Marco Coleman takes his shots at Haynesworth
Here are the current and former Redskins defensive linemen I've quoted about Albert Haynesworth: Lorenzo Alexander, Phillip Daniels, Dexter Manley, Vonnie Holliday, Dexter Manley again, Charles Mann, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Bill Brundige and Andre Carter. Though I'm probably missing one or two.
That's a pretty extensive list. You could play a 9-2 with that roster, assuming Manley counts twice. And basically, they all think Haynesworth is in the wrong.
"Thanks Dan, I've really enjoyed reading all those current and former Redskins defensive linemen tear into Haynesworth," you're now thinking. "Except there's one question I still have. What does Marco Coleman think?"
Well, you're in luck. Coleman was on the LaVar and Dukes show on Tuesday, and as it happened, No. 92 came up in conversation. Remarkable.
"I always worked out, pretty much my whole career, in a city different than where I played," Coleman said. "But I always would try to make it to some of those [offseason] workouts, just to have that time to hang out, to bond with your teammates. To just not go at all, I don't think that's the right thing to do....
"You just roll with it and you have to be a professional football player," he later continued. "If you're a football player, it doesn't matter where you are, you're gonna make some plays, however it's gonna happen. If I've got a two-gap, I've got to find some kind of way -- especially if I'm getting paid $21 million -- to still make a play."
But suppose Coleman felt he was going to be severely miscast in a new defensive scheme? What then?
"Well, Marco Coleman would realize the gem which you have in a new quarterback -- that's one of the best in the league -- and a coach that's gonna probably be a Hall of Famer," Coleman responded. "That in itself is gonna say, 'Ok, I've got all my paper, we're gonna go win, now what have I got to do to be a part of this winning situation?'
"Definitely stepping up and beating my own chest about what I do and what I want to do, that definitely could be a detriment to the team, and I wouldn't want to be a part of that. I wouldn't want to be a reason to hold the team back from winning, when we brought in such high-caliber leadership on the football team."
Coleman played for Shanahan in Denver, and he had high praise for the coach, saying he would be worth two or three more wins by himself. He said the same about McNabb, which now takes the Redskins to somewhere between eight and 10 wins. And Coleman said that Shanahan's presence should belie any concerns about Haynesworth being misused.
"You've got to trust that a coach like Mike Shanahan realizes that he has a stud defensive lineman, and the last thing he would do is put you in a position where you would not be able to be productive," Coleman said. "I mean, c'mon. You're talking abut as mastermind as it comes in football, and he picked the right people to be in the defensive coordinating positions. And I'm pretty sure Albert Haynesworth would be a huge part of your defense....
"If he's gonna be a disruption, believe that Mike Shanahan won't even mess around with him, will make him stay away....I don't think Mike Shanahan, with his experience and the caliber of players he's dealt with, would allow a guy like him to disrupt his move toward trying to win a championship in Washington."
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