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Redskins gaining speed in learning Mike Shanahan's system

With the Redskins still having a lot to learn under Coach Mike Shanahan, they completed their first session of organized team activities Wednesday afternoon at Redskins Park.

Shanahan and his staff continued to guide players in Washington's new offensive and defensive schemes while also preparing for the team's only mandatory minicamp that begins June 16. The Redskins are moving faster than in their first two voluntary minicamps, players said, and that's the type of progress Shanahan likes.

"When we did our first minicamp, we installed what we normally install on offense, took our first two days in the middle of a three-day mincamp and installed what we normally do," Shanahan said on the only day of media availability. "Defensively, we installed our first three days. We did the same thing with the second minicamp. And we've done the same thing with the first three days of our OTAs. So we've got a lot of work done with our basics on offense and defense.

"Next week [during the three-day session that begins Monday], we'll kind of install Days 4, 5 and 6 offensively and defensively, and then the next seven workouts that we have after that, we'll go back and kind of review the installation of each day, one through six, and have obviously an extra day on the last day. And then the minicamp will be a combination of all game situations, two-minute, red zone, backed-up, all the things you normally go through in the season. So by the time we get to camp, they've been through it a number of times."

It all makes sense, players said.

"Man, we are moving faster," right guard Mike Williams said. "We're flying off the ball and guys are really moving out here. You can just see everybody into it. Guys are flying out here, and that's probably the biggest difference from last season.

"Guys were working hard last season, but it's different now with Coach Shanahan. Guys are going to respect any coach because that's what you're supposed to do, but Coach Shanahan brings those rings and he let's you know exactly what he wants. Like for guys to run off the field. You see guys running off the field."

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth skipped the OTA session, maintaining his perfect record of declining every day of the voluntary offseason program. Haynesworth is at odds with the coaching staff for its plans to use him as a nose tackle in the new 3-4 scheme, according to people familiar with his situation. Haynesworth does plan to attend next month's mandatory camp.

Recently acquired defensive end Vonnie Holliday was excused Wednesday after attending the first two days, Shanahan said, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall was excused to tend to a family matter.

"I think everybody feels real good about what we're doing and where Coach Shanahan is trying to take us," wide receiver Malcolm Kelly said. "We believe in what we're doing."

Fields resodded

Because two of the four fields at the complex are being resodded, kickers and punters had to work earlier than the rest of the team. And all of the position groups were together on one field. ... The Redskins' remaining OTA dates are: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 7-8, and June 10-11. Minicamp runs June 16-18.

By Jason Reid  |  May 19, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

Night and day.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | May 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Helloooo.
(?)

Posted by: _Stumped_ | May 19, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Moo is getting ready to cream himself over that freshly sodded field

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see that when an adult is put in charge of the offense, he can get his players to digest the offense without dumbing it down like Zorn did last year.

I think this is because the coach doesn't use a blender to put his offense together and coherent and logical systems are far easier to digest.

Thank you, Shanny, for coming to the Redskins! Don't sweat Fat Albert sitting at home thumbing his nose at you. Karma will take care of that imbicile.

Posted by: laserwizard | May 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth reference # 78 of the offseason.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | May 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This just in.

The Redskin who was meeting with the Canadian doctor was Danny.

The HGH didn't work.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | May 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm really glad to read this. Hopefully once he's able to practice, Carter can really get into a good flow with the defense.

http://www.redskins.com/gen/articles/Carter_Feels__Comfortable__Moving_to_Linebacker_120545.jsp

Posted by: TWISI | May 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 19, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth skipped the OTA session, maintaining his perfect record of declining every day of the voluntary offseason program." Lol! That's pretty funny writing.

Posted by: berkeleyhoya | May 19, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Zirin: I spoke to an NFL owner who said the owners will always win against the players because players, even though they make a lot of money, live pay check to pay check. What do you think when you hear something like that?"

Wow. Now that's how you handle labor talks.


Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 19, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Zirin: I spoke to an NFL owner who said the owners will always win against the players because players, even though they make a lot of money, live pay check to pay check. What do you think when you hear something like that?"

Wow. Now that's how you handle labor talks.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 19, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse
__________

Yeah, but there's alot more to it than that, of course. In some respects, the NFL player's union just hasn't been nearly as smart or willing to hold its ground over the years as has the MLB or NBA unions. Players in all of the major pro sports tend to live paycheck to paycheck, not just in the NFL.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | May 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

First to say the Redskins will be 7-9 this year. Book It.

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | May 19, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I remember when the NBA players were out on strike, Patrick Ewing made the following statemant in an attempt to gain sympathy for their cause: "we make a lot of money, but also spend a lot of money". That was classic.

Posted by: astrober1 | May 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

What's an "OTA"?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 19, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse


Folks, I keep trying to tell ya and what do ya do? You renew your season tickets due to all the activity at Redskin Park. $nyder is still making all the calls. He never liked Campbell, never gave him the support he deserved. He was the one that dumped Campbell, not Allen. Then he had to make a big offseason splash with the McNabb deal. Are the Redskins going to act like they want to get younger, rebuild? The freakin Backfield is over the hill now. Worked in Allen Sr's day, but not anymore. IT IS MORE OF THE SAME, THE LAST 10 YEARS. $nyder has an addiction to offseason headlines, brainwashed fans keep buying tickets and merchandise, and I keep beating the keys over and over and over:
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!
WILL YOU PLEASE BOYCOTT $NYDER,PLEASE!!!!


Posted by: hessone | May 19, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

What's an "OTA"?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 19, 2010 9:02 PM |

Organized Team Activities.
Just a fancy way of saying "practice"

Posted by: unquiltom | May 19, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

“At first I was a little iffy to it because I’ve never played in the 3-4. I don’t have a clue to how it’s really played. But then I talked to him a little bit and he plans on just playing me in the middle a little bit and at end. I guess I’ll just move around and just wreak havoc; so as long as we’re doing that and I’m not just at one position, I’m fine, I’m fine with it.”
-Albert Haynesworth
http://www.backsportspage.com/beyond-the-athlete/2010/4/9/beyond-the-athlete-albert-haynesworth-part-ii.html

Please stop perpetuating this non-story. Haynesworth is fine with the 3-4. He said it himself, but I guess you need to hear from a source close to him instead of him himself to believe it.

Posted by: Sebowski | May 20, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth is at odds with the coaching staff for its plans to use him as a nose tackle in the new 3-4 scheme"

WTF?! Really?! When did THIS happen? Why is everybody saying we've got 100% attendance then? That's what I have been hearing!

So, Fat Albert, why don't you put down that bucket of chicken, turn off your TV, Stand UP, turn the light on, OH MAN - and put some dang clothes on for cryin out loud, man, and get your bloated, huge, sloppy, over-paid, lazy, uneducated, pimpled, sweaty, ample, and selfish hind parts down to Good Ol Redskins Park for some team-oriented camaraderie and learnin' and earn a few of your paycheck dollaz?!

or not.

Whatever. Just play well during the season and we'll all love ya lotz.

Go Skinz!

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 20, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

Sebowski--that's a good article.....if all true--and no reason to doubt it as 92 was talking to this reporter--then the weak team now covering the 'skin's will look even dumber......

92 would help his case though by showing up to an OTA and talking to the wash media but clearly he is pissed at the wash media......

Posted by: tabtool | May 20, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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