Head coach Jay Gruden had a few initial thoughts about the Redskins’ regular season schedule, which was officially released Wednesday night.
In a video with Redskins.com, Gruden gave a week-by-week breakdown of their 2019 opponents. He touched on the Redskins playing three NFC East opponents over the first four weeks, discussed their Monday night home game against the Chicago Bears in Week 3 and reviewed their trips to Minnesota and Buffalo in Weeks 8 and 9, respectively.
“And then finally, we get a bye,” Gruden said of his team’s plans for Week 10. “We’ll need it.”
The Redskins are not used to having their week off in November. They haven’t had a bye week this late since 2014, Gruden’s first year in Washington, and have only had four double-digit bye weeks over the past 19 years. To find the last time the Redskins had off later than Week 10, you have to go all the way back to the coaching days of Norv Turner in 2000.
However, for a franchise that was among the first teams to have a break between games the past two seasons, having a later bye week in 2019 may be strategically and physically beneficial.