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OTA Ramblings

Rookie head coach Jim Zorn caught people by surprise by choosing not to use one of his allotted mini camps, having no bed check or curfew for rookies during mandatory mini camp and holding no team activities prior to the draft (opting not to evaluate any existing talent within his new system before filling out the roster via the college ranks). The way the Redskins are utilizing their OTA days is unusual too, and a dramatic departure from the way it was done under Coach Joe (that's Nascar Joe Jackson Gibbs for the newcomers out there).

There has definitely been some chatter among players and coaches at Redskins Park about the recently concluded mini-camp/start of OTAs. The Redskins had essentially done nothing all offseason save for the workout program and the quarterbacks throwing some to the receivers, then hit the field for 6 straight days - highly unusual even for the dogdays of training camp - and conducted 8 practices in that span. Again, very unlike the past and how most teams do it.

The Redskins are in general trying to avoid the muscle strains that were so common in 2007, and thus skipping a mini camp and using just 11 OTA days is aimed at limiting the offseason attrition. But it's how Zorn has divided up his sessions that has some puzzled. Clinton Portis, Jason Campbell and Antwaan Randle-El all suffered ouchies during the just completed sessions, and privately some inside the building are wondering if it may have been unwise to stack so many practices together without any respite in between (like rather maybe going 3 straight days, taking a day off, then going 3 more).

Spoke to some veterans who said the number of reps they got overall during the mini camp was not too harsh and about normal, but going for six straight days certainly struck some as odd. Gibbs, as you all remember, was fanatical about the offseason regimen, meeting with players to gauge what made sense to them, altering the program each year, conducting medical studies to see if certain routines seemed to work best to prevent injuries.

Over the last two years of his regime things were cut back in the offseason, and after studying different programs Gibbs and his staff decided that they would never go more than three straight days of OTAs, and wanted to build in at least two recovery days in between those clusters, according to team sources. That philosophy is obviously out the window.

The Cerrato Skins went 6 straight days as we mentioned, and then take a prolonged break from on-field activities, off from May 7 to June 2. However, when they reconvene for the final 8 OTA sessions they will be practicing 8 times in an 11-day span.

The Redskins will practice four days in a row each of the first two weeks in June. In the past the Skins would use 3 OTA days per week for four straight weeks, in the end deciding that Tues-Thurs each week made the most sense. I spoke to officials with other teams that are also using 4 OTA days within a week, but in general those clubs will not go four straight days, instead practicing on consecutive days, then taking a day off, before going twice more to finish the week.

No one way to skin this cat, but the Skins' schedule is unusual, with the large break between sessions, starting as late as they did and for the quantity of practices in a condensed period of time. With so much effort being put into avoid groin and hamstring problems, and given some of the overt depth issues at some positions, the rest of the staff will be watching closely to see how the players come through the next round of OTAs.

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 14, 2008; 7:25 AM ET
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I'm lost, there are two posts named OTA Ramblings, but only one??

Posted by: kost52 | May 14, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The rare double thread post!

-Nate in the PDX

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

guess you people don't wake up and go to work early enough to read these early morning postings

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

For all the haters that are sure to pop up:
Wouldn't the two postings make it a double negative? Jasno LOVES the skins now! YEAH!!!

Posted by: dlhaze | May 14, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Its the not Jasno!

Posted by: Zebra | May 14, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I wanna know, who cut the f**kin cheese

Posted by: al swearengen | May 14, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse


How pissed are you that Deadwood was cancelled?

They said it was okay, they had told the story enough. zTime to get a family guy/ Jericho resuscitation.

Posted by: Zebra | May 14, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

c$*ks#cker m@ther#!%kers were going to do 2 movies, but no, the high and mighty p?!ck won't have that

Posted by: al swearengen | May 14, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

We now have a Loc on BARNO

Barno, Md.: Who would you rank No. 1 among NBA basketball color analysts? For my money, the guy who dissects a game best has got to be Hubie Brown. The man is 74 years old, and yet he sees the action as well as anyone out there. Thoughts?

Michael Wilbon: For me, Doug Collins and Hubie Brown...There are a ton of good NBA analysts because they're candid...I love listening to Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy and my partners, Bill Walton and Jon Barry...But Collins and Brown are Hall of Famers with a microphone...I have the added benefit of getting to have dinners on the road with each of them...They're story-tellers who played and coached at the highest levels and are not full of themselves and can criticize without ridicule...They're just so damn good at explaining the game and opening up your head to what's happening and what might happen and should happen next.

Posted by: Zebra | May 14, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

TMZ has learned that the romance between Jessica Simpson and hotshot QB Tony Romo is as dead as the Cowboys' 2007 playoff run.



Posted by: Chia Pet | May 14, 2008 1:51 AM

I think that it's no coincidence that this happens right after Romo's "performance" at Wrigley.

Posted by: 81 | May 14, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I have 3 tix to the HOF cremony (aisle seats on the field).

There is a good chance I won't go to the ceremony for personal reasons. So, be prepared to hit me up in June. That's when they start mailing out the tix........

Posted by: 4th | May 13, 2008 5:01 PM

Thanks for the offer, 4th. I've got some ceremony tix already actually though. Just looking for the HOF Game ones now. The ticket site says "Our allotment of tickets are currently sold.--Please continue to check back for availability." So I don't really know if that means more will be available later, but I figured someone up in here might have some info.

Been a real long while since I've been up to Canton. No better time than this year, I guess.

Posted by: 81 | May 14, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

oops--looking at the comment post times, I think I chose the wrong "OTA Ramblings" thread to participate in.

Posted by: 81 | May 14, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

#81 - HOF Game Tix don't go on sale until June.......

Posted by: 4th | May 14, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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