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Need to Know: Gruden explains Redskins’ Richmond practice time switch

Jun 17, 2015, 5:19 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 17, 43 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.

Gruden talks about practice schedule

Yesterday in this space I wondered why the Redskins decided to change their practice schedule in Richmond this summer. On most days they will have their full practice in the afternoon and have their walkthrough in the morning. That is the opposite of the way they did it last year.

I said that the change may have been for financial reasons tied to the Redskins agreement with the city of Richmond as much as for football reasons. Yesterday Jay Gruden was asked for the reasons behind the schedule change. Here is his reply in its entirety.

“We have two practices: one walkthrough and one practice in pads that you can do in training camp. Whether you do one in the morning and one in the afternoon, that’s really up to us as a staff and what we decided was… to install in the morning in meetings, walk through the installation, practice in the afternoon, watch the practice tape, and do it all over again as opposed to trying to install in the evening and practice in the morning. When you install in the evening, sometimes guys are so tired and rundown that you don’t get their attention. We’re hoping that when they wake up bright and early, get a cup of coffee and a good breakfast, we’ll install our stuff, go out to the walkthrough, we walkthrough what we just installed, and then we practice it. I think that transition will be better and more learning-conducive for the players. The reason I didn’t do it last year, quite frankly, is I worried about the rain in the afternoon. But after going through it, I think we would’ve only missed one, maybe two days. If it is a chance of rain or something in the afternoon, we can always flip-flop the practices depending on it. From a learning standpoint, for the players, I think meeting, walkthrough, practice, watch tape is the best way to do it.”

So, there you have the football reasons for making the switch. And, as I should have mentioned in the post yesterday, in 2013, the first year that training camp was in Richmond, Mike Shanahan had the walkthough in the morning and the padded practice in the afternoon. So there is a rational case to be made for the padded practices in the morning and for having them in the afternoon.

Did the financial considerations figure in pushing the decision towards having the heavy, more entertaining practice in the afternoon? You’ve heard what the coach said and you’re also familiar with the way this organization does business. You can decide.


Today’s schedule: Minicamp practice 1 p.m.; offensive coaches available coming off the field. Jay Gruden news conference approx. 3 p.m.

—It’s been 171 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 88 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 43; Preseason opener @ Browns 57; final cuts 81

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  1. skinsgame - Jun 17, 2015 at 5:44 AM

    If he’s lying and it’s all about the business side of things, so what? The entire operation of every team in the league is for business purposes. The owners aren’t rich because they have a low business acumen.

    • hokietaa - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:49 AM

      Agree. I’ve got as many issues with Snyder as any die hard fan. I’ve come to peace with the understanding that I’m stuck with him the same way I’m stuck with my in-laws. He is who he is….. a businessman. I’d rather him play the role of businessman than GM. Perfect senerio?….no. Better than the last umpteen years….yes. HTTR!

  2. Kevin - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Like I said yesterday… Media potstirring. The post does that well you don’t have to as well.

  3. bangkokben - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Great news over the last 24 hours. Thank you.

  4. hk2000 - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:26 AM


    John Kiem’s article yesterday took the same angle you did (though he did mention the fact that that’s how they did it 2 years ago, you did not.) So my question is, who’s idea was it to start this whole conspiracy theory?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 17, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      I starting to think it was you. Can you layoff a bit on the insinuations since I like the reporting provided here.

      • hk2000 - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        How do you figure? I like Rich’s articles as well- even the ones I disagree with. I wasn’t accusing him of anything, I merely find it odd that two separate reporters came up with the same unsubstantiated conclusions and wonder if they compared notes at some point while attending minicamp.

  5. sidepull - Jun 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Fair enough explanation. Archives

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