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Need to Know: Redskins quotes and notes–Hard Knocks, no-drama camp, and more

Aug 13, 2014, 4:54 AM EDT


RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 13, five days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

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—Will Hard Knocks come knocking in Richmond? Bruce Allen was asked about the possibility of the Redskins being on the HBO reality series. “Hard Knocks has been something that we’ve discussed. We’ll discuss it in the future, but I think this was very good for Coach Gruden’s first year to get this team together, not to have anything but the team together . . . It’s something the league brings up, usually at the spring meetings, the different teams that they’re going to be talking to and we’ll see what the league does next year.”

—Gruden begged off when I asked him if he had decided how much the starters will play against the Browns on Monday. “Not yet. We’re going to go through the rest of the week and practice,” he said. “We have Thursday, Friday, we’ll be in some pads and then Saturday, we’ll taper off. I’ll see where we are from a health standpoint and we’ll go from there, but I expect them to play a little bit more than last week.”

—After the first Patriots joint practice Gruden said that his defense was gassed after dealing with the quick tempo of Tom Brady running the offense. Gruden was asked if they had done anything about conditioning. “Coach [Jacob] Burney is doing a good job keeping them after practice,” he said. “Our strength coaches are working with them and they weren’t grossly out of shape – it was just something that needs to be addressed with all the no-huddles we’re seeing. It’s the first time we’ve really saw a tempo like that, that New England’s came and threw at us. So it was really good for them to understand that ‘Hey, maybe I’m not in the best shape of my life. Maybe I do need some extra conditioning, extra work.’”

—Allen talked about having a training camp that ended without any major drama, or anything minor, for that matter. “Well, many of the players and many of the coaches weren’t here last year, so they’re unaware of the drama unless they read the newspapers,” he said. “We just wanted to focus on getting better every day, and that’s been Coach Gruden’s motto from the beginning. When you focus on today’s events and today’s meetings and today’s practices, you sort of lose all of that drama.”

—Here is Gruden talking on the same topic. “I never want a media circus or anything like that,” he said. “I don’t know what happened last year, I wasn’t here. I think it was pretty smooth. I think everybody’s on the same page as far as what we’re talking about, what we’re doing on the field. There’s no hidden agendas I don’t think. Hopefully that remains consistent throughout the season, not just in training camp. So moving forward, hopefully we can stay in that train of thought and mentality.”

If you have any questions about what’s going on at training camp, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

—It’s been 227 days since the Redskins played a game; in 25 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Redskins at Ravens 10; Final cuts 17; Home opener vs. Jaguars 32

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  1. shermanp79 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I think having no drama helps this team. They have been able to focus on what needs to be done, they can concentrate on getting better. The atmosphere around the whole organization is so much different but better. We have competition at most of the positions, even if it is for the depth chart. This will only make this team better. Hopefully it has the organization going up, with the ability to continue building on this for years to come. I said it months ago, I do believe Gruden has a chance to put together what Gibbs had his first time around. They have things that still need fixing but hopefully they have put a great foundation down. The talent is much better, the attitude throughout is better and the overall message of “Hard work” and “accountability” is set. Now we need to continue getting better in Preseason, then give the Season a run. If they look to correct mistakes and get better every week, this season will be a success. HTTR!!

  2. bowlregard - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I was glad to see the conditioning issue brought up. Of course, part of the answer will be rotating players, utilizing depth and so forth.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Problem is you can’t rotate players against the no-huddle. They do need to push the conditioning a little bit harder as part of the solution.

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