LANDOVER, Md. -- For his first preseason game as an NFL head coach, Jay Gruden said his goal was to "eliminate the chaos" on the sideline.
Did he succeed?
"It was chaotic more so for me than everybody else," the Washington Redskins coach said with a chuckle. "It was a little crazy just with all the headsets."
Gruden only needed the offense pumped into his ears during his three years as an offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals. Now he was monitoring offense, defense and special teams and managing all the constituent parts.
"Having 85 to 90 guys on the sideline," he said. "It's rough."
"Unfortunately," he said, "it doesn't count."
"We came out and did what we wanted to do," Griffin said. "Got the 1's in and out, had an effective drive. Got some points, almost had a touchdown."
Griffin, who didn't get to play in the preseason a year ago while rehabbing from major knee surgery, said Gruden was "funny" on the sideline - an adjective most definitely not associated with Shanahan.
"He's not telling me knock-knock jokes as he's giving me plays," Griffin said, "But just on the sideline, you kind of get to see how (the coaches) dialogue. They have a good time on the sideline and that's good to see."
So Thursday turned into a well-deserved day off for all but nine of New England's projected opening day starting 22, including Brady, top offseason acquisition Darrelle Revis, receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and linebacker Jerod Mayo. Tight end Rob Gronkowski also remains out as he recovers from knee surgery.
"I didn't think really we did very many things the way we wanted to do them tonight," Belichick said. "We just weren't very good in any phase of the game. We had the ball on the ground. Didn't play well enough on defense. Didn't move the ball, were in too many long-yardage situations. Not good enough in the kicking game. So just overall, we've got a lot of work to do."
Cousins finished 9 for 13 for 103 yards. McCoy was 8 for 9 for 102 yards.
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