LANDOVER, Md. Air Max 270 Discount . -- 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 offence pumped into his ears during his three years as an offensive co-ordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals. Now he was monitoring offence, defence and special teams and managing all the constituent parts. "Having 85 to 90 guys on the sideline," he said. "Its 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 doesnt count." Robert Griffin III played only one series, and Tom Brady and most of the Patriots starters didnt 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 1s 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 years 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 Englands Bill Belichick sported the more traditional Patriots short-sleeve blue -- it was too warm for his hoodie. Griffin, who didnt 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. "Hes not telling me knock-knock jokes as hes 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 thats good to see." The Patriots held sway earlier in the week when the teams held three days of joint practices at Washingtons 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. So Thursday turned into a well-deserved day off for all but nine of New Englands projected opening day starting 22, including Brady, top off-season 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. The backups failed to do much to pick up the slack. Ryan Mallett started at quarterback and completed 5 of 12 passes for 55 yards. Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo played the second half and went 8 for 12 for 141 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown to Brian Tyms. "I didnt think really we did very many things the way we wanted to do them tonight," Belichick said. "We just werent very good in any phase of the game. We had the ball on the ground. Didnt play well enough on defence. Didnt move the ball, were in too many long-yardage situations. Not good enough in the kicking game. So just overall, weve got a lot of work to do." The Redskins prized free agent pickup, receiver DeSean Jackson, was also sidelined after hurting his left ankle during Wednesdays practice. Among others sitting out for Washington were receiver Pierre Garcon, safety Ryan Clark and safety Phillip Thomas -- all nursing hamstring injuries. Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy each threw touchdown passes for the Redskins, who have won seven consecutive preseason games. Last year they won more games in the preseason (four) than in the regular season (three). Cousins finished 9 for 13 for 103 yards. McCoy was 8 for 9 for 102 yards. Notes: Patriots second-year defensive tackle Chris Jones left with an ankle injury. ... Forbath, facing a challenge from draft pick Zach Hocker, was short on a 46-yard attempt and put a kickoff out of bounds, while Hocker made field goals from 27 and 39 yards. Vapormax Discount . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5): He was calm, poised, and looked comfortable all game. Cheap Air Max China Wholesale . -- John Fox will coach the Denver Broncos from the sideline and not the booth upon his return Sunday five weeks after heart surgery.UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Kyle Okposo scored three of his four goals in the third period to complete his first NHL hat trick, and the New York Islanders jumped back into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner also scored, and John Tavares and Josh Bailey both had three assists for the Islanders.The Penguins seemed poised to overtake the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division and tie Tampa Bay for the top spot in the East, but they failed to hold leads of 2-0 and 3-2.Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored twice and assisted on David Perrons power-play goal.Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the Islanders and outdueled fellow NHL All-Star Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 29 shots and heard taunting chants of his name after each goal allowed.CANUCKS 3, HURRICANES 0RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots in his second straight shutout and the Vancouver beat Carolina.Derek Dorsett, Shawn Matthias and Alexandre Burrows scored the Canucks three goals in a span of 10 minutes, 31 seconds of the second period.Kevin Bieksa had two assists for Vancouver, which has followed a three-game losing streak with back-to-back shutouts on the road.Miller, who beat Philadelphia 4-0 on Thursday night, earned his fifth shutout of the season and 34th of his career. According to STATS, it was Millers first shutouts on consecutive days since 2012.Cam Ward made 10 saves in two periods for the Hurricanes but allowed three goals and was replaced by Anton Khudobin, who made four stops in the third.DUCKS 5, DEVILS 1ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hampus Lindholm and Jacob Silfverberg scored 1:52 apart to break open a tie game, and Corey Perry got his team-high 19th goal to lead Anaheim.Patrick Maroon and Silfverberg scored in the final 3:33, helping the Ducks remain tied with Nashville atop the overall NHL standings following the Predators 4-3 win over Washington.Ilya Bryzgalov faced only 15 shots while earning his first victory in three starts since returning to the Ducks on Dec. 9 as a free agent. He was the backup to Jean-Sebastien Giguere during Anaheims 2007 Stanley Cup championship season.Playing their second straight game without Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu, both of whom were back home with the flu, the Deevils got their only goal from Martin Havlat. Air Max 90 Discount. JETS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2CHICAGO (AP) — Bryan Little and Chris Thorburn scored 28 seconds apart midway through the third period to snap a tie, and Winnipeg won its third straight.Zach Bogosian and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who — along with rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson — beat the Blackhawks for the third time this season, all in Chicago.Hutchinson made 31 saves. In his previous two wins against the Blackhawks, he stopped 71 of 72 shots.Chicago rookie Teuvo Teravainen got his first NHL goal, Brandon Saad also scored, and Corey Crawford finished with 31 saves.Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left the ice gingerly with 9.4 seconds left in the second period after being cross-checked across the back by Chicagos Daniel Carcillo, and didnt return.PREDATORS 4, CAPITALS 3NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Neal scored twice and the surging Predators spoiled coach Barry Trotzs return to Nashville, beating Washington for their fifth straight victory.Seth Jones and Mattias Ekholm had the other goals for the Predators, who fired Trotz at the end of last season. Trotz was the teams inaugural coach, leading Nashville through its first 15 NHL seasons before taking the job in Washington.Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Marcus Johansson also had a goal for the Capitals, who had won three in a row.Late in the third period, Neal forced a turnover by Matt Niskanen inside the Capitals blue line. Neal then walked in and slipped a shot between the pads of goalie Braden Holtby at 18:20.RANGERS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Marc Staal and Chris Kreider both scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to lead New York.Derek Stepan, who was a game-time decision to play due to an upper-body injury, had two assists.Columbus Sergei Bobrovsky matched Lundqvist save for save until the Rangers ended a lengthy scoring drought — theyd been shut out 3-0 in their last two starts — in the second period.Scott Hartnell had the goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped four in a row while being outscored 15-7 after collecting points in 13 of 15 games. Ryan Johansen extended his personal- and franchise-record points streak to 12 games with an assist (7-7-14). Its the longest such streak in the NHL this season. ' ' '
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