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Indoor practice facility for the Redskins?

Today is a messy day outside. It's rainy and cold. So the Redskins will be finding a place to practice indoors. I was asked whether having an indoor practice facility helps and whether a team can gain an advantage by having one. I think this is a yes and no answer, for a couple different reasons.

A team may gain an advantage by practicing indoors. For one thing, the climate can be controlled. For example, if it's 40 degrees where you are practicing and 100 degrees where you are playing, you can raise the temperature of your indoor practice facility. Practice conditions are also safer. If it's raining or icy outside, any type of dampness on the field can cause injuries. There's also noise simulation. When a team is preparing for a game in which it knows the stadium will be loud, it's easier to simulate noise indoors.

An indoor practice facility is not an advantage for these reasons. Players have to play games in poor weather conditions, so practicing in the elements is part of the game. Poor weather conditions on practice days force you to focus more on the task at hand. "Focus, or freeze or burn," I used to say. Practicing in poor weather hardens players. It teaches them survival skills. It can be so hot on the field that you could fry food on it, but hey, the show must go on.

When I was in high school in Pittsburgh, we had no indoor facility and we practiced rain or shine. When I was in college at Penn State, we had an indoor facility but the funny thing about that was, we rarely used it. And believe me it gets cold up in them mountains of Central Pennsylvania. When I got to Washington, they didn't have an indoor facility, and it was a shock. Now it's a 16-game season and when that November and December hawk started swooping down through Ashburn, Virginia, on the practice field with no playoffs in the picture, that's when a player wishes they had an indoor practice field.

So do indoor facilities matter? Yes they matter I would say if you can have one you should but it's not something that a team has to have to be successful.

By LaVar Arrington  | October 14, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
 
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If the Redskins build one, I hope they don't use the same clown that built the one for Dallas.

Posted by: cowbell | October 14, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how much the cost for building this would be, but I would think Dan had the money to do this years ago if he was truly trying to make this the top notch business venture that this seems to be for him. All of the money the franchise brings in and just making the recent improvements to the stadium would make you think he could have done this years ago. What the hell is up DAN!!

Posted by: Hackersk | October 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The thing is, what if Sunday we were playing in Indy. They have turf which plays faster than grass. So to develop timing with receivers in the week leading up to a dome game don't you think it would help to practice on turf that week? If everyone is faster on turf then it would help McNabb to practice on it. Then what about cases where it's just unplayable like if a blizzard like last winter comes? We lose practice time without an indoor facility. I just don't see how it can hurt you to have one as long as you use it only when necessary.

Posted by: vlad21311 | October 14, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Nice post. I would say that it would be better to have an indoor facility and not need it, then need an indoor facility and not have it.

Depending on the upcoming game (indoor versus outdoor stadium), practice conditions, and weather it could be a very useful tool for a team to have for practice. I'm actually surprised the Skins don't have one since lots of college teams (even some Division III college teams) have indoor practice facilities - especially in the northeast.

Posted by: biffandchet | October 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

GOod question Lavar...

The Redskins are only 1 of 2 teams that do not have an indoor practice facility. And as one of the premiere franchises in this league, we should have have gotten one long time ago.

I say this because other teams have an edge during practice because when the weather becomes a factor such as rain, heavy snow, or scorching heat, the Redskins have to shut down practice while others move in to their indoor facilities. So cancellation of practice and lesser hours to prepare compared to other teams, I think it is a good idea to make a indoor facility.

And with all this erratic weather nowadays compared to previous decades, I think it is a good idea. We don't need anymore time lost due to weather situations that we have no control over.

Posted by: regxjin | October 14, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Green Bay or Minneapolis, where it can hit -20, you bet - not an option. (same applies on the other end of the thermometer!) DC - man up and practice in the rain - it's bloody football!!!!!!!!! How can you be a mudder if you never run in the mud?

Posted by: fr3dmars | October 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse


I don't know how much the cost for building this would be, but I would think Dan had the money to do this years ago if he was truly trying to make this the top notch business venture that this seems to be for him. All of the money the franchise brings in and just making the recent improvements to the stadium would make you think he could have done this years ago. What the hell is up DAN!!

Posted by: Hackersk | October 14, 2010 4:14 PM |
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post like this really show lack of knowledge. if you actually knew, or for that matter took the time to research why instead of posting a comment like yours, you would see that the redskins and dan snyder HAVE TRIED TO BUILD AN INDOOR FACILITY BUT ARE BEING STOPPED BY ZONING LAWS IN MARYLAND. its not that he cant "afford" it....the state wont let him build one on site. and before you say lets build one off site, why? we need a facility on site not off site. i get so tired of seeing people post lackless comments and have no idea of why or what. come on man!!

Posted by: snyper94z28 | October 14, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

the redskins DO have a turf field right beside the grass practice field. you guys need to research before you post, your making comments about stuff and have no idea what your talking about.

1. we have both grass and turf practice fields.

2. zoning laws are stopping the redskins from building a indoor facility, not money or any other reason.

3. Dan Snyder has even tried to build walls around their turff practice field in essense turning it into a indoor practice facility and again it was BLOCKED by the state of Maryland.

Posted by: snyper94z28 | October 14, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if Dan Snyder went to the zoning board in Ashburn Va he might have better luck. Since the Redskins practice in Va not Maryland.

Posted by: mmberrycfac | October 14, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Dude you might want to check what state their practice facility is before posting.

Posted by: halbert1 | October 15, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

just sayin,

do your research

Posted by: halbert1 | October 15, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

LMBO!!! I 'm sure snyper94z28 meant to say state of VA.. Dan needs to build a new training facility period because Redskins Park is a dump compared to other NFL teams practice facility. Stand-up DC the Redskins are on a comeback!

Posted by: elj220 | October 15, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone keep mentioning Maryland?? The Redskins practice in Ashburn VA... I fully expect that they will at least put a bubble on one of their practice fields during the offseason next year. This year was all about upgrading FedEx Field, which I must say, the game day experience is much better from the people to the facility.

Posted by: tony325 | October 15, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, I love a lot of what you have to say, but you're wrong here. Every year, the Skins have to play outside in DC, Philly, and NY (plus home in DC against the cowpies) a total of 7 games a season. Outdoor practice in inclement weather is key.

Playing on slop? Advantage to those who have practiced on it.

Did Lombardy ever ask for protection from the weather?

Sorry you overpaid prima donnas, the BEAST is about old-fashioned slug-it-out-in-the-snow football.

Posted by: fr3dmars | October 16, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

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