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Reporters attempt Haynesworth's conditioning test

Great idea for a TV sports gimmick that at least two stations thought of this week: have an on-air reporter attempt the Albert Haynesworth conditioning test, and then show video of the hilarious results, complete with the flashing stop-watch.

Fox 5's Lindsay Murphy gave it a whirl (above), and managed to pass the first part (breaking 70 seconds) before failing on the second part. She did not, so far as we can tell, take a potty break.

Comcast SportsNet's Ivan Carter, a former Division III football star, also donned his running shoes (below), though he didn't do the test on a football field. There were many more shots of him running, which probably says something about the length of a Fox 5 sports telecast vs. the length of Washington Post Live, but regardless, Ivan passed both parts, and rather comfortably.

Coming next week: Rick Maese, Jason Reid, Paul Tenorio and Barry Svrluga attempt a 4-by-Haynesworth conditioning relay.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2010; 6:53 AM ET
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and Ivan Carter didn't train for this or grab a $21 million bonus....well maybe a $21 bonus.

Posted by: dmacman88 | July 31, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

it's 12 5.8 second 25s... 2 times... please...

Posted by: justabill | July 31, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Haynesworth fail to come in under 70 seconds on the first part of the test yesterday? (although he was able to two days ago) If so, that means Lindsay Murphy was actually faster than Haynesworth yesterday. And she wasn't given a $21 million bonus to be a professional athlete. If she actually trained for this and built up her endurance, she could probably complete both parts. I would have sympathy for the guy if not for the fact that this year he's already made 300-400 times what the average American makes in a year. So I could care less if he's, "sick of this $h!t" after a couple of days.

Posted by: titaniumsquirrel | July 31, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they both posted times for 300lb + linemen. I would like to see them attempt that test for people who weigh the same as them (DB'S and WR'S). that time would probably be closer to 60 seconds with less rest in between.

Posted by: avidfan | July 31, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It's apples and oranges. None of these guys (or gals) are built like a defensive lineman and so would be given a lower time to beat.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 31, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Kelli Johnson could pass it running backwards. This is so hilarious. I think every reporter should take a crack at it. The more embarrassed fat Albert gets, the funnier it becomes. It also makes Snyder look like a complete fool.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | July 31, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Vinny Cerrato. Isn't he the one who "strongly recommended" that Little Danny open the checkbook and do whatever it takes to get Haynesworth to Washington?

Posted by: DC2Dallas | August 1, 2010 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Pretty soon, you'll see old ladies, the blind, people in wheel chairs and really fat people on high school football fields seeing if they can crack 70 seconds.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 1, 2010 3:49 AM | Report abuse

Next week when Hasellet needs Hamburger Helper on the field he will pass the test @ 80 seconds and the guy who will be giving the test will be under strict orders from the Head man ( M.S.) to tell Hamburger Helper he passed!

Posted by: terryreece | August 1, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Although I don't live in the Washington area, I intend to be a Redskins fan this year due to the pickup of Donovan McNabb. But this situation is really making me rethink that. It really seems like the coaching staff is cutting off its nose to spite its face on this one. You have a defensive lineman who you are paying well over 21 million dollars to play and who you expect to be one of the cornerstones of your defense. Add to that you are switching the defense to a scheme that he - whether justifiably or not - does not feel comfortable with. And yet rather than trying to get him as many reps as possible in the defensive scheme you are keeping him out of practice (including walkthroughs) because he can't run 300 yards twice in roughly 6 minutes. It would seem to me that this is hurting the team far more than it is hurting Haynesworth.

Posted by: Armymule | August 1, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"But this situation is really making me rethink that."

Let's put it this way, Albert is the ONLY player who would not come to Redskins Park at anytime this offseason, complained about "not being used right" which I actually would agree with. then publicly stated he wanted a trade. Oh yeah, he took(stole, however you want to look at it) $21 million dollars after they said if he did not they would just release him.

He's fat, out of shape, and only cares about himself. Albert clearly doesn't want to be the "cornerstone" of the defense, he just wants his "numbers." The rest of the country only sees what ESPN reports which is like 1/1000th that we get to see here.

Albert does not represent what the Redskins are about. If you'd like to cheer the Skins on great, but Albert is only one player. McNabb is a great guy to admire as I do also, but please don't lump the rest of the players (or coaches) in with Fat Al just because of what you see on ESPN.

It goes MUCH deeper then that and if you ask like 99.9% of the fans around here they would all rather see the guy gone then be a Redskin.

Bottom line is his attitude is horrible, it's right up there with Lebron James.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 1, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

If Haynesworth is that detested, then maybe they should have just released him.

At this point though he is supposed to be part of the team. And I don't see how the team gets better as a result of keeping him out of practice.

Now, Shanahan says that they are keeping him out because they are worried about his conditioning. But that doesn't explain why he is being kept out of walkthroughs. There are no conditioning issues with guys walking around in baseball caps.

I don't care how experienced you are, learning a new defensive scheme takes time. And it takes practice with the guys who you are going to play with.

If the Redskins have decided that Haynesworth is not going to play this year except as a backup, fine. But given the money that they have paid him that is highly unlikely. Again, they should have just released him.

This just seems like a p*&^%%&& contest that is just hurting the team.

Posted by: Armymule | August 1, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The dramatic music playing during the Ivan Carter clip was priceless. I almost thought something was at stake (other than making a fat rich guy feel bad).

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 1, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Last year Haynesworth could only play first or second down and he would fall to the ground or walk to the sidelines to tired to continue. I was at a Redskins/Cowboys game where I swear he was never on the field for a 3rd down that counted. THAT is what this is all about.

Posted by: tarquam | August 1, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mule, you need to actually read the coverage before you make a judgment. AH *is* participating in practices and learning the scheme.

It's 90+ here every day. If a player can't pass this blindingly easy fitness test, a real two-a-day in these conditions might kill him. Every other player has completed this, during the offseason workouts that Albert skipped.

And, there is no contest--if you had read the coverage, you would know there's only one party "p*&^%%&&" here, and it's not Shanahan.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 1, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to see what the results would be if all of the other linemen (offensive and defensive) were required to take that test. Again, I am not talking about the d-backs, the linebackers, the running backs, etc. I am talking about the guys who are over 300 pounds.

This test in no way tests the ability of a lineman to do what is necessary in a football game. No lineman will every run 300 yards in a football game. I mean I could understand a test where he was required to run 20 or 30 40 yard sprints with very little rest between. At least that would be somewhat akin to what a lineman is required to do. But this test is ridiculous.

This is like getting Lance Armstrong to head your cycling team and then telling him you can't get on a bike and ride with your teammates until you can bench press 400 pounds.

Posted by: Armymule | August 1, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Godfather, I have kept up on the coverage. And I haven't just relied on sources outside of the DC area. Instead I get most of my coverage about this from this site here - The Washington Post. And with that my understanding differs from yours in two respects. First, while the players who came to the OTAs did this drill there is nothing that says that each of them actually completed this drill in the time frames that AH is being required to do so. Second, while AH is working by himself with Haslett he is not working on the scheme with the other players and is being kept out of any walkthroughs with actual teammates. In a team sport this is not sufficient. In order to really learn a scheme you have to practice it with other players. If the former were enough there would be no need for practice. You could just give everybody a playbook and they could schedule some time at the leisure to meet with the coaching staff and then just have everybody show up on gameday. It just doesn't work like that.

Now if AH can't handle the practices that's an entirely different thing. But they only way that you are going to know that is if you actually have him take part in the practices. Because of the differences in my bodytype from AH's I could pass this test. But, there is no way that I could handle two a days with contact with a pro team. These are totally different animals, and success in one does not in any way ensure success in the other.

Moreover, because of the differences in what this test measures and what he is required to actually do on the field, there is a good chance that he could end up hurting himself for the season by preparing for the test. He already had to sit out a day because of the effect that the specific training for this test has had on his knee.

Now don't get me wrong. I am aware of the conditioning problems that AH had last year and am the first to say that he has to be in proper shape. But this is the wrong test to determine if he is in fact ready for 3rd downs. A much more accurate measure would be to require him to run 30 shuttle runs of 30 yards in 3 sets of 10 with minimal rest between each run and set. That would determine if he was ready. This will not, and appears to be designed only to put him in his place.

Posted by: Armymule | August 1, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm amazed at how many people still don't get it. The majotity of the platers have been woorking out with the team since March. They've built up their conditioning, under the supervision of the coaches and trainers, until they've conditioned themselves to where they're able to put on pads and go full out now that camp has started. This test has nothing to do with the other players on the team. Fat Albert decided he could do his conditioning away from the staff and trainers. He promised them he would come to camp in shape and ready to play. How does the team know he kept his word? They can't know. So, they also just can't throw him out there in pads and hope for the best.
Kory Stringer, of the Vikings, died on the practice field a few years ago. Maybe if he had to take a conditioning test, he'd still be alive today. The Redskins do not want to see their highest paid player drop dead in practice. What would the team say? "Well, he told us he was in shape" That's not the responsible thing to do. The responsible thing is to test his fitness level and see if he kept his word about being in shape. Obviously, he's didn't train as hard as he wanted the team to believe he would. Even when he passes the test, there's still alot of conditioning work to be done. He'll be working out after all the other players are done and showered. That's the price he has to pay for missing the offseason workouts.

Posted by: unquiltom | August 1, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"He'll be working out after all the other players are done and showered. That's the price he has to pay for missing the offseason workouts."

Actually, he won't be doing anything again today. His knee is apparently still "injured" and he will be sitting out of today's (Sunday's) practices.

Wow, Shanahan is really showing him who's the boss.

Posted by: Armymule | August 1, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The test is easy...

Back when dinosaurs roamed, I used to do repeat 52's.

I coach a team of college women that can almost all do repeats in sub 62.

The only variable that we don't know about is how much harder it is to be 300+ pounds.

Regardless, the test is skewed to accommodate players by position. He should easily pass (if he trained).

Testing is more than just about specificity of position (40 yard sprints or 3x30 for example). Testing is about discipline, mentality and toughness.

For the first time in a long time, we have a coach we seems prepared to create a culture of 'we' instead of 'me'.

Hopefully it will give us a foundation for the years ahead--because this 'lesson' is not just about this season or this player.

Posted by: sjennings6 | August 1, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

There's no excuse in my mind for Haynesworth not being able to do this fitness test in the allotted time. You don't even have to sprint to do it in that time. You can just pretty much jog and get it done. Yeah he may be 300 lbs, but when you're a professional football player and an extremely well paid one at that, you SHOULD be in good enough shape to do this simple task. While it may not replicate exactly what he'll be going through in football games, if he doesn't even have the endurance to do this, how's he going to make it through a game???

Posted by: Thundershock | August 1, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

my only problem with the test is the change of direction. For a guy his size changing direction 180 degrees, without enough time to accelerate and decelerate is damaging. If you want toe test his endurance, just have him run in a straight line, sprints. Maybe six 100 yd sprints in 15 seconds each with 30 seconds of rest in between. a tough test but one that does not wear on his knees, ankles and hips.

In addition he should be practicing. Mybe you don't think he is in good enough shape to go through the whole thing, but the walk throughs and maybe the fiorst 15 minutes of drills to help build up his endurance and comfort on the field with his line mates? Get used to the speed of the plays?

What is going on is just dumb. Believe me I get that he was a jack ass in the off season and something had to be done. Shanahan couldn't make him show up for voluntary OTA's so now he is showing him what he CAN make him do. I get that and I agree with it. I just don't think tests for 330lb lineman should be designed to injure them, or that i helps them to no practice in any facet of the game. It ws 80 degrees and low humidity at practice today, not 100/90 like it can get in Ashburn at times.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | August 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

To properly gage the test's difficulty, Ivan should be attempting the time limit for his position. He would be a wr or rb, and would have to do it in 58 or 60 seconds, which he could not. He also cheated by not touching the ground each time, so Shanahan would have made him take it again. I don't know what cheating to barley pass a test for lineman, when you weigh less than a wide receiver, proves about the test.

If I cheated to pass a high school level vocabulary test, I could not say a professional journalist should have been able to easily pass a professional level one, but that is what these "journalists" are doing.

Posted by: mg5075 | August 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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