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Need to Know: Redskins camp, Day 3 notes–Gruden hates ‘buddy football’

Jul 27, 2014, 4:54 AM EDT

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RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 27, 11 days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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News and notes from the third day of training camp for the 2014 Redskins, which played out under partly cloudy skies and fairly mild late-July temperatures.

—Training camps under Mike Shanahan were not exactly Camp Cupcake but there weren’t many comments or complaints that camp was too physical either. If Gruden’s comments on Saturday are any indication, the contact will pick up for the Redskins compared to the last four years. “I just like the competition,” he said. “I think it’s very important for the defense to give the offense the best look possible and vice versa. We can’t do that if we are just muddling around playing buddy football.” You have to respect a coach who hates “buddy football”.

—But this doesn’t mean that they will pound each other every day. Gruden will take it day by day. ““I think it’s dependent on how we are doing as far as health-wise, how much we feel like we are getting in,” he said. “I think right now we are to a point where we are going to do pads today, pads tomorrow and then pads on Monday. And then we will take a day off (the scheduled off day on Tuesday) and then we will see where we stand.”

—We’re only three days in but so far training camp has been distraction free. Last year by this time we had the coach and quarterback exchanging passive-aggressive comments, a season-ending injury to Keenan Robinson and a four-game PED suspension for Jarvis Jenkins. Barry Cofield appreciates the difference. “Yeah, it’s definitely about football right now,” he said. “It’s definitely about football and that’s it. We’re not in the headlines. I don’t see us on the SportsCenter ticker at the bottom every day. It’s a good feeling to just be focused on football, focused on getting better and only fielding questions about players and their activities on the field.”

—I talked to Richard Crawford on Saturday. It surprised me that he took the field 11 months after a pretty serious knee injury without a brace or sleeve. He’s looking forward to competing for a role. “Competition is always going to be there,” he said. “It’s the NFL, you’re going to see the best of the best at all times. I’m kind of happy they did bring them in because you learn a lot from those guys and I’m becoming a better player myself. I’m just trying to be the best I can be and help this team win.”

—Since it’s becoming popular to declare yourself to be the best in the business, Cofield was asked if he thought he was one of the best nose tackles in the game. He wanted no part of that discussion. “I’m not interested in ranking myself. I just want to help the team win and I want to be the starting nose tackle for the Super Bowl champions,” he said. “That’s my main goal. I come to work every day and work hard. I love that my coaches support me. I’d be happy if Perry Riley and Keenan Robinson went to the Pro Bowl instead of myself and they just buy my something – just a gift to give me a little recognition.”

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 210 days since the Redskins played a game; in 42 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 11; Final cuts 34; Redskins @ Eagles 56

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  1. manchild157 - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Physicality and ‘No Buddy Football’ sounds great to me.

  2. mlandon24 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Appreciate the updates Rich!! Keep me comin.

  3. kenlinkins - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    This is a problem (Buddy Ball) that at lease go’s back to the days of Joe Gibbs. Rumor has it that many a rookie got the heads up that joining D. Greens bible study class was a great way to gain an edge making the team. I am glad that coach Gruden is driving home the point that ANY buddy Ball hurts the team as a whole. Not practicing your best against a friend / buddy doesn’t help and will hurt the team. You are not doing your buddy any flavors if he is being allowed to look better than he really is! Everyone must make the team on his own skill / talent and at this time of year, your buddy still has time to improve his weakness. Show improvement, show you can be developed, and you will make the team. You can believe that other teams will find your buddies weakness at just the wrong time if you allow him to make it by not practicing at your best. Coach Gruden must have seen it somewhere if he pointed it out and I for one hope he can stop it dead in it’s tracks.

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