Joe Gibbs on Haynesworth
I'm realizing the Haynesworth thing is sort of like that Wimbledon match. It will never end. The only time it ends is after each of this world's 7 billion humans has commented on Albert Haynesworth's contractual decisions, but even then, a few thousand people would likely be born before I can hit publish on the 7 billionth entry, and then I'd have to go to all the maternity wards to ask the newest little souls about their exact level of outrage.
Joe Gibbs stepped up and added his name to the ledger on Tuesday, though his comments were fairly muted and reasonable. Seems he's not really following the saga, and he wasn't even sure on the financial details and timeline. Didn't realize there was anyone left in that category. Regardless, since this is my duty, here's what Gibbs said when Holden Kushner asked him about Haynesworth on 106.7's Mike Wise Show.
"First of all I'll say to you as a coach, every year that we went into the season, there were some problems," he said. "Generally it's one to two to three players, either contractual problems or we had injury situations, but a lot of contractual problems like this, and so it's not anything new. In the NFL, you just have to deal with it.
"You would hope that the players and the agent would be realistic, and if you pay him a lot of money you would hope that they would be there and be a part of the team, but I will say this is nothing new, this is nothing different. And it is part of the NFL. And as far as what I can tell, Mike and Bruce and everybody there have had a very, very good offseason. The guys have all been there, [or] most of them have been there. This is just a real tough issue, and they're gonna have to deal with it, but it's nothing that's unusual in the NFL."
No, he didn't suggest that Haynesworth ought to become a core Redskin and possibly fight his guts out, and/or trim his guts off. You couldn't get much more out of him, since he repeatedly said he didn't know the details of this situation, but finally he did add this.
"If he took a lot of money, you would hope that his reaction would be, 'Hey, I took a lot of money from the Redskins, I made a contractual deal, I made an agreement, and I'm gonna be there and do my part,' " Gibbs said. "Now, certainly as a Redskin fan, I would sure hope that he would be there. I mean, he if took a bunch of money - and I don't know that he did that - but if he did, then I think certainly a person that makes a contractual obligation to somebody has an agreement. Hey, it's their word. They made a deal. They made a contract. Live up to it."
(First transcribed at Hogs Haven.)
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