I’ll have plenty more on today’s final day of mini-camp later (and into tomorrow), and you can read Larry Weisman’s comprehensive wrap-up here. But, in the meantime, a few pictures from today’s on-field action.
Talking to the media today, head coach Mike Shanahan noted that there were “a number of those people that I was pleasantly surprised [by] and a couple out there that you were disappointed in. That’s usually the case.” He went on to discuss how it’s a “long process” and declined to provide names of the folks who impressed him, but I thought Malcom Kelly was someone who showed well during this minicamp.
Arguably just as strange as seeing Donovan McNabb at QB was seeing Chris Samuels as a coaching intern — here alongside former teammate and new wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell.
One of the first things a media member said to me at today’s practice — the first one that’s been open to the media — was something along the lines of “Wow, the Redskins are really a 3-4 team now.”
NOT SO FAST, says Mike Shanahan. “I think if you take a look at Jim[Haslett]’s background,” he said, “our base is off of a three man front. Now, we also do a lot of things with the four man front, so we’re using a combination of different things. I’m just saying we’re using a three man, we’re using four man, a lot of people in different positions, and that’s why were calling it the Redskins defense.”
Looks like LaRon Landry will be given the chance to line up more at strong safety, just like so many people have requested. (I adamantly and flatly stated on Redskins Nation that this wouldn’t happen. Um. Oops.) This is something I’ll have more on later, but here’s new defensive backs coach Bob Slowik working with Landry and Carlos Rogers.
And new backfield addition Phillip Buchanon, too.
Things you haven’t really heard this offseason: “OMG, I can’t believe Anthony Alridge isn’t number 39 anymore!!!!!! I hope Willie Parker paid him for it!”
Kyle Shanahan, right, on Donovan McNabb (center, holding the ball): “He’s a professional. He’s been in this game forever and he’s had 10 years in it and he’s very poised out there; knows what he’s doing. But he’s rusty just like everyone else, even though he’s running some plays that he’s ran before. Everybody runs similar plays, but everyone coaches them different, so we’re trying to get them used to running it how we do. Things are new for him and I think he got better each day, also.”
And, further, on how McNabb performed in the minicamp: “He did really well. I didn’t expect him to come in and be on with everything, because it’s the first time he’s calling stuff out, trying to spit out our verbiage, but just as far as him being Donovan it was definitely what we thought we were asking for.”
Clinton Portis, dressed in a jaunty blaze-orange-black-and-fluorescent hoodie, black Ferrari pants, and loafers, laid out his motivation. (Everyone who had “the doubters and haters” in the what-will-motivate-Portis pool can collect now.) “I say for all the naysayers and haters, they finally opened my eyes this offseason. That’s the motivation I need — just to feel like it’s me against the world again. Everyone, all the media outlets who wanted me outta here, I have something for you all. I’ll stay patient and let you all see. I’ll let my work speak for itself.”
The loafers and Ferrari pants, in case you were curious:
There were a LOT of media members here today, including NFL Network, ESPN, and about sixty-five guys from the Washington Post. Here, they are mobbing Shanahan.
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