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Shanahan gives update on progress on -- and off -- the field


The Redskins are making progress in their second voluntary minicamp, and Coach Mike Shanahan is pleased with the players' effort, he said Saturday afternoon at Redskins Park.

Shanahan addressed a wide range of topics on the only day of media availability during the three-day camp, including the participation of linebacker Rocky McIntosh, quarterback Donovan McNabb's comfort level in Shanahan's version of the West Coast offense and the adjustment of top pick Trent Williams to the speed of the NFL.

Shanahan also briefly commented on the continued absence of Pro Bowl defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth - the only player on the roster not in attendance - saying he has not spoken with Haynesworth recently and prefers to "concentrate on the people who work here every day, for obvious reasons."

Although it's only early May, Shanahan seems confident the Redskins are moving in the right direction, and the return of McIntosh is another encouraging development for the team. Frustrated about only receiving a one-year tender instead of a lucrative multiyear contract, McIntosh has declined to participate in the offseason program and skipped the first voluntary minicamp in April.

McIntosh still has not signed the one-year, $1.759-million contract that would only become guaranteed if he suffered a season-ending injury during the offseason or if he were on the 53-man roster for the season opener. He received a waiver to practice during this weekend's camp.

"This is the first time he's been in. He's been working out on his own," Shanahan said of McIntosh. "I'm just going to deal with the people that are here. Rocky's been a very good player for us.

"He's a quality guy. I've talked to Rocky on a number of occasions. I'm glad he decided to come to our minicamp. I expect him here all through our OTAs and getting ready for the season."

Primarily a weak-side linebacker in his first four seasons with the Redskins, McIntosh is expected to move inside in the team's new 3-4 alignment. "There's a lot of catch-up involved, there's a lot of work involved," Shanahan said. "But Rocky's a sharp guy, he's an experienced guy, he's played well for us. Hopefully, him being here throughout the offseason is going to help our football team and help him."

Williams also has a lot of work to do. The fourth overall pick, Williams began camp Friday as the first-team left tackle. "We decided to put him right in the fire right away," Shanahan said.

The Redskins drafted Williams to replace retired Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, and they quickly put him in a key position.

"Like all rookies it's a learning experience," Shanahan said. "It's nice to have him here not only for the minicamp, but for the next 13 OTA days and the three days of [the mandatory June] minicamp. And he'll be learning all the time, the system and what we expect of him, how we practice and how we go about things."

Protecting quarterback Donovan McNabb's blindside will be among Williams's main duties. McNabb is where Shanahan expected him to be at this point in a new system. "Any time you go into a new system it takes some time," Shanahan said. "It's kind of like learning a new language. It takes you some time to think.

"You've just got to go through it time and time again. It'll come. But that's what the offseason is for, to go through these OTAs, go through these mincicamps so the terminology becomes second nature. You know how much he's experienced with football through the years. I know he's looking forward to where this terminology becomes second nature. And when it does, he'll feel more comfortable with the system."

By Jason Reid  |  May 8, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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Comments

dare I... what the heck?

moo

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Reid's back in action and he somehow managed to work Haynesworth into the convo. Surprised it didn't make the headline, too.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 8, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Everyone,

Below is a picture of Bobby Mitchell on the Skins back in the late 60's. I would prefer this look to the mustard pants of the George Allen days. How about you guys?

http://www.theredskinreport.com/2006/02/20/the-top-ten-redskins-wr-seasons-of-all-time/

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 8, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It's one big ass beeporoni pizza up here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Good report. Hang in there, Moo. If Da Mayor posts it, they will come.

Posted by: boothintexas | May 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Good report. Hang in there, Moo. If Da Mayor posts it, they will come.

Posted by: boothintexas | May 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan also briefly commented on the continued absence of Pro Bowl defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth - the only player on the roster not in attendance - saying he has not spoken with Haynesworth recently and prefers to "concentrate on the people who work here every day, for obvious reasons."

JReid, You try and make this sounds as if Shanahan volunteered his thoughts on Al. When you know quite well he was responding to probably one of your questions.

You keep the sh!t coming back. You're like that one turd that refuses to flush!

Posted by: jcnjcnj | May 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

“he was better”-_Foerster

“He's only going to get better”—McNabb

“We've got some time”—M. Shanahan

“It's a work in progress”—K. Shanahan


----EARLY EVALUATION OF TRENT WILLIAMS

Ruh-roh.

Posted by: TheCork | May 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

JReid, You try and make this sounds as if Shanahan volunteered his thoughts on Al. When you know quite well he was responding to probably one of your questions.

You keep the sh!t coming back. You're like that one turd that refuses to flush!

Posted by: jcnjcnj |

Boy u nailed it on the head. The absolute nerve of a reporter ASKING questions of a coach about hus highest paid player, the ione who isn't at practice. No excuse for it.

I'll bet they didn't get that quote out of Mike until someone stuck a Kalashnikov in his freaking ear--probably some commie from the WaPo.

You don't see that kind of abuse over at Redskins.Com

Posted by: TheCork | May 8, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

dare I... what the heck?

moo

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo

OMG man, get a life!

Posted by: iubiquity | May 8, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

moodly, i think you're pretty funny. keep the moo's coming. certainly better than always seeing "first". no originality in that.

Posted by: SnyderMustGo1 | May 8, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Big Al, We love ya! Please come in and whip these boys into shape! Lets get the winning spirit back in the Redskins game!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | May 9, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Reading between the lines on Shanny's Haynesworth comment: "The fat slob is the only no show. We tried to trade him, but couldn't get any value for him. He's a big, lazy oaf."

Posted by: randysbailin | May 9, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"JReid, You try and make this sounds as if Shanahan volunteered his thoughts on Al".

JReid should bring it up every chance he gets, enough special treatment here in Washington!! that time has passed, (I pray) the highest paid player on the team not showing up is a joke! If he wants it his way let him go to BK!!

Posted by: DDunnuck | May 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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