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Mike Shanahan: Morning practices 'will be pretty intense'

Washington's players are bracing for hard work in practice during Coach Mike Shanahan's first training camp that begins Thursday afternoon at Redskins Park.

During his long, successful run with the Denver Broncos, Shanahan usually pushed players in the first session of two-a-day practices. "Our morning practices will be pretty intense," said Shanahan, who runs the entire football operation.

The Redskins open camp with only one afternoon practice Thursday, which is open to the public. Multiple daily practices start Friday at the complex.

After he was fired, former coach Jim Zorn was roundly criticized for, among other things, permitting veteran players to remain at home during the 2009 training camp. Not surprisingly, Shanahan works differently.

"We'll all be in the hotel together," said Shanahan, who led the Broncos to consecutive Super Bowl titles and also directed the San Francisco 49ers' offense during one of that franchise's championship seasons. "We'll be in here early; we'll stay late. [They'll] be a lot of work involved. You've got 80 players, and you've got to be very careful."

In the mornings, the Redskins will practice for about two hours. The afternoon practice will be what Shanahan calls a "jog-through."

"Our afternoon practices are more responsibility and scheme-related rather than pushing and going 100 mph," Shanahan said. "We get a chance to get a lot of reps on certain players. [It's] not really a knock down drag out. With 80 players you can only do so much."

While he was between jobs last season, Shanahan studied how other coaches conducted their training camps. Ultimately, he determined his way worked best for him.

"Very similar" to how he did it in Denver, Shanahan said. "Almost identical."

By Jason Reid  |  July 29, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , training camp  
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first to say where is shawn andrews

Posted by: robertg238 | July 29, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

first to say where is shawn andrews

Posted by: robertg238 | July 29, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

first to say where is shawn andrews

Posted by: robertg238 | July 29, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"first to say where is shawn andrews"

Bro', that ship has sailed.

We goin' to go to work with what we got--no additions...

...unless, of course, a certain in-his-prime wide receiver from the san diego chargers is traded for.

Posted by: MistaMoe | July 29, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

So how close is T Williams on signing his contract. I want to know if this kid is the real deal. And we won't know until he lines up against Fat Al and Orakapo.

Posted by: Devo2 | July 29, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"first to say where is shawn andrews"

Bro', that ship has sailed.

We goin' to go to work with what we got--no additions...

...unless, of course, a certain in-his-prime wide receiver from the san diego chargers is traded for.

Posted by: MistaMoe | July 29, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm intense in the mornings as well.

Sometimes is good to let the woman stay the night with you.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 29, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

So how close is T Williams on signing his contract. I want to know if this kid is the real deal. And we won't know until he lines up against Fat Al and Orakapo.

Posted by: Devo2 | July 29, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Only three other first rounders have signed yet to my knowledge, Dez Bryant, Devin McCourtney(pats) and the highest pick #8 Rolando McClain(oak) signed today. I still say to keep an eye on Gerald MCCoy of Tampa Bay, he went the pick before TW #3 and has the same representation.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 29, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

“Mike Shanahan: Morning practices 'will be pretty intense'”

Jim Zorn: “Gosh, it must be like 90 degrees out here….let’s take it easy on the guys today....maybe go bowling this afternoon.”

Posted by: dlhaze1 | July 29, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Mike Williams taking blood thinner in recovery.

Hey Reid, he's taking anticoagulants, as there's no such thing as blood thinning meds.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"While he was between jobs last season, Shanahan studied how other coaches conducted their training camps. Ultimately, he determined his way worked best for him.

"Very similar" to how he did it in Denver, Shanahan said. "Almost identical."

By Jason Reid | July 29, 2010; 10:06 AM ET"

Translation: I'm the smartest coach on the effing planet, and my travels around the league last year only verified that.

God it feels good to have a real coach running things now.

Posted by: psps23 | July 29, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm intense in the mornings as well.

Sometimes is good to let the woman stay the night with you.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 29, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

In the morning I usually run the hurry up.

Two pumps and release.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

What's troubling to me about that article is what a spineless do-boy lap dog Chris Paul has become. I mean, Chris Paul isn't f-ing Damon Jones. He doesn't have to ride anyone's coat-tails -- dude is the best PG in the game, but he's acting like a Lebron ballwaxing cronie. Sad, pathetic, and all around b*tch move on Chris Paul's part.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 29, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse
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Defintely co-sign this. Chris Paul would have been the centerpiece of his own great team that could have even challenged my beloved Lakers if the NO owner wasn't such a complete and total schmuck. That owner is really to blame more than anyone else for what has happened to that team. I'd question the team's commitment to winning, too, if I were him. I just wouldn't become LeBron's lapdog.

On a random note - and I ask this since we have no hope of a substantive input from the RI staff - has anyone heard anything about the status of Trent Williams' contract?

Posted by: skinsfan713 | July 29, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Please, let's get Silverback in there quickly.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

SILVERBACK!

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 29, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

first to say where is shawn andrews

Posted by: robertg238 | July 29, 2010 10:11 AM


No you're not. And I'll tell you what I've been saying all along on that clown: 2 games in 2 years. I'd rather bring back Randy Thomas at his old salary than bring in Andrews for ANY amount of money...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Mike Williams taking blood thinner in recovery.

Hey Reid, he's taking anticoagulants, as there's no such thing as blood thinning meds.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse


Hey captain obvious; they call them Blood Thinners for laymen's terms. But again, thanks for trying to act superior only to look foolish.

Posted by: Devo2 | July 29, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

F a bunch of Shawn Andres noise. Go out and get Logan Mankins the pats dont even want him...


Other things to look for to spped up SILVERBACKS signing, if Okung signs that would give them figures similar to his to work with. Or if Sam Bradford sings it would really speed things up. The last two years the #1 pick had agreed to terms before the draft, that is slowing things down this year. Bradford is also repped by TWs guys Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of CAA Football.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 29, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Mike Williams taking blood thinner in recovery.

Hey Reid, he's taking anticoagulants, as there's no such thing as blood thinning meds.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse


Hey captain obvious; they call them Blood Thinners for laymen's terms. But again, thanks for trying to act superior only to look foolish.

Posted by: Devo2 | July 29, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't coagulate mean to thicken, or something like that?

Doesn't anti mean opposite or against?

so I guess if you put the two together it would mean thinner, or thinning agent.

But I'm not a doctor.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Silverback vs Sackpo...
the best fight in training camp

Posted by: pgugino | July 29, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Go out and get Logan Mankins the pats dont even want him...


And how many first round picks would we have to give up to make this happen??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | July 29, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse


@Devo2

Typical. Why not go whip it, whip it good !

C'mon, crack that whip !

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Anticoagulants are blood thinners. If you're doing a pre-surgical physical or check-up and you check "no" for whether or not you're on blood thinners (while being on anticoagulants), then you are a moron.

Posted by: psps23 | July 29, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Silverback vs Sackpo...
the best fight in training camp

Posted by: pgugino | July 29, 2010 10:50 AM

I disagree. Michael Westbrook vs. Stephen Davis.

Posted by: Section104 | July 29, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse


But I'm not a doctor.

Posted by: iH8dallas

No, you my friend, you're a genius !

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Hopefuly only one. You spend a first round draft pick to get a solid olineman, Logan is just that and still young by the position standard. Get him and our line starts to look pretty good for a long term run. make it happen.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 29, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It's the first day of camp and we're arguing about blood thinners?

Save that one for next July, it's football time!

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 29, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

iH8dallas

"In the morning I usually run the hurry up....Two pumps and release."

very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very funny


Posted by: MistaMoe | July 29, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

HAYNESWORTH PASSES PHYSICAL, DEDICATES HIMSELF TO BEING A TEAM PLAYER

ASHBURN, VA – Not only did Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth come into camp in amazing shape, he also came in motivated to step up his game on all levels -- and start earning some of the seriously funny money that has been thrown his way by team officials.

And in an amazing reversal of fortune, the Washington Redskins have reportedly acceded to a request from their $100 million man and former lead malcontent to allow him to start shouldering more of the workload for the team and make him the first three-way football player of the modern era.

Starting this season, Haynesworth will rotate from starting nose tackle on the defense, to starting halfback on the offensive unit, and lead gunner on the punt coverage unit of the special teams.

According to sources close to the team, Haynesworth met yesterday with team coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Tom Haslett to discuss his potential roles and responsibilities with the Redskins.

Observers speculate that someone may have slipped Haynesworth a little gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) into Haynesworth’s Diet Coke prior to the meeting, thus making him more amenable to the coaches’ requests for him to step up his game and quit acting like a spoiled diva.

Posted by: Vic1 | July 29, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Good F'N Morning everyone...what a great day, training camp starts today! Thank god for football.

Posted by: mhartz1 | July 29, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Silverback vs Sackpo...
the best fight in training camp

Posted by: pgugino | July 29, 2010 10:50 AM


Um, doesn't Orakpo play the strong side? They wouldn't face each other if so...

Greg, I think the "go get Logan Mankins" idea is dependent on whether Belichick gets drunk enough to believe it's 2005 and that getting Larry Johnson for Mankins straight up is a bargain...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Westbrook/Davis was more of a beatdown than a fight, wasn't it?

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 29, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

who's Tom Haslett?

Posted by: zjfr2 | July 29, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

And how many first round picks would we have to give up to make this happen??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | July 29, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

if we got Donovan for a 2nd, no way we try to grab Mankins for a 1st.

I would love to have him, but the cost might be too steep.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse


who's Tom Haslett?

Posted by: zjfr2 | July 29, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

--
Sorry. Should be Jim Haslett. Too many drinks before noon wil make you dyslexic.

Posted by: Vic1 | July 29, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@Devo2

Typical. Why not go whip it, whip it good !

C'mon, crack that whip !

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Back to our regular scheduled program of speculating on the Washington Redskins.

My moment of optimism for the week:

Parity in the NFL states that at least one non-playoff team from the year before must make it this following year. I'm thinking we have a good chance at that and here's a few reasons why:

1) Brilliant Head Coach. It all starts with the Captain and he's a good one who's been studying what makes teams successful during his 1 year sebatical.

2) A legit QB who can make plays and lead a huddle. Imagine how more confident the remaining 10 guys will feel when looking at, and taking orders from him and not Jason Campbell.

3) A reconstructed offensive line. This could be number one but I feel that 1 and 2 improve this area by default so it drops to 3. Better talent on the line, plus a more modern approach to blocking schemes equals more room for the RB's which means more men in the box, which means more opportunities for play action. Do you really think anyone took our play actions seriously last year. LB's and safties never had to flinch.

4) Improved work ethic during the off-season and more competition at key positions.

5) Kolb isn't the answer in Philly and they struggle leaving room for us to move up.

6) Dallas implodes after we smack them hard week one. Leaving the NFC east wide open.

Posted by: Devo2 | July 29, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse


Westbrook/Davis was more of a beatdown than a fight, wasn't it?

Posted by: DikShuttle

Yea, Davis was sitting on the ground when Westbrook layed into him. Spineless.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Vic, I'll wait for official word on Haynesworth's progress from Mike Shanahan and "Tom" Haslett later tonight, thank you...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse


@Devo2
Your optimism means you'll live longer, and the Redskins will be in the playoffs this year. That's a win - win situation. And way to crack that whip !

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Tom Haslett?

Tom Haslett

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 29, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Exactly right, Devo...two things win in the NFL consistently: a top notch HC and a top tier QB. We now have both--arguably the best in the division. The O-line is better and even though the D is undergoing change, I still think they'll be better at forcing turnovers. I'm not predicting we'll win the division and/or go deep into the playoffs, but for the first time in about 6-10 years I truly believe we CAN do it.

And in a league that routinely sees worst-to-first turnarounds, that's all we can ask for.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Silverback vs Sackpo...the best fight in training camp"

I'm wonderin' if the Shanahans use the old "Oklahoma" drill: two bags 5 yards apart, a defender, a blocker, and a running back behind him.

The objective: 'stone' the o-lineman and tackle the back for a loss or no gain.

You never wanted to get 'blown up' and pancaked.

Gettin' pancaked meant you ran an extra set of 100 yard sprints at the end of practice when I was playin'.

Best Oklahoma redskin matchups?

AH v. Dockery

T Williams v. A Carter

Kemo v. Rabach

J Brown v. P Daniels/A Carriker

A Hicks v. K Golston

Cooley v. Orakpo

Hicks v. Fletcher

Jarmon v. Davis

Ahhh, yess: nothin' like the sound of helmets and pads smackin' in the muggy air!


Posted by: MistaMoe | July 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Um, doesn't Orakpo play the strong side? They wouldn't face each other if so...

Posted by: brownwood26"

This is an interesting question that really hasn't been discussed much. Orakpo played SLB in the 4-3, but RDE as a down linemen on passing downs (mostly). I'm curious to see where Haslett lines him up. For pass-rushing purposes, you'd have to expect him to be the weak-side rusher if you're going to maximize his effectiveness.

Posted by: psps23 | July 29, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Kemo v. Rabach

This has an interesting side affect that might help out the o-line.

If kemo is 100% healthy and crusing the middle of the line, then Rabach will get some good reps at blocking a talented NT. And we all know he's struggled with big NT's

Could pay dividends for him. Again, competition at the key spots.

Posted by: Devo2 | July 29, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Jamon Wholewheat!

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 29, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Agreed psps23...I'll never understand why they ever lined him up strong side for ANYTHING. Dude is potentially dominant on the weakside. I guess we'll see how it plays out...

It'll probably depend on who emerges as the other OLB...you'd probably want Carter on the weakside if he's the guy, but I figure Lo Alexander can play either side.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how well Jarmom will do switching to a LB position, is he much bigger than Suggs/ A. Thomas etc. and does he have the speed. I like to see him play more, he looked pretty good at times when he played last year.

Posted by: mhartz1 | July 29, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how well Jarmom will do switching to a LB position, is he much bigger than Suggs/ A. Thomas etc. and does he have the speed. I like to see him play more, he looked pretty good at times when he played last year.

Posted by: mhartz1 | July 29, 2010 11:35 AM


He's not playing LB...he picked up weight and will play DE. Either way, his development will be important for the long haul...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"This has an interesting side affect that might help out the o-line."

We did that drill in high school and college the first three practices.

It was always the no. 1 defenders against the no. 1 offensive players.

It kinda gotcha ready for all the hittin' you do during double sessions.

It also let you know just how much heart you had as nobody wanted to be 'blown up,' so the battles were very, very intense.

Posted by: MistaMoe | July 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

How funny would it be if the Cowboys imploded and went 6-10?

I hate to see guys get injured, but if Haynesworth happens to fall on Romo's knee week 1...I wouldn't be upset.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse


I hate to see guys get injured, but if Haynesworth happens to fall on Romo's knee week 1...I wouldn't be upset.

Posted by: iH8dallas

That would mean you don't mind seeing guy's get injured. I hate Dallas also! HTTR

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I hate to see guys get injured, but if Haynesworth happens to fall on Romo's knee week 1...I wouldn't be upset.

Posted by: iH8dallas

That would mean you don't mind seeing guy's get injured. I hate Dallas also! HTTR

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I guess you're right hess. You seem to be becoming more optimistic about this season. Glad to see it.

I'll have a ticket waiting for you on my bus.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

How funny would it be if the Cowboys imploded and went 6-10?

I hate to see guys get injured, but if Haynesworth happens to fall on Romo's knee week 1...I wouldn't be upset.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 11:39 AM

Even with Romo I think that team is 10-6. They don't respond well to pressure and their schedule is far tougher than last year. They haven't improved their roster much beyond drafting Dez Bryant, and I'll be shocked if they surpass their record from last season.

But you're right...if Romo goes down, they're done. And suddenly, the NFC East is a jump ball between the Skins, Gints and Iggles.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 29, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I really want to know who is going to fill the legendary shoes of Antwaan Randle-El on special teams?

Who runs backwards the best?

Who goes sideways best?

Who waves their hand for a fair catch with precision?

Austin- are you up to the challenge?

Banks- Does the shadow of ARE intimidate you?

This is what interests me.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse


ih8, can't we get one of our receivers besides SMoss to return punts. I think DT was returning some KO's last year.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

ih8, can't we get one of our receivers besides SMoss to return punts. I think DT was returning some KO's last year.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

One would think so. DT was pretty good on KO's last year, I would love to see one of the small receivers really get at it.

When is the last time we had a ST touchdown?

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

What would the great Shar Pourdanesh do! What a player!

Posted by: digger76 | July 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse


One would think so. DT was pretty good on KO's last year, I would love to see one of the small receivers really get at it.
DT has 20 KO returns, 439 total yrds, 22 yrd ave, and the longest return being 39 yrds. No TD's. Last ST TD I think would be RCartwright's KO return. Not sure.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

DT has 20 KO returns, 439 total yrds, 22 yrd ave, and the longest return being 39 yrds. No TD's. Last ST TD I think would be RCartwright's KO return. Not sure.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the league average on KO return yards is?

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 29, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

ih8, can't we get one of our receivers besides SMoss to return punts. I think DT was returning some KO's last year.

Posted by: hessone | July 29, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

One would think so. DT was pretty good on KO's last year, I would love to see one of the small receivers really get at it.

When is the last time we had a ST touchdown?


i believe it was when rock returned the kickoff in dallas when they reviewed it for 5 minutes seeing if he stepped out.

Posted by: patljr7 | July 29, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Shanny is a good coach, however, as Ken used to say, "Garbage at the top, garbage all the way through". We still have the man with the Napoleonic complex running the show.
I hope the B&G will do well but I don't hold out any hope.

Posted by: chopin224 | July 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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