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Shanahan Reflects On Bruce Boudreau

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 5:41 pm

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In his weekly sit-down with CSNWashington’s Chick Hernandez, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan discussed, among other things, his budding friendship with former NHL Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

Not that this blog should be your choice destination for hockey news, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, Boudreau was relieved of his coaching duties on Monday.

Shanahan first met Boudreau when the hockey guru paid a visit to Redskins Park during training camp, and the two hit it off well.  But on a professional level, Shanahan is a coach that has also been fired from a team after years of success.  For Shanahan, it’s just part of the business.

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Practice Specificity Coming Into Focus Before Baltimore

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 22, 2011 – 6:34 pm

Thursday’s upcoming preseason game is against Beltway rival, the Baltimore Ravens.  More importantly for that, it’s the third preseason game, which in most years is considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season.

Whether that’s the plan for the Redskins remains to be seen,  but coaches were ramping up the intensity and specificity of today’s workouts.  Here are a few observations from today:

  • Players wore practice shells today after going without any pads yesterday.
  • Bruce Boudreau was in attendance, and was actually looking quite svelte.  It must be his summer beach look.
  • Early morning tarps from yesterday’s rain gave way to a gorgeous afternoon for football.

Here’s a look at the wide receivers working on avoiding jams at the line of scrimmage:

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The Capital’s Bruce Boudreau Pays A Visit To Practice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 22, 2011 – 4:18 pm

The Redskins practice had an extra set of coaching eyes today, as Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Washington Capitals, stopped by.

Boudreau was the guest and companion of head coach Mike Shanahan on the sidelines during practice.  He was accompanied by his son, Brady, who helped special teams coordinator Danny Smith with the Jugs machine during special teams drills.

“We just talked more about [Colorado Avalanche player] Joe Sakic and stuff, so it was pretty light,” Boudreau said of his conversation with Shanahan.  “Y’know, he was in Denver, and he was there when they had good [Avalanche] teams.

“I’m sure that most head coaches are well-versed in quite a few sports,” he continued.  “It was pretty cool meeting him.”

In the National Hockey League, teams may have a maximum of 23 players on the roster at any given time.  While the NFL regular season roster is only a little more than twice that, there are currently almost four times as many players in the Redskins camp.

Boudreau sounded relieved that he never had to handle that many players at one time. Read more »

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Danny Smith And Bruce Boudreau Are Pals

Posted by Matt Terl on April 21, 2011 – 3:46 pm

Well, this is something that I didn’t know: Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith and Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau are good friends. I’ve seen (and written about) Boudreau and Caps players attending Redskins games, but this was news to me. Fortunately, Smith showed up on Comcast SportsNet with Chick Hernandez and Julie Donaldson prior to Friday night’s Game Two in the current playoff series and explained how that friendship started up — and what the two coaches actually talk about, among other things.


“I contacted him, actually, to get an opportunity to meet with him and just discuss about how he does with players and things like that,” Smith explained. “And then a co-worker of y’all’s, Eric Schuster, set up a lunch, and we all went to lunch. Just picking each other’s brain as two coaches and how you deal with players. Different uses of video equipment, different strategies in different situations as it pertains to each sport, so it was a great meeting and he I have become great friends ever since.”

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