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.
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.
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