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Bruschi wonders if Haynesworth loves football

Now that we've heard from every member of the Redskins organization on the Albert Haynesworth situation, from Daniel Snyder to the person who places the Pop Tarts in the Redskins Park cafeteria toaster each morning, it's time to move on to every other person who has now or has ever had any connection to the NFL. This is gonna be awesome.

"Well, he should be in camp right now, he should be at the OTAs right now," former All-Pro safety Darren Woodson said on ESPN's NFL Live this week, via The Beast, and go ahead and cue the "But He's a Cowboy!!!!" complaints.

"When you pay a guy a hundred and some million dollars, and guarantee him 40, 50 million dollars, the one thing you want is that guy in camp," Woodson continued. "And when you get paid like that, it automatically pushes you up the food chain to be one of the captains in that locker room. Listen, guys like Phillip Daniels are in there, guys that are busting their butt every day, guys that are sitting there working out four or five times a week, are in there every day trying to get better. They expect Albert Haynesworth to come back in and get ready for the season."

"It looks bad, that's all the way around," former Pro Bowler Tedy Bruschi agreed. "It looks bad to the owner, it looks bad to the coaches, to the fans, to us sitting here, when you're not there participating with your teammates, whom it also looks bad to. Because you need to make a commitment to this new coaching staff. Trey [Wingo] said it, 4-12, do what you can to turn that around, get there, be there, be a good teammate, let 'em know that you're there to win football games, report, get to work."

Wingo then asked about the suggestion that Haynesworth had been somehow deceived about what his role would be when he signed with the Skins.

"You're brought in to play football, period," Woodson said. "Period. Don't worry about the schemes and what you're running, the 3-4 or the 4-3, you're brought in to play football...."

"There's a guy that also can have a beef and that's Brian Orakpo," Bruschi said. "In last year's defensive scheme, he had 11 sacks. He went to a Pro Bowl as a rookie. That's a great system that maybe he wanted to continue in. But he's there, he's working, he wants to learn the system, he's being a teammate, he doesn't care about schemes, outside linebacker, defensive end. He just wants to play and win football games. That's what it's all about right there."

"And if Albert Haynesworth is worried about compiling stats, well why?" Wingo asked. "Because you're never gonna get a bigger contract than the one you just got. You've got the money, right? You've got the money."

"Usually that's the biggest gripe," Bruscshi added. "You're sitting out because you want a better contract, you want some more money. You've got it. You got your hundred million, you got everything you wanted. Now you get to do what you love, and that's football."

"Does he really love football?" Woodson then asked. "That's the big question."

"This decision is making us doubt it," Bruschi said.

Oh, hang on, what's that? Breaking news out of Indianapolis? Bring it on:

Safety Antoine Bethea, defensive end Robert Mathis and receiver Reggie Wayne have skipped the Indianapolis Colts' first voluntary mini-camp of the offseason.

Bethea is a restricted free agent who hasn't yet signed the team's offer sheet and isn't allowed to work out until he does. Wayne traditionally skips the voluntary camps to work out in Miami. Coach Jim Caldwell says Mathis wasn't there because he earned his college degree last weekend.

Caldwell expressed no concerns over the three not being in Indianapolis.

Oh, and more breaking news from San Fran:

A handful of veteran players did skip, although coach Mike Singletary played down the absences. Among the players choosing to stay away were starting cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Nate Clements, as well as linebacker Manny Lawson.....Neither starting corner has participated in any of the 49ers' voluntary sessions this offseason.

And Tampa:

The Bucs began their voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday with some notable absentees.

LT Donald Penn, TE Kellen Winslow and RB Derrick Ward were not in attendance as Tampa Bay worked outside for two hours at One Buc Place.

But whatever. That's not gonna stop me from asking the dude wearing a Skins cap next to me on Metro if I can quote him about Haynesworth.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 20, 2010; 11:42 PM ET
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Don't worry guys. Soon enough a certain Redskins-apologist (the same joker who predicted a 12-4, home playoff games, fans worshipping Vinny Cerrato) will be on here telling us how Bruschi, a multiple-time Super Bowl winner is wrong and how Big Al is still one of the best Redskins ever and much better than retired Tedy Bruschi.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | May 21, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

It's voluntary. The more the press and all these ex-players talk about it the more it's "news". Haynesworth isn't the only big-name player not in camp.

Posted by: tundey | May 21, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

That may be, but he's still a chump bust.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Dip the pigskin in some gravy and Big Al will come a runnin'...put a Buffet table next to the Gatorade...Put a deep fryer in the training room...Give him a chocolate milk IV

Ah, it don't matter man...he just don't have 'IT'

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 21, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

yes its voluntary, but the least the guy can do is show up and earn his paycheck. He certainly wasnt earning it last year when he was being carted off the field every damn week. Hes a pathetic POS.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 21, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

HE CARES!!! About; eating,counting his money ,more eating ,more counting of his money, more............................. oh well you catch my drift,He is a big fat tub of goo with no will power and very little dicipline stop screwing around with him, he is a bad for team morale and if i was washington i would refuse to pay his fat azz and let his attorney take us to court.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 21, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth loves money. He's probably sleeping on it right now.

Posted by: smm4c2000 | May 21, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

good points by Bruschi, you got the money, you are not gonna make more later, you are not playing for another contract, by the time you are done with this contract, you will old enough to consider retirement and be done with it football... Come in play DL. And thats all they are asking is that he play DL. Its not like you are asking someone who has been a lawyer all his life to be porter. He is a DL getting paid a ton of money, and being asked to play DL, thats it!!! No he doesnt love football, this all about sitting on his ar/se when he can. I wish I had his ability, for that money I would play any position.

Posted by: gatsu | May 21, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

To hell with Fat Albert. Nothing made me feel better than the fact that skins were looking to dump this bum EVEN THOUGH they gave him a boatload of undeserved money. I hope his teammates give him CBD (critical beat down) when he finally brings his 12 sandwich eating a$$ to camp. Straight up the guy is a bum and a cancer. He is TO with an extra 150 lbs.


Posted by: jlarranaga | May 21, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This is just a classic example of Snyder reaping what he has sown.

To quote Boy George "Karma Karma karma chameleon"

Ha Ha Ha

Posted by: Ivantuski | May 21, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I heard Albert Haynesworth isn't in camp because there's a new defensive playbook and he doesn't want the Redskin's staff and fans to find out he can't read.

Is that true?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | May 21, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I trust you're not making fun of the pop tart guy. He probably knows more about Albert than anyone.

Posted by: sorry2say | May 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

yes its voluntary, but the least the guy can do is show up and earn his paycheck. He certainly wasnt earning it last year when he was being carted off the field every damn week. Hes a pathetic POS.

Posted by: capsfansince74
Players don't get paid for these voluntary camps so there is no paycheck for Albert to earn. I realy don't like defending Haynesworth because his production and whinning have turned me off but in this instance he's not doing anything wrong. If the coaches thought these voluntary workouts were so important they should make it mandatory and do away with this whole controversy. What if your boss told you that working over the weekend is voluntary and not only that but you wouldn't get paid for it. You decide not to show up for work over the weekend. Would it be ok for him to criticize you for not showing up to do work you would not be paid for?

Posted by: 6thsense79 | May 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I think they should sit his fat azz this year and pay to END his career. If he wants to get the money not being a good team mate then he can sit the rest of his life without a team. Seven years on the bench....ha ha ha. He can keep the bench warm for the guys that desrve it. He's worthless.

Posted by: true1redskinfan | May 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


I am operation director of a nonprofit and am therefore salaried which means if I work on weekends I don't get paid, which is how NFL player's work. It's not if your getting paid extra but do you care enough about what you do to go the extra mile. If it is just a job then you won't do the extra ie BIG FAT AL.

Posted by: mlewis1 | May 21, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Dan, don't feel bad about gleefully harping on Haynesworth when there are other teams with players skipping voluntary camps--none of those teams you listed have first year coaches installing new systems.

We do.

Posted by: redskirt_ | May 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Fat Albert loves all-you-can-eat buffets - especially the ones that have not been bankrupted from his visits.

Posted by: nativedc | May 21, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If Tom Brady, Albert Haynesworth and others decide not to attend summercamp, while it hurts the team and the player, I know its up to each individual employee to decide if they wish to volunteer their time for the good of the team. Its been like this for quite a while, its just now media, demonize select individuals and don't you dare mention anyone other than the intended victims. Is that right Dan?

Posted by: DMcCall2 | May 21, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse


I am operation director of a nonprofit and am therefore salaried which means if I work on weekends I don't get paid, which is how NFL player's work. It's not if your getting paid extra but do you care enough about what you do to go the extra mile. If it is just a job then you won't do the extra ie BIG FAT AL.

Posted by: mlewis1 | May 21, 2010 3:33 PM
Mr Lewis,

I'm glad you brought this up. Yes if you're salaried you may have to come in and work over time and not get paid extra. But I believe you're using the wrong analogy. The situation you described occurs when you're trying to meet a deadline or when there is a major emergency.

OTAs are scheduled every year. They are not emergency situations or something being done to complete a project that may be behind schedule or over budget. Those situations are not schedule months in advance.

If you want to compare your situation to that of NFL players about the closes you can get to is when NFL games go into overtime. Players do not get paid extra for playing over time but they know it is part of the job to finish out the game. In this case the game (project) is past due so everyone pitches in to ensure it gets done. Also players only meetings to address why a team is performing poorly is another activity that is a better comparison.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | May 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It's not rocket science to make a stop at the one yard line. Big Al did that for the skins when not hurt last year. Who else in the NFL is better than him at that? And hustle. I saw him hustle when important last year--when those at the mini camps were in the bag. And that include Orakpo. Thank God the Skins didn't trade him. Watch him play. He is huge and he hustles. Don't kid yourselves, you don't do what he did without loving football. The mini camps are just that--mini. If so important, it would be in the contract to be there. It's not. I'll worry if our best d'man misses practice before the Big Game. He won't. Problem with my fellow Skins' fans is that they want to play the game in March. April, and May. The season starts later guys. Big Al will be there and he will be BIG!!!!

Posted by: sbrick | May 22, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Looks as though Danny Boy is getting what he deserves again paying for washed up has beens and low character players just to sell tickets. ANY, and I mean ANY Skins knows that this team has need O-lineman for a LONG LONG time!! So, what does Danny Boy go out and do...?? Blows 100 million dollars on a lazy-ass defensive player when we have one the top 5 defenses in the league already!!! I hate to even think about how many quality O-lineman we could have had with the money he's blown on these losers....

Posted by: MikenMan | May 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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