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Posted at 3:34 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Shanahan: No regrets on Haynesworth

By Dan Steinberg

Mike Shanahan pretty well dodged all the Haynesworth questions at his Monday press conference. Then he issued his statement on Tuesday, writing that Haynesworth "has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time."

In between, he talked to Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson, in which he sort of at least kind of mildly addressed the Haynesworth situation twice.

"Is there anything you wish you would have done differently in handling this situation?" Johnson asked him.

"With Albert?" Shanahan asked. "No. Nothing. No."

He also said the situation has not been much of a distraction. On this, Haynesworth agrees, telling Kevin & Rock on Monday night that he has not, in fact, been a distraction. Here's Shanahan:

"Well, I'm not sure how big of a distraction it is, except answering questions like you keep on asking each week. It really hasn't been that type of distraction like most people think it is, because you've got a lot at hand. You've got game preparation, you're thinking about different things. But when it's brought up like it is over the last 24, 48 hours, then obviously you've got to answer the questions and deal with it."

Meanwhile, representing the "Blame Shanahan" camp, Brian Mitchell went on Mike Wise's radio show on Tuesday and gave the primary fault to the coach.

"I'll go with 60-40 Shanahan," Mitchell said, when asked who was to blame. "I'm not just looking at the Albert Haynesworth situation; I look at many situations that have gone on....Derrick Dockery being on the inactive all those different weeks? No, that shouldn't have been happening. The whole situation with Donovan McNabb, that should have happened? No, that shouldn't have happened. Every other week with Albert Haynesworth, that shouldn't have happened neither, and the team is still not playing better. Yeah, they won one more game than they did last year so far. I'm not impressed.....This team has not been prepared to be a winning football team all year, and you have to blame that on your head coach."

Meanwhile, I'm trying to imagine a world in which I don't transcribe radio and television interviews about Albert Haynesworth. That's like trying to imagine a world without super-aged Gouda. Not interested in living in that world.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
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No regrets?

I'm sure he has no regrets over cutting Devin Thomas, who helped a playoff-bound team beat us on Sunday. Or Justin Tryon, who is helping the Colts. Or Chad Rinehart, another wasted 3rd round pick who is now with Buffalo. Or Ladell Betts, a former 2nd round pick with the team who is now helping the Saints to the post season while we are 5-7 with no legit running backs on the roster. Or Jason Campbell, who we used 3 high round draft picks on, who is now possibly leading Oalkand--OAKLAND!--to the playoffs.

Of course he has no regrets for letting go of all these Redskins draft picks. And I'm sure the season would have turned out the exact same way had he not made a mockery of Haynesworth during training camp and made him a sit out the first week-plus of practice. I'm sure things would have been just the same in the pivotal game of the season--against Indianapolis--when Shanahan decided a death in the family was not an excuse to miss practice and thus de-activated him for 2 consecutive weeks. We lost by 3 after Indy ran all over us up the middle.

Yeah, I'm sure there are no regrets for what has been, by far, the worst season of personnel mistakes in the history of the Washington Redskins.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 7, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I just want to know what happens now. Now that everyone agrees this season was a huge failure, that McNabb wasn't the answer, that AH92 wasn't the answer, and that Shanahan may not be the answer.
It's obvious at this point AH92 isn't staying and though I doubt it'll happen, McNabb's contract does allow us to cut him this summer without having to give up much financially.
Is there any chance that we actually scrap everything and everyone and rebuild a young team? I feel like I tell myself that this is a possibility every year, yet we always, without fail, screw it up.

Posted by: bigtizzle03 | December 7, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

They need to get some kids in there, flying around being aggressive.

The team is too old and stuck in their ways.

Posted by: keithrjackson | December 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

i thiink Betts got cut. and Thomas had one good special teams game.. whoopdeedoo. He was drafted high as a WR, not a gunner on teams.

Posted by: destewar | December 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

That's the point. They all got cut or traded. We dump our young talent every year and it's ridiculous. The very same people who come on these blogs and rant about "building through the draft" are the very same people who say cut Campbell, cut Thomas, cut Betts...etc. Well, how are you supposed to build through the draft if we keep cutting the guys we draft rather than allowing them to grow in our system?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Nashville Sports Bog. Re/Start house hunting.

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 7, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

last paragraph was great. hang in there dan! just imagine next summer and fall when you will only be writing about the player lockout.

Posted by: goose33 | December 7, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Don't forget Edwin Williams who is starting Guard for the 9-3 CHicago Bears

Posted by: goose33 | December 7, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

That's the point. They all got cut or traded. We dump our young talent every year and it's ridiculous. The very same people who come on these blogs and rant about "building through the draft" are the very same people who say cut Campbell, cut Thomas, cut Betts...etc. Well, how are you supposed to build through the draft if we keep cutting the guys we draft rather than allowing them to grow in our system?

Posted by: Barno1 |

First Betts is hardly a youngster, he's a career disappointment drafted in the second round, and a wasted pick..

As far as the other cuts, except for Campbell who looked good at times, who impressed? For Zorn OR Shanahan. Certainly not Tryon or Rinehart? Which of the three receivers was worth a 2nd round pick?

And then there's the factor we don't know about--the locker room presence. High draft picks and expensive free agents taking up roster spots or starting jobs from guys who bust hump and SHOULD play kill a team's morale.

No the blame isn't just Mike's--tho he's had his shortcomings--THE biggest problem during the entire Snyder Administration is Snyder.

Great organizations win consistently. So the same day Washington is dumping its $100 million dollar waste of money, NE sees all those high picks it's acquired develop and come through.

Posted by: TheCork | December 7, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse


We could've used Betts this year, clearly. Same for the others. Tryon, Campbell, Betts, D. Thomas--they're all with winning teams now. Are you really saying that the skins knew what they were doing when the let go of those players, and these winning teams that now have those players know nothing?

Seems to me that our future looked a lot brighter this time last year, with Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Fred Davis, Justin Tryon, Kareem Moore, Jason Campbell, Brian Orakpo, and even Chad Rinehard, all making plays. Sure, we were 4-12, but at least we could see a nice, young, core developing by last December. That's all gone now...where is the young core?

But yeah, let's build through the draft--until the genius fans get tired of a player who isn't a first team All Pro by his second season and start demanding they be cut.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 7, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Barno - you are delusional. Last December was a nightmare on par with no other Skins season I can recall. Rhinehart lost his starting job, he wasn't making plays. Kareem Moore showed promise, but the more ive seen of him this year tells me he's not the long term answer at FS, and potentially not even on teams. Tryon also showed promise, but he was no shining star.

The core that hopefully Shanahan is building is one in which every single guy is fanatically driven to compete and win every game. Coming into this season, there were guys who didn't want to focus the way Shanny demands. Those guys - Fat Al and DT - are no longer on the roster. Think about Coughlin when he first showed up at the NYG. He caused a riot with his iron fisted ways. But the team bought in over time and they've been pretty good since.

Btw, of the 8 young players you list above, 4 are still with the team. Not bad for a new regime to keep around.

Posted by: sgmd | December 8, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Edwin Williams, starting RG for Chicago Bears:

Posted by: RedCherokee | December 8, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

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