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Dan Riley’s Weight Training And Disco Ball

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 20, 2012 – 2:22 pm

In the latest interview with head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright for Redskins Nation, he discusses his coaching mentor Dan Riley.

Riley was the Redskins’ strength and conditioning coach during the team’s glory days, serving for 21 seasons from 1981-2001.  Before coming to Washington, Riley was a dynamic strength coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions.  During his four years at the school, the team never lost more than four games in a season, and went 3-1 in bowl games.

When Joe Gibbs was hired as the head coach in Washington, Riley interviewed for the position, and brought his “High Intensity Training” to the professional ranks.  His system for workouts targeted specific muscles and worked them out to the point of exhaustion.  It was the style behind Don Shula’s ’72 Dolphins, and it helped build the Redskins’ 1980s dynasty.

Certainly the team’s success is a direct result of the right players in the right scheme.  But it shouldn’t be ignored how much Riley and his system prepared the players’ to perform.

Coach Wright also owes Riley a debt of gratitude for giving him his start as a strength coach with the Houston Texans.  After eight seasons of working under Riley with the Texans, Wright took the top job with the Redskins.

Funny how that works.

As you can tell from Wright’s description, Riley was a high-octane, borderline eccentric guy.  Sadly, he coached in the era before the team blog, because he used to have a disco ball hanging from the ceiling of the weight room at Redskins Park: Read more »

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Carriker Officially Out-lifting Phillip Daniels

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 19, 2012 – 3:51 pm

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During the 2010 season, Adam Carriker was united with Phillip Daniels on the line to form one of the strongest defensive end  tandems in the history of the NFL.  They played together for only one season and made only one start together in that span, but changed the standard for ‘player strength’ in Washington.

The question of strongest Redskin was a dangerous question in those days, with two of the team’s more outspoken interviews making the case for themselves.

Even a review of the Youtube tape sheds little light on the subject, with Daniels squatting 722 pounds, and Carriker allegedly benching over 500 pounds, squatting 600 pounds, and clean and jerking 405 pounds.

I don’t know anyone strong enough to determine who wins that contest.

But after spending 2011 in retirement, Daniels, the new director of player development, has apparently left his power lifting days in the past.  According to head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, Carriker is now the undisputed strongest man in the building: Read more »

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Pilates Now A Part Of Offseason Workouts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 18, 2012 – 2:43 pm

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With the first batch of voluntary offseason workouts wrapping up this week, the Redskins strength and conditioning staff is introducing a new workout to the rotation: Pilates.

A lot of attention has been brought to Pilates in recent years, as Kedric Golston got Lorenzo Alexander into the workout regimen (and then eventually into the Pilates studio business).  Their subsequent success on the field led to increased interest from players like Rob Jackson and Perry Riley, who have tried out the routines on their own.

But now, according to strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, the workout routine will become mandatory for the entire team, in preparation for 2012: Read more »

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