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Thousands watch Gibbs open 'Skins' training camp

Postby 1niksder » Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:10 pm

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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Joe Gibbs kept his coaching staff up until 1 a.m., telling old stories and nervously making sure everything was perfect on the eve of his first training camp in 12 years.

After a little sleep, the coaches made the early morning drive to Redskins Park - only to find that the fans had beat them there.
"I got here about 6:15; the parking lots were full," assistant coach Joe Bugel said. "They were catching football. It was game day. Then I really started getting nervous."

By 9 a.m. Saturday, thousands had assembled to watch Gibbs return to the practice field, applauding the return of the Hall of Fame coach who won three Super Bowls.

"I didn't expect this many fans," said quarterback Mark Brunell, who never saw such hoopla in nine years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I knew there was going to be a lot of people here, but it's unbelievable."

Gibbs concentrated mostly on the offense but also paid close attention to special teams drills - a significant change from the departed Steve Spurrier, who always stayed close to the quarterbacks.

Asked to compare his emotions to his first Redskins training camp in 1981, the 63-year-old Gibbs joked: "I'm too old to remember '81."

"I think it's a lot of the same things, a lot of the same emotions," he added. "Nervous, apprehensive."

Gibbs was involved in every offensive snap and even played free safety. He faked a blitz once or twice as he and his mostly gray-haired coaching staff lined up to give the offense different looks on pass plays.

"If they can't read us, then they're really in trouble," Gibbs said. "I don't think we're moving at the same speed."

The session was the most physical Redskins practice since the early days of Norv Turner in the mid-1990s, with live tackling on some inside running plays.

"We're never really taking breaks," tackle Chris Samuels said. "We're always working. Last year and previous years, we would go hard and take some periods off where we're talking through some stuff. But we're on the field, we work hard, we get off the field."

Gibbs kept the quarterback competition as level as possible. Brunell took the first set of reps, but he and Patrick Ramsey took an equal number of snaps. Gibbs said he won't decide on a quarterback until the final exhibition game.

Meanwhile, Bugel, who oversaw the infamous "Hogs" of the 1980s, came up with a new moniker for his new offensive line.

"Dirt bags," Bugel said. "They're going to be down and dirty in those trenches. We like nicknames for our offensive line. It gives them some identity."

First-round draft pick safety Sean Taylor, who is recovering from a knee sprain, sat out practice and declined interviews.

Gibbs gave the first session a mediocre grade. There were too many botched snaps and poorly run pass routes to make him happy.

"A good attitude - very rough," Gibbs said.


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Postby NJ SKINSFAN » Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:18 pm

Meanwhile, Bugel, who oversaw the infamous "Hogs" of the 1980s, came up with a new moniker for his new offensive line.


I don't want to nit pick but isn't infamous mean famous in a bad way. I believe they were famous for what they accomplished.
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Postby Deadskins » Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:47 pm

NJ SKINSFAN wrote:
Meanwhile, Bugel, who oversaw the infamous "Hogs" of the 1980s, came up with a new moniker for his new offensive line.


I don't want to nit pick but isn't infamous mean famous in a bad way. I believe they were famous for what they accomplished.

Well they were a bunch of bad-asses. :roll:
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