The crowd in Richmond loved watching the Redskins go with live hitting during Monday's practice, and by many accounts the players enjoyed it as well. It's no secret Jay Gruden wants to increase the physicality of the Washington team he inherited, and more hitting in practice is one way to do that.
Gruden's predecessor, Mike Shanahan, did not believe in much training camp hitting. In fact, Shanahan believed in little hitting at all in practice, whether during training camp or in season. Coming from the AFC North, Gruden has coached in probably the NFL's most physical division, going up twice a year against the Steelers and Ravens, leaving little surprise the new coach wants to hear more pads popping.
Will more hitting make for an improved Redskins squad this fall? Tackling was absolutely an issue for the 2013 Redskins; maybe more hitting will help the 'Skins fundamentals. On the flip side, does more hitting mean fatigue late in the season?
Will Gruden find the right balance? Let us know what you think in the comments.