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Light workout follows Monday debacle

By Barry Svrluga

Two days after the Redskins suffered what many players and coaches called an embarrassing loss to Philadelphia, the team returned to practice Wednesday without pads and worked out, according to Coach Mike Shanahan, at "half to three-quarters speed."

Old-school thinking would dictate that after such a monumental beating, a coach might beat his team into the ground. Shanahan said that after a Monday night game, he has never done that.

"You got about a day-and-a-half recovery time," Shanahan said. "It'd be like practicing full-speed on a Tuesday, very tough on their body. But you want to get all the reps in practice. We went through a full practice. We just didn't put as much pressure on them as we normally do."

Tuesday is the players' weekly day off, a practice mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. Going through a light workout - the Redskins' practice was about 30 minutes shorter than the usual two-and-a-half hours - is the best way to maintain the players' physical and mental well-being, Shanahan said.

"You really don't have any other choice, to be honest with you, if you want to be fair to your players," Shanahan said. "They're banged up. They're sore. I found out that practicing that way you get a lot more done. You get some mental reps, and at the same time, they're getting enough movement to loosen up and get ready for a good practice tomorrow."

The rest of the Redskins' week will be normal, with a hard practice on Thursday and jog-throughs Friday and Saturday.

By Barry Svrluga  | November 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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The rest of the Redskins' week will be normal, with a hard practice on Thursday and jog-throughs Friday and Saturday.

By Barry Svrluga | November 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET

...followed by a humiliating loss on Sunday.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 17, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Well...that's one approach.

Another would be to pound them good and make life unbearable as a consequence for playing soooooo poorly.

Maybe that will stick in their mind the next time they find themselves on the field watching some back from the other team waltzing through the secondary on his way to TD glory.

I dunno.

Posted by: edvar | November 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Jog throughs? I'd say this team needs to do a bit more than jog throughs on Friday and Saturday.

Posted by: NickBarking | November 17, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

They must have been confused and thought their jog-through was on Monday night.

Posted by: jbnwdc | November 17, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

beat up? these players? they barely played Monday, Titans will humilate them some more, The Skins are now the laughing stock of the NFL, a pee wee team pretending to be a professional team

Posted by: alucard1 | November 17, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

these players need to work harder in practice and shamm-o-KLAN his boil wevil looking son along with has-BEEN-lett need to turn in their positions and leave immediately this is the sorriest triumverate in the league they did not have this team prepared to play a game monday night. I never thought this joker would be any good but playing favorites and yes men this is going too far. shamm-o-KLAN will not make any lineup changes this week he will say I like what this player is doing" snider do 1 thing for this team that is correct fire the 3 above coaches now and see what you have in the young talent

Posted by: wathu19 | November 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

this team will not win more than one game the rest of the season.why were they covering desean jackson with single coverage?the defense looked lost,I think this system isnt right for these players.0 pressure from the dline.guys I hate to say it but this coaching staff is inept.

Posted by: kristy2005 | November 17, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

this team will not win more than one game the rest of the season.why were they covering desean jackson with single coverage?the defense looked lost,I think this system isnt right for these players.0 pressure from the dline.guys I hate to say it but this coaching staff is inept.

Posted by: kristy2005 | November 17, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

So THAT's what happened Monday... the team mistook the game for a 3/4 speed jog-through!

Posted by: Redskinrex | November 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I sometimes wish a Radio personality would sleep on a billboard (a la the Orioles) or go on a modified hunger strike or something until this team is good. The mounting huge disappointments year after year, what can be done? What can draw enough attention? What could be a catalyst for meaningful change? The Redskins are a house built on sand (years of improper foundation) any time there is a storm they are washed away. But the fans keep filling the house and so it is rebuilt year after year in a FAILING cycle.

The games are not enjoyable.

Who cares if we pay truckloads of money to McNabb and Haynesworth--if we can't block on the o-line, and stop people with our D-line than none of the investments are worth anything.

Posted by: DownTownClown | November 18, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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