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How we'll remember Haynesworth



The thing about Redskins fans is they're sort of a forgiving bunch. Even through all the weeks and months of Haynesworth drama, a huge portion of them urged their peers to withhold judgment, to bear in mind the word "voluntary" in "voluntary minicamp," to imagine Haynesworth's potential, to dream of the possibilities and to hope for the best. If he came back in 2010 and played like it was 2008, and if the team started to win, he'd have been loved by the vast majority of Washington football fans. Many of the "oxygen-tank one-knee cart-ride fatty" jokes would have subsided.

But now, with Haynesworth asking to be traded on the eve of the mandatory camp? Heck, put Haynesworth's name right at the very top of D.C.'s most despised recent sports figures, along with those of Tony Romo, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Coach K and anyone else you'd want to name.

No matter what he does in any other city or for any other team, Haynesworth has now cemented his image in Washington. And this is what that image is. The dialog to that image is provided by Larry Michael and Sam Huff, from the loss to Detroit, one of the lowest points from a season full of them:

Larry Michael: Haynesworth is down!

Huff: He's tired....

Michael: And he has not moved!

Huff: Tired.

Another version of the narration might be provided by Darnell Dockett, a man who frequently visits the D.C. His Twitter reaction:

Did I just hear this correctly "Albert Haynesworth" will not be Mandatory minicamp? And he wants a trade, After signing 100millon dollar contract? That's why I tell yall I'm nothing like these dudes, for a 100millon my ass will play 4-3, 3-4 5-9, 4-8, and still whip ass!

And another version might be provided by center Jason Brown:

"When he gets fatigued, he taps out. He just falls down to the ground, and you're like, 'Oh my gosh, is he hurt? Is something wrong with him?' No, he's just giving the guy on the sidelines enough time to mosey on out there so he can get up, go to the sidelines, catch a breather, get something to drink and then he comes right back out. And then people are like, 'I thought he was hurt.' No, he got tired."

Fair or unfair, that's how Haynesworth will be remembered here.

(Images by Toni L. Sandys, John McDonnell and Ricky Carioti of The Post, and Scott Boehm of Getty)














By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 11:13 PM ET
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Comments

the guys a lazy bum but I actually kind of agree with him here. The defensive personnel we have is best suited for a 4-3 defense. Why not let Albert loose in a 4-3 scheme? We have a shortage of solid linebackers yet the scheme is one that requires linebacker to be your strongest position. It makes no sense. Even in Blache's restrained defense, the team markedly improved its sack total with Haynesworth and he wasn't even in shape last year as Steinz so illustrated in this article. What would happen if he actually was in shape? You are supposed to fit schemes around the strengths of the players you have, not make players adjust to what scheme you like.

Posted by: mja712 | June 15, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Steinz, that photo montage is frickin' priceless!

Posted by: Goat_74 | June 16, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Let him rot on the roster, do not get undercut in a trade. Make him a sideline mascot for all I care.

Posted by: tgerbracht | June 16, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

mja- the 'skins actually have a really spectacular potential for a 3-4 defense. what you are missing is that 2 of our standout linemen from the 4-3 front would play the james harrison style OLB in a 3-4. thus, the OLB position would likely be between Orakpo, Carter and Chris Wilson; McIntosh and Fletcher would be the ILBs. (i admit depth is a bit of a problem, still) With Haynesworth moving between DE and NT, along with some new arrivals like Kemoeatu (sp?) and Carriker, not to mention Philip Daniels and other veterans...well, you start to see the image coming into focus...

as for haynesworth...it seems like everyone knows what he's worth. the spiteful part of me wants the 'skins to sit him all season and waste a year of his career in an uncapped season (since we already paid him $32 mil that we won't get back). on the other hand, who cares...it's snyder's money and no team with championship aspirations is going to take a chance with this guy (not to mention that he has limited his selections to just about exactly half of the league, since many run a 3-4 now) eh...good riddance.

Posted by: bacaje | June 16, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

"Tony Romo, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Coach K"

Big difference between opponents we despise and the dogs who played for us. It's somewhat of a sign of respect to hate the guys who've beaten us in the past. There's no respect for Haynesworth, FLop, Kwame, Juwan, Jagr, Lloyd, Coles, and the rest of what seems like an infinitely long list of bums that have passed through DC.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 16, 2010 4:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree, make him the mascot. Chief Zee needs some rest.

Posted by: ronmalibu | June 16, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Heck, put Haynesworth's name right at the very top of D.C.'s most despised recent sports figures, along with those of Tony Romo, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Coach K and anyone else you'd want to name.
-------------------------

I'd also like to name Wilbon.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 16, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

And don't forget about Jason "I hate the Redskins" LaConfora....he's got to be in top 5 of most hated amongst Redskins fans.

Posted by: frmi | June 16, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I'd throw Wise in that mix.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 16, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

How can the Redskins extract the remaining part of this guys contract and sue him for breach of contract?

What a disappointment!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | June 16, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

What am I missing here? This guy came, took all the money that was offered him, and doesn't care about the city, the region, or the people who live here. You can say that about almost any modern professional athlete. They have no roots here; they come for the money, and you people provide it by paying their salaries throuth inflated ticket prices, food and beer, souvenirs, etc. The real question is, since they don't care about you, why do you care so deeply about them? My advice: Get your own hobby, and stop spending all your time watching other men play their games.

Posted by: ijamsman | June 16, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

the look of him being hurt bhad, lying dead on the field,& then returning to action a few plays later, was hard to fathom at the time, but ended up as a skins' "funniest moment".

Posted by: Hattrik | June 16, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The Skins traded Jason Campbell to the Raiders for a ham sandwich, which Haynesworth ate.

Posted by: trezmartin | June 16, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why it took so long for people to realize that he wasn't worth the money? This guy had so many red flags BEFORE signing with us (Gurode incident, DUIs, etc). Didn't that register with someone in the front office? Why not make a contract that protected the Redskins? Instead, Fat Albert signed a contract that gave him basically free money, and ran. I don't blame Fat Albert for taking the money, and now he's screwing $nyder. I say good for him.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 16, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

What am I missing here? This guy came, took all the money that was offered him, and doesn't care about the city, the region, or the people who live here. You can say that about almost any modern professional athlete. They have no roots here; they come for the money, and you people provide it by paying their salaries throuth inflated ticket prices, food and beer, souvenirs, etc. The real question is, since they don't care about you, why do you care so deeply about them? My advice: Get your own hobby, and stop spending all your time watching other men play their games.

Posted by: ijamsman | June 16, 2010 9:02 AM

No one cares about Albert Haynesworth as a person. The devotion fans have is to the Redskins. To a team. To a tradition.

It's because this guy is screwing with a franchise that many of us have spent our lives following that the problem arises.

It's very easy to tell from a comment like this that you've never been a part of a team, or atleast a fan of one with any history.

My advice, don't waste your time commenting on blog posts about how 'Skins fans shouldn't care.

Posted by: saltine182 | June 16, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

And you think Haynesworth cares what you or anyone else thinks? Right. So make him a villan, pander to the masses but the bottom line is that he has his and he could care less what you think while you and others like you sell the tripe you call news. It is not disputed he was lied to about his use with team, where is the outrage over that; oh that's right, he is being paid money, so we can say and do what we want to him. Hmmm, almost sounds like a prostitute and her pimp. Sports is getting more and more akin to that, unfortunately. And the news media believes it sole function is to pander to that view.

Posted by: h20law2000 | June 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

(i'm from DC and i like coach k)

Posted by: lord_rockumus | June 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't often get to be right, but last year this time I was commenting that Fat Albert even LOOKS like Dana Stubblefield.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | June 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The TV advertisers must love him. He certainly gives them a lot of timeouts.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | June 16, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

(gasp, gasp) "Un momento!" (gasp, gasp) "Un momento!"...

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | June 16, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Mike Wise this one: "...focus on people who show up for their teammates, who have been doing the work, learning new schemes and vowing 4-12 never again."

The coaching staff and players have other, bigger better things to focus on.

The Dude ain't here, ain't coming and certainly ain't worth the bother.

It's now a matter for the lawyers and accountants, who probably should have been looking for some off-ramps for AH92's contract long ago... rather than trying sue little old widows for failing to renew their deceased husband's season tickets.

F Haynesworth.

Posted by: Vic1 | June 16, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"the look of him being hurt bhad, lying dead on the field,& then returning to action a few plays later..."

Sounds like he'd make a great soccer player!

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | June 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

this couldnt have happened to a better owner. Danny boy - you got what you deserved.

HTTR

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

LOL @ the Redskins tradition.

Posted by: tha_prophet | June 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"Tony Romo, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Coach K"

Big difference between opponents we despise and the dogs who played for us. It's somewhat of a sign of respect to hate the guys who've beaten us in the past. There's no respect for Haynesworth, FLop, Kwame, Juwan, Jagr, Lloyd, Coles, and the rest of what seems like an infinitely long list of bums that have passed through DC.

Posted by: PowerBoater69

-take Juwan out of there. He was an all star PF that was asked to play small forward during the Webber/Howard era, then inexplicably was never moved back to PF post-Webber... played out of position (because Webber refused to play center) and never complained (and prolly should have- it ruined his career).

Posted by: audiohysteria | June 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Later fat boy. Take your lazy bum azz elsewhere. Problem is you couldn't give this whale away. What a waste of space. The fact that guys like this make that kind of money sickens me. Zero work ethic. I have janitors cleaning the toilets in my building that put in more work than this clown; and at least they can get rid of the s*** stains. Something Ol' Danny needs to work on.

Posted by: smfoster3 | June 16, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"Tony Romo, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Kwame Brown, Coach K"

Big difference between opponents we despise and the dogs who played for us. It's somewhat of a sign of respect to hate the guys who've beaten us in the past. There's no respect for Haynesworth, FLop, Kwame, Juwan, Jagr, Lloyd, Coles, and the rest of what seems like an infinitely long list of bums that have passed through DC.

Posted by: PowerBoater69

PB - Aren't you a fan of United? you ommited The Gallardo from your list

Posted by: VTUnited | June 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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