Redskins' conditioning test called tough but standard
Former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Ross Tucker said Friday the conditioning test that the Redskins are requiring defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to pass before practicing is a "pretty standard" test used league-wide.
But Tucker also said the test is "the toughest" of those regularly used by coaches to determine if players are in shape.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan is requiring Haynesworth, who did not participate in the team's offseason conditioning program, to pass the conditioning test before alowing him to participate in training camp. The test, according to the Redskins, consists of a pair of 300-yard shuttle runs--25-yard sprints, out and back, six times. A lineman such as Haynesworth must complete the first shuttle run in 70 seconds and then, after a 3-1/2-minute break, complete the second in 73 seconds.
Any player who failed to participate in at least half the offseason conditioning program must pass the test to practice, under Shanahan's policy.
"That's pretty standard, actually. [Bill] Parcells used to do something like that," Tucker said. "And when I was in Washington one year, they had us run that. We had to do that at least one day a week. I think Dallas, with Parcells, had to run the width of the field [as part of the shuttle drill], 53 yards, and I want to say they had to do it in a minute. This one doesn't sound unreasonable to me.
"But it's tougher than the 50-yard [shuttles] because of the number of turns," Tucker said. "When I was in Buffalo, we had to do eight 68-yard sprints in like 10 seconds each. In New England, it was two sets of 10 sprints, 40-yard sprints, with 30 seconds in between, and you had to do them in like six seconds each. This one, it's not out of this world. There are people that do it. But of the ones that are used, it's the toughest one. And a lot of times, if they really want a guy to pass, they'll fudge the timing the second time he takes it and they'll make sure he passes."
Tucker spent time with the Redskins, Cowboys, Bills and Patriots.
Haynesworth failed the tests on Thursday and Friday.
Brian Mitchell, the former Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants running back and kick returner, said he also had experience with the 300-yard shuttle run as a conditioning test, when he was with the Eagles.
"We did something similar to that in Philadelphia," Mitchell said. "The Eagles had us run the 300-yard shuttles. We also had to run 100-yard sprints 16 times. I don't know what Shanahan normally does, but I have seen people use this one. You have 70 seconds for 300 yards? When I was in Philly, I think the big guys, the linemen, had to run 100 yards in 17 or 18 seconds, maybe 20 seconds at the most. I don't see it as being that difficult. That's what I've been saying all along: 'Yeah, Albert Haynesworth lost weight, but is he in shape?' "
One former NFL executive said that the Redskins have "made it impossible" for Haynesworth to pass the test, but speculated that Shanahan might actually be trying to do Haynesworth a favor.
"All of his teammates are mad at the guy," said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to be viewed as prying into Redskin business. "But now they look at this and think it's unfair, and there's some sympathy for him in the locker room. He gets back in the good graces. Plus, this is a veteran player that you don't want to have banging around every practice right from the first day of training camp anyway."
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