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How Skins Prepare for a Game

I got an email recently asking for how the average day is divided up for the players. So I figured I'd post what the normal Wednesday-Thursday schedule looks like, since those are the two heaviest work days of the week.

7 a.m. - Breakfast\Weight Room\Treatment
8 - Special Teams Meeting
Blitz Meeting (QBs and Centers)
9 - Full Team Meeting
9:05 - Group Meetings (by position for the most part)
11 - Dress for Walkthrough
11:15 - Walkthrough
Noon - Lunch (media availability)
1:30-3:15 (ish) p.m. - Practice
Post Practice Film
Weights and Treatment
5:30-7 - Dinner (Coaches Only)

There you have it. Players do lots of additional film work individually and in groups after practice as well.
It has been pretty well documented up here, that the pre-game (and in-game) meals of choice are Fudge 'Ems, Oreo pizzas, yogurt (fat-free, now Greek style), and beer, glorious beer (which isn't really a meal, but it does have nutritional merit). Who in their right mind would eat eight Tums as a pregame meal? Mike Sellers, that's who.
Dan Steinberg also reports on Jim Zorn's "stupid coach tricks" (those are the words of an unnamed Zorn colleague) and Chris Samuels and Sellers talk about "butt powder," showers and nudity. Frankly, I couldn't read it. I'm still a little scarred from the Chris "It's never a good day when you hear there's a picture of your son's penis on the Internet" Cooley playbook incident.
Wondering if there's a secret to Santana Moss' success this season? Sure, he's healthy again and he's clicking with Zorn and Jason Campbell. But he also took a break from football for a change and took up taekwondo.
In other Redskins news, the team has been ordered by a federal judge to continue running captioned play-by-play at FedEx Field and begin showing the lyrics of songs played in the stadium to offer deaf and hard-of-hearing fans the full game experience.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 3, 2008; 8:20 AM ET
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Pop Tarts: Breakfast of Champions!

Posted by: tafka | October 3, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse


I agree they should smash the 3 teams they play after the Iggles, but if they play well and loose to the Iggles there is no shame in that. Back to back road games within the division is tough for any team, plus we are not playing cream puffs.

I still say we should win this game, but will not be shocked of we lose.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 3, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Good stuff about Jackson above. He was flying off my radar, until the pre-season game when Madden said that JTay said this kid has the goods to be special. Wilson is crazy, sliding inside to d-tackle at 246 pounds. That sack against the Giants he had from the DT position was a think of beauty however.

I'm a huge Sox fan so Lester talk is good with me.

And finally, agreed with J-La on the Plax issue. Why is more not being made of this?? He just signed a big money deal while apparently getting fined 40-50 times, and then getting suspended for 2 games?? Is that the type of guy you sign to a long term deal??

And how disingenious is it to suspend a guy for your bye week?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 3, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse


Explain the "Stupid coach tricks" quate from Dan Stienberg or link the story.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 3, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 3, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Nate,

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 3, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse


I agree they should smash the 3 teams they play after the Iggles, but if they play well and loose to the Iggles there is no shame in that. Back to back road games within the division is tough for any team, plus we are not playing cream puffs.

I still say we should win this game, but will not be shocked of we lose.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 3, 2008 8:28 AM

Flounder, agreed. I simply need evidence that this team is better than the last wild-card team. 5-3 at the half-way point is good enough for the last wild-card but isn't much of an improvement on last year.

Posted by: bangkokben | October 3, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

It's still early, but Eagles can't afford to stumble against Skins

By John Clayton

Last Sunday in Dallas, Jason Campbell and the Redskins made a statement.

While Terrell Owens said he felt disrespected by having only 17 balls thrown in his direction, the Redskins concentrated on a hard-fought, 26-24 victory. Campbell continues to grow, both physically and mentally, into a top-flight quarterback. Jim Zorn drew great reviews for his game plans and sideline contributions. And, at 3-1 and on a three-game winning streak, the Redskins joined the list of four potential playoff teams in the NFC East.

After dropping to 2-2, Andy Reid's Eagles have little margin for error in the tough NFC East.

Now the Eagles hope to make a statement when they host the surging Skins on Sunday. Philadelphia, which fell to 2-2 after a tough loss in Chicago, can't afford to lose distance in the most competitive division in football. Though coach Andy Reid doesn't want to say it publicly, this is a must-win game for the Eagles.

Some of the Eagles' red-zone problems against the Bears were understandable. Brian Westbrook was out with an ankle injury. Tight end L.J. Smith was also hurt, and the offensive line was without its best blocker, Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews, who has back problems. Smith is expected to return this weekend; Wesbrook and Andrews will likely be game-time decisions.

Following Sunday's showdown in Philadelphia, the NFC East race is going to turn into a sprint. A third of the 12 divisional games will be in the books, and the rivalries go on hiatus until the Cowboys meet the Giants on Nov. 2.

The out-of-division schedule should allow all four teams to accumulate victories. The Redskins, for example, play the Rams, Browns and Lions after the Eagles. Because the NFC East plays the NFC West and AFC North this season, each NFC East team has a realistic chance of going 6-2 in those games.

Watching the Cowboys struggle in their home loss to the Redskins and how well the Eagles played against the Cowboys on the road in Week 2, it's hard to fathom that any NFC East team is going 5-1 in the division. A couple might go 4-2, but the key is coming out with at least a 3-3 divisional record.

The Redskins will be the first team to finish half of their NFC East games by Sunday, and two of their toughest road games -- Dallas and Philadelphia -- will be behind them. Because of their upset victory at Dallas, the Redskins aren't facing the pressure of a must-win game on Sunday. All the pressure falls on Philly.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 3, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Pizza and Beer before a game? Okay whatever works for them. I guess a light beer would help when getting a hit.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse


You are correct they started 5-3 last year however they did not play 3 division games on the road in the first 5 games last year, plus they lost the next 4 in a row this team will not lose 4 in a row.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 3, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Flounder a large reason I think we lost 4 in a row was ST's death.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

From the Redskins blog:

Erasmus James had some good plays, both in team drills and one-on-one work. His efforts in the team drills were especially impressive, as he got inside to stuff the run on at least two separate plays.

Good to hear, hopefully he can contribute on Sunday.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 3, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

This is crazy people. I'm only raeding on here about all the accolades that the Skins are getting from the "experts." I don't mean to be pessimistic or a nervous nellie, but the Skins are not as good as everyone thinks they are. They have only outscored their opponents by a total of 5 points this season. Yes, they have looked good at times, but they have also made plenty of mistakes.

Everyone talks about how StL, Det, and Cle are automatic. This ain't college. As far as I know, the Redskins aren't paying the Rams to come to FedEx. The Rams are dangerous, especially with a brand new head coach, just like every other NFL team. And at some point, the Browns will figure this thing out and start looking like last year's team.

Yes, the Skins are headed in the right direction, and I love Jim Zorn and the things he says about the mentality of the team. But it's too easy to let up and for us, as fans, to drink the Kool-Aid.

Remember: One loss this Sunday, and the Skins are tied for last in the division.

Don't hate. Just tryin' to stay medium.


Posted by: Good2bOK | October 3, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

alex, hopefully you were joking... the fudge-enrobed items, pizza and beer are among the game day meals of choice for many members of this blog community, not of the players.

Mmmm, beer...

Hold up, what?


Time for TCCLs?

T-minus two days and four hours 'til kickoff... tick tick tick... can't get here quickly enough...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 3, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Is that the pre-game/in-game meal for PLAYERS or media schlubs? What in the heck is an 'Oreo pizza'? This was really a lame attempt at comedy, right?

Posted by: TheOneAndOnly1 | October 3, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I also was confused by the Oreo Pizza and Beer reference. But quickly realized Jasno was talking about us, not the players.

Posted by: kjhealey | October 3, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The plexiglass situation is a prime example of winning curring all ills. If this was last year, pre superbowl victory thi story would be huge. It would be another example of how Couglin has lost all control over this team. Win your games and this gets swept under the mat as a side note.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 3, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

My morning coffee must not have kicked in yet. I cant wait to make cheese steaks on sunday.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 3, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

you guys realize there was a

* beep beep *

new post

fast and furious this morning...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 3, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Skins fan, lets unite and bring The John Riggins Show back on the radio. Help by signing the petition below...

An online campaign was created to bring The John Riggins Show back on the radio. The campaign is on the web at

Posted by: kmcguiney | October 3, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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