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Shanahan: Haynesworth wasn't ready to work out Thursday

Haynesworth in the Safeway on Tuesday. (Via @dsfzfd)

At his regular Monday press conference, Mike Shanahan said his decision to hold Albert Haynesworth out of Sunday's game was partly based on mental considerations. Later in the day, during his regular weekly interview with Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson, Shanahan got more specific.

While it's been widely reported that Haynesworth participated in the Redskins' Thursday practice, Shanahan said that session was essentially just a walk-through in the Dulles airport hangar due to rain, and that Haynesworth was not mentally prepared to do a conditioning workout on that day. (Video here.)

"Albert didn't work out for one week, then he came in and wasn't really ready to go on Thursday, at least according to him with our strength coach, getting a good workout in," Shanahan told Johnson. "Albert's like all players that have played: if you're not 100 percent really into it, especially missing one week of workouts, it's very hard to play at a high level, and you're probably gonna get hurt....

"Relative to working out with the strength coach, he just didn't feel like mentally that he was ready to do that at that time. He did something on Friday but didn't do it Thursday, so one week without conditioning, we didn't think it was very smart to put him in a situation like that."

NBC's Andrea Kremer reported on Sunday that Haynesworth still does not think he fits this scheme, and Johnson asked Shanahan for a reaction.

"You want a guy -- especially when you pay a guy as much money as we paid him -- you would like him to go out there and play as well as he possibly can play," Shanahan said. "I thought he did that against Philadelphia and helped us win. He went in there and played and made some plays and got a couple holding calls, which was the difference in winning and losing. When you make a commitment to somebody, you'd like them making a commitment to you as well."

Amid continuing reports that Haynesworth could still be traded, Shanahan also reiterated his previous statements on the matter.

"I said along time ago we weren't going to trade him, and obviously we haven't," the coach said.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
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Damn Albert how could you possibly not be ready to play I mean after all you only buried your brother on Tuesday Oh that's right your human! Unlike your Ice cold Coach! Coach shanaklan better remember his behavior towards Albert if something happen's Like that in His Family Like him or not haynesworth is Human, and Shanny is a Dick!

Posted by: phildozier | October 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not getting how these comments indicate Shanahan is being unfair. His comment seems factual and non-judgemental. Here's what Shanahan said: Haynesworth wasn't mentally ready to work out on Thursday. Because he'd gone a week without working out and didn't seem to be mentally ready they kept him out of the game. That could be viewed as an action that demonstrates Shanahan understands that Haynesworth had just buried his brother and might not be ready to play.

As for the commitment thing -- I'm struggling to see anything wrong with what Shanahan said. According to Andrea Kremer, Haynesworth said that he didn't think he fit the scheme. Shanahan indicated that the team is committed to Haynesworth and that they'd like a reciprocal commitment. And he pointed out what Haynesworth did (contribute to a win against Philly) when he played with commitment.

Posted by: KevinBroom | October 19, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan never said he faulted Albert for not being ready to play, he just said he wasn't ready. Albert hasn't been motivated even before his half-brother's death. You telling me Haynesworth is the victim here?

Posted by: rconner9 | October 19, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with Albert not being mentally ready to practice on Thursday. Now, if only Albert was not mentally ready to accept his paycheck for doing virtually nothing for the Redskins that week. I know, I know, he buried his brother earlier in the week; but Albert has done everything (but forfeiting his money) over the past two years, to let the Redskins know that he wants to be anywhere but here!

Posted by: ridge_road_marco | October 19, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is giving AH no problems about not being ready to play. He's not criticising him, he's not calling him out; he's just keeping him from going out and getting himself hurt or costing the team a key play.

I'm also inclined to give AH the benefit of the doubt on not being ready, given the terrible circumstances he was going through at the time. There are players who would have played and been ready anyways (Brett Favre after his father died), but it's not reasonable to EXPECT a player to make that choice.

What I will criticise AH about is being in in a skybox instead of on the sidelines with his teammates. If you're not with the team (i.e. taking time with family), then that's fine. But if you are with the team, then be with your team.

Posted by: j762 | October 19, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

After the way NBC's cameras followed Albert around until they found something to criticize last time they were in town, it may have been a good idea for him to stay off the sidelines and avoid being a distraction during the game.

I heard that he did go into the lockerroom or at least the team only area, after the game.

Posted by: SportzWiz | October 19, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Ok explain to me how Brett Favre takes the summer off and cames back a week before the 1st real game of the year and starts. The media just loved him until he got catch with his wee wee out...Oh he so great, how much is he making this year? ...

Why does Hanesworth need to practice a full week. why is he lazy because he doesn't want to go to camp. Let be real how much practice do you need to put someone on their the man you already paid him..The Skins are only hurting themselves, what team is going to pay us top dollar for a player we are about to release

Posted by: spunyum | October 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is still a story because the media is making it one. Most fans have forgotten about this football player already.

Posted by: Realist7 | October 19, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I love the pic of Ham Sandwich at Safeway. He's just up the aisle from the mustard, gotta have that mustard.

Ham Sandwich, what a bum.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | October 19, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I think Haynesworth milked the time personally.

How many guys have you seen out there that fly in a couple of days for a family event and are back preparing for the next game?

We see it all the time.

Haynesworth took off a whole week. His brother's funeral wasn't until the NEXT Tuesday but was down in TN for all that time.

Obviously, Shanahan and others in the NFL take their jobs more seriously than those of us that work in the private sector and can take off vacation time to spend with grieving relatives.

The pressure of being in big time sports and having only 16 games to make or break a season puts coaches AND players under the gun for time.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 19, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth's approach to the Redskins seems casual at this point and I think Shanahan was only reflecting that feeling back on Albert last week in putting him on the inactive list.

When Joe Gibbs was here guys took off time to be with family, but they usually bee-lined it back after the family event was concluded.

In Shanahan's eyes Haynesworth didn't try to get back to Washington for the installation of the offense/defense for the Colts game on Wednesday, choosing instead to stay in TN the extra day.

So, Shanahan took that as a sign Albert wasn't mentally focused and prepared to play.

I think it's evident that Shanahan is a workaholic and like a Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells would probably continuing to work through many such family circumstances, taking the minimum amount of time necessary to show respect.

In Shanahan's tough world, Haynesworth doesn't measure up.

And I think THAT is what Shanahan doesn't like about ole #92.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much of a contract extension it would take for AH to buy into the scheme and play like the player he is capable, and want to be here....guess its not about the money, oh that's right, he took it...must be something else.

Posted by: outrbnksm | October 19, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Why does Hanesworth need to practice a full week. why is he lazy because he doesn't want to go to camp. Let be real how much practice do you need to put someone on their the man you already paid him..The Skins are only hurting themselves, what team is going to pay us top dollar for a player we are about to release

Posted by: spunyum | October 19, 2010 2:54 PM

Is there any way to filter out stupid comments from idiots and a-holes? Comparing the QB position to a lineman is like comparing apples to oranges. Hynie does need to practice to be conditioned enough to be toting around his 335 pound butt. Wasn't it just last year people were ranking on him for being out of shape and how it cost the team when he pulled himself our of games because he was winded or tired? I want a fit and able-bodied Hynie (the BEAST) on the field... not the over-inflated windbag we saw last year.

And what is with people this year criticizing a coach who instills discipline and demands performance? What, you all want Mr. Medium back? Yea, that worked well for the team, didn't it?

Posted by: dmr0834 | October 20, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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