Redskins coach Jay Gruden rips players after loss to Cardinals

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden scolded his team after Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, saying he didn't like how the team started the game.

The Cardinals took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 15 plays, capped off by a one-yard score by running back David Johnson.

Washington (6–5–1) got the ball after the touchdown and promptly went three-and-out. Arizona went on to win the game 31–23, breaking a two-game losing streak. The loss by the Redskins also clinched a playoff spot for the Dallas Cowboys.

According to a report from, Gruden yelled at his players once in the locker room after the game.

“I don't like the way we came out,” Gruden said. “That's not the way we want to come out of a football game, getting ready for a good team on the road. I don't like the fact that we had two turnovers and we didn't cause any. I don't like the fact we lost the game. It was a good team. Hats off to coach [Bruce] Arians and the Arizona Cardinals, but I feel we underachieved today and that's very frustrating.”

The Redskins still are in the playoff hunt with four games remaining, but Gruden did not want to talk about that. 

“There's no talk of playoffs over here,” Gruden said. “We're trying to win the next game. We're not even close to thinking about the playoffs right now.”

Washington next takes the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

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