Early departure for Redskins

Early departure for Redskins
November 25, 2011, 6:05 pm
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SEATTLE -- Like most teams traveling cross-country, the Redskins adjusted their schedule Friday to account for Sundays game here against the Seahawks.

Practice started at 12:20 p.m. (an hour later than normal) and the team is scheduled to take off from Dulles International Airport around 6 p.m. The flight takes between five and five-and-a-half hours.

The Redskins generally have a Saturday walk-through at their facility before traveling. This weekend, they will bus to a complex in the Seattle area.

Just to get out of the hotel for a little bit, 30-45 minutes and loosen up, coach Mike Shanahan said. Well then have our meetings like normal at the hotel.

This is the first regular season West Coast trip for Shanahan as the Redskins coach.

We made the decision a while back, he said of Fridays departure. I hadnt spent much time on the East Coast except for Florida 1980-83 and in college, you dont travel like you do in the National Football League. I asked people here what they generally do and they thought it was best to leave on Friday.

As Denvers coach, Shanahan said the Broncos didnt travel to the East Coast on Fridays. When he was San Franciscos offensive coordinator for two years (1993-94), the 49ers made a combined 15 regular seasonplayoff trips to the Central or Eastern time zones.

That was automatic, Shanahan said of leaving Friday. It seemed like we were taking off on Friday for every game.

The Redskins record since 2000 going cross country is 4-6:

2009: Won at Oakland, lost at San Diego.

2008: Won at Seattle, lost at San Francisco.

2007: Lost at Seattle (playoffs).

2005: Lost at Seattle (playoffs).

2004: Won at San Francisco.

2002: Lost at San Francisco, won at Seattle.

2001: Lost at San Diego.

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