Gano Has Perfect First Workout In Bubble

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 2, 2012 – 12:25 pm

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Players may not officially re-assemble at Redskins Park for another two weeks, but the intrigue of the new Redskins practice bubble has led to a steady stream of players through the facilities to check it out.

One player who has been a regular for rehab purposes is kicker Graham Gano, who cracked three vertebrae in a first-half scrum against the Eagles in Week 17.  As you may remember, he was visibly hobbled during the game, but continued to play through the pain.  It was not until after the game that the prognosis was delivered, and he has been carefully working his way back since the season ended.

This story comes with a happy development today, however, as Gano got to try out the brand new bubble for the first time, complete with the sweet hanging goal posts.  Gano gave his own analysis of the workout, complete with a Twitter photo (@GrahamGano): Read more »

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Uprights Hang From Practice Bubble Roof

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 26, 2012 – 4:36 pm

There’s a new twist on goal posts here at Redskins Park.

As some fans may know, the field goal has counted for four, five, one and eventually three points, at some point in the last 120 years.  Kicking tees have been invented, instituted and subsequently banned from field goal tries, as kickers have moved from a straight-approach to a soccer-style boot.

The goal posts were originally placed at the goal line of the end zone, before good sense prevailed and it was moved out of the field of play.  The width between the uprights was also reduced to 18 feet, six inches.

The point, is that changes to the offensive kicking game are nothing new.  So fans shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the base of the goal post has been eliminated from the practice bubble’s uprights, replaced by chains that hang it from the ceiling.

Larry Michael takes fans inside the bubble on this month’s special episode of Inside The Redskins.  We may be looking at the future of indoor goal posts with this concept: Read more »

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New Practice Bubble Turf Surface In Place

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 10, 2012 – 2:01 pm

Only three weeks ago, Redskins fans saw the long-awaited rise of the new indoor practice bubble at Redskins Park.

In the time since then, the bubble has been rigged with lighting and a brand new field turf surface has been rolled out inside.

All-in-all, it’s starting to finally look like a facility that will host NFL-quality practices.  Here’s Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael with an exclusive sneak peek inside the brand new facility (via CSNWashington): Read more »

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Kicker Loving The New Practice Bubble

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 6:34 pm

The ending of last weekend’s AFC Championship game reminded everyone in the NFL that there is no such thing as an automatic kick, and that things can go awry from the moment coaches call for a field goal, until the ball hits the back net.

Plain and simple, kicking is a lot harder than it looks.

Part of preparing for tough kicking conditions is practicing repetitions in lousy weather conditions.  But another part of preparing to do a precision task is to prepare in perfect conditions–the type made possible with a practice bubble.

Count Redskins kicker Graham Gano as a big fan of the new indoor practice bubble at Redskins Park.  He tweeted his appreciation for the all-weather bubble a short time ago: Read more »

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Practice Bubble Time Lapse Video

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 23, 2012 – 2:05 pm

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Late Friday afternoon, we announced right here on that the Redskins practice bubble was finally off the ground.  As of closing time at Redskins Park, she wasn’t quite off the ground.  As of sundown, she was still rising.  When the snow began, she was standing tall, and by morning the bubble had risen to a proud 96 feet.

The bubble now dominates the skyline in Loudoun County, and can be spotted from the Loudoun County Parkway and Rt. 7.  Once the blanket of fog lifts out of the DMV, we’ll see how far away it can really be seen.  Check out Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael with the Friday report and cool time lapse inflation:

There will be more to come on the specifics of the dimensions and features in the days and weeks to come, as they finish the inside and put down the playing surface.  For now, it’s a mammoth endeavor that’s finally reaching fruition.

Here’s a quick panoramic shot of the inside of the bubble.  The white noise you hear are the powerful, yet energy-efficient fans that keep the bubble inflated:

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Practice Bubble Inflating At Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 20, 2012 – 4:39 pm

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The long-awaited rise of the Redskins practice bubble has begun at Redskins Park this afternoon.  As the sun goes down behind the clouds, the bubble is about one-third of the way full and getting bigger by the minute.

The photos above were taken at around 4:25 p.m., and the video update below was shot at around 2 p.m. when the inflation began.  This is the first indoor practice facility for the Redskins in franchise history, and should allow the team a safe and accommodating place to practice, no matter what the weather.

Here’s Redskins Nation‘s Larry Michael with the breaking news: Read more »

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Redskins Practice Bubble Update: Tuesday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2012 – 3:42 pm

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Over an otherwise quiet holiday weekend at Redskins Park, visible progress was made on the much-anticipated Redskins practice bubble.

Between last Friday and today, the gray tarps have been removed, and the white canvas has been spread out and put in place over the foundation.  A crane has also been brought in along one of the sides of the foundation, presumably to do crane-type things.

I don’t have too much more insight than that at the moment, but despite the high winds and rain recently, progress continues to be made towards a fully-functional practice bubble.

For the latest round of photos, look below: Read more »

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Friday Redskins Practice Bubble Update

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 13, 2012 – 10:52 am

Good morning Redskins Nation, and a very careful Friday the 13th to all.  My informed superstitious advice is to steer clear of black cats today and wear your luckiest Redskins gear today in order to ward off evil spirits.

And if anyone dares to utter “Dallas Cowboys” on this unluckiest of days, sing “Hail to the Redskins” to protect yourself.

In other news, the Redskins practice bubble is finally percolating towards completion.  All of the rain and nasty weather this fall made progress slow, but the foundation is in place, the doors are in place, and the bubble is in the not-too-distant future.

The 25-30 mph winds in Ashburn today look to be an inhibitor, but with the season over, crews can take their time.

Here’s Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael to outline the progress from yesterday: Read more »

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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: Read more »

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