Goodbye and good riddance, Fat Albert
When I started this blogging gig, I asked the WaPo overlords what they wanted us to do. They said two things: a) be a fan; and b) don’t identify yourself as a Washington Post reporter. Fair enough. So, here’s this fan’s persepctive on the Albert Haynesworth saga - don’t let the door hit you in the ass, Albert. Sure, we could argue that Shanahan was too tough on him, or decided to make an example of him, but the simple fact is this - he never seemed to TRY.
Fans are complicated. We demand more from our teams and our favorite players than is truly possible. It’s tough to identify with the guy making millions of dollars a year playing a sport that we love, so the main thing we ask is that they try hard. Or at least pretend to try. Fans will forgive a lot if you seem to appreciate your good fortune. Before Haynesworth got suspended, Dave McKenna at the City Paper wrote about Haynesworth’s radio appearance, and brought up the fact that Sean Taylor had problems with partying (including a DUI) and his “locker is now on display in the Club Level of FedExField and used as a carrot to sell premium seats. Maybe Snyder can put Haynesworth's locker up there, too, when this latest saga is done.” I understand that Dave was making a point about how we’ll overlook the same behavior in some players that we will not accept in others, but the big difference is that Sean Taylor always played hard. This is a guy who lit up a punter in a Pro Bowl game - it’s hard to imagine Haynesworth doing that.
In the end, it was Haynesworth’s lack of effort that leaves him as likely the biggest free agent bust in Redskins history - a noteworthy accomplishment considering the competition. Even last year, when he was playing in a 4-3 defense and wasn’t doing conditioning drills, he was constantly limping off the field or needing to rest. This year, he didn’t show up until he absolutely had to, and was actually caught lying down on a play. Albert’s agent said that the Redskins’ accusations were “vague and without merit.” I think that also describes Haynesworth’s Redskins playing career. At this point, I just hope the Redskins can get a draft pick of any kind with him. Just don’t let Jeff Fisher try to trade Vince Young for him.
| December 8, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
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