For a team that won by 25 points in Friday, the last thing you would want to happen is a lapse in concentration.
The whole off-season the Redskins would hear about how they will not be good, and are still in rebuild mode. Last Friday, however, the Redskins gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they executed well enough to completely destroy their adversary.
Back at practice Monday, Mike Shanahan gave his men the afternoon off. He then treated them to an afternoon of bowling and no curfew that night. Players were delighted and many publicly elected to just sleep during this unsupervised time.
Tuesday morning, practice resumed. Players are exhausted from almost three weeks worth of two-a-days. Lapses in concentration may set in. And it did. Players were offsides or committing false starts. Mike Shanahan had to interupt practice to call a team huddle to remind his players of the concentration required of them.
Shanahan said his piece and the team went on with practice.
Treating his men like adults yet demanding their attention has been obvious of Shanahan since he arrived.
It is this concentration that will help this team execute and win games. I still don’t think they are good and have a long way until they can are. However, a team that knows how to execute knows how to win. In order to execute, this team needs to concentrate. How often Shanahan will have to remind them of it, remains to be seen.