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Mother Nature Interferes With PM Practice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 1, 2011 – 6:00 pm

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The Redskins were cut short this afternoon after only about 15 minutes on the field.  Weather forecasts put the chance of rain at only about 25 percent, but what they really meant was 25 minutes of raining cats and dogs with accompanying lightning.

Same idea.

Unfortunately, this is valuable practice time that I’m sure coaches aren’t happy to lose.  Especially with free agents learning the playbook from the sidelines, this is lost time for both physical and mental reps.

Ironically, head coach Mike Shanahan answered questions on the topic of a proposed practice bubble being constructed for the team.  At about noon, he blew off the question.  By 4:30, I bet he wanted that bubble.

“I just know they are going to take care of business,” he said.  “We get some bad days where we have to game plan for it. To be honest with you, I have more problems than the bubble right now. I’m trying to concentrate on those other areas. We will have a plan to practice with inclement weather if the situation arises.”

Coach, I have a follow-up question now.

Many players hit the gym after they came off the field.  Check out the full video of Shanahan’s briefing below:

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7 Responses to “Mother Nature Interferes With PM Practice”

  1. By michael on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t ask the Cowboys how to build practice bubbles. *zing*

  2. By reesespieces on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    The Redskins are reportedly going to meet with recently released Lofa Tatupu, a MLB formerly of Seattle and DB Kelvin Hayden, who was recently released by the Colts. Both have sustained injuries through the past couple seasons keeping them out of a fourth of their respective teams games. Of interest: Hayden if you may remember returned a Grossman INT for a TD in the Bears loss in the SB. Any hard feelings?

  3. By reesespieces on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Optimism is good but reality will set you in place. The reality is an ESPN blogger noted that the QB situation was “about what he thought” coming in. So if that’s any indication I would suggest some phone calls towards the Broncos front office and soon. Orton tore it up last year and he shouldn’t still be considered a “game manager” as in his Chicago days. He already has chemistry with Gaffney and Moss is very much like Eddie Royal. Roll the dice and u may have a GB type of year guys. Possibly not a Bengals one.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    The quarterback situation is tough, because I don’t think you go out and get someone unless they’re a clear upgrade over what you have. Orton had a decent year statistically last year, but he went 3-10 as a starter, so he’s hardly a savior. Reportedly the Broncos are asking a pretty penny for him too, so why give up anything for maybe one win? Two wins? I think that you would have to decide that he’s a lot better than Beck, Grossman, Clemens or anyone else the Redskins have been linked to. At the end of the day, he doesn’t know the playbook, so I just don’t think he is.

  5. By Patrick on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you. Also bringing in a new QB so close to the start of the season wouldn’t help either. I like the fact we have people on the roster that know the offense and terminology. It just wouldn’t be worth what we’d have to give up.

  6. By reesespieces on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    According to the new QBR system (new qb rating system)that’s going to debut this season, he’s a clear upgrade over McNabb who we had. Grossman to me was an upgrade over McNabb albeit a small one. This season is different due to the limited time players have to learn the position. Orton learned a chunk of a playbook when McDaniels was there. But Orton played on a bad Broncos team much in the same way Beck played on a horrible Dolphin team. I think you have to make the move now if you are going to do it. If you can sacrifice a 4th rder or less I say pull the trigger. There is only one year left on his contract. If it doesn’t work out, you let him walk.

  7. By Skinsaholic on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Bad idea to grab Orton. I agree with Tinsmans assessment.

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