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Lorenzo Alexander wants to see Haynesworth


(By Ricky Carioti - TWP)


Lorenzo Alexander stopped by the Mike Wise Show this week to discuss his charity bike ride, and much of the conversation centered around a certain defensive lineman who hasn't spent much time at Redskins Park this offseason. When a caller defended Haynesworth's performance a year ago, Alexander offered his most pointed words.

"I'm not saying we're blaming him for the 4-12 season," Alexander said. "I'm not saying that at all. I mean, Albert definitely was a force when he was out there, and I do understand, and we do understand, he's 350 [pounds]. You're out there getting double-, triple-teamed, I mean, you are gonna get tired.

"But we're talking more about the whole attitude thing toward this new season, and just coming out and just being more of a team player. I know he has issues with the coaching staff, but I just really want him to just come around and be a good teammate. I mean, that's really what everybody wants, is being a good teammate, and just forgetting about 3-4, 4-3. Just go out here, lets play football and get some Ws and win some games."

Alexander said he wouldn't reach out to Haynesworth to deliver such a message, but that he hoped one of the team's respected veterans like London Fletcher, Santana Moss or Donovan McNabb might engage in some outreach.

"I don't personally know what his issues are with the 3-4 or with the coaching staff," Alexander said. "But having a guy like London go in and talk to him and see what everything's about and really try to get him to understand that we're out here to win a Super Bowl in the long run and we need you to do that. Just get on board and just try it. I mean, at least try it out and play in it and who knows, you might make some plays if you go out there.

"But if you don't show up and don't want to participate, you're never gonna know, you're just gonna create more issues for everybody. I just want him to come out and give it a shot, and if it's something he doesn't really like and it's not working for him, then be upset, but at least give it a try first."

Several times Alexander said kind things about "Albert as a person," calling him a "great guy," who's always looking out for those around him.

"I think sometimes as a teammate, he may not do everything guys expect him to do," Alexander said. "But he's just being Albert, being himself, and trying to put himself in the best position he thinks. I think when he does it, he's doing what he thinks will best help the team, and that's making plays. He wants to be put in the position where he's gonna be able to be dominant and use his athletic skills, and sometimes that collides with coaches and players that have different opinions."

Overall, Alexander said that Haynesworth and the coaching staff need to find some resolution. Maybe he just is sick of answering questions about a missing teammate, which would be fair enough.

"Hopefully we can get them talking on the same page and get some resolve here," Alexander said. "It needs to happen. I mean, if we want any type of success this season, we don't want this lingering into the season, as far as he said this, they said this. They really need to just go into a room, hash it out, put everything on the table...and come to some type of agreement and meet in the middle....

"Just really put the team before each other, really, because you don't want to get into an ego thing. It's team first, and then you worry about your personal interests later...He has all the accolades already, hopefully he comes in and just does the work and doesn't worry about all the other petty stuff."

(And in case you want something else to agree with Lorenzo upon, here's what he said about using the No. 4 pick.

"I would definitely start with offensive line," he said. "Right now the top tackle is Russell Okung, if I'm pronouncing it right. He's a beast, from what everybody's saying, and that was probably our weakest position last year as far as from a chemistry standpoint....And when you have that, holes in your offensive line, then nothing really can get done, run or pass. So bringing in a young guy like that that can be the next Chris Samuels and be here for 10 years and be a solid guy that you can count on year in year out over there would be great for us."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

Sorry Mike Sellers, Lorenzo Alexander is my favorite Redskin.

Posted by: pearlbullets | April 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo, may I call you Sierra Mist? Because that was damn refreshing

Posted by: MillBurray | April 8, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand prima donnas like Haynesworth.
What a selfish, egocentric pr#@k. Lorenzo can say what he wants, but this guy is all about his fat self. He's a cancer to a team trying to right it's image. Cut your losses and move on.

Posted by: bg1fan | April 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth has got the big payday. He doesn't have to do anything he doesn't want to do. Screw his teammates and the fans.

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | April 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

here's the problem, soe players are pawns and some are queens. Lorenzo will soon learn to leave other people's issue alone and not speak to them at all. Lorenzo can be a player, but he is a pawn dreaming of getting a payday like haynesworth. haynesworth is a queen. he just got $40M for one season. he holds all the leverage, he is the one with all the moves.

all i can really say is enuf of this b itchy topic. it's a voluntary workout. if the skins want there players there 12-months a year, pay them as such. Snyder makes enough money where paying haynesworth the $21M bonus was nothing. stop this annual beat down and break down players over voluntary workouts.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Lorenzo. The staff does not need to compromise anything, they want and need players that are ready to accept their system, and that is the way it should be. You do not sacrifice the system that have made you successful (the reason they brought in) nor the team to please an overpaid jerk.
I love the new regime - so far.

Posted by: hock1 | April 8, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

who's lorenzo alexander (besides some guy spearheading a charity bike ride)?

Posted by: efuller1 | April 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo you are the MAN! Can`t we all just get along? I promise if you kids get along we will all celebrate later on and you can get a nice shiney new trophy!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 8, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, someone is going to argue whether Albert should be at the voluntary workouts or not? The Redskins made him the highest paid defensive player in the league!!! For the money he was paid, he SHOULD be there 12 months a year!!! Its not about being voluntary, its about doing what is right. The problem with NFL players like him is that they think they were paid all that money for what they did in the past and not for what they will do in the future. Disregarding the wishes of the organization and his teamates is showing a complete lack of respect and appreciation. I would rather have 11 Lorenzo's playing defense. Honor still means something even if there is so little of it anymore..

Posted by: AmericanSon | April 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo is one intelligent young man. I do believe that he's gonna go far after he takes those pads off for the last time, which we hope won't be soon.

Posted by: ericenderle | April 8, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo is definately one of the hardest workers on the team. I just hope he doesnt waste too much energy on this fat, over-rated, over-weight, vomiting, selfish peice of feces!

If hes not on board with Shanny and the rest of the team, then he needs to have his agent find a trade for him just like JC's agent is for his cry-baby @$$!

Lets just get what we can for the both of them and move on! Neither one of them are worth the time!

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | April 8, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Voluntary. The key word is voluntary. If you want the whole team at these workouts then make them mandatory and deal with the consequences as outlined in the CBA else please be quiet.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | April 8, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Is 'that's just Albert being Albert' shorthand for something I don't get? Like 'only playing hard when he feels like it'? Or 'being so fat he gets tired after 2 plays'? Or 'being offended when the other team calls him a dirty name'? Lose this guy today. Snyder losing $32 million is like me losing 32 cents. He'll never notice.

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | April 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Actual quotes from an actual player about this situation. Sure beats some "insider" guessing about what's going on internally between Shanny and Albert.

Posted by: unquiltom | April 8, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Should the Redskins trade Haynesworth? No.Should all the NFL teams abide by the CBA? Yes.There are reasons beyond our understanding why contracts are negotiated and the language therein.I am sick and tired of those who think they know commenting on what should be done while the only seat that they have is outside looking through the window. Only the players and the coaches know what was truly said. Bits and pieces get put out in public and automatically the player is wrong. The definition of voluntary is; Of your own free will or design, done by choice, not forced or compelled. What does the people in charge don't understand about that. The head coach has a resume that is great but that resume does not change the meaning of voluntary does it? Then they always, always throw in the word team. Well, this is not training camp and just because the players sign these mega contracts does not mean that the organizations doesn't have to follow the letter of the CBA which the NFL agreed to.If there was anytime that Mr. Snyder should meddle as the media puts it is now. Meddle to protect his $100 million dollar investment to see if interest is compounded in wins over the long haul. If the new coaching staff requires the players to live up to their contracts then it's only fair that they live up to the CBA. Management is not always right and those who have jobs know that. So to attack Albert Haynesworth because he chooses to follow the true definition of the word voluntary is a double standard. If your job made the announcement that it had voluntary overtime and you chose not to volunteer but then got disciplined,bad mouthed, or tranfered for it how would you feel?

Posted by: Blondheimc | April 8, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I find myself remembering Lorenzo Alexander's great hits on special teams last season.

He's a keeper with the right attitude.

Hopefully, Albert put down the ham hock and listened to Lorenzo's words of wisdom.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | April 8, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell is Lorenzo Alexander? How many times has he been an all-pro? None. Albert may be a huge tub of lard but he's been named all-pro twice. To a man, coaches and players declared that Haynesworth made the defense better by tying up 2 blockers. Before Albert, there was no pass rush. As usual, the criticism on these blogs has degenerated into a rant about BIgAl's check. Until the money comes out of your pocket, shut up!
I have never been impressed by the 3-4..with 3 down linemen, the linebackers are forced to play closer to the line of scrimmage..but it still gives the offensive line a step advantage, while subtracting from your defensive pass rush. So the 3-4 gives you the worst of both worlds. Shanahan and Allen must go..

Posted by: markappraiser1 | April 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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