. There's still some progress to be made, such as finishing drives, but it's moving in the right direction.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Steven Sims Jr.:
Turner thought WR Steven Sims Jr. looked good today. Sims practiced fully for the first time since going on Injured Reserve on Oct. 9.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
Turner said Steven Sims looked good today. They don't want to rush anything, as the team has 21 days to put him on the 53-man roster, but so far it looks like he is doing well.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Turner said that when Carolina was down in games late last year, Allen tried to do too much, which led to turnovers that made "a bad situation worse." Turner said those experiences taught Allen that he does not have to put everything on his shoulders— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
“What we do is we evaluate every single play. The turnovers fall into those. The turnovers at the quarterback position come down to decision making and then ball security. If you look at the last time we played the Giants, for example, poor decision making where we threw the interception. Ball security when he’s getting down, he’s got to protect the ball when he gets sacked then move onto the next play. I understand what you’re saying, he’s going to try to make a play, but you’ve got to make good decisions and you’ve got to protect the ball and then try to make the play. Get yourself out of danger before you do that. I think that’s just something that all quarterbacks have got to balance. I don’t think there’s ever been a guy go through the course of a season without turning the ball over. But you have to limit them because they dramatically affect your ability to win or lose football games.”
Terry McLaurin spoke to the media after being unanimously voted a team captain today by his teammates. He said it’s a testament to the hard working mentality he brings to the team. He was shocked when he found out, but he said it doesn’t change how he will approach the game. He will continue to work hard and try to be a more vocal leader going forward. He also wants to do more work in the community.
McLaurin: “I’m excited to see what the future holds. ... It was kind of shocking.” https://t.co/G6pl11rj21— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 4, 2020
McLaurin said it was kind of a shocking moment to be named a captain. He didn't even know there would be a vacancy. He said nothing changes for him now that he has that "C" on his chest. He will continue to work hard and try to be more of a vocal leader.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
After becoming captain, McLaurin said he told the team: "nothing changes for me, who i am as a person or how i act going forward. While it's a great honor I feel like the thing that helped me get this honor was coming to work every day... [someone] who walks the walk."— John Keim (@john_keim) November 4, 2020
McLaurin said he knew he had qualities that teams covet when he was drafted, but he hasn't tried to seek out being a captain. That said, he's now going to embrace that role since his teammates decided to make him one of their leaders.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Getting involved in the community:
Terry McLaurin named a Washington Football Team captain today. What does he have in mind? "I want to get more involved in the community" and give back.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) November 4, 2020
Load up on McLaurin stock. That kid is special.
Fans in the stadium:
McLaurin said fans in the stadium brings an energy to the team. It gives the players an extra pep in their step when they see the fans in the burgundy and gold.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
McLaurin's goals for the rest of the year included taking care of his body, minimizing his mistakes and continue to be clean in running his routes. He wants to use his speed more to his advantage.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Winning the division:
McLaurin said Rivera has believed in them since Day 1 and always felt like Washington could win the division, but the pressure is on even more in the final stretch of the year.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Terry McLaurin, Team Captain:
"He deserves that C on his chest more than anyone else" - QB Kyle Allen (@kyleallen_10) on Terry McLaurin (@TheTerry_25) being named a team captain. @wusa9 @WUSA9sports #WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/ZPbUTBuwN0— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) November 4, 2020
Quarterback Kyle Allen is addressing the media now. Reiterates that with Terry McLaurin, it's rare to see that type of leadership and that desire to win for a wide receiver.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
"He deserves that C on his chest as much as anyone else."
“I’ve said this before, there’s a lot of different types of receivers in this league. There are a lot of very talented receivers and a lot of guys that can do different things, but it’s kind of rare for a receiver to see that type of leadership and desire to win. Some of the greatest in the league are like that. Right when I met Terry it was that way. Terry was kind of a quiet guy, but he came in and worked. He showed work ethic. I said this to him early in the season, I said: ‘You’re a guy that can be great, but you can also be one of the best leaders on this team. You’ve got a lot more to say than you think you have.’ He’s been speaking up more. He’s been saying his mind. Everyone on this team respects him. He deserves that ‘C’ on his chest more than anybody else.”
Allen is not thinking about being the long-term option for @WashingtonNFL right now. He likes to take things week-by-week, so he's singularly focused on the Giants.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
QB Kyle Allen was asked about the perception of him as a stopgap.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) November 4, 2020
"People have thought a lot of different things about me. ... At the beginning of last year, people were saying, 'Get Cam out of there, Kyle's the savior.' By the end of the year, they were telling me to retire."
Fans in the stadium:
Allen is looking forward to having about 3,000 fans at FedExField on Sunday.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
"It's been an eerie feeling scoring touchdowns and no one saying anything."
Allen likes having TE Logan Thomas around because as a former QB, he thinks the same way Allen does.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
The Allen-to-Thomas connection has been on display the past two games with 7 receptions, 102 yards and 2 TDs.
Steven Sims Jr.:
Allen is excited to get some more reps with Steven Sims Jr. Called him a "dynamic player" who is fast, good in and out of his breaks and smart.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 4, 2020
"He's going to add a whole new element to this offense when he comes back."
Cornelius Lucas is addressing the media. He said playing left tackle comes naturally for him, but he's able to do whatever is asked of him.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
As a swing tackle, Lucas said he has grown accustomed to always being ready whenever he is needed.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Room for improvement:
Lucas said the offense has been playing better, but there is still room for improvement.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
3rd and longs:
Jon Bostic is addressing the media right now. He said he feels like the defense has left a lot of plays on the field. He and his teammates need to be better at getting stops on second downs to force third-and-longs.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Hit on Andy Dalton:
Jon Bostic, on his hit on Andy Dalton ... pic.twitter.com/UqFZL6CvAG— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) November 4, 2020
Jon Bostic on his Andy Dalton hit: "You never want to see anybody go down like that. ... I thought he was going for it. I'd never want to intentionally take someone out." He called it a "bang-bang" play.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) November 4, 2020
Jon Bostic called the Andy Dalton hit a “tough play; a bang-bang hit; you never want to see someone go down like that.” Didn’t think he’d be suspended: “I knew when the play happened I led with my shoulder. That’s how I saw it; we’ve got pictures that show the same thing.”— John Keim (@john_keim) November 4, 2020
Bostic said players he and the other LBs are asked to handle a lot of responsibilities in Del Rio's scheme. They have made strides recently, but they aren't satisfied with that progress.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020
Bostic said Chase Young is affecting the defense in ways beyond sacks. He's physical in the run game, Bostic said, and that is part of what makes a well-rounded defensive end.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) November 4, 2020