WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg can see a drastic change in the culture in Ashburn.
His first two seasons with the team were something far short of stellar. But perhaps the third time is the charm for the Cal product and his Redskins teammates.
The change in attitude can largely be attributed to the addition of one man to the roster — Robert Griffin III.
The excitement surrounding the Heisman Trophy winner’s arrival isn’t limited to just the fans. The players and coaching staff are chomping at the bit to get the season underway to see what Griffin can do.
More so than just the roster shuffling, having a regular offseason is also paying huge dividends for the Redskins who will finally have time to properly gel as a unit.
“Not only do we get to get here and be together as a team in meetings, going over things together, learning together, growing together as a group, but we get a whole batch of young guys that get to come in and push us even further,” Sundberg told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar and Dukes on Monday. “Last year when we started camp, that’s when we’re meeting everybody. But this year we’ve got an extra three, four months together… whatever it is. It’s awesome. It helps us more than you know.”
Sundberg estimated roughly 95 percent of the team has shown up for the voluntary workouts. Those who can’t make it on a Tuesday will make up the missed day independently on a Friday.
In years past, it wasn’t uncommon for players to say ‘something was different’ about the upcoming season. Chris Cooley most recently made those remarks heading into the 2011 season.
But perhaps this year something is different.
“I definitely think the culture is changing,” he said. “I can see a drastic change from my second to third year. Not only is it in the players, but it’s in the coaches as well. I think they’re more excited about things that are happening around Redskins Park. Not only is just being excited it’s believing in ourselves as well. It’s tough because we’re so far away from the season, but I feel like we’re definitely going in the right direction as much as we can in May.”