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Shanahan wants Haynesworth to play 16 games



In his rookie season with the Titans, Albert Haynesworth played in all 16 games, starting three. In his next seven seasons, Haynesworth never played more than 14 games, averaging 12.3 a year.

So when ESPN's Adam Schefter asked Mike Shanahan on Monday what he hopes Haynesworth can do for the Redskins this season, durability is the first thing the coach mentioned.

"Well, number one is I'd like him to play a 16-game schedule," Shanahan said. "I think we all know what type of athlete he is. I'd like for him to be in the best football shape possible, regardless of what position he plays."

Nothing about sacks, or pressure, or occupying linemen, or disrupting the offense. No, Shanahan wants him to be in shape to play 16 games.

Speaking of Haynesworth and shape, the NFL Network's Warren Sapp just broke down an entire series of Haynesworth against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football last season, starting with the first play, seen above.

"The first play against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, we all waiting on you to make plays Albert, let's go big fella," Sapp said, as Haynesworth eventually fell down. "Ooooo. We call that an OG, On-Ground, for a defensive lineman."

The series ended with the Cowboys scoring in eight plays. And Sapp was not impressed.

"No bend, no lean, he's not mean, he's not going to the ball, he's not inflicting any punishment on the Cowboys," Sapp said. "You can't play this game tired, high and off the field.

(Via Matt Mosley and Hogs Haven)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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Comments

"Shanahan wants Haynesworth to play 16 games."

So does Haynesworth... oh, you mean in one season?

Posted by: GABinOdenton | August 10, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope somebody makes a copy of that Warren Sapp segment for Haynesworth and gives him the Clockwork Orange treatment.

Posted by: crashinghero | August 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

How is this possibly news? Of course Shanahan wants him to play 16 games. Although I predict that Shanahan will hold AH out of the first defensive play against Dallas, just as a final punishment. However, he will play most of the downs the rest of the game.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

In related news, the Onion has posted a special feature on the strengths and weaknesses of Albert Haynesworth: http://www.theonion.com/articles/albert-haynesworth,17856/

Posted by: dannyboyumd | August 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The trick to getting 16 games in a single season is to make Fat Albert a third down specialist, whose function is to rush the passer on third and long. A well rested AH, fresh from sucking pure O2, could be a beast. Just hope for no penalties to make him play two downs in a row.

Posted by: lrmc623 | August 10, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like he hopes Haynesworth gets injured so he can force him to play. Shouldn't he express to us that he wants McNabb, Rabach, Daniels, Rogers, etc to play 16 games. Coach, we like all our players, and only a minority don't. Get out of the sheep line.

Posted by: DMcCall2 | August 10, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is fat.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 10, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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