We heard from Head Coach Ron Rivera and Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner right after today's practice.
The team also made four players available to answer a few questions. Dwayne Haskins Jr. got his first season-opening win on Sunday when he led the team back from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Eagles 27-17. He said he missed not having Eagles fans to boo them and trash talk.
Haskins talked about the team's first touchdown at the end of the 1st half. He said he has the autonomy to go uptempo, but he discusses it with Turner. He's already watched the Eagles game and has started doing film prep for the Cardinals.
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Press Conference - Dwayne Haskins Jr. https://t.co/46aNYK2Wnj— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 16, 2020
Dwayne Haskins said he and the offensive line got on the same page in terms of protection as the game went along.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 16, 2020
Dwyane Haskins says he really felt good about the communication in a specific situation with Terry McLaurin in the 2nd Q.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 16, 2020
Went in detail on it. Was a great explanation. @WSHFootballSI
Haskins said he has probably known Kyler Murray since high school and said they've followed each other on social media throughout the years. He's looking forward to going up against him Sunday.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 16, 2020
Haskins and Kyler Muray have known each other since high school. Haskins said he wants to swap jerseys with Murray, though notes they won't be able to do it after the game.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 16, 2020
Haskins says the first TD for Barber which was tempo by design is a result of him and @ScottTurner being on same page and they just have to continue to figure out how to make it all work.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) September 16, 2020
Dwayne Haskins said that he talks to Scott Turner when he's considering going hurry up. He has the autonomy to do so, but it's something he'll talk through with Turner and based on what the offense is being given.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 16, 2020
Dwayne Haskins said he rewatched the game Sunday, and did so again on Monday with the team. After that he moves onto the team they're playing.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 16, 2020
Haskins said the team watches the film from the previous game Monday, and then Monday night they watch film on the upcoming opponent. Haskins said he watched film from Philly and on the Cardinals at home Sunday.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 16, 2020
Haskins said that when playing quarterback, "you have to be able to do everything." That includes being a dual threat, because that forces opposing defensive coordinators to prepare for everything.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 16, 2020
Dwayne Haskins on the Big Ten return: "Looking forward to Ohio State whooping on the team up north for the next 30 years of my life."— John Keim (@john_keim) September 16, 2020
No fans in the stadium:
Dwayne Haskins on playing without fans: "I miss the boos. I miss the Philly fans screaming at us. ... You miss the trash talking."— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 16, 2020
Haskins said that without fans, he missed the boos and the Philly fans.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 16, 2020
"I missed the trash-talking, even though the Eagles did a good job doing that."
Getting the offense back on track:
The way Washington started the game, Haskins believed it was on his shoulders to get the offense back on track.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) September 16, 2020
Steven Sims Jr. got the 2nd-most snaps at WR for Washington on Sunday. He said the team was prepared for the Eagles, but the fell behind early. They came out on fire in the 2nd half. Dwayne Haskins Jr.'s half time speech was a big motivation, but it was also expected after the leadership he showed during training camp. After seeing the 8 sacks Washington's defense got on Carson Wentz, he expects to be seeing a lot of punt returns this season.
Steven Sims Jr.:
2nd half vs the Eagles:
Steven Sims Jr. is addressing the media now. He said the team was prepared to play against the Eagles in Week 1. After coming out in a 17-0 deficit, Sims said the team "came out on fire" in the second half.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
Sims said the offense matched the defense's energy. Everyone fed off each other and started making plays.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Sims said it was big for Haskins to step up and give a speech during halftime. But Sims also added that was expected of him based on what they saw in camp.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
DL sacking Carson Wentz 8 times:
Just asked Steven Sims what he thought about the D-line sacking Wentz over and over again. He said it was entertaining and now he knows he's going to have to catch a lot of punts this year— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) September 16, 2020
Chase Young had the kind of game a lot of people expected from this year's #2 overall draft pick. He's already focused in on stopping the Arizona Cardinals offense, and that means getting to QB Kyler Murray. It will take a disciplined attack to contain Murray, and Young is very aware of what can happen if he gets outside the pocket. He is also a fan of Chandler Jones, and Young says he has studied Jones in an effort to improve his game.
Young said he has started watching film on Murray. He's mobile and a smaller guy, so the D-Line has to be aware of where he is at all times.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
Young says Chandler Jones is one of the top rushers in the league and is really athletic coming off the edge. Young has studied Jones' hands, especially his cross chop, and tried to implement those things to his skillset.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
Troy Apke also talked about Kyler Murray, and said he's a big threat passing and running the ball. They have a plan, and will also need to contain WR DeAndre Hopkins. Communication has been a problem in Washington's secondary for years, and it was a big thing coaches worked on this offseason. Apke said the communication, like everything else on Sunday, started off slowly, but was great once the game sped up.
Troy Apke is talking to the media now. He said Kyler Murray is a threat to run the ball and is a good passer. "He can launch it," Apke said, but he feels they should be fine as long as they stick to their game plan.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
Communication in the secondary was an issue that the coaching staff wanted to improve. Apke said things started slowly against the Eagles, but the communication between the safeties and cornerbacks was great once things sped up for the group.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020
Apke on DeAndre Hopkins: He's a great player. They like to get the ball in his hands a lot. But we'll be ready for it.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) September 16, 2020