Mark Schlereth rips Haynesworth's heart
I always assumed that this Haynesworth stuff would simmer down by the second week of training camp, that I would no longer spend the prime of my life transcribing radio interviews about the man's heart. I was an idiot.
ESPN Radio's Mike Golic apparently plans to take the Haynesworth conditioning test this week -- everyone else is doing it, after all -- and the Mikes asked Mark Schlereth whether Golic would pass.
"Yeah, because he's got this little thing in his chest that beats, it's called a heart," Schlereth said. "And that's what you have to have to pass the conditioning test. Listen, you look at Terrence Cody, he fails it the first day, sleeps overnight, and passes it the second day. That's not because you got in shape overnight while you were sleeping. It's because you have a little heart and you dig down and you get it down.
"Albert Haynesworth has not been able to get it done, because Albert Haynesworth doesn't have what it takes to dig down and get it done. That's the bottom line to me. And you can talk about his sore knee and you can talk about all those things. I don't have any doubt that Golic can pass that test. There's no question in my mind that he'll pass that test."
Then Schlereth was asked whether this is an embarrassment for Haynesworth.
"Absolutely it's an embarrassment,"he said. "Listen, even if you don't train, those things are more of a mental test than they are a physical test in my mind. Even if you spent the whole summer not training, you should be able to pass an NFL conditioning test. Now, first and foremost, I think they're stupid....If you happen to run 300 yards -- shoot, if you have to run 40 yards -- somebody scored a touchdown, because Albert's not catching them....
"But to me, conditioning tests are more about are you tough enough, have you mentally prepared for this, and can you suck it up for us. And obviously the answer on all those fronts for Albert Haynesworth is no."
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