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Teammates say Haynesworth wanted to play


(Via @onealty)


Here's a count of how many times various local athletes have been mentioned in The Post over the past six months:

Donovan McNabb - 274
Ryan Zimmerman - 189
Albert Haynesworth - 169
John Wall - 149
Alex Ovechkin - 136
Gilbert Arenas - 97
Brian Orakpo - 74
LaRon Landry - 56
Mike Green - 55

It seemed the worst might be behind us, but as I should have known, the Haynesworth media moving sidewalk is once again accepting passengers on its fiery, sulfur-scented, beetle-infested descent to nowhere. Haynesworth was deactivated Sunday night despite having been back at practice, leading to pre-game, in-game, post-game and next-day analysis of The Albert Situation.

He's now played only three of six games this season, and is in major danger of missing his 12-games-a-year average. NBC's Andrea Kremer reported Sunday night that "Haynesworth told me he would've 'loved to play' against the Colts and he didn't think conditioning or mental readiness were issues." And at least two teammates indicated the same thing in post-game interviews.

"We definitely could have used him tonight. Unfortunately, that was a coach's decision as far as I know," Phillip Buchanan said on the Comcast SportsNet post-game show. "I know that he was definitely eager to play. He really, really wanted to play."

"He wanted to play, but once again, I don't really know all the circumstances behind why he didn't play," Lorenzo Alexander told Mike Wise on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning. "Albert, he's a dominant force. We all know what Albert can do. I wish he could have played, I don't know all the circumstances behind why he didn't, but for a guy like that, that's that dominant when he wants to be, we need him out there."

"Big Al has come a long way, he's buying in, he's doing all the right things," Alexander also told Kelli Johnson. "We definitely want him out there to be able to play. He's a monster; in the Philly game he really balled. He's a game changer, and he keeps offensive linemen off-balance."

"Coach Shanahan made a decision that he felt was in the best interest of the team," London Fletcher said in audio posted on 106.7 The Fan's site. "That's what he's gonna do in each and every case. It doesn't matter how I feel, Coach Shanahan is gonna make the decisions that's the best that he feels for this football team, and I support him with that."

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
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Comments

Haynesworth should have been allowed to play and that chick is hot.

Posted by: eternale5150 | October 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Just curious- where does Strasburg rank on that list? He still counts as a local athlete, right?

Posted by: bryc3 | October 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Stephen Strasburg has to have been mentioned more than 55 times.

Posted by: MatthewL16 | October 18, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Strasburg is way over 300 mentions over the past six months. The list wasn't meant to be all-inclusive, just a few names I was curious about.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | October 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth should have been allowed to play and that chick is hot.

Posted by: eternale5150 | October 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Agreed

Posted by: see-ya | October 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

If Albert had been active for this game they would have never have been able to get him in or out of the game. If there were questions that still existed about his effort when you have the full play clock to get him on or off, what would have happened when he was stuck out there for 7 straight plays? Skins would have had only 10 players for part of those runs or multiple substitution infractions. If there were every a time you needed someones full effort and fully sold on the scheme, this was that game. It removed that distraction for a big game.

Posted by: wombledc | October 18, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

wombledc how can you be so sure that we would have not forced more three and outs if AH was in the game? At the very least, if AH was allowed to play, maybe the Colts don't rush for 179 yards. And that so-called scheme did not work. When you are standing and jumping around, you are easier to block and you don't cloud up the middle. Yeah, how did that scheme work out? Almost 500 yards of offense......

Posted by: SPUD2 | October 18, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

WAS THAT KATIE HOLMES FLIRTING WITH ALBERT HAYNESWORTH??!!

Posted by: mundelz | October 18, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

WAS THAT KATIE HOLMES FLIRTING WITH ALBERT HAYNESWORTH??!!

Posted by: mundelz | October 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

WAS THAT KATIE HOLMES FLIRTING WITH ALBERT HAYNESWORTH??!!

Posted by: mundelz | October 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

nooooo pretty sure it's his baby mama stripper from NYC he's been dodging.

Also, this is ridiculous

PLAY THE DUDE

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | October 18, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Folks - The way Indy was running plays in hurry-up, Haynesworth would have passed out on the field. We are only talking about this because we lost. If we had won, it wouldn't be an issue.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | October 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

How uncomfortable must THAT have been?

Sitting up in the booth, watching the game with the guy who gave you Millions of wasted dollars?!

With a stripper gf?! Oh, man. Talk about awkward.

I believe I would have declined that particular invitation. Just too much tension under the surface.

"So, Albert, how's everything going this year?"

"Good."

"Who's your friend?"

"The stripper you been reading about from Miami."

"Oh, the pregnant one? OH, Congrats."

"Thanks."

"So, how come you're not playing tonight, Albert? It's a big game, you know?"

"Yeah, I know. Coaches decision. I wanted to play."

"Or at least be on the sideline, right? With your teammates?"

"Yeah."

"Oh well, what's a few million dollars to watch the game up here with you and your stripper, huh? Want a beer?"

"OK."

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 18, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

See, Shanny should have let Haynesworth play. That way after 3-4 quick plays, he collapses and an injury timeout is called so the defense gets a breather and personnel can be changed. Al sits out 1-2 plays and then if he has to returns to the action and repeats the process. Poor coaching decision not to let him play. (G)

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

You guys are just plain dumb. Do you REALLY think that is his "stripper" girlfriend from the super bowl? I mean really. She would be what, 8 1/2 months pregnant right now? Gosh, she looks pretty good for someone about to give birth.

Posted by: see-ya | October 18, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'll call it ... TRADE IS IN THE WORKS BEFORE THE TRADE DEADLINE, ALLEN AND SHANAHAN ARE MAKING SURE HAYNESWORTH STAYS HEALTHY.

Posted by: SkinsFaninCanada | October 18, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Albert's hurting from the loss of his brother. Definitely not in the right frame of mind to play. My condolences to Albert and his family.

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 19, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

The owner - bright/wealthy/well intentioned but pretty dumb when it comes to evaluating talent/desire/& attitude.
The coach - demanding/unbending/firmly set in his belief that players have to practice, participate in team events, and an absolute disdain for lazy, overweight, over paid players who refuse to practice.
The player - Unbelievably overpaid - overweight - bad attitude - constantly finding reasons (some good, some bad) not to practice, refuses to participate in team events (off season workouts, etc.) and thinks that he's far more valuable to the team than the coach.

How do you resolve this? Either cut the player since no one else in the NFL will take him off your hands - he's way too expensive and virtually worthless to you or anyone else, or fire the coach (never did that before?) and let the guy sit around all week and play on game day.

Get rid of this guy - he's an embarrassment to the team, the organization, and certainly for the owner.

Posted by: slarnhart | October 19, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Let AH faint on the field for him and others around him to see how unfit he is. Don't just let him seat around and continue this childish retribution.

AH and Shanahan are both adults and need to act accordingly. Let me correct myself about AH's manturity. He is a talented baby; slap his butt and use him.

Posted by: SeedofChange | October 19, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

^21^

AH and Shanahan are both adults and need to act accordingly. Let me correct myself about AH's manturity. He is a talented baby; slap his butt and use him.

Posted by: SeedofChange | October 19, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

DUDE,

That's the funniest thing I've heard in a minute. LOL. Slap his butt and use him......SLOL. Thanks 4 that one!!!!!

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | October 19, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

When you think about it why would it matter that they couldn't get him out of the game after all whoever they had in there didn,t make one play worth talking about! it's not like another player justified Coach "shanaklan's" Decision By the way when is shanny gonna show us Some superbowl caliber coaching?

Posted by: phildozier | October 19, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

When you think about it why would it matter that they couldn't get him out of the game after all whoever they had in there didn,t make one play worth talking about! it's not like another player justified Coach "shanaklan's" Decision By the way when is shanny gonna show us Some superbowl caliber coaching?

Posted by: phildozier | October 19, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Even Dan Snyder has got to know the Redskins defensive scheme looked like something you would see on the playground. You're NEVER going to beat P. Manning with a playground-styled defense!

Posted by: whitaker200 | October 19, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Chicago conceeded 15 sacks in just last two games. AH needs to play so that rest of the defense can continue to sack Cutler and improve their stat and win the game.

Next two games are very winnable and it will probably take the skins to the top of NFC East and face Eagles after a week of rest.

Let's do everything to win these two games and win NFC East this year; second in 18 years.

Posted by: SeedofChange | October 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

More of the same old shuck n jive from Fat Albert and his friends.He wanted to play? If that's the case,he would have got back immediately to his team after his brother's funeral.Instead,he went on a memorial motorcycle trip! He could have been down on the field Sunday night [like Portis]but he decided to relax with some babe in a luxury suite.Haynesworth is showing us who he really is: a selfish,big-ego, juvenile who has no clue what a TEAM is all about.Albert is a legend only in his own twisted mind.

Posted by: bowspray | October 19, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

More of the same old shuck n jive from Fat Albert and his friends.He wanted to play? If that's the case,he would have got back immediately to his team after his brother's funeral.Instead,he went on a memorial motorcycle trip! He could have been down on the field Sunday night [like Portis]but he decided to relax with some babe in a luxury suite.Haynesworth is showing us who he really is: a selfish,big-ego, juvenile who has no clue what a TEAM is all about.Albert is a legend only in his own twisted mind.

Posted by: bowspray | October 19, 2010 10:25 AM
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Agreed!

Posted by: tryumpfant | October 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Folks - The way Indy was running plays in hurry-up, Haynesworth would have passed out on the field. We are only talking about this because we lost. If we had won, it wouldn't be an issue.
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First of all Haynesworth played against Indy and the hurry up twice a year for 7 years and was very disruptive for Payton in the A-gap and 6ft. 6 inches, in fact his last year in Tennessee they destroyed Indianapolis twice and Albert killed them. Secondly, Shanahan has shown us that he is an amateur when it comes to personnel decisions. Pittsburgh did not want Santonio Holmes and they traded him immediately to get something in return. New England decide that they no longer wanted Randy Moss and they traded him immediately, this is what professional first class organizations do, they don't let it linger and malign the guy. Why would they not take a 4th round pick for a guy that they consider a nonessential back up player. If Shanahan is going to continue to play these games, he playing with pysche of his teammates, hence the statements by Lorenzo Alexander, who had been very critical of Albert Haynesworth. London Fletcher is too big of an Uncle Tom to say look coach we obviously could use the help on defense.

Posted by: impartial1 | October 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh snap!

Posted by: jimwest20 | October 19, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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