UPDATE: New Weightroom, New Era

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UPDATE: Here are some updated comments from the players from yesterday’s voluntary workouts. I think it’s plain to see the renewed sense of confidence they have in their coach, team, and themselves.  It’s way too early to say this, but what matters most is how it translates to the field come September.

On the new Shanahan Era

“When you have a coach in there with his type of record and history throughout his career, I think guys automatically respect that. With him coming in, you can already tell there’s just a different presence he brings, a different aura, a different leadership quality that I believe that we lacked before. We have guys that normally don’t show up for offseason. They begin in shape, but they feel the need to be here. The bigger thing is that people want to win this year after going through a 4-12 season, 0-6 in the NFC East, and I think everyone is ready to cling on and do whatever we have to in order to get back to prominence again.”

Lorenzo Alexander

“To see a guy like Fletch, who’s never been there but is going to come in in great shape, and to see a guy like LaRon, who’s never been there but is going to come in in great shape, to see those guys around, it just let’s you know the amount of respect we all have for Coach Shanahan. I definitely think a lot of what you saw today just shows how much guys realize who Coach Shanahan is, what he’s done in this league and what he wants to do here.”

DeAngelo Hall

“You saw today that everyone knows Coach Shanahan means business and everyone knows he’s a disciplinarian. A lot of guys being here at this time of year, getting ready to get started off on the right foot, just goes to show the respect they have for Coach Shanahan. When you’ve got a coach like Coach Shanahan, you know you have to do your part as players to be on the same page and try to put a winning team on field. You can see he’s trying to bring that winning attitude.”

Jason Campbell

On the new weight-room:

“They’ve moved everything around and everything up there is pretty much new. They painted the whole facility, changed the weight room around and brought in new equipment. They’re just trying to start fresh and new. They just want to throw away everything that’s happened to us in the past and start all over again. It’s about starting from scratch and building a great foundation.”

Lorenzo Alexander

“It was all new. From the new, bright, bright walls to the attitude, man. Just the way [Shanahan] presents himself. The way he wants this team to present itself and come out to play. It’s just grown men here to do a job, which is win games. And if you ain’t with that, you’ve got to go. No exceptions to the rule.”

DeAngelo Hall

On the absence of Jim Zorn:

“just totally different with Coach Shanahan here. Jim Zorn was a first-time coach when he first got the job. Last year, he was going into his second year as an NFL head coach, versus Mike Shanahan, who has won Super Bowls and has coached some of the greatest players to ever play this game. He understands what it takes to coach men.

The main thing he stressed in this thing was, ‘Hey, I want you guys to win and I want you guys fresh.’ He said he’s not about beating people up. He’s about getting good work done, getting the hell out of there and winning games. He said he’s got to keep us fresh. And from that point on, I think everybody was like, ‘Hell yeah!’ Everybody was thinking that with Mike Shanahan here, it was about old school two-a-day practices and beating guys up. He’s about just having grown men doing their jobs. From the jump, he had guys like, ‘Hell yeah!” From the jump.”

DeAngelo Hall

via The Post

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Here are some quotes from the first day of workouts:

“New faces. The weight room’s different. Lot of changes like that, but it’s good for the long run. Obviously 4-12 wasn’t good, so they had to make a lot of changes, and that goes for personnel, coaching staff, and everything like that.”

Brian Orakpo

“Everything pretty much changed. It’s a different look. A new era.”

“I was in the last defense for ten years and I’m gonna have fun just learning something new. It’s gonna be fun. I think guys are willing to do it. After the season we had last year? Ain’t nothing we can say. We’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do.”

Phillip Daniels

On the new weightroom configuration:

“I like how they moved stuff around, made more room. Ray Wright seems like he’s a really good coach and he’s gonna have us ready. Hopefully I can go in there, work with him on his stuff, he can work with me on my stuff, and we’ll get me even stronger.”

Phillip Daniels

On new beginnings and the changes made so far this offseason:

“Feels good being back. First day back on the job, seeing everybody, Guys are excited, got new coaches and a new staff onboard, and it’s been good so far.”

Brian Orakpo

“I like the moves so far. You hate to see good coaches — good people — leave. But at the same time, sometimes change is good, and we’ve gotta move forward.”

Phillip Daniels

Quotes via the Redskins Blog


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One Response to “UPDATE: New Weightroom, New Era”

  1. Brian says:

    How much does a membership cost? I pay 15 a month at Planet Fitness, can they beat that?