Q&A With: Joe Gibbs

On the eve of the Redskins' last minicamp, Washington coach Joe Gibbs spoke with the media, addressing his desire to keep things secretive and what he expects from his players.

Q: What do you expect to see this weekend?

A: Steady progress. We'll continue to add a lot of stuff, two-minute drill, short-yardage, goal-line, inside the 20, backed-up offense. Or holding onto the ball late in the game when we have to make a first down to win. All those specialty items we want to work on now because we won't have much time to work on them when we get to camp.

Q: What do you feel like you accomplished during the OTA's?

A: It was like a minicamp in a lot of ways. We just continued to put things in. This offseason is probably a better way to do it than before when we'd spend five weeks in camp trying to get them in shape.

Q: Why do you want to close minicamp practices to the media?

A: When we get to camp there will be a certain amount of practices that will be open. In general the first couple weeks they will be open until we start getting into technical stuff. There are so many more media covering the team than before and it can be a distraction. It's unmanageable and there's no way to say who can come and who can go.

Q: What's your concern?

A: You take anyone and put them in an environment like that and if people are walking around and talking, people would rather look out there than in here [at the coaches]. And we have a lot of technical stuff to put in.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: More practices will be closed to the public than in the past, much like Gibbs' first stint here.]

Q: Are you still juggling dates for training camp or do you know when it will start?

A: I know about when it will start. We'll have three days of a passing camp and that will be closed. It won't be mandatory that they're in dorms so it will be relaxed. Then well have a day and a half break and everyone will report on a Friday and we'll start two-a-days on a Saturday.

Q: Have you seen leaders emerge yet?

A: We've picked out players of the week already based on how they've worked and some guys have been here 100 percent in the offseason. We can tell you who the funny bones are and who provides leadership to the team. It's not always who is the most vocal guy and the team starts to look to certain guys.

Q: Is Patrick Ramsey 100 percent?

A: Yes.

Q: How about Shawn Springs?

A: He's coming along well and he's worked real hard.

Q: How is Laveranues Coles' foot?

A: We want to be judicious with him and we hope by the time he gets to camp [he'll be fine]. He's day to day.

Q: Are you interested in Jason Gildon, as has been reported?

A: If someone pops up that would fit in with our team, we still have options [financially]. But right now we probably want to stay with our roster.


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