RICHMOND - August is here, and both the temperatures and tensions are increasing at Redskins training camp. In one drill, it got to Jay Gruden. With the team working on goal line scenarios during the afternoon practice session, play got a little sloppy and some confusion arose about the next play in the drill.
After a few miscommunications, Gruden yelled out "End the [expletive] period" and began to walk towards the opposite side of the field. The coach's proclamation ended the drill a little prematurely and the team ran to the other end zone.
Its not something that's a big deal - it was a flash moment in August - but the 'Skins coach is usually fairly mild mannered on the practice field. Dialed in to each snap, but not a big yeller. Talking after practice, Trent Williams explained Gruden wasn't mad at the players or the effort, but rather that the drill was not being run properly.
Monday's practice did not appear to have the same intensity or energy of Saturday, however. Earlier in the day, DeAngelo Hall talked about the grind of training camp, and perhaps Monday's practice was the first time that grind caught up to some players.
"I’m tired every day I come out here. I think a lot of the guys are kind of tired," Hall said. "Their legs are starting to get a little heavy right now."
Linebacker Mason Foster said after practice that while guys are all giving full effort, training camp does begin to be a grind. Consider Monday's session was quite hot, with afternoon temperatures in the 90s and plenty of humidity. There's also a bit of a natural comedown from the excitement of Saturday's practice. The first time players put on pads (Saturday) is exciting. The second time (Monday) does not bring the same adrenaline.
"It’s supposed to be a grind. It’s supposed to be grueling," Hall said. "It’s supposed to be tough. That’s kind of part of training camp."
Even as he was the last player on the practice field signing autographs, Josh Norman joked about how hot it was. For his part, like any football coach, Gruden did not seem overly sympathetic.
"We had the day off yesterday."
The coach is right; Sunday was an off day, and the players recognize that grinding out training camp practices does not mean the team isn't improving.
"We understand it’s training camp. We understand it's not going to last forever," Hall said.
"But even if you’re dragging a little bit for that, it's OK because we all understand that's the nature of the business. We all are dragging. It's not just our team. It’s the team we’ll face as well."
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