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Mike Shanahan to reduce minicamp from three days to two

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Let's compare the Redskins' new "Country Club" atmosphere to the Broncos'. In Denver, every position but the kicker is up for grabs. Yes, Orton is the favorite going into TC, but there is no guarantee that he will start the season (although it is likely.) ST units, offense, and defense are as competitive as can be, without getting into fist-fights. On a positive note, information is being shared freely among the skill players; DBs are talking to WRs about how to improve. In Washington DC, McNabb is doing well in establishing chemistry with his team-mates and his experience is having a calming effect on those around him. The defense is practicing without Haynesworth, but is upbeat about their new roles in the 3-4, while the offense boasts arguably the best RB talent in the league. In this article, the writer admits to Haynesworth being absent due to his lack of interest in playing the NT position and also admits to the wide receivers not having inspired any confidence. Yet the team is about to get next Friday off during MANDATORY mini-camp? You'd think that a team that won a mere 4 games last season would want to work as hard as they can to improve. They'd encourage everyone to participate in OTA's, break down film from last season, and go over as many scenarios as possible, in order to get a leg-up on the competition within their division. Since the players love the new offensive and defensive schemes being installed, I guess clearly, that should be enough to solve all of their problems and should still make them a clear favorite to win their division. Shanahan's resume appears to give him diplomatic immunity with the media, as I have yet to find anyone else in the country to report on it.

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