Indoor facility is a priority for Redskins
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."
| December 16, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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