- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2001

Washington Redskins fans paid $10 to watch training camp last summer. Now they may have to shell out that much just for the gas to get to this year's camp.
Coach Marty Schottenheimer yesterday confirmed that the Redskins are considering two out-of-town colleges as potential sites rather than repeat last year's controversial camp at Redskin Park. Schottenheimer wouldn't name the schools, but officials at William & Mary and Dickinson College both confirmed the Redskins' interest.
William & Mary athletic director Terry Driscoll said the Redskins will visit the Williamsburg, Va., school tomorrow. The Redskins will meet with Dickinson officials Monday in Carlisle, Pa., where they trained for 32 years through 1995, according to vice president Robert Massa.
"The Redskins called about a week ago, asking if this is something we would consider. It is something we would consider, but they would have to be more specific about what they need," Driscoll said. "There are a lot of details that have to be worked out before we could consider that."
Massa said lack of dormitory space could prevent the Redskins from coming to Carlisle this year because the college already has scheduled several youth academic camps.
"We are clearly committed to academic programs over the summer," Massa said. "If we can accommodate the Redskins, fine."
Schottenheimer said no decision will be made for several weeks and remaining at Redskin Park is a possibility. Camp opens around July 28, pending the confirmation of the preseason opener at Kansas City on Aug. 8, 9 or 11.
"It's not certain, but we're all hopeful that we will find a venue that is not here at Redskin Park," Schottenheimer said. "One of the things I like when you go away … is it tends to put your football team in a position where they start relying on each other a little more."
The Redskins trained locally last year for the first time since 1945, but crowds averaged fewer than 3,000 despite heavy giveaways and the coolest July since the 1920s. The Redskins were heavily criticized nationwide for becoming the first team to charge fans $10 to watch practice. Although the crowds weren't intrusive, many players and coaches said staying at a nearby hotel instead of dorms failed to create team chemistry that was badly missing in the disappointing 8-8 season.
Schottenheimer said George Mason, already committed to D.C. United, is out, as is a return to Frostburg State (Md.) University, where the Redskins trained from 1995 though 1999.
Beyond the quest for isolation, Schottenheimer said parameters for a new camp are simple.
"When you're considering any type of camp for professional football players, the three most important things are: Number one, the field; number two, the food; and number three, the beds," Schottenheimer said. "That's basically where they spend all their time."
The offseason will be busier than past years, with players learning new offensive and defensive schemes. Quarterback school begins next month, and the weightlifting program starts April 1. Minicamp is April 27-29 with a 14-day teaching session beginning May 23.
Notes The Redskins will work out punter Rodney Williams tomorrow while beginning to rebuild special teams. Schottenheimer is more concerned about finding a punter than a kicker even though Washington employed five of the latter last season. Schottenheimer said a kicker's mental toughness will be more important than experience.
"It has to do with the mental makeup of the guy," he said. "That position affects so many games. The guy has a tremendous pressure on him, but my interest is in the mentality of the person." …
Schottenheimer doesn't plan to impose restrictive franchise or transition tags before the March 22 deadline. The team has talked to some agents about reworking contracts to provide more salary cap room… .
The Redskins aren't committed to taking a receiver with the 15th overall selection in April's NFL Draft. Schottenheimer said he'll also monitor linebackers in coming weeks. Linebacker LaVar Arrington will stay outside, though.
"We're going to let him get off the line of scrimmage and let him run to the football," Schottenheimer said…
Schottenheimer said he'll hire another defensive assistant and a quality control coach by Monday… . The Redskins won't consider Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura after his recent acquittal of sexually assaulting a Wisconsin teen-ager… . Assistant trainer Kevin Bastin resigned after 12 years to become head trainer of the expansion Houston Texans. Assistant equipment manager Jeff Parsons left to become the University of South Florida's equipment manager.

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