In his first two seasons as the Redskins coach, Mike Shanahan held training camp practices in the morning and walkthroughs in the afternoon.This summer, however, Shanahan has flipped that familiar schedule.I havent worked it this way before, he said this week. But with the new rules in the collective bargaining agreement, we are getting a good lift in the morning from 7:30 to and 8 to 8:30 with the rookies and the vets. So I think that you feel very good about that.At least, the coach cracked, the guys who like to wake up early, obviously, they are enjoying it.Following the early weight lifting sessions, the coaches meet with the players to review the playbook. Then the team heads to the practice bubble for an uptempo walkthrough.Long snapper Nick Sundberg said he was told by team officials that studies show the learning process, information retention specifically, is better in the morning.Weve got a good meeting in the morning, then we get a walkthrough so different things we walk through are things we put in right before the walkthrough and before we hit the field, Shanahan added. I like it thus far.The only downside to the new schedule was realized only minutes into the opening practice of camp on Thursday: the temperature in Ashburn soared near 100 degrees with a heat index of 105-110.The sun punked me a little bit, Santana Moss said. But, hey, I made it through. It was a tough one, especially for some of us who havent been practicing here.Shanahan said if the heat gets too extreme, he could opt to move practices indoors.The nice thing about the bubble, we have the opportunity to go in there if it does get too hot, he said.Veteran Chris Cooley said hes undecided on the new routine at Redskins Park.I dont know if I like the new practice schedule yet, Cooley said. To be honest, Im not a huge fan of morning practice and waking up at 6 a.m. and starting my physical activity. Well see how it goes.It would be nice if its not 100 every day, Cooley added. But maybe it will make us tough, huh? Joe Gibbs weather.
For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.
Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look.
Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins.
Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins?
Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.
Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks.
There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense.
That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory.
Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.
What is definitely true?
The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.
Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance.
That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it.
Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl.
Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
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Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.
If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.
Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.
New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.
The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.
Super Bowl LII Information:
When is Super Bowl 52?
6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018
Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?
New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles
Where is Super Bowl 52?
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota
How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?
Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?
The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.
Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)
Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox
Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?
Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.
What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?
New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1