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Posted at 4:21 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Indoor facility is a priority for Redskins

By Jason Reid

After poor weather Thursday prompted the Redskins to practice away from Redskins Park for the fourth time this season, Coach Mike Shanahan said the construction of an on-site indoor facility is "a priority" for the franchise.

"For sure," Shanahan said. "It's a priority."

Because of the snow, Washington, the only cold-weather NFL team without an indoor practice facility or bubble-covered field for use when the weather turns nasty, left the complex to work at a gymnasium. The team is continuing preparations to face the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

Coaches, players and support personnel drove themselves to the facility after plans for Thursday's session were revised twice. Players piled into vehicles together while equipment managers quickly loaded items in trunks.

"The only reason we baled into our cars is because it was gonna take us about an hour and a half to get buses," Shanahan said. "Obviously, the snow came fairly quickly.

"But, yeah, we'll get that [the need for an indoor facility] resolved in the future. It's not perfect right now relative to the places to practice. We'd like it better and we're working on the future."

Shanahan, who runs the Redskins' football operation, has made his feelings clear to owner Daniel M. Snyder.

"We've talked about that in detail before," Shanahan said. "He's asked me what I think that we need.

"He's very aware of my thoughts. Obviously, I don't have to go into detail. But, obviously, you want the preparation that you need to get ready for a game."

The situation definitely could be much better, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "It makes it harder, obviously, it does make it harder," he said. "But these guys [Redskins players] are pretty resilient.

"Over time, you're going to play in these elements at some point. The only bad thing, this week, is we don't. We play in ideal conditions.

"Obviously, they're [the Cowboys] inside practicing, getting good practices. That's just something that you have to fight through."

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also hopes the situation improves soon. Although the Redskins practiced at the complex Wednesday, they were confined to an artificial turf field because the ground was frozen on the other fields.

"This is the first time that we had to do it a couple of days in a row," Kyle Shanahan said of having practice affected by the weather. "Later in the year, I don't think it's as bad as it would be earlier in the year, 'cause guys are sore and stuff and you gotta rest some guys' legs.

"It definitely does hurt the timing of things. You run some new routes and stuff, [and] we haven't been able to do it full speed yet. Hopefully, we'll get to it before Sunday."

Redskins players would benefit from being able to practice fully at the complex at this time of year, cornerback Carlos Rogers said.

"Any time you can have a full practice, and go through it full speed and run, it's better than walk-throughs" in a gymnasium, said Rogers, who is in his sixth season with the team. "Walk-throughs [are] more mental and getting things down.

"You can be tough and say, 'It's Redskins weather.' But to have that full practice, I think that's better than anything."

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder, Mike Shanahan  
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I bet it's gonna be the best indoor practice facility in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic that Snyder never put this in place.

An indoor facility at Ashburn would have had far greater impact on wins over the years than a single free agent bust take your pick.

Practice in the conditions you expact to play in. Turf game, practice on turf. Grass on grass, etc. c'mon.

The Redskins are driving around schelpping their crap all over the place while Dallas is practicing.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 16, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, let's build the nicest inside practice facility in Va. Meanwhile, the Patriots always practice outside because they play outside. It's football. They scored 40 points in a snow storm last week. We haven't scored more than 24 points in 5 years.

Posted by: timdoyle8 | December 16, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Indoor facility is a priority for Redskins

By Jason Reid

After poor weather Thursday prompted the Redskins to practice away from Redskins Park for the fourth time this season, Coach Mike Shanahan said the construction of an on-site indoor facility is "a priority" for the franchise.

"For sure," Shanahan said. "It's a priority."

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Why don't you aim a little lower and just start with buying a bus?

Posted by: TheCork | December 16, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, let's build the nicest inside practice facility in Va. Meanwhile, the Patriots always practice outside because they play outside. It's football. They scored 40 points in a snow storm last week. We haven't scored more than 24 points in 5 years.

Posted by: timdoyle8 | December 16, 2010 4:35 PM |
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exactly...and Gibbs teams practice outdoors all th e time...Gibbs even said.."we play in this weather so we should practice in it"...Shanny's a punk!

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 16, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Won three suoer bowls without an indoor facility. What is wrong with the picture?

Posted by: bstrauss0913 | December 16, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

exactly...and Gibbs teams practice outdoors all th e time...Gibbs even said.."we play in this weather so we should practice in it"...Shanny's a punk!

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 16, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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Gibbs is gone. This is your coach, your owner, your team. If you want to b*tch about something like this, go root for B-More, and end your pain.

Seriously, they are playing in good conditions this week - so why would they practice in snow leading up to that game? Some of you folks lose all common sense when it comes to anything "Redskins coach/front office" related.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE!!!!! When will it all end? I would think a priority would be trying to win some football games,not worried about playing in inclement weather this is why the NFL is full of soft players "oh it's too cold to practice" bunch of damn punks.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 16, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse


beepage

Posted by: hessone | December 16, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you aim a little lower and just start with buying a bus?

Posted by: TheCork | December 16, 2010 4:42 PM

Actually laughed out loud. Nice one.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | December 16, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

afraid to practice in the rain ice and wonder why this team can't tackle

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 16, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Nobody in the NFL tackles anymore. They all go for the highlight reel big-hit. Get low, drive your shoulder through their hips and wrap their thighs up. It's pretty freaking simple, and if my 145lbs butt can bring down 230lbs+ props, hookers, 2nd rows, and flankers, than there's no reason that our 220+lbs linebackers should miss tackles on 180lbs receivers and 210lbs running backs.

I do agree that the team should be practicing indoors when they're going to be playing in a dome that week. However, if they were say going to Green Bay/Chicago/New Jersey this weekend, I'd let the little millionaires deal with the cold and slush.

Posted by: alecw81 | December 16, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get all the criticism, especially in the media, about the Redskins again not being in the playoff hunt this time of year. I just heard it again on Comcast.

Where was it ever deemed that the Redskins would be a playoff team this year?

Before the season, I would have thought the Redskins would be lucky if they finished 8 and 8.

The Redskins just changed the coaching staff and have new offensive and defensive systems from the previous year, plus have just started overhauling the personnel. There is always going be period of adjustment when this happens. Even if the team was good to begin with. The Redskins were 4 and 12 last year.

If the Redskins were still having years like this two or three years from now under Shanahan, then you might have reason to complain.

But for right now just relax.

Posted by: cannontl | December 16, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is making this team soft! This is not the milk toast, wet noodle AFC West, Mike! Get with the Fing program, man!

Posted by: iubiquity | December 16, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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