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Time for Redskins to cut their losses on Haynesworth?

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

So Albert Haynesworth no comments his way through the week, doesn't practice, doesn't explain why he isn't practicing, then spends 90 seconds in the post-game locker room complaining that coaches misled the media on the nature of his ailment to make him look bad, but then declines to explain what the malady actually is while promising he'll be skipping OTAs again next season. This means two things:

1) There's now approximately a 6.3 percent chance of Albert Haynesworth being a productive worker-bee for the Redskins this season.

2) I'm gonna get to transcribe a hella lot of comments about Haynesworth this week. Let's start with Comcast SportsNet's post-game crew.

"If it's not headaches, and he feels it's something else and they misdiagnosed it, I've said on this show and many shows before, stop letting other people tell your story," Brian Mitchell said. "Why couldn't he just say what the problem was? If he feels that they're lying or trying to make him look bad. speak on it. Stop playing all these little games, because you're making yourself look bad.

"You took the $21 million, you haven't lived up to what you were supposed to do by taking that $21 million, and they have a right to work you as hard as they want. They have a right to play you the whole damn preseason game if they choose to. So if you don't want to do it, give the money back and go somewhere else and go work with your trainer, go do whatever....If you can't follow the orders, can't deal with it, give the money back and go somewhere else."

"At some point, the Redskins need to decide if they can deal with Albert as Albert, or if they want to continue to try to change Albert into something that he's not," Trevor Matich chimed in. "You can't really get mad at a fish because it can't climb a tree....If you can try to make him into the ultimate team player, good for you. Bring in Dr.Phil and have some nice great therapy sessions....You must decide, are you gonna keep tying to get him to be that guy, or accept that he won't be that guy and find a way to make him fit anyhow? And if you can't do either of those, you've got to get rid of him."

"They may have to cut their losses," Mitchell added.

"Albert Haynesworth's attitude I don't think is correctable," Matich later said. "I think they need to either accept it, or they need to expunge it."

"It's time to get the veteran guys, all the leaders of this team, and let's have a knockdown, drag-out," Mitchell said. "Let him know how you feel. Either you're with us or you're not. Because it's time for all this Me-Me-Me stuff to disappear....If he's gonna keep messing like that, in my day, somebody'd put their hands on him."

"Yeah, well, in your day, you didn't get a $21 million bonus, you got a sandwich," Matich cracked.

"He'd get a knuckle sandwich," Mitchell joked.

Except I don't think he was really joking.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 21, 2010; 11:34 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Absolutely insane. There is zero chance this ends in a way that helps the Skins....should have shipped him off back to Titans for a 3rd rounder when they had the chance...

Posted by: chrislarry | August 21, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Albert went off b/c he had a crappy game. He can't play nose guard. I get it. In a 4-3 at # and goal (after a BS fake punt), the Skins with DT Haynesworth stop it. The 3-4 with NT Haynesworth can't. Divert, distract, blah blah blah headaches. The mayhem wreaking man child is on the defensive in the locker room when the media vultures descend because he's not accustomed to failure. Two weeks left. This is not over. He's under contract. He's an outstanding defender. But no one wants to trade. He's starting Week One. He sacks Romo or a forced fumble.

Posted by: dcsween | August 22, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | August 21, 2010 11:57 PM

Disagree and if the WaPo didn't have posting rules against contractual offers for unregulated taxable transactions, I would disagree more strenuously.

Posted by: dcsween | August 22, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

i'll pay your coffee flats league dues if he has 40 snaps week one, you don't even correctly have why he is angry right....

media vultures, who are you 4th just wow.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 22, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

monoblogging I know, reminds me of poster of old The Crickets, but here is Keim's take on the evening:

Posted by: chrislarry | August 22, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Albert's mad. I'd rather he's mad than fat dumb and happy.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 22, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

they need to take him out back and whip his azz with a soap filled sock... what a POS!!!

Posted by: redskinz571 | August 22, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse


What's UP with this Haynesworth/ShanaTan Feud?!

When is this nonsense going to end?!

I wish these two would just take it outside and settle it like men! Mano a Mano!

Winner is in charge. Done.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 22, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

OK, True. Haynesworth would kill him instantly.

How about if Shanny gets to wear a football helmet and shoulder pads for protection and he also gets to carry a hammer?

That would even it up a bit.

And put the cage match on pay per view, with all proceeds going to the Daniel Snyder Haynesworth Took My Money Fund... To help underprivileged NFL owners who don't know when to keep their checkbooks in their pockets.

Hammer not good enough? Still not even?

OK, say Shanny gets a cup full of sulfuric acid.

And NO eye wash station nearby.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 22, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Someday? We're all gonna look back at this and laugh.

I've been sayin' that since we hired Spurrier, but someday it's gonna happen.

We're gonna look back and laugh at this, and I sure hope that happens sooner rather than later.

I hope it happens before Snyder reverts back to Snyder form too 'cause they all get crazy like that. Being in the public eye does weird stuff to certain people. Usually it's big name wide receivers, but it's happening to Haynesworth, and we've all seen Snyder lose his mind in the media spotlight too.

Between seeing Haynesworth still in the news and having the Z-Man dis him with a fake kick tonight, somebody better schedule a session with Dr. Phil for Snyder too. Haynesworth can sit on the bench like Marcus Allen for all I care...

Snyder's the one we should still be worried about.

Posted by: Shultz86 | August 22, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Albert, may you someday pull your tampon out and get with the program.

Posted by: redskinbo | August 22, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, like I was sayin', Snyder's the one we should still be worried about...

He watches too much television. He reads too many newspapers, especially the stuff that's about him. And when he starts seeing the circus again, you know how his mind works...

He's gonna start looking for someone to blame. And this is just a guess on my part, but it probably isn't unreasonable to assume that he'll do what he always does in these situations... He won't hate on the player, and he certainly won't blame himself for signing onto such a ridiculous contract.

He's gonna blame the coach, same as it ever was. I sure hope things don't get much worse, 'cause I've already seen how that movie ends. It's like watching TO in action. Doesn't matter if it's in SF or Philly or Dallas or anywhere else--the movie always ends the same way...

It'll be the coach's fault--and The Danny will somehow realize that the solution is stepping in himself to deal with it...and finding a new coach. Like predicting the sun will rise tomorrow--haven't we already seen this movie?

He's already wondering if he did the right thing. We've seen this all before.

Posted by: Shultz86 | August 22, 2010 4:42 AM | Report abuse

What a frickin drama queen.

For whatever reason, Dude couldn't seem to make it to practice for most of the week -- and only managed to show up for the final walk-throughs. Then he expects to start?

Coach has made it clear all off-season that players need to practice if they want to play.

Dude should consider himself lucky that he was able to get even a few plays in the third quarter, and frankly, he didn’t do much with that opportunity either.

While everyone else appeared to be giving max effort, Dude was just going through the motions -- and slowly at that.

And then to add insult to "injury" -- Dude then calls out the Coach for somehow failing to appreciate the intricacies of his self-contrived drama?

Yeah right. Coach has more important things to focus on than this totally self-absorbed jerk!

Posted by: Vic1 | August 22, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth wants to be traded (or released at this point) so he can keep the bonus, and then cash in again with a new team. They either need to cut him and take their medicine, or keep him low down on the depth chart, and use him in spot duty. Put him at the end of the bench until he starts being a team member. Keeping him on the roster lowers the cap impact, but could risk allowing him to hurt the team during games. Could also keep him on the roster and deactivate him until he decides to man up and be a team member instead of a cry baby. Better yet, let B-Mitch and Doc Walker spend some time with him, then bring in Theissman to boost him up.

Posted by: bfjam | August 22, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Thinker_ = moron

Posted by: hessone | August 22, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Shanny knows what he is doing and is the boss with authority, like he should be. 52 MEN TOGETHER CAN'T LOSE! Unless the 53rd woMAN is a lazy, fatazz prima dona who is a cancer as a TEAMMATE. He has shown this over and over since he has been here. Shanny is right (so far) in keeping this cancer as far away from the team (and starters) as possible. I'm hoping for a trade in the next couple of weeks for another starter and high draft pick to another desperate, stupid team willing to take him.

Posted by: tnand | August 22, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

And Brian Mitchell is right. The vets on the team (not dumbazz D. Hall) should get together and put Fat Albert in a corner and tell him to get with the program. As it was already said, this is a team game, enough with the me me me crap!!

Posted by: tnand | August 22, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Mike Shanahan will put Al on punt return coverage next week if he keeps acting like a little, no, plus-sized girl.

Posted by: mstov | August 22, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

B. Mitch was spot on with his comments. I keep hearing they don't want to trade him for just a 5th or 6th rounder. If he gives them another week of reality tv type trumped up drama, they should take whatever they can get because at this point it's addition by subtraction.

Get rid of Haynesworth and give the team a chance to play like a real, unified team.

Posted by: smrboxwell | August 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Danny and Vinny live on with Albert. End the Drama.

The Redskins need a special teams coach. Danny Smith runs up and down the sidelines like he is the head coach and Baltimore ran through his team like s+++ through a goose. It is time to hire the best special teams coach available and get rid of Danny Smith. That was the deciding play of the game. It was not razzle dazzle. It was right up the middle. Time for a change. Anyone who was hired by Snyder or Cerrato must go. Good Bye Albert. Good Bye Danny. We need NFL coaches and players here not apple polishers.

Posted by: HelloNewman53 | August 22, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"...hey should take whatever they can get because at this point it's addition by subtraction."

For all the times you hear that phrase, it's rarely true. Most of the time, when you subtract a top player, you better add something about as important if you expect to win.

I think of it as two Alberts -- Fantasy Albert, a remarkable talented player who can do almost anything with an offensive lineman, and Reality Albert, who is -- well, you know what he is. A big baby.

Every time we're ready to give up on Reality, he lets us have a peek at Fantasy.

So I think the team's approach is correct. If they can get something of value for the guy, grab it. If not, make the best of a bad situation.

If that sounds familiar, it's what the Wizards are trying to do with their own evil genie, Gilbert Arenas.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 22, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Volunteers will take him back.

Posted by: semilost44 | August 22, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

First suspend him for saying what he's not going to do because thats insubordination, then trade him to buffalo or cleveland or KC and get something for him or let him rot on the bench if you can't get something good for him. he is bad for the team. Shanny is on the phone now dealing him.

Posted by: | August 22, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Cut him--he's just not worth the effort. let him go to Cincinnati with all the other prima-donnas. We din't need him before he got here and we don't need him now. I'd rather have a less talented, but willing coachable guy out there than a talented, whining, lazy putz who's attitude and work ethic is totally disruptive to the team.

Posted by: drmammal1 | August 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

this is baloney. all you guys say is punish, punish, punish. I agree but the way to do that is to put him in , keep him in, and run him into the ground. then he won't sit on the bench and complain. but if he improves then we are ahead of the game. it is not guaranteed the current strategy will make him improve. quite the opposite. and if shanahan does not adopt a play him hard strategy by the season opener, then he will be flushing 21 mil down the drain for his ego's sake and the skins will lose even worse than they will anyhow. how can any sane skins fan tolerate that?

Posted by: linus12 | August 22, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

There is a deep rooted hatred of Haynesworth by Mike Shanahan. How dare Shanahan demote Haynesworth, a nine year pro to a third stringer? I bet all these power show ends week one, unless Shanahan wants to loose his first game to prove a point, and what a stupid point is that?

Posted by: abxinc | August 22, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

For linus12: The Redskins did put him in and keep him in last season. Practically every game, he went down with some problem and had to be helped off the field. It was a joke. Now he'd do it just to be a jerk.

To abxinc: Just because Haynesworth is a nine-year pro doesn't mean his actions don't warrant his demotion. If the coach backs down to a whiny player, what does that say to other players who are highly paid?

As for Haynesworth himself, isn't this a capless year because the CBA is expired? Cut him, it won't hurt the bottom line. Frankly I thought they should've cut Portis and kept Betts for the same reason, but there you go.

Posted by: kmcandrew | August 22, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more with Mitchell's comments. Haynesworth, like far too many athletes, particularly the brothers, let others (coaches/media) tell the story when they could open their mouths. Far too many Famous Blacks in all endeavors go mute when in a public relations crisis. IT'S THE WRONG MOVE!!! From the looks of it, the guy had a more serious affliction-so why not OPEN YOUR DAMNED MOUTH about it?
I don't know if they think they are following in the steps of Dr.King or dude from the Green Mile, but going mute in a PR crisis is like slitting your own throat.

I've said this before AH could have explained cogently why he didn't like the defense, why he didn't come to off-season workouts and so on, but he didn't. So into the vacuum steps the media.
To watch FOX CHANNEL 5 is to watch an anti-Haynesworth propaganda channel-all the standards of journalistic impartiality are thrown to the wind anytime AH is discussed on that channel.
But by staying alternately mute or cryptic-Albert Haynesworth does himself no favours.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

@: HelloNewman53
I was waiting for someone else to notice as well-Danny Smith should have been purged in the offseason. Our special teams haven't done diddly since this guy has been the coach.
Now, he looks the part-pounding the gum,all fired up on the sidelines and what not, but that's about it. There's no case he can make to justify remaining here. We don't block kicks,execute fakes or otherwise impact the game from special teams. I'm rooting for B.Banks, hopefully he didn't plateau last week under Smith.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 22, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the all legitimizing question mark.

Redskins resign Zorn?
Redskins get Cutler after all?
Julius Peppers interested in DC?

Please, stop rousing the rabble.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 22, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Amen dcsween!

Posted by: Barno1 | August 22, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it too late to trade his lazy, out-of-shape butt for T.O.?

Posted by: barriesargent | August 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

B Mitch would give him a knuckle sandwich, that's AWESOME!

Posted by: tony11 | August 23, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Fat Al needs a GI shower ala the one "Gomer Pyle" got in Full Metal Jacket.

Posted by: jimc93 | August 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Have FAT ALBERT play Offensive line and special teams until he collapses!

F FAT ALBERT!!!!!! What goes around come around you FAT B-as---TARD!

Cut him now, the Skins don't need this drama!


Posted by: datruth21 | August 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Coach Mike's arrogance is out of control.

1.) Albert Haynensworth's contracts does not stipulate that he has to attend a VOLUNTARY training session.

2.) Coach Mike needs to let the newest Redskin PR representative handle certain PR areas. Newest I say? Why yes! Danny Snyder has fired another PR head due to his arrogance and insecurities:

John Maroon (Early 2000)
Doug Green (2000 season)
Michelle Tessier (2001-03)
Pat Wixted (2004-05)
Chris Helein (2005-06)
Zack Bolno (2007-10)
Tony Wyllie (2010-present)

3.) Did you know that the Washington Redskins organization is being sued by multiple employees due to Snyder's lack of ethics? http://www.washingt cles/38269/redskins- workers-fight-for-th eir-right-to-rights- employees-say

4.) If AH does have this illness/disease and the Redskins have put AH at risk. Is that grounds for a lawsuit by AH?

The bottom line is that Danny Snider has brought nothing but shame and ridicule to a once fine organization. Coach Mikey is just a symptom.

Posted by: ddawatson | August 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

As much fun as I have had poking this greasy bear with a stick, I'm now looking at the Season. And what I see is some serious personnel issues lurking with the impending cut downs.

From a Depth perspective, we can't afford to cut baconboy so we have to plug him in as needed.

The running game is suspect right now and based on injury, the backfield roster moves will be the most important of any moves made to make the 53 man roster. It means a vet or two will get cut (Johnson or Parker) leaving CP as the starter and I don't see him putting up big numbers but do think he'll now do the intangibles that he's known for (blocking/blitz pickup).

Now, if he goes down, is the remaining Vet back serviceable? Cause if this running game falters and they have to depend on DMac's arm, then it's 7-9 at best.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

As much fun as I have had poking this greasy bear with a stick, I'm now looking at the Season. And what I see is some serious personnel issues lurking with the impending cut downs.

From a Depth perspective, we can't afford to cut baconboy so we have to plug him in as needed.

The running game is suspect right now and based on injury, the backfield roster moves will be the most important of any moves made to make the 53 man roster. It means a vet or two will get cut (Johnson or Parker) leaving CP as the starter and I don't see him putting up big numbers but do think he'll now do the intangibles that he's known for (blocking/blitz pickup).

Now, if he goes down, is the remaining Vet back serviceable? Cause if this running game falters and they have to depend on DMac's arm, then it's 7-9 at best.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 24, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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