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Marshall Faulk calls out Albert Haynesworth

Suppose it wouldn't be a week of the NFL season if there weren't some NFL talking head type calling out Albert Haynesworth. Today's contestants: Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp, on the NFL Network pre-game show.

"The thing is, any time that you're the Washington Redskins and you come in as a free agent, and guess what, you miss the Dallas game and now you're about to miss the Philadelphia Eagles game?" Faulk began. "You can't miss games in the NFC East when they pay you $100 million. You've got to tape it up. You've got to tape it up and go, my friend. You have to tape it up and go. These are the games that they signed you for, and it just surprises me that whatever the injury is, you have to at least try to go. Unless, like we said, it's a head injury, and we know it's not a head injury."

I mean, there are players all over the NFL who are not playing on Sunday, and who are not suffering from head injuries. Cedric Benson. Julius Jones. Marc Bulger. Dwight Freeney. Are they all soft? Does having a higher salary mean the laws of biology do not apply to you? In Faulk's final five years as a starter, he never played more than 14 games; in his last two years as a starter, he missed three games against division rivals.

Sapp also got involved, dinging Haynesworth after a segment praising Andre Carter.

"Anybody see Albert Haynesworth?" Sapp smirked, after showing some of Carter's highlights. "And you've got to give Brian Orakpo some love, having seven sacks as a rookie. These two are getting it done, without the $100 million man in the middle."

Well, ok. Warren Sapp knows more about defensive line play than I do. But just looking at the stats, Carter and Orakpo combined for 15 sacks in the eight games they played with Haynesworth, and they recorded zero sacks against Dallas, when Haynesworth was inactive. Strange time to argue that they don't need the $100 million man, whose salary isn't actually $100 million anyhow.

(In fairness, Carter did get a sack on Sunday against the Eagles, with no Haynesworth. "Big Albert's not there, they're playing pretty good without him," Sam Huff said on the Redskins Radio Network.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 29, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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I would say "constraints of human physiology" rather than "laws of biology," but yeah, we should have known what we were getting in Haynesworth: a force of nature when healthy, but one who is frequently injured. The fact that he got injured this season is not surprising; the fact that he's injured for the division games is regrettable, but nothing more.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 29, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

why can't carlos rogers turn his head to see the ball behind him? for the last 4 years?

Posted by: goose33 | November 29, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Just watching Dallas and Philly run stright up the gut almost at will tells me we need Big Albert in there... and if he could go he would go. Getting triple teamed and chop blocked week after week is not easy. We beat Philly & Dallas if he plays. Simple. All you haters can take a long walk off a short cliff.

Posted by: scoot21 | November 29, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

He'll be 100% healthy when he goes on summer vacations using his Redskin money.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 29, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

rogers had great coverage on that one play but i agree...why didn't he turn his head when he saw his man turn to look for the ball? when the team was ahead, we need the defense to step things up and shut down the opponent. also, look at the playcalling after tryon got the int. sherm lewis got all conservative and wanted to settle for 3 instead of putting the nail in the coffin. just another disappointing loss. campbell had some bad throws but the receivers also had a few bad catches.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | November 29, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

He's getting 43 million dollars guaranteed money! He needs to be on the field my friend!

Posted by: hessone | November 29, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

the defense was fine without him, what the deadskins needs are several OL men to replace the aging ones there now, plus a bigger back, portis is to small for the run offense), a new general manager, and throw in an owner to if that's not asking to much. Oh, taller recievers and corners who can make open field tackles (hall vs old man delhomme) and the white guy won.

Posted by: geg5100 | November 29, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Big Al deserves every bit of criticism.

They paid him to play every down and he can't because he's too fat.

They paid him to play every game and he can't because he's too fat.

And his only excuse that he can't play is that his "fat hurts."

I feel no pity for Big Al, he deserves every ounce of criticism that his PEERS throw his way. Both Faulk and Sapp have rings...Big Al does not.

In fact, they showed all of the players NOT playing in today's game for the Skins. With exception of Cooley, I could care less of any of those guys ever came back. At least the guys they had playing today tried. It seems the only thing the guys on the sidelines had in common was that they "got paid."

That's why the Skins should DRAFT guys who want to play and re-sign thier own which they do not know how to do.

Big Al deserves no love.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 29, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I've played many sports and have gone through ankle sprains after which I could barely walk for weeks. I don't know how severe Albert's ankle is, but if he can't push off on it, he'll be a liability more than an asset.

Posted by: Redskinrex | November 29, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Daryl "Moose" Johnston was pathetic announcing the game today...totally gaga over the Eagles. Hope he remembered to take is knee pads with him to the Eagle locker room.

I thought the Skins played tough. They just didn't have enough oomph to get passed Dallas last week and Philly today--I got my money worth today and last week from DirectTV NFL ticket.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | November 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Marshall Faulk was one of the toughest RBs I ever saw and his opinion carries a lot of weight with current and former players. AH has *always* been injury-prone, though -- he just won't take the field if he isn't 100%. Whether this constitutes a character flaw, as Faulk and Sapp seem to be saying, is beside the point. Snyder/Cerrato knew what they were getting when they signed him, or they should have.

Posted by: jawmo | November 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by:jawmo
Snyder/Cerrato knew what they were getting when they signed him, or they should have.

That's just the problem, those two moron's have not a clue.

Posted by: hessone | November 29, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

again the vaunted" washington defense collasped when they needed to stop the opposition. They have come up small the entire year(most of last year also)when it is time to make stops,the eagles drove 90 F-nn yards for a touchdown and game tying 2 points then another 66yds for the winning field goal. this team has NOT stopped the run all year,ALL YEAR even when haynesworth was in their they could not stop the run. the eagles who are not a running team ran on them constantly and in their last field goad drive exclusively..this run defense is HORRIBLE give blache and zorn their walking papers at the end of the season.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 29, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It's ignorant to equate salary with impact far less injury. They get paid to talk though. Look at the pub they got off this by saying what they said. Had they said, "Get well soon Al" no one would have repeated it.

Posted by: SeanTizzy2DaHizzy | November 29, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is the Shaquille O'Neal of the NFL: overweight, a force when healthy, but oft-injured.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | November 29, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with the analysts on the NFL Network anyway? Deion Sanders? Sapp? Mooch? Geez. Sanders is the, by far, worst analyst in the history of the beast. He adds absolutely nothing, in fact, he takes away and it's a chore just to sit through his remarks. About all he does is add banter, or locker room verbage, to the show. You'd think they would hire people who add some insight. Sanders just babbles on without a point, with no objective or knowledge. His entire career in the tv biz is based on selling his personality. It's as if he was hired because of it. Sort of like having a pretty gal doing weather reports. NFL Network is a complete mess. Their on air talent mixes are just really, really bad. Sort of like the interns are running the place. Even Joe Theisman's show is a disaster. Joe tries to add his usually interesting insight, but ends up every show as if he's competing for airtime and tries to out gab the other hosts.

NFL pre and post game shows have gone to the dogs. All of them. The networks shows throw together a bunch of ex coaches and players who add very little and seem to act like it's all about them. CBS at least tries to maintain some decorum, but fails. Bill Cowher, who you think might add something to the mix, instead gets down in the rating murk with the others. Cowher doesn't add; he subtracts.

So, I think you have to take Faulk and Sapp's comments with a bucket of salt. Neither know what their talking about and are just throwing out their own personal thoughts. They don't research, or study anything. They often quote 'inside contacts' but who knows who those guys are. Friends? Good way to grind an axe, just give it to Faulk or Sapp.

The networks have gone down that road of hiring in ex jocks to boost ratings. The shows they produce are full of banter and jock like behavior. But are we actually getting info from them? I doubt it. Yet, we continue to watch as if these shows were full of neat content. Instead, we're getting low budget reality show sports.

Posted by: ideabook | November 29, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse


"NFL pre and post game shows have gone to the dogs."

Sooooo true.

I don't watch'em myself.

I have the Sunday Ticket set up to go right to the redskins' game and the best 4 pm game.

And I hate the sideline reporters who ask some sweaty, out of his breath dude, "What were you thinking when you made that play no one but me remembers on 3rd and whatever?"

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 29, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone PLEASE teach Landry how to TACKLE!!! I've seen so many wiffs or times when he leaves his feet and comes flying in with his arms under his chin instead of staying on his feet, wrapping his arms around the ball carrier, and driving his legs to take the runner down. A safety that can't tackle and can't cover? WTF??

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | November 29, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse


I for one am tired of idiot commentators like Faulk and Sapp for not being better at their craft. You hit the nail on the head when you said that in two games with out Albert that the book ends have one sack combined. And we have given up some pretty big runs and yards in the middle in these to games too...IE Shut up Faulk and Sapp

Posted by: libra3419 | November 29, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

i know faulk has played injured but when he was with the rams and he had ankle problems, there were cases where he just couldn't add any pressure on his leg. what the hell is he talking about. sometimes, tape isn't the solution. we need haynesworth for the long haul and taking a cortisone short and heavily taping the ankle will only mask the damage that'll occur. not having him is tough but the other players are getting paid on defense and have to step up as well. i say let haynesworth heal up. it's not like we're gonna make it to the playoffs

Posted by: charronegro1971 | November 29, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

This season can't be over soon enough.

Posted by: mstov | November 29, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jawmo

AH has *always* been injury-prone, though -- he just won't take the field if he isn't 100%.

Posted by: jawmo

Look...I'm not a huge (pun intended) fan of Hanesworth, but to say he won't take the field unless he's 100% is ridiculous. He's never 100%!!!! An ankle sprain is nothing to sneeze at, and there's no point in playing if you're going to drag the team down. The fact that Dallas and Philly ran right through his replacement is proof positive that he's having a positive effect. As pointed out it the blog, his play (and the fact that offenses avoid him) makes other defenders play better. I don't think he made it to the Pro Bowl because he was fat. So what if Faulk and Sapp have rings!! Even rookies playing on Super Bowl teams get the stinking ring!!! They've stayed off the field because of injury before. They talk big now because they're behind a desk instead of the sidelines. Next thing they're going to tell us is that Portis and Westbrook should play through their concussions. Way to care for the health of your fellow professionals guys!!!! Ridiculous!

Posted by: pig_skins | November 30, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Didn't need fat Albert on the team; had many pressing needs that went unfilled. Now Redskins have another salary cap albatross. Heck of a job, Danny!

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 30, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Most of you guys here post some of the most illogical comments about football. First of all, the team NEEDS Haynesworth! The run defense vs. the Cowboys and Eagles showed that. Yes, they have been run on all season BUT it has been on the edges, not up the middle. Secondly, Carter and Orakpo have combined for 1 sack since Haynesworth has been down but 15 while he was healthy.

Secondly, who is the moron whinning about the salary cap? Hate Snyder all you want but salary cap has never been an issue during his tenure and next year is likely to be an uncapped year so he can clear the books.

Thirdly, Cerrato is not a bad judge of talent. His problem is he doesn't know how to build a team. Instead of drafting O-Linemen this upcoming draft, we'll draft Bradford, Locker or Clausen and watch them struggle mightily behind the 2nd worst line in football. The Redskins should trade down 7 or 8 spots and draft either Bulaga from Iowa or Davis from Rutgers in the first round. Second round be Tony Washington from Abilene Christian. If you get another second round pick from that initial trade, draft RB Ryan Mathews from Fresno State.

Posted by: ChairmanD | November 30, 2009 6:05 AM | Report abuse

I question whether "fat Albert" has ever been in shape this year?
Dallas run up the middle on us for awhile..til Blache figured out how to stop it. The Eagles did the same thing ..and Blache stopped it. McNabb is still elusive
and they were close to sacking him a few times..he escaped, and made a couple of big plays.
Albert doesn`t have to do a lot..just clog up the middle. If it was just painful, and couldn`t actually cause more damage..get a pain shot..and get out there.
Just when I was saying Jc wAS COMING AROUND..HE THROWS 2 PICKS. that resulted in 2 field goals..6 pts..we lost by 3 points. Making some great plays doesn`t help if your bad plays cost the game!!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | November 30, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is obviously an impact player but any player acquisition under this regime should be given the highest level of scrutiny.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | November 30, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

The problem isn't Haynesworth. Cerrato should've known who he was getting & that he'd only be good for about 10 games--should've never spent that much on this guy. It always goes back to Vinny & Danny--until Danny hires a real gm & Vinny goes away, Redskins will struggle.

Posted by: dhenken1 | November 30, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth, Campbell, Zorn and his whole staff lets march 'em down to Union station @ season,s end strap 'em to coach seats and make sure they don,t get of till the train hits the West Virginia mountain rage, the hike should do them good.

Posted by: zimife1999 | November 30, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cedric Benson= Hip injury that was a borderline hip dislocation, which was the same injury that ended Bo Jackson's career.

Julius Jones= Back injury that may be a dislocated disc.

Marc Bulger= played with three broken bones in two different parts of his body, and a concussion.

Dwight Freeney= abdomen injury.

Haynesworth is out with a high-ankle sprain. By no means is that an small injury, especially with a man of Albert's weight.

However, when you are brought here to play against Dallas and Philadelphia, you darn well better play. Haynesworth is soft.

Posted by: J3719 | November 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I sighed when the Redskins nabbed Haynesworth. Same old story. Buying someone who has talent but no heart. He is missing the intangible. Albert Haynesworth is from my hometown and I have nephews who played football with him. He was an unenthusistic player who played and practiced poorly. He was a less than dedicated player throughout college. His college coach complained that he was lazy. He has made it thus far due to raw talent and size. Imagine how great he could have really been if he carried in him a little passion. Haynesworth catches the "diggs" from others because they see the half-hearted efforts he makes. I don't think it is intentional; I don't think he knows he is missing anything. I was hoping he would finally grow into his big body....he didn't.

Posted by: fRedskin | November 30, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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