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Redskins work around the rain

Because of the heavy rain on Thursday, the Redskins boarded three buses and drove to a hangar at Dulles International Airport to hold a walk-through rather than a full practice. Coach Mike Shanahan said the team's lack of an indoor practice facility - something all three of their NFC East rivals has -- means he will occasionally have to alter preparations.

"You have to make adjustments," Shanahan said. "It's more of a walk-through, jog-through type [of] practice. You get all your reps, but obviously not everything's full-speed."

Shanahan is a stickler for having every competitive advantage possible. But when he was asked if the team's facilities put them at a disadvantage, he merely said he thought the Redskins could use a lighter day as they prepare for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.

"I think sometimes coaches overwork players," Shanahan said. "Sometimes you're forced to give them a rest. This is a situation, I think, today, we've been working pretty hard. Last week we had three days in the mid-90s and we practiced, so I think our team was a little bit tired. I thought not practicing today full speed will probably help us rather than hinder us."

By Barry Svrluga  | September 30, 2010; 3:02 PM ET
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Posted by: 4thFloor | September 30, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins lost to the Rams because it was hot last week at practice...I knew something had to be up with that dismal showing.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 30, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The answer is, "Hell yes, I would like to have an indoor facility. We're working out in a freakin' aircraft hangar, for Pete's sake!" But Shanahan wouldn't say that, now would he?

There is a silver lining in all of this, however: if a plane lands at Lincoln Field, the Redskins will be ready to tune 'er up and get 'er on the way.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 30, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Which teams have the best conversion rate for third and long? Say third and 5+ yds.

Posted by: EncinoMan | September 30, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Redskins lost to the Rams 'cause it was a trap game.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"I think sometimes coaches overwork players," Shanahan said.

This from a dude who "overworked" lardo.

Posted by: EncinoMan | September 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 30, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think this is from 2008...but here ya go...

Down/distance Success Pct.
Third-and-1 67
Third-and-2 52
Third-and-3 49
Third-and-4 47
Third-and-5 42
Third-and-6 41
Third-and-7 37
Third-and-8 32
Third-and-9 32
Third-and-10+ 20

Posted by: PlayAction | September 30, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Portis on why the Redskins can't convert on third down

WTF? Why start a new thread 10 secs after starting the previous?

Posted by: EncinoMan | September 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

man, blink an eye and your funny post is old news. give me a sec to catch up

Ryan Torain= Shannys next 1300 yard back from nowhere

best movie line ever? Jack Nicholoson from the only Batman movie that mattered: winged freak terrorizes city, (exhale) wait til they get a load of me

option B
this town needs an entima

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Why practice in an indoor practice field. By practicing in the rain, they'll be accustomed to bad weather so that when it does rain on game day in the future, they'll have the edge.

Posted by: Thundershock | September 30, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

As deep as Danny Sneeder's pockets are, you mean to tell me the guy can't afford an indoor facility for his team?

Other than paying Albert Haynesworth, what are you doing with all that money from your $10 beers?

Posted by: 72Redskins | September 30, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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