Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden addressed the media after the Redskins third practice of training camp and first with shoulder pads. Gruden was asked why the Redskins practices are more physical than in past years? Coach Gruden stated:
“I just like the competition. I think it’s very important for the defense to give the offense the best look possible and vice versa. And we can’t do that if we’re just muddling around playing buddy football. So very important to look at our players our scheme. In order to look your scheme and players and coach it up properly we got to have people playing full speed and with good pad level.
Fundamentals in football come with good pad level and if you don’t have good pad level then you’re not teaching good fundamentals. And if you have good pad level then it’s going to be physical. And that’s the way it is, low man wins, we know that. So if you have competition and good pad level it’s going to be physical. “
It’s good to see that Gruden wants the Redskins competing and practicing in a physical manner. If you practice physical then you play physical. And the Redskins haven’t really been a very physical team over the past few season. Gruden spoke of being physical on both sides of the football.
And hopefully that physical mindset will start translating when the games begin. So I would look for the offensive line to play with more of a physical style as well as on the defensive line.