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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Redskins practice at off-site facility because of snow

By Jason Reid

It appears Redskins coaches and players drove themselves to an off-site facility Thursday to practice because of the snow.

Apparently, the team did not have enough time to schedule a bus. Coaches and players piled into cars as they hurriedly left Redskins Park for the hastily arranged practice at an undisclosed location. In the parking lot at the complex, equipment managers quickly loaded items into vehicles.

Because of the snow, the Redskins twice changed the practice schedule. The poor weather Thursday initially prompted the team to move up its practice time from 12:40 p.m. to 11:45 a.m. Media availability in the locker room, usually scheduled before practice at about 10:45 a.m., was planned after the team came off the practice field.

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 11:53 AM ET
 
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It appears Redskins coaches and players drove themselves to an off-site facility Thursday to practice because of the snow.

Apparently, the team did not have enough time to schedule a bus.
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So if the team was actually making a playoff run right now, this is the kind of disorganization and confusion they would have had to fight through?

Posted by: Alan4 | December 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they didn't keep Hunter Smith. I'll bet that he's a great holder in the snow. Of course his hang time still sucks, even in the snow.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

coparker5

Skins find a trading partner and off-load McNabb, then trade for Carson Palmer from the Bengals


C Palmer is a broken toy.

I'll pass.

Thing is, if you're the bengals, maybe you dangle Palmer in the face of the cardinals who may see him as an instant fix for their q-back situation.

Palmer throwing the Fitzgerald?: if I'm AZ, I might make that trade.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Santana is going to be the Cowboy Killer this game?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

So if the team was actually making a playoff run right now, this is the kind of disorganization and confusion they would have had to fight through?

Posted by: Alan4 | December 16, 2010 12:00 PM |

This is the beginning of the end. Or, maybe the middle of the end.

This isn't about "disorganization". It's about money. There is none. he$$one's "Boycott $nyder" movement has the franchise reeling and they can't even afford a but for practice. Guys gotta drive themselves and they won't even get gas money.

Next, $nyder will be on food stamps if he$$one doesn't let up on him.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow....

Sanny has to be the biggest littlest wimp around....

The team can't practice outside in the snow or rain.....ufb

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

ewwww, no on Carson.

He's getting old and not getting better.

The next Redskin QB needs to be playing college football right now.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Coaches and players piled into cars as they hurriedly left Redskins Park for the hastily arranged practice at an undisclosed location. In the parking lot at the complex, equipment managers quickly loaded items into vehicles.
JReid

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While this was playing on the loud speakers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcNhDstL4-k

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they didn't keep Hunter Smith. I'll bet that he's a great holder in the snow. Of course his hang time still sucks, even in the snow.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 12:01 PM
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What's worse is the fact that Hunter was the bus driver. Now everyone has to drive their own vehicles.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

...the hastily arranged practice at an undisclosed location.

We have footage of that practice.

Roll tape:

(INSERT video image of redskin football players practicing inside of the Minneopolis Metrodome just as snow starts falling through gaps in the roof. Then, the roof itself collapses. The blame for the idea to practice in the empty, condemned Vikings' stadium is placed squarely on the redskin offensive line.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow....

Sanny has to be the biggest littlest wimp around....

The team can't practice outside in the snow or rain.....ufb

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse
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Practicing in slippery conditions is the epitome of dumb. It just gives you better odds of someone hurting themselves.

You play in that stuff because you have to. You don't willingly subject yourself to those conditions.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The team can't practice outside in the snow or rain.....ufb

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:09 PM


It's not that they can't, it's that it's an unnecessary risk. You don't need guys missing games because they slipped in practice and pulled or broke something.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

They should practice on turf if they're going to be playing the game on turf, grass if on grass.

Snyder needs to build a damn indoor facility AT ASHBURN instead of pissing away millions on FAs.

It doesn't have to be fancy - just usable.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 16, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Another reason they shouldn't have fired Hunter - I hear he has a Yukon

Posted by: David90 | December 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow....

Sanny has to be the biggest littlest wimp around....

The team can't practice outside in the snow or rain.....ufb

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:09 PM

They're playing in Dallas Sunday. How does practicing in the snow help?

Posted by: mack1 | December 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse


One thing that never gets old: Boycott $nyder!

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 11:34 AM |

now beep, let's keep it to football

lmao

Posted by: hessone | December 16, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder graciously offered up the use of his executive suite as an alternate practice facility -- that is, provided that no one sat on the furniture, soiled the carpets, or took a dump in the executive toilet.

But the team declined, saying that while the width and length of the room would allow plenty of room for full contact, real time, 11 on 11 scrimmaging...

the height of the ceilings did not allow the punter to get sufficient hang time.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Belichek had his guys practice with frozen footballs, the elements are part of the game and teams need to be prepared for that!

Actually, I think it would be smart to practice in this stuff. It gets you used to it, plus it'll toughen up our team, which we obviously need.

You think Lombardi ran inside when it snowed?

"Come on fella's, it's starting to snow and my tootsies are cold! We're gonna sit around the fire and have some hot chocolate!"

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Yet I saw no one saying the same thing when Gibbs had the players doing the same thing.....

I guess as the years go, everyone gets a little soft...including RI Hamsters.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

AND WE CAN ONLY GUESS WHO OWNS THE PARKING LOTS -- AND COLLECTS THE CONCESSION FEES -- FOR USING THIS UNDISCLOSED LOCATION.

SIX FLAGS? MORE FUN!!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You think Lombardi ran inside when it snowed?

"Come on fella's, it's starting to snow and my tootsies are cold! We're gonna sit around the fire and have some hot chocolate!"

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 12:29 PM

LMAO! and True.

So practicing in an air hanger is better than practicing in the rain?!??!?!

Doubt it......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow...sure are a lot of posters up here forgetting that WE'RE PLAYING IN A DOME ON SUNDAY! What the hell does practicing in the elements do except leave us even less prepared than usual?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Do ya'll think the Boys will kick it away from Banks?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

coparker5

Skins find a trading partner and off-load McNabb, then trade for Carson Palmer from the Bengals

C Palmer is a broken toy.

I'll pass.

Thing is, if you're the bengals, maybe you dangle Palmer in the face of the cardinals who may see him as an instant fix for their q-back situation.

Palmer throwing the Fitzgerald?: if I'm AZ, I might make that trade.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 12:04 PM

There's going to be a coaching change in Cinny and most likely a new QB. Palmer is set to make 12 mil next year, NO team would trade for a 30+ broken down team (besides us for McNabb)...HE WILL BE CUT.

The question is and I mentioned over a month ago...We dumb McNabb via trade (4th-5th) and sign Palmer (1 YR highly incentivized) and have a 1 YR stop gap while we wait to draft a QB or draft a the future.

Garbage for Garbage but at least we end up with a draft pick, a more manageable salary, and less divots in the field at FedEx.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Redskins need their own bubble. I guess previous coaches said they didn't need it but Shanahan would sure use it.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

With last Sunday’s victory over the Bears, the Patriots improved to 11-0 in snow games under Belichick, which came as a complete surprise (perhaps) to the coach. “Honestly, I didn’t even know that,’’ he said. “That’s great. We’ll get the snowmaking machines out there, start firing it up. I wasn’t even aware of it. Those aren’t the kind of records I keep track of. Look, our team has to be ready to play in whatever the elements are every week. They practice in them. They play in them.’’ Which explained why, though the Packers practiced indoors yesterday, the Patriots worked out on the lower grass field outside Gillette Stadium. “I think most of the credit goes to what we’re doing in practice,’’ said Deion Branch, when asked about the Patriots’ success in the snow. “Mr. [Robert] Kraft had that bubble built that we don’t use. I don’t know how much it cost him, but I think Coach Belichick [couldn’t] care less.’’ .

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Marvin Lewis can be our next defensive coordinator.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Which is why I'm the sickest kid on this block.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

But you're our kid nonetheless, and despite all you'e done, we're still so very proud to have you within our family!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow...sure are a lot of posters up here forgetting that WE'RE PLAYING IN A DOME ON SUNDAY! What the hell does practicing in the elements do except leave us even less prepared than usual?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Co-sign

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

“Mr. [Robert] Kraft had that bubble built that we don’t use. I don’t know how much it cost him, but I think Coach Belichick [couldn’t] care less.’’ .

--

Maybe we could do a deal that would allow us to trade a few more draft picks for a used bubble?

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Correction BW - They are playing in a retractable Dome. a RETRACTABLE DOME!

Cam Newton.


That is all....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

With last Sunday’s victory over the Bears, the Patriots improved to 11-0 in snow games under Belichick, which came as a complete surprise (perhaps) to the coach. “Honestly, I didn’t even know that,’’ he said. “That’s great. We’ll get the snowmaking machines out there, start firing it up. I wasn’t even aware of it. Those aren’t the kind of records I keep track of. Look, our team has to be ready to play in whatever the elements are every week. They practice in them. They play in them.’’ Which explained why, though the Packers practiced indoors yesterday, the Patriots worked out on the lower grass field outside Gillette Stadium. “I think most of the credit goes to what we’re doing in practice,’’ said Deion Branch, when asked about the Patriots’ success in the snow. “Mr. [Robert] Kraft had that bubble built that we don’t use. I don’t know how much it cost him, but I think Coach Belichick [couldn’t] care less.’’ .

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 12:44 PM
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So what? Of those 11 home games 8 of them were probably in Gillette stadium and 3 were against Buffalo. Proves nothing other than they have a homefield advantage and they can beat Buffalo.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

if the best team by a pretty wide margin in the NFL practices outdoors in WORSE weather than DC gets....I'm not sure there's even an arguement at this point...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow...sure are a lot of posters up here forgetting that WE'RE PLAYING IN A DOME ON SUNDAY! What the hell does practicing in the elements do except leave us even less prepared than usual?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

First of all, it's not a Dome, it's got a stupid hole in it just like the one in the old stupid stadium and just like the one in Jerry's head!

Secondly, my same point applies: We obviously need to be toughened up. Do you think we deserve to play in a nice warm climate controled facility? I don't blame Dan, I wouldn't spend millions on the bums either! They deserve to be practicing in Antarctica and having to battle polar bears for their food and survival!

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Forecast for Sunday in Dallas: 62 degrees and sunny.
So again, how does practicing in a snow storm help?

Posted by: mack1 | December 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Brown,
Remember how you were saying in the preseason how the Redskins should sign TO right away? It didn't even take him a full season before he started mouthing off about the Cincy coaches.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Who has statistics on the following:

1) How many passes did McNabb thrown in the dirt?

2) How many passes were dropped? How many were 3rd downs?

Posted by: silkydee1 | December 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Forecast for Sunday in Dallas: 62 degrees and sunny.
So again, how does practicing in a snow storm help?

Posted by: mack1 | December 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

And the early betting line has Dallas favored by six points -- which is either two missed field goals, or a touchdown and missed PAT. Redskins proved on Sunday they know how to play that game, so again, why even bother to practice?

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Skins pound Dallas on Sunday.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

if the best team by a pretty wide margin in the NFL practices outdoors in WORSE weather than DC gets....I'm not sure there's even an arguement at this point...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM
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Is it because they practice outdoors or because they wear blue on their uniforms? Is it because they run a 3-4 defense or a spread offense? Let's see, last year's Super Bowl winner was a dome team that never practices in the snow, so it must be better to practice in a dome.

Maybe the reason why the Partiots win has more to do with having the Einstein of football as a head coach and not much to do with anything else.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

if the best team by a pretty wide margin in the NFL practices outdoors in WORSE weather than DC gets....I'm not sure there's even an arguement at this point...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM

if the best team by a pretty wide margin tapes other teams practices and steals their signals...

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Who has statistics on the following:

1) How many passes did McNabb thrown in the dirt?

2) How many passes were dropped? How many were 3rd downs?

Posted by: silkydee1 | December 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Way too many and way too many.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

if the best team by a pretty wide margin tapes other teams practices and steals their signals...

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Also worth noting their QB sleeps with fashion models and their coach dresses like a vagrant.

But for some strange reason, their owner is still able to shell out for a practice shell... just in case.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Meh practicing in the snow can be distracting. Toboggan rides, Ashburn gets hilly. Snow ball fights etc.
Plus Sellers is from Walla Walla he moves like a bumble in the snow, its a mismatch.

Posted by: Stu27 | December 16, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

bumbles bounce...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Who is our best trade bait next year?

Cooley?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Also worth noting....their (Patriots) coach dresses like a vagrant.

This is indeed an injustice.

Homeless men all throughout New England are upset that Bill Belichek's style of dress makes them out to be nothing but a bunch of bums.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

....and try to look cool by hurdling defenders every time they touch the ball whether it is needed or not....

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

FFFFFFFFFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

Posted by: kickass10101 | December 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What about more Darryl Young at fullback?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

....and try to look cool by hurdling defenders every time they touch the ball whether it is needed or not....

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Who is our best trade bait next year?

Cooley?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Cheerleader Chelsea! HOT!!!

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Monk --

He was asking for TRADE BAIT. Chelsea is closer to JAIL BAIT.

(Not to say I wouldn't be willing to do some time in the slammer for the opportunity to slam her!)

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Who is our best trade bait next year?

Cooley?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Cheerleader Chelsea! HOT!!!

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse


if the best team by a pretty wide margin in the NFL practices outdoors in WORSE weather than DC gets....I'm not sure there's even an arguement at this point...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM

if the best team by a pretty wide margin tapes other teams practices and steals their signals...

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 1:05 PM
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And they form a wall of inactive players down the sideline during special teams plays. The guy from the Jets said he had seen the Patriots do it, too - only, they didn't trip anyone.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Even though he is a complete waste of space, wouldn't some teams rather trade a pick higher than what everyone is anticipating for Haynesworth + his already mostly paid contract in order to avoid getting into a bidding war with other teams for the risk of owning him on the free agent market? Wouldn't the lower risk of just trading away a 3rd or 4th round pick to avoid letting him set the bar for suitors be a smarter move if I am oh I dunno..the Minnesota Vikings?

Posted by: A_o_C57 | December 16, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

the best team by a pretty wide margin in the NFL practices outdoors in WORSE weather than DC gets....I'm not sure there's even an arguement at this point...

I get it. Practicing in bad weather makes you stockpile draft picks. I'm all for it.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 16, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

They deserve to be practicing in Antarctica and having to battle polar bears for their food and survival!

There are no polar bears in Antarctica. Leapard seals fill that predatory role.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 16, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

What about more Darryl Young at fullback?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:23 PM
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I've come up with a new play and a new position for the Redskins.

Brandon Banks will play 1/8th back. He will stand between McNabb and the center. Nick Sundberg is the snapper. Sometimes he will snap over Banks' head and into McNabb's hands, and sometimes he will snap it directly to Banks - only Sundberg would know where it is going. If Banks gets the ball he starts running like he stole something. If McNabb gets the ball then Banks has to block the 330 pound nose tackle that just ran over Sundberg...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Who is our best trade bait next year? Cooley?


Trade Cooley?

And you replace him with.....?

I'll pass on trading Cooley.

However, I will say that if Santana Moss decides not to re-sign with us, it'll totally change the offseason priority list.

Not having Santana Moss means WR becomes even that more of a need.

You'd think that given the strong season he is having and the weakness behind him would mean the FO would being trying to get him re-upped before he hits the market.

Moss might be 30, but he plays like he has 2-3 solid years in him yet.

Get Santana re-signed: now!

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

And they form a wall of inactive players down the sideline during special teams plays. The guy from the Jets said he had seen the Patriots do it, too - only, they didn't trip anyone.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 16, 2010 1:40 PM

Probably it's just me, but I don't understand what's wrong with lining up like that. They're out of bounds. They were all behind the white line.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Trade Cooley?

And you replace him with.....?

I'll pass on trading Cooley.

However, I will say that if Santana Moss decides not to re-sign with us, it'll totally change the offseason priority list.

Not having Santana Moss means WR becomes even that more of a need.

You'd think that given the strong season he is having and the weakness behind him would mean the FO would being trying to get him re-upped before he hits the market.

Moss might be 30, but he plays like he has 2-3 solid years in him yet.

Get Santana re-signed: now!

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse
ummmm...Fred Davis

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 16, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Ah they are over at Lifetime Fitness again.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | December 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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