Vonnie Holliday on Haynesworth
I'm on the record thinking it's a fine idea to ask anyone mildly associated with the Redskins, including the guy who occasionally delivers pizza to the media hut, what he or she thinks about Albert Haynesworth. That said, I wasn't expecting to hear Vonnie Holliday's opinion so soon. Because he's technically been a Redskin for about five minutes.
But he's a respected veteran, a great talker, and he sort of brought up the subject himself with Mike Wise and Holden Kushner on 106.7.
"He's not here right now, but he can help us," Holliday said. "Hope he gets his deal worked out, but he clearly doesn't understand or see how effective he could be in this scheme....I think he's just misinformed or doesn't understand his role in this defense. It would be great if I just ever get a chance to tell him and let him know, but I know he has to be here in June, so we'll see what happens."
As for Holliday's role, he said he needs to add some weight to be used the way coaches want, and that he's by no means a candidate to play nose tackle. The 34-year old said he used to see Shanahan socially last year, and has been talking regularly with Jim Haslett, and both talked about bringing Holliday in if the fit was right.
"I don't know how other guys approach it or how they see it, but I'm a realist," he said. "I know everybody thinks they still have something left in the tank. I'm an experienced guy who's played in the 3-4 for many years now, last five, six years. Yes, I can help young guys along, but I'm coming off a pretty good season last year, showing that I still have it."
Holliday, of course, wasn't here for the 4-12 disaster, but it seems like maybe he was paying a bit of attention from afar. Watch out, Zorn, the bus is com....whoops. Too late. That's pretty messy looking.
"You know, it's interesting, because I've been a part of a team where you lack clearly defined leadership," Holliday said. "Or the guy at the top is like the pilot who's piloting a plane that doesn't have a clue. It seems like that was the case here, which is why we knew whatever happened here happened. We have a new guy in charge, but from where I'm from, it seems like the guy was in over his head. And I had an opportunity in Miami to play for a guy who was a great offensive coordinator, but as a head coach it didn't work out for him, and we went 1-15 because of it."
And the owner?
"On the tube last year and years prior to me coming here, you saw him a lot," Holliday said of Daniel Snyder. "He was always on the field and around. But it seems like things are different now, and he's not around. I have not seen him out at practice this week yet. I'm sure I will, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet him."
May 19, 2010; 1:32 PM ET
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