Redskins take field trip for practice

Redskins take field trip for practice
December 16, 2010, 9:31 pm

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer
CSNwashington.com

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It was an odd sight for sure late Thursday morning at Redskin Park players with their jerseys on and coaches with their practice scripts in hand piling into cars and driving away.

The Redskins were going to work at a local fitness center.

Consistent snow and cold temperatures rendered the Redskins three grass fields and one artificial turf field unusable, sending the team off-site for the fourth time this year.

Because they remain one of only two northern NFL teams (Cincinnati) without an indoor practice facility, coach Mike Shanahan had no choice but to call an audible.

Well get that resolved in the future, he said. Its not perfect right now relative to places to practice. We would like it to be better and well work on that.

Shanahan said building an indoor facility is a priority for sure.

Only 10 NFL teams don't have an indoor practice alternative. Cincinnati travels 25 miles to a suburban soccer complex when bad weather strikes and had to do it four times last year.

The Redskins have practiced twice at a Dulles International Airport hangar and the last two times at the fitness center. They drove their own cars because arranging for buses would have taken 90 minutes.

On Wednesday, frozen grass fields forced the Redskins to work on the turf and Thursday was yet another three-quarter speed practice.

It was nice to get out of the office for a little bit, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. This is the first time weve had to do it a couple days in a row. Later in the year, its not as bad as it would be early in the year because guys are sore and you get to rest some guys legs.

Kyle Shanahan added working at the gym definitely does hurt the timing of things you run some new routes and we havent been able to do it full speed yet.

Said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett: It makes it harder obviously but these guys are pretty resilient. Its just something you have to fight through.

Mike Shanahan said he has talked to owner Dan Snyder about an indoor facility. Former coach Joe Gibbs famously nixed any idea of a bubble.

Weve talked about it in detail before, Shanahan said. Hes asked what I think we need and hes very aware of my thoughts.

Shanahan took a bright-side approach to the field trip.

The last time we worked inside on a Thursday, we won the game, he said. Maybe it will be a positive.

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