RICHMOND - The Richmond Spiders football staff took in Redskins practice on Tuesday, which hardly ranks as a big deal. College coaching staffs often visit NFL camps, and considering University of Richmond is just a few minutes from the Redskins practice facility, the move makes sense.
But Redskins fans might be interested to hear that Spiders offensive coordinator John Garrett, brother of Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, was one of the college coaches watching the action unfold.
Asked about Garrett's appearance at camp, Redskins coach Jay Gruden had no concerns.
"What happens here stays here," Gruden said.
He went on to explain that the Garretts are a football family, much like his own. Beyond Jason Garrett in Dallas, their father Jim worked in the NFL for 38 years.
"Jason and the Garrett family I know pretty well," Gruden said. "They do things the right way. I have a lot of respect for the Garrett family."
For his part, John Garrett was very complimentary of the Redskins offense, and commented how impressive their passing attack looks. He added he liked Kirk Cousins "character." Mostly, Garrett wanted to talk about the Spiders upcoming season and Reggie Diggs, a former Richmond wide receiver that the Skins activated off the PUP list on Tuesday.
While the Redskins and Cowboys rivalry means everything to the fans, lifelong football coaches Gruden and Garrett were able to see things quite different.
Besides, there are hundreds of fans attending Redskins training camp, and camps all over the NFL. If a rival team was committed to watching Skins practice, they could do it with much less fanfare than Garrett's arrival on the Washington sideline.