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Two D.C. head coaches at Redskins’ practice

There were two Washington head coaches at Redskins’ practice Monday afternoon: Mike Shanahan and Bruce Boudreau, the Capitals’ head coach. Boudreau was invited to Redskins Park by Danny Smith, the Redskins’ special teams coordinator. Boudreau took in more than two hours of football practice.

Boudreau and Shanahan had never met before. The pair spent some time during the early stages of practice chatting.

“Just chewing-the-fat-type thing,” Boudreau said. “I’m doing most of the asking. I’m the guy where, ‘this is really cool’. It was just a great day.”

It wasn’t strictly entertainment. Boudreau said he was picking up a few tips and couldn’t help but notice how different a football practice is from what takes place on the ice.

“I didn’t know how it was done,” he said. “(Shanahan’s) like the field general and all the other generals out there. I thought it was a really neat concept.”

Shanahan oversees 90 players and more than a dozen coaches -- quite a bit different than Caps’ practice.

“There’s some great ideas that football does that I think hockey could use,” Boudreau said. “And I’m sure hockey has things I think football players can use. It’s sort of like sharing knowledge.”

Like what?

“I’m really intrigued by how many coaches they have, and the whole systems of what they do -- the 17 different stations, the time they spent there,” he said.

Boudreau wasn’t fielding any hockey questions Monday. Asked about Matt Bradley’s comments last week, Boudreau declined to comment.

Boudreau’s son Brady spent practice with the Redskins special teams unit, fielding balls, helping with the Jugs machine and doing whatever was asked of him. Boudreau paced around the practice field to observe.

“It’s so funny,” he said, “because if you watch a lot of movies -- I remember watching Knute Rockne and he’s picking up things from a play. Just different ideas that they have that I thought maybe I could pick up something and maybe it could work with us.”

He joked that he wouldn’t be too eager to have to oversee 90 players at once. He was also surprised at the workload.

“I never would’ve thought that a football player’s day is so long,” Boudreau said. “And the coaches days’ are a lot longer than that. I thought it was quite an eye-opening experience.”

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.



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