New practice schedule favors early risers

New practice schedule favors early risers
July 27, 2012, 6:30 pm
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In his first two seasons as the Redskins coach, Mike Shanahan held training camp practices in the morning and walkthroughs in the afternoon.This summer, however, Shanahan has flipped that familiar schedule.I havent worked it this way before, he said this week. But with the new rules in the collective bargaining agreement, we are getting a good lift in the morning from 7:30 to and 8 to 8:30 with the rookies and the vets. So I think that you feel very good about that.At least, the coach cracked, the guys who like to wake up early, obviously, they are enjoying it.Following the early weight lifting sessions, the coaches meet with the players to review the playbook. Then the team heads to the practice bubble for an uptempo walkthrough.Long snapper Nick Sundberg said he was told by team officials that studies show the learning process, information retention specifically, is better in the morning.Weve got a good meeting in the morning, then we get a walkthrough so different things we walk through are things we put in right before the walkthrough and before we hit the field, Shanahan added. I like it thus far.The only downside to the new schedule was realized only minutes into the opening practice of camp on Thursday: the temperature in Ashburn soared near 100 degrees with a heat index of 105-110.The sun punked me a little bit, Santana Moss said. But, hey, I made it through. It was a tough one, especially for some of us who havent been practicing here.Shanahan said if the heat gets too extreme, he could opt to move practices indoors.The nice thing about the bubble, we have the opportunity to go in there if it does get too hot, he said.Veteran Chris Cooley said hes undecided on the new routine at Redskins Park.I dont know if I like the new practice schedule yet, Cooley said. To be honest, Im not a huge fan of morning practice and waking up at 6 a.m. and starting my physical activity. Well see how it goes.It would be nice if its not 100 every day, Cooley added. But maybe it will make us tough, huh? Joe Gibbs weather.