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Ray Wright brings fresh approach to Redskins' strength and conditioning program

With regime change comes, well, change, so it wasn't surprising that Ray Wright, Washington's new lead strength and conditioning coach, overhauled the team's offseason workout program.

At Wright's request, the team removed about 20 pieces of equipment from the weight room at Redskins Park, new equipment was purchased and the approximately 5,000-square-foot space was painted white, which seemed to impress players. Wright, however, is more interested in how the revamped program could help players to improve.

A former Redskins front-office official, Wright returned to the organization after eight seasons with the Houston Texans, and he wants to help make a difference.

"Really what's new is the guys that are here running it now and I think what we bring to it," Wright said. "Just the personality. We probably bring a different twist to things. All these guys have lifted for their whole life.

"There's nothing new we're teaching 'em, just maybe kind of the way we teach it is different. ... How we go about our business, it'll be different from what they did last year just because we're different people."

After beginning his NFL career as a scouting intern with Washington in 1997, Wright was twice promoted by the team. He served as the college/pro scouting administrator in 1998 and became the director of player programs in 1999.

Wright, who spent the last eight seasons with the Houston Texans, will lead Washington's new strength and conditioning staff, which is being assembled after the team parted ways with its entire staff in January. Wright also held a personnel assistant position with the Chicago Bears and worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Maryland and Cornell.

The Texans promoted Wright to their top position in 2009. Wright also spent seven seasons as Houston's assistant strength and conditioning coach. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan worked with Wright during his time on Houston's staff.

Wright and his staff have a weight-lifting philosophy that is "football specific. We want to get as specific as we can with a lift. If it's bench press, we want to have 'em come down slow, come up fast, working explosion. If it's a run, we want to be specific on the running. If we get DBs, we want 'em backpedaling in a certain drill.

"We don't just want to come out and run 10 hundreds. We want to try to get the yardage that we want to accomplish for that day, but we want to be as specific as we can. So we take that position and try to put those guys through similar movements that they'll do when we start practice."

Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, a successful competitive power lifter, is among the veterans who usually do not participate in the offseason program at the complex. But Daniels and other team leaders returned to Ashburn this week in a strong showing of support for Coach Mike Shanahan.

"I try not to mess Phillip up," Wright said. "He's been a great player for a long time, but he's willing to learn some new movements. There's different strength planes that he may not have focused on in the last few years. So we want to take what he does and kind of fuse in what we do. Hopefully it'll work out for him. He's real receptive."

It's all about treating players the right way, Wright said.

"We're with these guys 40 weeks out of 52 weeks," Wright said. "You can't really grind 'em and be on top of 'em. ... It's different than college."

By Jason Reid  |  March 18, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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fwiw, the Murray St upset happened at the Shark Tank, home of my San Jose Sharks. Who've been sucking this week away from home.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 18, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

'Skins are doing things the Wright way. Finally.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Fresh approach ... ever get that 'not so fresh' feeling?

Posted by: dcsween | March 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all it takes to impress these guys is painting a room white? What the hell did it look like before they painted it?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all it takes to impress these guys is painting a room white? What the hell did it look like before they painted it?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 18, 2010 5:24 PM

You haven't been paying attention? For two years it's been maroon and black. After that, white is Wright.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting ready to take over first as soon as St. Marys beats Richmond.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all it takes to impress these guys is painting a room white? What the hell did it look like before they painted it?

Posted by: NateinthePDX

So far our offseason acquisitions are:
Rex Grossman
Larry Johnson
Artie Hicks
that TE from KC whose name I forgot
That injured NT from Carolina whose name I can't pronounce

I'd say 'white paint' is among the top 2 or 3 acquisitions we've made.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all it takes to impress these guys is painting a room white? What the hell did it look like before they painted it?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Burgundy and Black?

Posted by: Keyskonnection | March 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is actually starting to sound like a professional organization, rather that a professional mess.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | March 18, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Zeke' ranking of the Skins acquisitions:

1. Hicks
2. White paint
3. The injured NT
4. Rex Grossman
5. Larry Johnson
6. The TE from KC

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 18, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The deck is stacked in favor of the team that wins the coin toss. You'll know that it's fair when teams that win the coin flip choose -- 50% of the time -- to kick off. Right now they elect to receive 100% of the time. What does that tell you?

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Right now 99.9% of team's elect to receive at the start of regulation. It's just recognition that you have a better chance to score O than you do on D. But once a team wins the toss and elects to receive, there is no guarantee they will score in OT or in regulation.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 18, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

4th, there's a difference between a fact like "Lincoln was a Republican" and a generalization like "Blacks have been ignored/taken for granted by the Dems forever.", but I'm gonna stop now 'cause this is getting embarrassing for you and I'm generally a fan of your posts.

Posted by: edvar | March 18, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Just read this and wow, there is soooo much wrong that its hard to know where to start.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/03/18/tiger.woods.texts/index.html?hpt=T2

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 18, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

She looks to "smart" to be a Duki....

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 17, 2010 9:13 PM

Lemme help you with that spelling. It would be "too smart," not "to smart" or "two smart" or even "2 smart."

You, on the other hand, look just smart enough to have graduated from the Univ. of Md. -- not quite smart enough for UNC or UVa.

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM |

Dude - I've got bad news for you. When it comes to the universities that excel in research in math and the nat sciences, a true measure of a school's intellectual heft, Duke is an also ran according to this web site which rated schools worldwide based on research output and academic awards (nobels, etc.).

http://www.arwu.org/

Duke is in the 53 - 76 rating cat where they don't bother to break out individual ratings. UMd on the other hand, which you look down your nose at, is rated #27. Duke excels in the skirt-wearing academic categories like poetry and music.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

But once a team wins the toss and elects to receive, there is no guarantee they will score in OT or in regulation.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 18, 2010 5:32 PM

Are you sure about this? I had always heard that there was a guarantee. Can you post a source or something. I mean, I'm not saying you're wrong, but it would be nice to get some independent verification -- and I don't mean Pro Football Talk.

You can make a case for the present system but you can't say that each team has an equal chance of winning the game in overtime. The numbers wouldn't back you up. The team that wins the coin toss has a greater chance.

It doesn't have to be that way. The college game has a fairer and more exciting overtime.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Ray Wright brings fresh approach to Redskins' strength and conditioning program...

I'm hoping for fewer 'hammies'.
~


Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 18, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse


Wow, all it takes to impress these guys is painting a room white? What the hell did it look like before they painted it?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 18, 2010 5:24 PM

You haven't been paying attention? For two years it's been maroon and black. After that, white is Wright.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:28 PM |

Probably a medium shade of puke grey.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 18, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Nate- Here's a top secret picture of the 'Skins old weight room...

http://tinyurl.com/redskinsweightroom

Posted by: 4-12 | March 18, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

TEBOW. what if he kept saying PRAISE ALLAH? Would you be disgusted then? I am sick of his and Kurt Warners continual reference to a "GOD" who many don't believe in anyway. Personally, I think it is all folklore anyway. These people who hear voices are Sczizophrenic anyway.

Posted by: KurtShanaman | March 18, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM |

Dude - I've got bad news for you. When it comes to the universities that excel in research in math and the nat sciences, a true measure of a school's intellectual heft, Duke is an also ran according to this web site which rated schools worldwide based on research output and academic awards (nobels, etc.).

http://www.arwu.org/

Duke is in the 53 - 76 rating cat where they don't bother to break out individual ratings. UMd on the other hand, which you look down your nose at, is rated #27. Duke excels in the skirt-wearing academic categories like poetry and music.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:41 PM

What is this? National Slow Retort Month? It took you 20 hours to come up with this?

Yeah this is a great Chinese website you've found. They can't even compose a coherent English paragraph. "Starting from 2009, the ARWU has been published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, a fully independent organization. Besides ARWU, the Consultancy is going to provide various global comparison and in-depth analysis on research universities, supporting relevant decision making by national governments and universities in global context."

They sound like they attended the University of Maryland. Make sure you run a virus scan after clicking on this website.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"Really what's new is the guys that are here running it now and I think what we bring to it," Wright said. "Just the personality. We probably bring a different twist to things. All these guys have lifted for their whole life.

Espec fat Albert. The dude been lifting Popeyes chicken & biscuits his whole life.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:42 PM

Teams don't necessarily have an equal chance of winning in regulation but the NFL doesn't make the Colts play without Manning for a possession or two so that it will be fair to the Lions.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 18, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What is this? National Slow Retort Month? It took you 20 hours to come up with this?

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:53 PM |

Hey I don't live on this blog the way you apparently do. Have any hobbies or vices? Friends or family? Job or avocation? Exercise anything other than your fingers?

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey "League"_Source, the RICHMOND team lost, aren't you happy?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 18, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Duke is in the 53 - 76 rating cat where they don't bother to break out individual ratings. UMd on the other hand, which you look down your nose at, is rated #27. Duke excels in the skirt-wearing academic categories like poetry and music.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:41 PM

Try US News and World Reports. Duke is #10 in national universities. University of Maryland is #53. UVa is #24 and Carolina is #28.

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/national-universities-rankings

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Exercise anything other than your fingers?

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Evidently not.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 18, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 6:02 PM

Just so we're clear. You do not hold a degree from Duke University, correct?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 18, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Teams don't necessarily have an equal chance of winning in regulation but the NFL doesn't make the Colts play without Manning for a possession or two so that it will be fair to the Lions.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 18, 2010 5:54 PM

LH, you usually bring it, but this is about your weakest showing. I don't think you're paying attention. They do make the teams play on a level playing field, don't they?

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey I don't live on this blog the way you apparently do.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 5:59 PM

With posts like that and links to a Chinese website I can see why.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah this is a great Chinese website you've found. They can't even compose a coherent English paragraph. ...

They sound like they attended the University of Maryland. Make sure you run a virus scan after clicking on this website.

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:53 PM |

Looking past your racist ad hominem reply, what is it specifically that you don't like about their rating system that shows what a phony school Duke is, at least real cred-wise. Their ratings are based on the strength of a school's research publications and the academic awards its faculty and alums have garnered. Not the "opinion" rating shti that US News & World Rep uses.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 6:05 PM

Don't the teams have an equal chance to win the toss? Once that's settled, it's football. The object is score on offense and stop them on defense. It's not like the offense automatically gets the ball on the 25. The defense has as much an opportunity to make a stop as the offense has to score.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 18, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Off-topic re-post re T. Tebow:

Religious beliefs are like one's sex life - nothing to be ashamed of, but private, not something to be foisted upon others, or discussed sans prompting. It makes others uncomfortable, and leads to conflict far more often than it does conversion. Some ppl (are you listening TT fan club?) either don't get that, or put their own feelings of self-righteousness above the feelings of others. THAT, along w/ the obvious lack of NFL caliber talent, is why so many of us are wary of any talk of TT being a Redskin, and downright aghast @ the idea of taking him with anything above a 3rd rd. pick (which I know, we lack).

Btw, if I were a player in the locker room following a heart-breaking loss, and some bible-thumping fool laid some nonsense on me about how the "Lord work works in mysterious ways," I'd have to be restrained...

Posted by: hogmeister | March 18, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Zeke dont forget Lichtensteinowitzberburgur.

"Taht Olineman from Denver"

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 18, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Btw, if I were a player in the locker room following a heart-breaking loss, and some bible-thumping fool laid some nonsense on me about how the "Lord work works in mysterious ways," I'd have to be restrained...

Posted by: hogmeister | March 18, 2010 6:10 PM |

Agree. Better a cocky a-hole who has thrived in a pro style O than a bible thumper.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | March 18, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

hogmeister WELL SAID!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | March 18, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

What is this? National Slow Retort Month? It took you 20 hours to come up with this?

Posted by: League-Source | March 18, 2010 5:53 PM |

Hey I don't live on this blog the way you apparently do. Have any hobbies or vices? Friends or family? Job or avocation? Exercise anything other than your fingers?

Posted by: QuietTeeth


That's a pretty good retort, despite the fact that it actually IS "Slow Retort Month."

But QT, we are happy League Source is friendless, yobless, hobby-free and exercises only his fingers and his chilliwacker, because he's one of the better retorters himself.

Posted by: TheCork | March 18, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 18, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"Religious beliefs are like one's sex life - nothing to be ashamed of, but private, not something to be foisted upon others, or discussed sans prompting."---HOGMEISTER


Ah, were it true. Would have saved the world the Crusades, BYU players would be two years younger, and when the doorbell rings, it wouldn't be those annoying Door-to-Door Bible-thumpers.

But in truth, it ISN'T like one's sex life, not at ALL like one's sex life, if you're doing it right.

In a bit of Irony, there is the King James version of the Bible and, in the news today, two people whose sex lives we could have done without hearing about--Joslyn James, and Jesse James.

Posted by: TheCork | March 18, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: chavez66 | March 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Wright got fired from the Texans after one year but that is not mentioned. He inherited a great program from Riley, the guru of strength and conditioning and screwed it up. So painting the weight room white and not "trying to screw up Phillips" is the new improved program? What kind of strength coach is this? My Skins deserve better than this dude.

Posted by: skinspyscho | March 20, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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