Shanahan: No regrets on Haynesworth
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.
| December 7, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
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