- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

12:36 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Speaking extensively for the first time since his end-of-season press conference on Jan. 1, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs answered questions from two reporters for nearly 40 minutes this morning at his downtown hotel.

Gibbs covered many topics, from the Redskins sixth pick in this springs NFL Draft to the start of free agency on March 2 to the future of cornerback Shawn Springs to the impending free agency of left guard Derrick Dockery to the status of training camp and off-season activities.

A full report will be in tomorrow’s Washington Times, but here is a sample of what Gibbs had to say:

• Salary cap/free agency: “Everybody knows our cap situation. … Our game plan this year was to take care of the guys on our team and then look at free agency and say, ‘What can we do there to help us in key spots? … For our team, you can probably say well be more focused on defense.”

• The draft: The Redskins have picks in Rounds 1, 5, 6 and 7. “The real important thing for us is, in case we decided that well back out of [the sixth overall spot], we have to do a really good job down through the draft. … There could be a lot involved with it. … The reality normally tells me that well be making that pick. … At No. 6, youre trying to pick a player that, regardless of what position he plays, will make a real impact and is somebody who will be around and go to Pro Bowls for you.”

• Derrick Dockery: “I think weve worked really hard to get that done, and our expectations are that we dont want [him to enter free agency] no matter what. Were operating under the thought process that we can still get something done.”

• Adam Archuletas return: “Thats our plan. That hasnt gone the way we would have liked, but were hoping the end result will be a lot better than what weve gone through so far. After going through the first year, it was tough for everybody. Our goal is to find a way he fits for us and get him doing the things he does well.”

• Clinton Portis rehabilitation from shoulder surgery: “I think hes doing really well. Ive talked to him a couple of times, and what Ive picked up from Clinton is he has a burning [desire] and he has a you-watch-me-type attitude. Hes excited about next year.”

• Delaying the start of on-field, off-season activities: “I felt like what we did last year made absolute sense. We started early; went Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and gave them long weekends. But what they kind of felt, and they are guys I trust, is that they would like to be more on their own from a conditioning standpoint further into the off-season. So were going to do that. Well probably start six [or] seven weeks later.”

• Starting training camp early: “Training camp … will probably be different for us, too. It will probably come earlier.”

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