Lorenzo Alexander wants to see Haynesworth
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."
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