Bobby Mitchell on Albert Haynesworth
No matter what you think about Albert Haynesworth, I trust you'll agree that he'd enjoy flipping through The Collected Offseason Comments on the Matter of Albert Haynesworth, as transcribed by Dan Steinberg. Someone just print out all these blog posts and staple them together, or wrap them all up in athletic tape, or glue them together with Bengay or something. International Forgiveness Day is Aug. 8. Maybe that'd be a good occasion.
It goes without saying that no such volume would be complete without the thoughts of Redskins Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell, whose role in franchise history and post-career charity work has made him one of the consciences of the franchise. Mitchell discussed Haynesworth during a recent appearance on ESPN 980's The Fix, and while he had none of the spittle-showering rage that some of his peers have displayed, he agreed that we're approaching the legacy-tarnishing stage.
"You know what I am? I'm a team guy," Mitchell said. "And I think that every guy who's worth his salt should be a team guy. And you do what Haynesworth is doing - and I'm not angry with him, because we're talking about contracts here... -- but from the team point of view, I just think that that defense is London Fletcher's. And I just think that he should be nicer to London, you know? That's kind of the way ballplayers think.
"I can't fault him in the sense that he believes that he was told one thing and now something else [is being offered]. That happens. And he's got to make that adjustment himself. This is all about adjustments. I would have loved for him to make the adjustment, but it's not my career...."
"One thing, he will never know, ever, how London Fletcher really feels about him," Mitchell continued. "Because that's London's defense, and if you're not a team guy, I don't know how much I like you. So he'll always have to wonder about that....I don't dislike him, and I haven't heard anyone else say they dislike him, but they do like the idea of team. And sometimes you do some things just for your team."
For example, sometimes you transcribe 1,000 radio interviews about a single subject, and even though you'd rather be drinking a smoothie flavored with Lysol and urine, you just do that for your team.
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