During the Mike Shanahan era, the Redskins tended to the lighter side of practice, rarely going with heavy contact. As Rich Tandler reported, that could be changing under new coach Jay Gruden. Make no mistake, Gruden will not send the 'Skins down the Schottenheimer Oklahoma drill path, but training camp may see more days in full pads and harder contact.
The question becomes is that the right move for Washington? Watching the team in 2013, tackling was clearly an issue for the Redskins defense. The best way to improve tackling in games? Tackle in practice.
Not to oversimplify, but more consistent open-field tackling from Washington's defense and special teams could have saved some touchdowns last year, and in turn, maybe allow Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense opportunities to win more games. Will more contact in training camp directly lead to better defensive and special teams play? Who knows, but it will reinforce the notion that the Skins need to focus on fundamentals.
So go full contact all the time then? Slow down, it makes no sense for players to be injured in July when games don't start until September. And you don't want wear and tear from the summer months to impact players towards the end of the season.
What's the right mix? More physical than the Shanahan era? Full contact more often? Let us know what you think in the comments.