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Mike Shanahan Expresses Excitement On Training Camp In Richmond
ASHBURN – Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he is excited about the team’s agreement with the city of Richmond to move its three-week training camp to the city beginning next summer.
The team and Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Wednesday that it will take its summer session to an as-yet-undetermined location in the state’s capital city for the next eight years.
“I’m excited to have camp in Richmond,” Shanahan said on Thursday, following the team’s final voluntary offseason workout session. “Obviously, it’s not going to be for a year, but it gives players a chance to spend three weeks together. A lot of people ask what the difference is, because we spend from 7 o’clock in the morning to 10 o’clock at night in the facility anyhow, but when you do have some downtime, you get to spend it in a hotel or you get to spend it in a dormitory and players just spend more time together.
“In my experience through the years, even though it’s only three weeks, it’s a good time to bond together and teammates get a chance to know each other.”
Shanahan, who was the head coach in Denver from 1995-2008, spent the first eight years of his tenure with the Broncos at training camp an hour north of their year-round complex. The upcoming training camp will be the Redskins’ 10th held on their 35-acre facility, but the team has historically held the workouts off campus.
“When you’re a couple hours away, as compared to 10 minutes away, and you do have the kids and you do have a lot of friends, it’s so much easier to bond with your teammates than it is to run to the store for something, or someone may be sick,” Shanahan said. “But from my experience, it was some quality years in those camps.”
The Redskins also announced a $30 million improvement to Redskins Park, which is increasingly out of date after its construction in 1992. A specific timeframe for construction has not been set.
“You always want a state-of-the-art facility,” Shanahan said. “Same thing with the weight room. You want a state-of-the-art weight room. You want a state-of-the-art meeting room. The technology that some of these new teams have, you want that ability as well. We want free agents to come here and say, ‘What a great facility. I can see me coming here and getting better as a football player and grow as an organization.’”