- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - 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.”

History will record that Gruden managed his debut just fine. The Redskins beat the New England Patriots 23-6 Thursday night.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “it doesn’t count.”

Robert Griffin III played only one series, and Tom Brady and most of the Patriots starters didn’t play at all in a game that served mostly as an audition for players trying to move up the depth chart or simply make the roster.

Griffin completed 2 of 4 passes for 9 yards, and Alfred Morris ran for 27 yards in an 11-play drive that ended with a 39-yard field goal from Kai Forbath. Forbath hit the right upright from 34 yards, but he was given a second chance because the Redskins were whistled for delay of game.

“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.”

That was enough Griffin for Gruden, who is in charge of reviving the Redskins - and the franchise quarterback, in particular - after last year’s 3-13 tension-filled season that got coach Mike Shanahan fired.

Gruden, 47, looked boyish manning the sideline in a burgundy horizontal-striped team shirt, while New England’s Bill Belichick sported the more traditional Patriots short-sleeve blue - it was too warm for his hoodie.

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.”

The Patriots held sway earlier in the week when the teams held three days of joint practices at Washington’s training camp facility in Richmond, Virginia. The sessions showed the Redskins have a ways to go before they can match the polish and efficiency of a perennial Super Bowl contender.

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