Gruden pleased with foundation laid during first offseason program

Jay Gruden catches a pass as he run drills with the offense. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

With his first offseason program as head coach of the Washington Redskins now in the books, Jay Gruden expressed encouragement over the way his team has come together, the enthusiasm his players have displayed, and the progress they have made in the last three months.

The Redskins this week had perfect attendance for their mandatory minicamp, and with the exception of a few excused absences here and there, they had full participation all offseason.

That prompted Gruden to, as a reward to his players, cancel Thursday’s practice session, originally slated as the final day of minicamp.

Gruden believes that he and his assistants and players have begun laying the strong foundation –both on the field, and from a unity standpoint – needed for success.

And so, while a coach never feels completely satisfied, Gruden surmised that the Redskins did accomplish as much as they possibly could have during the offseason program.

“It was good to get everybody in the building and everybody working together,” Gruden said. “And I think the thing that I’ve been most impressed with is, I think with the locker room in general – how they’re getting along and how they’re playing together, working together, you see them in the weight room working out together.

“We haven’t had any bickering or any arguing or any fighting so to speak – maybe a little one yesterday,” Gruden continued, referring to a brief scuffle Tuesday between defensive lineman Doug Worthington and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. “But overall I feel like the team together is coming along great and the unity is where it needs to be at this point and then we when come back to training camp with the knowledge of the system and people knowing one another, hopefully we can take off from there.”

The Redskins have five weeks before reporting to Richmond for training camp on July 23.

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