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.
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