Eric Fehr on Albert Haynesworth
While the universe of football players available to offer soundbites about Albert Haynesworth may be diminishing, there are dozens if not millions of other athletes we could ask. I'm still disappointed that Jim Gray didn't include a Haynesworth question among the 16 that pre-dated his "where are you playing?" question to LeBron James, and I can't believe that Iker Casillas wouldn't have had a few thoughts.
Eric Fehr? His thoughts I have.
"I mean, I'm sure there's a lot of other teams in the league that would be willing to have him, maybe a team that's playing the right system for him," the Caps winger told LaVar and Dukes last week. "I have seen him play, he's a really good player, but at the same time, you want guys that have your back, and if he doesn't want to play the team's system and wants to do his own thing, how much can you trust the guy when you're lining up beside him?"
(Whatever the international prize for Haynesworth coverage is called, it should be given to LaVar and Dukes. Those guys ask people standing next to them in the urinal about Haynesworth. It brings joy to my soul. Thanks, guys.)
LaVar asked Fehr whether he could forgive a teammates in a similar circumstance.
"You can definitely forgive a guy if it didn't last too long, if he just waited a couple days and made a decision to jump on board," Fehr said. "But my experience playing professional sports, I think as you guys would agree, you have to have a team that's all buying into the same system. And if you don't have everybody buying into the same system, it doesn't matter how good the players are, you're not gonna win. If he doesn't feel comfortable or doesn't want to play with the system coach has, there's really no reason to have the guy there."
A few more notable, if non-Haynesworth, Fehr nuggets:
* He suggested that faith from the front-office will bolster the team's chances.
"You definitely want your GM and your ownership to have confidence in the players and yourself," Fehr said. "And the fact that they brought a lot of the guys back means that they believe it was kind of a one-time thing, it was a fluke that we got taken out in the playoffs, and that our team has what it takes to make a long run. That should give all the players confidence going into the season, that the staff has a lot of confidence in the way we can play.
* He said that Ovechkin still runs this town.
"If you're gonna say right now, I don't' think you can even argue the fact that it's Alex Ovechkin," he said, when asked who D.C.'s biggest athlete is. "Maybe, three, four years from now we'll re-discuss it, but right now it's Ovechkin, by a longshot."
(Seriously, getting Fehr to comment on Haynesworth really made my week. There's no way I'm getting to 1,000 Haynesworth posts with football players alone. I'm hoping not to have to resort to cab drivers.)
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