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Gibbs likely to keep team home for camp; staff nearly complete

Jan. 23, 2004

SportsLine.com wire reports

ASHBURN, Va. -- Joe Gibbs will probably keep the Washington Redskins home when he runs his first training camp in a dozen years.

Despite a preference to travel out of town in years past, Gibbs said Friday he likely will have his team practicing locally at Redskins Park for the second straight year.

"It would take a miracle for us not to be here," Gibbs said. "We may adjust some of that. I want to work out early, work out late, big rest in the middle. We'll probably look at what's available, but I'm sure right now we'll be here."

Gibbs also said he plans to announce his full coaching staff Monday, although nearly all of the names have already been leaked. Four assistants were added this week: former Chicago defensive coordinator Greg Blache (defensive line), former San Diego defensive coordinator Dale Lindsey (linebackers), former Redskins running back Ernest Byner (running backs) and former New York Giants defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker (secondary). Lindsey will hold the same position he held with the Redskins under coach Norv Turner from 1997-98.

The Redskins held camp in Carlisle, Pa., during Gibbs' 12 years as coach from 1981-92. They later moved to Frostburg, Md. Owner Dan Snyder brought camp home to Redskins Park in 2000, creating a circus atmosphere that turned into a public relations disaster when the team decided to charge an admission fee.

Marty Schottenheimer took camp back to Carlisle in 2001. Steve Spurrier kept it there in 2002, but he questioned the need to be away from home and returned it to Redskins Park in 2003. Last year's camp ran smoothly; the admission fee was gone, the players were housed in a remote complex and the overall event was more low-key.

Gibbs has assembled a veteran coaching staff that includes former head coaches Gregg Williams and Joe Bugel. Still to be added is a receivers coach, and Gibbs said on Monday he will announce how he will handle the job of offensive coordinator.

"Almost everyone we have is going to have a ton of NFL experience," Gibbs said.


The Associated Press News Service

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