Dexter Manley on Albert Haynesworth
You know whose thoughts about Albert Haynesworth skipping voluntary minicamp we haven't yet heard? Dexter Manley. Mike Wise Show, please fix that.
"I'll tell you what, to be quite frank with you, Albert is a role model," Manley said on Wise's show earlier this week. "You've got a lot of young players sort of looking up to Albert. Here's a guy that's being paid a fortune, and so I think it's sort of bad chemistry. Plus, when you saw the kind of year that Albert had last year, and you wonder, here's a guy that's one of the top defensive players in the league, making big money, and he's not here. Our record's 4-. So that doesn't build cohesiveness.
"You look at some of the other players, they sort of build resentment and want to say, 'Why isn't Albert here? It's always about Albert. We've got a new coaching staff, a new general manager, they're gonna turn this thing around, and we need everybody to be on the same page.' And so Albert is not on the same page, and so it sort of divides the locker room up a little bit."
(In fact, Chris Cooley was on the LaVar and Dukes show on Tuesday, and was asked about Haynesworth becoming a locker room cancer.
"He's not a cancer, because he's not here," Cooley said. "He's not saying anything. There's no cancer. The only real issue with Albert and the team going on is what's happening in the media right now. We're practicing. I mean, we're getting better. He'll be fine. Albert's gonna come in, show up, start playing, and it's up to him. If he's being a professional right now and preparing himself,he'll show up, he'll play week 1. He's an outstanding Pro Bowl player, so he should succeed, and everyone will forget about this offseason, and we'll move forward. That's how I feel about Albert.")
Manley was asked whether he'd reach out and say anything to Haynesworth. Based on the players we already know have reached out to Haynesworth, that seems a futile tack. But Manley said he wouldn't anyhow.
"See, a guy makes his own bed," he said. "I think Albert hopefully is mature enough to realize that the Redskins are paying this guy a fortune. No matter what the defense is, come in here and work for a spot. If you don't want to play the nose spot, they already said they'll be flexible. They're willing to work with this guy, they might want to put him at end, but Albert has to get himself in shape....
"So we'll see if Albert's gonna put in the work and say, 'Hey, I belong here, I want to be one of the best players in the game.' If he want to be one of the best players in the game, he has to show up and suit up and get himself in shape. Other than that there's not much I would say to a guy that's 6-7, 350. What could you say to him?"
Wise pointed out that 6-7 or not, Manley could still crush him.
"I could crush him," Manley jokingly agreed. "You hit him at his knees. You hit him in the knees and tell him to get on board."
This now marks three Albert Haynesworth items for me in three days. On-pace for my five-in-five promise.
May 12, 2010; 12:44 PM ET
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