Redskins' Shanahan relishes rainy practice

Redskins' Shanahan relishes rainy practice
July 31, 2013, 7:00 pm
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RICHMOND—The steady rain that fell throughout Wednesday’s practice might have dampened the some of the excitement at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

But as far as Coach Mike Shanahan was concerned, the soggy conditions were just perfect.

“It’s kind of nice to get a day like that where you have the type of weather that we had,” Shanahan said. “That doesn’t happen all the time where you’re able to do that. I thought we got a lot done. It kind of puts those players in positions that you don’t get to [simulate] very often.”

Indeed, the players were soaked, the balls were waterlogged and the field was slick. It all added up to a challenging situation – one that could be duplicated on a Sunday afternoon at some point during the 2013 season. 

“You want to put players in situations that you’re going to see during the season,” Shanahan said. “You don’t get a chance to do it like this very often because of the lightning factor. So I thought that was a positive. Ball security? We had a few turnovers on offense. You can’t do that. You’ve got to deal with the elements, so I thought that was a positive.”

Had this been a regular season practice in Ashburn, Shanahan likely would have moved the session inside the team’s bubble. There’s no such luxury here in Richmond.

With scattered thunderstorms a growing threat on Thursday, though, it’s possible the team would consider moving the practice to an offsite indoor facility.

“We have a facility we can go [to],” Shanahan said. “It will be more of a walkthrough, but you can still get a lot done. If we start getting consistent rain in the afternoon, we will move up our afternoon practices to the morning and walkthroughs in the afternoon, but we will wait and see. I kind of liked today. I thought it helped us with practice. I wouldn’t mind a couple of practices like this but you do not want 10 in a row.”