Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan says he’s had no problems with the NFL’s new schedule for offseason workouts.
“I think it’s been great,” Shanahan said after Thursday’s practice at Redskins Park. “I think it’s been great for the players. It’s been great for the coaches. We’ve got a lot of work done over the last eight weeks.”
Offseason workouts were reduced under the terms of the 10-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union, which was completed last summer. The offseason also was divided into three phases; the first is mainly for conditioning and the second includes on-field drills, but none in which a team’s offense goes against its defense.
A team is permitted to have 10 organized team activities, or practices, plus a minicamp, in the third offseason phase. The Redskins completed their OTAs this week and have a minicamp scheduled for next week. There is no hitting during any of the offseason practices. Players cannot wear pads and are permitted to wear helmets on the field only during the third phase.
“We’ve had a chance to meet with the players quite a bit,” Shanahan said. “I think the structure of the practices were good the first two weeks, not football-related but they get back in condition and shape. The next three weeks, you’ve got to be on separate fields but you still have an introduction to your offense and defense. The last three weeks, we had a chance to go against each other, learn the system, feel more comfortable with each other going against each other.
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