Redskins head coach Jay Gruden believes Washington's 3-6 record is not indicative of the team's quality.
Gruden told CSN Washington that the team could easily have a winning record if it had received a few more breaks along the way.
“When you go back and you look at what’s going on, being 3-6, you look at the six losses and there’s a play here and a play there and we’re just so close to being 7-2 as opposed to being 3-6,” he said. “That’s the way the NFL is right now.”
Washington has lost four games by double-digit margins. Two of its wins have come by three points or less, including a three-point overtime victory over the Cowboys late last month.
Gruden's squad has been hampered by injury issues in the coach's first year with the team. The most notable injured player has been quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has only played two full games this season due to a dislocated ankle.
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Griffin returned for Washington against the Vikings on Nov. 2, but Minnesota earned a 29-26 victory. Washington is coming off a bye as it prepares for its game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.
Washington finished last season 3-13 after making the postseason the previous year. The team is currently tied for last place in the NFC East with the Giants, who beat Washington 45-14 at FedEx Field earlier this season.
- Stanley Kay