The Washington Redskins players and coaches have harped this year that they have moved on from last season’s disappointing performance.
On Saturday, the team saw proof that its passionate fan base is doing the same.
“You guys going to be loud this year or what?” Gruden said with a smile as he addressed the crowd before practice. “We need you badly. I believe the sky’s the limit for this team and this organization and we can’t do this without you all. We thank you for your support and we can’t wait until gameday.”
That feeling wasn’t lost on the players, like veteran safety
“I’m excited that people here are as excited about football as we are,” Clark said. “Some of these people will never get to go to FedExField, they will never get to see a game in person and even more so never get an opportunity to talk to us. So I think that’s what’s more important and that’s the fun part about having people at practice.”
“We were 3-13 last year and we still have the support of our fans – that says a lot about Redskins Nation,” Young said. “At the end of the day, though, we’re out here trying to have fun and I know they did as well.”
Gruden said the fans have set the tone for the 2014 season.
Now it’s up to the team to cash in on that excitement.
“The 12th man is very, very important to us as a franchise,” Gruden said. “It’s a home-field advantage like no other, and we’ve got to make sure we use it to our advantage and keep them cheering and not booing."