The Redskins announced and have confirmed that they will be having training camp at their location in Ashburn, VA and not at a off site location. In the 80’s and 90’s the Redskins regularly practiced at Dickson College in Pennsylvania. Sine 2003, the Redskins have remained home at Ashburn, at the team’s practice facility for the summer training camp.
Last year, the Redskins’ training camp seemed relaxed and easy going. Veterans were allowed to stay at home, refuge from the sun continued to be placed on the field, and key players were allowed to go half speed or less at their own command. That was not the main reason for the demise of the season, but when you go 4-12 you have begin looking for the problem somewhere.
It is a new era in Washington, in the front office and on the sidelines. I hope to see new approaches in the way that these camps are run and facilitated, as a strategical start to the rebuilding process in DC.
Mike Shanahan has said that he will run a pre draft mini camp. This is a good measuring stick to what you would want to see in gaging preseason “who’s who” if you will. Jim Zorn did not elect to have an extra training camp (which was well in his rights as a new coach), and the play book was implemented mainly in training camp. Mike Shanahan should use all these camps to teach and begin the installation of the play book to lay the foundations for training camp. This will make pre season games more important and worthwhile to players. The fans can enjoy this too.
The veterans have jumped into off season work out mode, and appear to be ready to participate in anything Shanahan calls for. It will be important for this coaching staff to use their veterans as the leaders, and examples where they are less than par. Experience buys you nothing, if you have no intention of going anywhere.