RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden bounced around, letting everyone on the field know the situation. It was one play to win the game. One play for the offense to either score from the 4-yard line or for the defense to stop them. Winner take all.
Gruden clearly wanted to create a little more competition and perhaps have a little more fun as they ended the 11-on-11 session of practice Sunday afternoon.
“One play! One play, Sean McVay! Fans going crazy. What’s he gonna call?!” Gruden said with his offensive coordinator in earshot.
“Is he gonna run three-wide?!” he yelled to the defense.
“One play to win the game!” he said to everyone.
The defense won it. Quarterback Robert Griffin III took the snap, turned and fired to Andre Roberts -- He got rid of the ball in 1.8 seconds. But it didn’t matter: Defensive end Chris Baker penetrated enough against the right side of the line and deflected the pass.
Game over. Defense wins. Coaches are good at creating competition throughout practices; the one-on-one drills, the 7-on-7 work as well as the full-team session all promote that. But players get a little more jazzed when they feel bragging rights are on the line. The more you can do that, the better.
“You always love the competition,” Baker said. “It’s like a game situation and you’re trying to work on situational football. Anytime the game is on the line you want to make the big play.
“It’s a lot of fun because a lot is on the line when you gotta score and we come up with the big play. Crowd goes wild.”