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."
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.
May 19, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
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