There's a widely held misconception around the Redskins bye week.
Many Redskins fans worried when the team's bye week came the first week of October. It marked the earliest possible week off the team could get, and while the team might want some rest later in the season, in the scope of the NFL season, Week 5 actually represents a relative midway point.
The Redskins opened training camp on July 27th. In Richmond, head coach Jay Gruden put his team through two-a-day practices more than 10 times. Washington then played four preseason games, and came back to Ashburn and worked through all of August and the Labor Day holiday.
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On September 10th, the team started playing real games.
Counting from the beginning of camp, the Redskins have been working for nine straight weeks. The final week of July, and all of August and September. The bye gave the team time off in their 10th week.
After the bye, the team will go another 12 straight weeks. October, November and December. Should they make the playoffs, that will continue. Remember, however, practices as the season goes on becomes much less physically taxing as two-a-day sessions in August.
Not to mention, the Burgundy and Gold sustained a number of injuries the first four weeks of the regular season. The week off might have been good timing.
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Gruden allowed that the team might have preferred a later bye, but in the end, it's inconsequential.
"It’s as good a time as any. It’s a bye. I think you would rather have it later, but it is what it is," the coach said in late September. "Everybody has a bye and when they come it doesn’t really matter. It’s just important how you play before the bye and how you come back after the bye."
Week 5 seems like an early bye week, but for players that have been banging around since late July, it doesn't seem so bad.
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