By Chris Roling
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn’t want to hear any comments about his team’s pass rush.
One of the only criticisms coming out of a 24-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals to start the season was getting to quarterback Sam Bradford only twice for sacks.
Gruden says it isn’t so simple and pointed to an interception as proof, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports:
“We did have some plays when we pushed the pocket. On [Quinton] Dunbar’s interception, [Bradford] couldn’t step into the throw, and he sailed the ball and Dunbar got it,” Gruden said. “There was some good push in the pocket.”
This criticism really only comes up because Bradford is one of the slowest quarterbacks in the league. But a lack of sacks doesn’t equate to a lack of pressure.
Going into Week 2, Gruden will surely be content if pressure equates to more turnovers and hurried throws. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts did a great job of throwing quick passes to neutralize a strong Cincinnati pass rush in Week 1, so the Redskins need quick pressures again — regardless of whether they end up in...