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Reports: Haynesworth may be inactive week 1

Reports are surfacing that Albert Haynesworth will not be active for the opener in a divisional game against the Cowboys. My first thought was, at this point it would have to be health related, but then I saw a report saying that he would get extensive time in the last preseason game of the year. Haynesworth indeed played in the last preseason game, the whole game. Well that sunk my proverbial battleship, can't be health related if he played the whole game against the Cardinals. Well after the studying of the game film, reports leaked out that he was less than impressive in the game. So with him making the cut, it still led me to believe that if this report is indeed true that this is a result of a few things.

1. Mike Shanahan made this decision long before now, and even if Haynesworth got in line and is a good soldier now, there still has to be disciplinary action taken against him for missing so many practices due to his lack of conditioning.

2. Dan Snyder could possibly be up to his old tricks, you have to believe Haynesworth's offseason and preseason scuttle butts with the team in the media could have embarrassed this franchise enough for them to try to return the favor.

3. It could possibly be that Haynesworth is not in good enough shape and does not know the defensive scheme well enough for this staff to just throw him out there in a game that counts, putting every guy out there at risk. Some would say after his performance Thursday night he did nothing to change this reason.

Could be a combination of all of these things; if I were a betting man I'd say it all came down to Haynesworth proving that he deserved to be in the opener by playing a complete game against the Arizona Cardinals, which officials on the inside say he failed to do. He wasn't able to prove it in the offseason he did not prove it in training camp, so ultimately it comes down to Haynesworth working his way back to where coaches are comfortable with him.

If this report turns out to be true, what do you feel the reason or reasons would be for not dressing Haynesworth for the Dallas game?

By LaVar Arrington  |  September 5, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
 
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The reason is that AH is an A-whole

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | September 5, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry meant to say AH is an A-Hore!

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | September 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

May continue to be a game of trying to shove a round peg in a square hole. The guy has been very successful being himself with another very successful coach. Don't think he is dumb enough to just walk away from that big contract.

If you want an every down, completely unselfish nose tackle go find one but don't think AH is every going to become that.

Maximize his usefulness or let him go?

Posted by: mgferrebee | September 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

To answer your question.. NONE!
Let the SOB rot out of uniform and away from where he can further contaminate the team.

It's rapidly approachng the point where the Skins should let him sit until he agrees to give back the salary bonus he didn't receive and them jettison the pig.

Posted by: pd2710 | September 5, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

They are playing with fire....

I saw Robert Henson going wild out there when Haynesworth was in the middle. Shanahan could lose the locker room if Jones and Barber run wild Sunday.

Check in with you sources Lavar. I am hearing the locker room is not very happy about this.

Posted by: justmy2 | September 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I would think performance has to be the reason not to start AH. He didn't impress the new coach yet and he needs to. The Redskins will push him to get in shape, learn the new system, and be a good soldier for this season or face 2nd team until injuries pull him into the starting roll. He's an ass for not playing ball with the management and new coach, but they won't part with the guy just yet IMO.

Posted by: ddeisz | September 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: justmy2

"Check in with you sources Lavar. I am hearing the locker room is not very happy about this."
____________________________________

And your sources would be ... ?

Considering the past comments FROM the locker room (read the past several months of quotes) it would appear that they are all on board with Shanahan and think AH should get in shape, stop crying and earn his money.


Posted by: topwriter | September 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd expect better than this from LaVar. How did Albert play? Give us your opinion.

Albert was out there 49 plays. That is too many for a guy who needs to be rotated. Outside of Andre Carter, I'm not sure any of our DL guys played that many plays in any game last year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 5, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Where are all the usual posts praising LaVar's writing and critique?!?!?! I guess it's Labor Day weekend and his friends/family must have all taken the weekend off. Anyway, as a skins fan I have never been able to defend Dan Snyder...until now. LaVar, stop blaming others and take responsibility for being a bust in the NFL. It wasnt Dan's fault you busted in DC and NY.

Posted by: sjp879 | September 5, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

It's time to stop blaming Mr. Snyder and the Redskins organization. Cut AH. He's a growing cancer.

Posted by: Hoss3 | September 5, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely NO reason not to start and play Albert - this is Shanahan being petty and it's got to STOP!!! Shanahan is so angry about Albert not showing up for the OTAs and he is determined to punish him. But in doing so, he is punishing the team. Does he not realize we are playing our hated rivals and need to win?? It's time to Shanny to just let it go!

As for Snyder, that is ridiculous. If it were up to Snyder, Albert would definitely be playing - and starting. Seems Snyder has truly turned the team over to Shanahan/Allen (at least for now) or this insanity with Albert would have stopped long ago.

Posted by: Lisa_R | September 5, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Dude
1st Learn English the grammar is terrible
2nd you have no credibility This sounds like sour grapes. Do you have any basis for these theories? If this is what the Post is reduced to, it will not be long before it is bankrupt, unfortunately.

Posted by: paintbynumbers | September 5, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins are a second rate team because they have a long history of turning up their nose and punishing anyone who doesn't toe the line. When you are paying that kind of money you need to get over it and consider the team's interest, not retaliation. But were talking about a third rate management that has driven stars elsewhere to win Superbowls and MVP awards.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | September 5, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This article is comical and probably why the Redskins will not cut Haynesworth because they still have to pay him $8 million dollars regardless of what he does. Cut Albert....pay him......keep him.......pay him. Although Albert is a monumental jerk Synder created this monster and it is his $41 million dollar Frankenstein. Plain and simple Haynesworth saw Synder coming and jacked him for his money!!!

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/sports/red_zone/albert-haynesworth-should-the-redskins-cut-him-or-keep-him-082610

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | September 5, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Check that the skins have to pay Haynesworth $9 million and not $8 million regardless if they cut him or keep him.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | September 5, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Lvar, I liked this blog so much better than the 'Redskins Insider'. The reason is that you are doing analysis and giving your opinion. Whereas the RI just cuts and pastes most of the time and parrots things everybody already knows. And they do it over and over again on that blog. Thank you much for starting this blog.

In any case, back to your point, I think, AH is a punk and he is just trying to do his best get his ticket out of town. He will never give his best to the Redskins. He already has the money and has no motivation to work harder in a game. He will continue to go through the motions and that will be it.

Posted by: malta1 | September 5, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

AH is an infected hemorrhoid that needs to be surgically removed less pus is discharged over the rest of the Redskins.

Posted by: getitritegov | September 5, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey LaVar, those in glass houses should not throw stones.

Posted by: hughesbob19 | September 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This is the part of Shanny that I was afraid would come to surface. Shanny is going to hold a grudge against Fat Albert. I believe he is going to give him hell until Fat Albert forfeits some of his bonus money. Once this happens then he will cut him off the team. The only person that can change Shanny's mind is coach Haslett. Haslett has to grow some balls and convince Shanny that the team is better with Fat Albert. I personally hate this whole situation. The team should not have this distraction on the eve of the new season.

Posted by: Redskin4Life1 | September 5, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,

How many sports writers end with a question? Different!

With Haynesworth, I think the decision to not start him comes down to the simple fact that the Skins owe him no favors. Haynesworth has lost the benefit of the doubt. What are some of the character flaws that Ceratto overlooked because Haynesworth at the time was saying all the right things? Do you think Shanahan and Allen willing to accept Haynesworth's word at face value?

Good will may be the single most precious commodity we enjoy as professionals. Too bad for Haynesworth that he still doesn't seem to get it.

The lead story in the today's Sports section stated that, after reviewing the film, the coaching staff was utterly disappointed with Haynesworth's performance during the Arizona game. Do you think the natural tendency during film study was to look for the good or to look for the bad?

Haynesworth has brought all this upon himself. Haynesworth's actions reflect poorly on Snyder because Snyder and his lieutenants chose to overlook Haynesworth's character issues. For the past 10 years, that was the Redskins Way.

Now, Haynesworth's career is on a steep downhill slide, and he's the only one who can change what's happening. I suspect he's beginning to feel very, very alone. Step 1 might be to show some appreciation and respect to his gifts and those around him. He hasn't done that yet.

Based on what you've seen in the performance of Carriker, Philip Daniels, Kemo, etc., do you still feel Haynesworth is absolutely necessary to the success of this defense? More importantly, does the coaching staff feel they are absolutely depending on Haynesworth? If Haynesworth feels he is indispensable, the man needs a reality check.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | September 5, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, the way you left this organization was on less than stellar terms, you of all people should not be saying anything negative about anybody. Just keeping it real brother.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 5, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Until we get the last vestiges of the Snyderatto regime out of the way, we will continue to have these problems.

AH was indeed a Snyderrato Frankenstein monster, created entirely by the front loaded crap of a $41 million guaranteed contract given to the overweight, selfish jerk.

Until he proves to the team that he knows what the hell he's doing out there, I fully support Shanahan's approach on the subject.

It's just too bad the fatso, who with this very contract will earn 20-30 times more than most of us will earn in our entire lifetimes, is so selfish and lacks any kind of work ethic.

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 5, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

As much as I love to see that head banging between Shani and AH, just because I want to see who will be the last man standing at the end of it, I have to say that it will is the distraction that will sink the team this season... If the Redskins feel that AH is not up to par and not in any football playing shape or condition, why don't they just bit the bullet, cut him, pay him his 9 Millions like the Seahawks did to TJH this week and let him go…? Let’s put that chapter behind us and play football... I am sick of it and slowly turning against Shani in this saga…

Posted by: marabout_noir1 | September 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

who cares, they will kick box to get to 5-11 if they can get Spingarn on the schedule for a holiday game. they stink and FA does not make a difference. the whole program is a show and when they get stomped week in and week out then maybe these know nothings will clam down. AH is done and could not tackle me in a phone booth. their issue is McChicken because that cat is going to get blown up opening night and that is the truth, Ruth..

Posted by: doyouktt | September 5, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

There is way to much drama and press over this guy. He has not been, is not now and never will be worth what they paid him or the attention the press has given him. Aren't there any of the 52 other players that deserve some of this attention for their efforts?

Posted by: grobinette | September 5, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It's a matter of playing hard. Haynesworth gave half-hearted effort so the coaches are not happy. Shanahan said Haynesworth knew he was going to play the whole game. I suspected Haynesworth wanted to prove that he could last a whole game by just standing at the line and preserving his energy. Truth be told, coaches wanted to see if Haynesworth has learned how to play the 3-4 the right way and take opportunities to make big plays. Truth be told, Haynesworth knew that if he had gone full bore the whole game, he'd be too exhausted to continue in the second half. And injuries are liable to happen that way. Haynesworth saw this game as meaningless but that's not how the coaches sees it. So, it's a difference of opinion we're seeing here. Is Haynesworth in shape? You bet. Did Haynesworth play the way coaches wanted him to play? No. So, there will be consequences for that. He may not start or play and it will be because he didn't show the coaches that he could play the 3-4 effectively.

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 5, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Case of "little man syndrome" hitting fat,lazy slob syndrome...making a point that you're the chief by putting your best player on the bench...not very mature.Not showing up for OTA's should have been a closed issue long ago,or Albert should have been cut,released,whatever.

Their personal problems should have been settled BEFORE the regular season,that's what leadership requires,the coach is making his point now at the cost to the team and the fans.

Posted by: petebowling1 | September 5, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Enough already! If he's not going to start, let that news break at kickoff. Shanny is dragging this out too long. Too much petty BS, coach'em up and put him on the field. I'm no fan of Fat Al but I don't like hearing this S from management.

LA haters sound like a bunch of catty high school chicks. English isn't his (or my)strong suit but being a pro football player and making millions isn't your (or my) strong points. You guys sound like real romos critiquing another man's grammer...

Posted by: priceisright | September 5, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'M AMAZED AT ALL THE POSTERS ON THIS COLUMN AUTOMATICALLY SIDING WITH THE COACH AND ACCEPT HIS WORD AS GOSPEL. FYI, WHEN HE WAS LET GO FROM THE BRONCOS, THERE WERE SIMILAR TYPE ISSUES WITH HIS STYLE AND BEING ABLE TO RELATE TO PLAYERS. NOT MANY QUESTION COACH. I SUSPECT MOST OF YOU PRO-COACH GUYS ARE ALSO "COMPANY GUYS" WHO WORK 9 TO 5s AND LIVE YOUR ENTIRE LIVES NOT QUESTIONING ANY AUTHORITY. FOR YOU, THE ORGANIZATION, THE SUPERVISOR, THE MANAGER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. MANY OF YOU FEEL THIS WAY BECAUSE OF HOUSE MUCH MONEY HAYNESWORTH IS MAKING. THAT IS IRRELEVANT AS CONTRACTUALLY THAT THE TERMS OF HIS EMPLOYMENT WAS TO PLAY DT IN A 4-3 SCHEME. IT IS NOT HIS FAULT THAT MANAGEMENT CHANGED COURSE. LANGUAGE LIKE "NOT A TEAM PLAYER" ARE TERMS USED BY "COMPANY GUYS" PROGRAMMED TO NEVER ROCK THE BOAT. THATS WHY THE MATRIX EXISTS AND EVERYONE IS PLUGGED IN BECAUSE NO ONE QUESTIONS ANYTHING ESPECIALLY WHEN IT THREATENS THE SYSTEM. DO YOUR HOMEWORK, SHANNY HAS HAD THESE ISSUES EVERYWHERE HE WENT. ITS NOT ALBERT. ITS SHANNY. IF THE REDSKINS HAVE A LOSING SEASON, MISS THE PLAYOFFS, AND ALBERT DIDN'T PLAY, IT WILL PROVE HIS ANTICS DID NOT WORK AND FOR ALL THOSE "COMPANY GUY" PLAYERS WHO WENT ALONG, THEY WILL NOW QUESTION HIS LEADERSHIP. UNPLUG PEOPLE. UNPLUG.

Posted by: vhamilto | September 5, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

...another stupid chapter to illustrate to all the players what happens if you cross Shanahan... this only works with 2nd teamers not star players... it's a colossal waste of an expensive asset to play him the entire 4th preseason game... name one other front line player who also played out??? yes FA is wrong but 'he is who we thought he was' --- shame on the skins front office for not dealing with it in March...

Posted by: bobfromeaston | September 5, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear about a few things:

1. It was a freakin preseason game--the final one where hardly any starters played. Dude is not gonna go all out. Only peeps goin full throttle were rooks tryin to make the cut. You just can't expect that from Haynesworth in that game.

2. Haynesworth still takes up 2 players. They are crazy to not play him against Dallas. He is still a difference maker.

3. These are not leaked sources. There are no loose lips on the Skins except for Haynesworth. No coaches are gonna speak behind Shanahan. This is something Shanahan made sure got out there. But if he follows thru, he is really wrong here.

4. Haynesworth needs to play against Dallas. He gives the Skins the best chance of suceeding. Shanahan will be really misplaying his cards here if he follows thru on benching Haynesworth.
Gotta play the dude.
Period.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 5, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I think it comes down to this; if AH was so offended to be in with the backups, he should have taken it out on the Cardinals; blowing up the second- and third-teamers he lined up against, making a point that he is an elite level player by looking like a man among boys. He didn't do that, he looked like a typical pre-Shanahan Redskin, playing down to his competition, acting out of sheer childishness and expecting the old Snyder 'star system' to give him his job back without having earned it. The only reason I'd play him at this point might be to showcase him a little bit to attract a better trade deal.

Posted by: spauldij1 | September 5, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

BTW - Var - loving that you're here in the Post. I only wish you'd have been able to finish your career as a Redskin - in the 3-4! Dude, in this scheme you'd be having a sack party!

Posted by: spauldij1 | September 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Turn off the caps lock dude.

Anyway, yes, I am siding with the coach that has Super Bowl rings. I am siding with the guy who is not going to let a player make decisions that are not in the best interest of the team. For too many years guys like Clinton Portis got to do whatever he wanted to. And all you people did was gripe and moan that CP has too much authority and that management is way too lax on him. Now when someone comes in here busting heads, it's a problem.

I love the Skins but sometimes I really can't stand some of the fanbase. From the Cult of Colt to the Fat Albert supporters to those that griped about this organization needing a GM and then complaining every time he makes a transaction, it's mind boggling. I just can't comprehend how anyone would want the status quo from the last ten years. If there's anything we've learned about Shanahan/Allen, things are not status quo.

And yet, the fan base complains......

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | September 5, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

RobinVaBEach,aka "company guy", we can always count on you to be Shanny's Fan-ny. Do what what you're told. I need someone like you to work for me and not ask questions.

Posted by: vhamilto | September 5, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Redskins lack leadership. Definition of a leader is getting someone to do what they don't want to do and to sacrifice individual accomplishment or the good of the unit.

Obviously Coach Mikie and Jimbo lack this skill. None of the players have this skill. Goal from the time Shanie became head coach should have been to get Fat Albert to buy in. Mikie and Jumbo should have used the leaders on the team and their own leadership skills to find a way to motivate Fat Albert to buy in. They couldnt. Coach Mikie's current old school tactics haven't worked. embarrassing Fat Albert and making an example of him
has failed miserably. If they couldnt motivate him they should have discovered this before paying out $21million and cut him.

Coach Mikie is just here to collect a pay check for 2 years. Not to make the playoffs. He can't with team, the owner and their washed up QB.

The Redskins lack leadership from the top down. The owner only cares about his return so why should the players care. They will never be a successful organization with the current owner.

Leaders motivate. Redskins have no leaders. Simple!!!

Posted by: sheepherder | September 5, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

One of the Redskins' most serious problems over the last few years has been that some players, because they had some sort of special status with the owner, didn't really have to pay much attention to coaches. Haynesworth, who made one play and then went to the sidelines to suck oxygen for three, was one of these players. Shanahan is simply making it clear to Haynesworth that there is, in fact, a new sheriff in town and who you're cozy with no longer matters: You've got to justify your salary on the field.

Posted by: amstphd | September 5, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Remember when the Skins decided to punish Lavar. Warrick Holdman ring a bell? Couldn't carry Lavar's jock strap, yet he started how many games? Defense got ran over on his side every game. That was Dan Snyder, not the coaches making that decision. If it's him again, we're no better off than we were then. If it's Shanny's doing, then he is not as smart as you all think. Those so called starters on the D-line are not going to stop squat. They better figure out a way to make this work with big Al, or we will be giving up ton's of yardage on the ground this year. Let big Al go, and watch one of the division rivals pick him up so he can come back and stick it to them. Yeah that will work.

Posted by: captnbill | September 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse


We are talking too much about Albert. This is a team sport and Fat Al isn't a team player.


Posted by: mortified469 | September 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

justmy2 your an idiot. What sources do you have you moron.

Posted by: jerod1 | September 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I definitely don't think he should start. I watched the game, then rewatched the tape/DVR and for the most part Albert played a crappy game. His blocks were half-hearted and incomplete most of the time. He was rarely double teamed; it wasn't necessary. Given that he was playing against the 2nd and 3rd string O-Line of the Cardinals, there is absolutely no excuse for not making at least ONE impact play during that game. He made absolutely NO impact plays during the entire game. Jim Haslett made a comment after the game that Albert went the wrong way on a blitz at least once. That tells me he either still doesn't know the defense or doesn't care; neither situation is acceptable at this level. Another thing that concerned me was the body language, Albert was not real happy about being out there at all on Thursday. He thinks he's too good for it. Well I didn't see it. What I saw was a kid, Henson, fighting his heart out just trying to make the team until he went down with a knee injury while Albert was just pretending to play. We kept the pretender and cut the kid with the heart. Somehow that doesn't seem fair. All the best to you Robert Henson, and I hope you get picked up, you deserve to be on the field. Keeping Haynesworth inactive during the Dallas game may not be that bad of a move, especially if he intends to play in that game the way he did against the Cardinals. All he did was take up space.

Posted by: drmammal1 | September 5, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Utterly ridiculous. Perhaps a couple of the Kool Aid drinker slike Jason Reid, and a few of the fans who thought the decision to integrate the Redskins in 1961 was a mistake (and their kids) can continue to like Shanahan into the grave, but it is like this: Beat Dallas on Sunday, everything is cool. Lose to them, and there are going to be questions asked, especially if Haynesworth does not play or plays a limited role. If Shanahan was disappointed that AH supposedly did not go all out on Thursday, then Shanahan's man management is very much open to question. Was playing AH almost every down a way of motivating him and giving him practice reps, or was it a punishment, with Shanahan deciding that if AH considered going up against third stringers demeaning, then he was going to give him his full of it? Shanahan needs to look in the mirror and decide if this is working, or not. If not, go to plan B, whatever that may be.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | September 5, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The difference between champions and losing teams is often consistency. Haynesworth has been inconsistent since he's been here -- great on some plays, missing in action on others. Guys like Fletcher lay it on the line on every play. Haynesworth may be more talented than Fletcher, but what good is talent without heart?

On the other hand, it was Pre-season, like someone else pointed out, and veterans know that it's bad business to risk getting injured during the Pre-season. Shanahan obviously understands that, since he avoided risking injuries to his veterans after he had completed their evaluations. Look what happened to Robert Henson -- bummer for him! So maybe Haynesworth was just protecting himself. Can you blame him? The problem is, Haynesworth no longer gets the benefit of the doubt because of the way he has conducted himself. It's called the law of accumulation.

The Shanhan-Haynesworth drama is like a marriage where the parents stay together because of the kids. Sometimes, it's better for everybody to end the relationship, especially the kids.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | September 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

TO answer your question, Lavar, is is spite. There is no intelligent reason at this point to continue embarrasing AH (even though he brought a lot of this on himself). Is Shanahan interested in winning a football game or a point? For all his personality faults, he does eat up two blockers and makes the defense better. Way better than anyone else they have. This is high school stuff, only there is no way SHanahan runs AH off the team. He as $40 million reasons not to quit.

This is not a good start for Shanahan. It is immature nonsense like this that got him kicked out of Denver.

6-10 here we come.

Posted by: haunches | September 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I look at it this way, given all the criticisim, failing the conditioning test, coaches repeatedly stating that they are trying to get Albert into football shape, etc. If Albert really wanted to prove he was ready to go, then Thursday's game was a perfect opportunity. Indoor stadium, climate controlled, going against the 2nd, and 3rd string. If you are as good as you think you are you should have absolutely positively no problem beating the crap out of them in the first half of play and in doing so, shut everybody up and maybe earn the rest of the game off. But, no you choose to pout on the field by giving a half-hearted effort, run the wrong way on blitzes. I'm with the coaching staff on this one, actions speak louder than words; and right now Alberts actions are screaming, I am not ready for the Dallas Cowboys.

Posted by: drmammal1 | September 5, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

All I can hope is that Shanahan is playing tricks.

Like mcnabb's ankle... right? do i hope too much?

go Skins.

Posted by: docwhocuts | September 5, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

TO answer your question, Lavar, is is spite. There is no intelligent reason at this point to continue embarrasing AH (even though he brought a lot of this on himself). Is Shanahan interested in winning a football game or a point? For all his personality faults, he does eat up two blockers and makes the defense better. Way better than anyone else they have. This is high school stuff, only there is no way SHanahan runs AH off the team. He as $40 million reasons not to quit.

This is not a good start for Shanahan. It is immature nonsense like this that got him kicked out of Denver.

6-10 here we come.

Posted by: haunches

Bingo! Amen!

Posted by: Lisa_R | September 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I was a Skins fan before fat Albert was born, and I can tell you that the game of football did just fine before he came along and will be just fine after he is forgotten. As far as I'm concerned, the sooner the better.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | September 5, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Who is writing this for Lavar?

Posted by: MKadyman | September 5, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game... 17 rows from the Skins bench... Albert hardly tried during the game and his body langauge on the sidelines says "I don't want to be here"...

Release this mistake and lets move on now we have professional football people running the show now.

Posted by: dwdave67 | September 5, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

You AH lovers killll me. He'e not going to occupy two blockers after the first three snaps...he will be out of wind by then. Don't think opposing offensive coordinators haven't figured this out.

Coaches need you to demonstrate that you are conditioned. So that your "star" doesn't spend the rest of the season on IR.
Coaches need you to demonstrate that you know the playbook. So your blown assignment doesn't cost the team a game breaking play.
Any coach would want a motivated AH on their side. But these coaches owe it to the team, to protect the hard work of the other players. This individual is not conditioned, doesn't know the playbook, or just flat out doesn't care.
This is a trust issue. The coaching staff is not convinced AH's physical condition, and knowledge level are adequate.
I'd love to see the Skins stomp Dallas more than any of you. However, having AH physically conditioned and available at the end of the season, with a firm grip of the playbook, has a nice ring to it.
So, sorry, not buying the Napolean complex some of you guys are trying to sell about Shanahan.
No way will AH start versus Dallas. Hopefully, he can contribute to the defensive line rotation as he starts to earn trust. If he is not even dressed, things will be even more interesting....

Posted by: Krooz | September 5, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth wants to be the superstar treated player on this team...a primadonna, sweet smelling rose petal. that's who synder wanted. the prettiest package in the window. synder decided to pay more than top dollar to get it. over the past ten years, synder has finally come to the conclusion that these men who play ball need leadership and direction. a window full of pretty packages don't win games. this whole soap opera between shanahan and haynesworth is playing out the way it is because shanahan has been given control of the steering wheel of synder's toy. he wants the players to answer to him as the leader of the team, as they should. not run to the owner if they don't like something he says to or about them. in the past synder would cuddle up his babies and make it all better. notice now how he doesn't say anything about this whole madness he created. he is allowing the coach to coach the team. as he should. there are 41 million reasons, however, why he won't let shanahan cut him. at least not yet. i would like to think haynesworth would man up and do the job he's been paid to do, which is to play football for this team, not any promised position spelled out on the contract, because i don't think contract are written that way, but to play football. he has his money. now he needs to stop pouting and do what he needs to do for the coach to feel comfortable. the coach is his immediate supervisor and thus can expect him to follow the rules he has put in place, or suffer the consequences. people have been crying for years for there to be accountability. now there is, and the owner is showing restraint by letting the coach do his job.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | September 5, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

You know, in every one of these clashes of ego, both sides bear some blame. Even so, Albert Haynesworth has this situation 100% in his control. If he puts out 100%; whether it be in practice or in game situations, he pulls his team mates into his corner.....then it makes no difference what the coaches think. Once Albert realizes this, the battle of wills is over.

I'd say he does not yet realize this as was evidenced by his performance in Phoenix. He played like he was in a snit; apparently trying to exhibit his displeasure over playing along side the third-stringers. It is time for Albert to play up to his potential and to his contract. Once Albert does this, Shannahan has to acknowledge performance. Otherwise, he (Shannahan) really does lose the locker room.

Posted by: prestoj | September 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is harassing AH. Shanahan and the organization is trying to cause AH to be insubordinate, which means AH is not follwing insturctions,or not doing what they ask him to do. Once they can docuument an event or two of insuborniation, the organization will attempt to recoup a portion of that bonus money. This is a very old trick, that corporate America uses daily. Take my word........... Shanny needs to back off and make it work. Right now Shanny is looking suspect

Posted by: ecfosterjr | September 5, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Like I said............Albert controls this situation. If he steps up, he exposes the corporate trickery. You fight back by using the tools at your disposal. Some call it being a man.

Posted by: prestoj | September 5, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

i think what the players really want is for haynesworth to do is, to cut the nonsense and buy into the program set before him. they all should have one goal. to win games. haynesworth has to get with it and stop trying to show up the coach as being the bad guy. shanahan was brought in to coach the team first. evaluate the players and put the best team on the field possible. if haynesworth doesn't want to go with the program, then he's the liability. this is where synder has to stay out of it, because it's been his hand in things that got it all twisted. a motivated haynesworth would be great, however, if he doesn't buy into the coaching philosophy, he becomes a detriment to the team. that then becomes the time synder may have something to say. something like, i gave you a boatload of money to play football, let's get out there and do it.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | September 5, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

If all sports columns ended with questions, would sports columns ending with statement even exist?

Think about Lavar, think about...

Yup.


Think.....about......it.

Posted by: kenk3 | September 5, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what to say from the coach's perspective. I know AH hasn't been mild about expressing his disatisfaction with the 3-4. Perhaps they are returning the favor.

In AH's defense, I will say that the 3-4, especially one that doesn't do much slanting or stunting or blitzing, is really hard on the DL. They tend to have very short careers. Name how many 3-4 NT's are in the Hall of Fame. I honestly don't know of any. I can only think of 2 3-4 DE's in the Hall of Fame, Howie Long and Lee Roy Selmon. All the rest are 4-3 guys.

Posted by: A1965bigdog | September 5, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

You all are missing the point... Vinny Cerrato was the guy that signed AH for $100 mill... Vinny was Snyder's boy... The anger should be directed at Vinny and Danny... True, AH is a mediocre DL with a poor work ethic, but who's fault is it that he was signed for $100 mill?? Danny is playing games and redirecting the anger for his mistake.. and it is working!

Posted by: buzzard5 | September 5, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,

You are a terrible writer! Did you take English 101 at Penn State? If the Washingtonpost pays you to blog, then Haynesworth should ride the bench and get paid too.

If you had half a brain you would have kept your mouth shut and Snyder would have paid out the rest of your contract. I seem to recall you bought out the rest of your remaining years as a Redskin, then got hurt in NY, then got hurt on a motorcycle.

What happen to that nice sports bar in Lsndover?

Posted by: dedicato | September 5, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,

You are a terrible writer! Did you take English 101 at Penn State? If the Washingtonpost pays you to blog, then Haynesworth should ride the bench and get paid too.

If you had half a brain you would have kept your mouth shut and Snyder would have paid out the rest of your contract. I seem to recall you bought out the rest of your remaining years as a Redskin, then got hurt in NY, then got hurt on a motorcycle.

What happen to that nice sports bar in Lsndover?

Posted by: dedicato | September 5, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Lavar: I have been listening o your show for weeks and now i read your article,it seems to me that you are very jealous of AH. You criticize him at every opportunity and seems to be getting a lo of joy out of his misery. Give it up man. He is a businessmen and he made the decision of what he thought was right for him. In football today, there seems to be no loyalty to team and every body has to fend for himself.

Lavar, with all due respect, please anlyze, use your knowledge of the schemes to tell us what is it that AH is doing wrong ....

Posted by: mazbar | September 5, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind how Daniel Synder made his fortune: Marketing & Communications (his original company was 'Snyder Communications' based in Rockville, which later went public)... This whole AH campaign is a public relations strategy orchestrated by the 'Danny' to cover himself for paying AH such a ridiculous salary. .. btw, Danny does this all the time with players that fall out of his favor and its AMAZING how washingtonians continue to eat it up!!

Posted by: buzzard5 | September 5, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, I'd say #3 is the main reason though Dan Snyder does hold a grudge. Maybe also because Haynesworth didn't try very hard this last game.

Funny, I was just thinking that I've been enjoying your blog and think you're a good writer. I look forward to more. Also, there are few, if any, people whose football opinion I'd rather have than yours.

Posted by: dcc1968 | September 5, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's cut $nyder and Hayne$worthle$$.

Posted by: jburnetti | September 5, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow. So many opinions on the enigma. I for one agree 100% with Shanahan. This is his team and if u don't want to play by his rules then sit your @$$ on the bench and pout! If u let 1 get away with crap then u will have others doing the same. They actually gave in to the brat by letting him play some DE. How many of us have gone to work and said to our boss I am not going to do that report or give that presentation? Let this be a lesson 2 the rest of the owners around the league. Never overfeed a hungry man because if u do u take away his incentive to hunt.

Posted by: whodatskins | September 5, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow Lavar! I can't believe you had the nerv to write this. I remember sitting at FedEx field in the cold winter, in an expensive as suite, wondering why my favorite player and the best defensive player on the team wasn't in the game. You of all people should know what this is all about. The Redskins are doing the same thing to AH as they did to YOU and so many others. I refused to believe what they shoulved out about you through the media, and won't buy it now, even if your on the media side. AH is one of the top two defensive players on the team. I f you think not, punish him for so called being out of shape by playing him against your first team o-line, I bet he whipp they a&& all over the field. Shanny is worse then Zorn,the Redskins will be lucky to win five games.


Posted by: gwest1 | September 5, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

the question should be what happened to the employees of sports bar in landover and why were they not paid a week before christmas....That was the saddest story i heard on local tv station. I truly felt sorry for the employees and lost all respect .....Sad....

Posted by: mazbar | September 5, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If the organization is unhappy with Albert, they can cut him. Who was the best Redskin on the field Thursday? I would say Henson. Where is he 3 days later. Not on the active roster, or on the practice squad either. Management doesn't care about those guys. He should be getting paid. Albert is the same as he was prior to signing this $100 million deal. Never played a full season, never played a full game. Don't get angry with AH. He's been paid. Be angry with Dan.I am a Redskin fan, but mangement is very suspect, including Sydner, Allen,(George Allen's Brother) and Shanny. That old school kick but leadership style is not going to work in 2010. Recent NBA, MLB, or NFL championship coaches don't seem to be the kick but coaches, but the "particpative" type coach who gets input from their players.

Posted by: ecfosterjr | September 5, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think the Redskins need to play AH in the Dallas games. If he fails to play up to real game expectations... sit him, trade him or cut him. End of story.

You do not have to like your boss... just do your job and shut up!

The media loves this story, but it is their story, not worth worrying about.

Posted by: 189AROD | September 5, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The reason is that he just not that into us. I've been a fan for close to 40 years and when I say us, I mean the team and the city. He just doesn't care. Dallas is the most important game and the only thing that he could muster that appears to be effort is that he played a whole preseason game. It's not like he was dominating the practice players. So to put him in against Dallas with half effort, why bother. Go with the player that practiced, that has shown the desire to play for us, and that doesn't treat us like we are doing him a favor for kissing his rather large gluteus maximus. There's a great place for it wherever it was during training camp.

Posted by: Carole5520 | September 5, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Does the WaPo edit this jumble of words? Sunk my battleship? The NYT must be chortling over the riff raff that pass as reporters at the Post. This jibberish is just embarrassing.

Posted by: g0tcha | September 5, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

WOW, this is not how I planned on kicking off Dallas week. I for one think Albert will not only p[lay but hopefully will start. of course I'm also under the dellusion that McNabb is healthy and could've played the last two weeks if needed to. I am all the way in Louisiana trying to feel good about the Skins while being surrounded by Saints fans and when the only source of contention is riddled with divisiveness ( i hope that word fits) it gets real hard to feel good about our upcoming campaign. from what I've seen this squad can acheive some good things mayb e 10-6 possibly the playoffs and laying a foudation that can only improve over the next few years. Hail to the Redskins

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 5, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Dude
1st Learn English the grammar is terrible
2nd you have no credibility This sounds like sour grapes. Do you have any basis for these theories? If this is what the Post is reduced to, it will not be long before it is bankrupt, unfortunately.

Posted by: paintbynumbers | September 5, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse
_______________________________________

I think you could use a few lessons yourself, champ.

Let me revise your first two sentences (the sqaure brackets are where I have changed your original language):

Dude[,]
[First,] [l]earn [to use] English [grammar properly][, your grammar] is terrible[.]
[Second,] you have no credibility[.] [You article implies that you have some resentment for the Redskins organization].

To summarize, punctuation should be used and you should avoid cliches.

Posted by: comeonpeople | September 5, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Check in with you sources Lavar. I am hearing the locker room is not very happy about this.

Posted by: justmy2
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Thank you, Ken Beatrice.

Posted by: mcoghlan | September 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Based on the way he played this preseason, none of us can say he should or deserves to be playing against Dallas. Let's forget about the money, the preseason circus, and the "how well did u play last season" for a moment. The guy has been lying down on the job 4 a few months now. Anyone who works out regularly knows if u cheat yourself by slacking for 3 or 4 months, you won't get the same results you'd get if you were giving 100% over the same period of time. This is not the same dominant person we saw last year. Until somebody lights a fire under this bumb, he needs to sit because he sure can't do it himself. 49 plays. That means he was also playing against 2nd and 3rd stringers. The old Haynesworth would have set up shop in the backfield.

Posted by: whodatskins | September 5, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse


LaVar,

There must be somebody ghost writing this for you. I have heard you speak and your diction was nowhere near what I see on these pages. The Post editors have gone away so I know it can't be them.


Posted by: mortified469 | September 5, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Skins fans, it doesn't matter if Albert dresses or not. Albert is just an average defensive lineman now. Anyone who says he is a "difference maker" still thinks he will play like his contract year. The guy is no longer a great player. He is average. It would be nice to have the "contract-year" Albert, but Albert doesn't have a love for the game or the motivation any longer. Hall-of-famers want to be great, Albert just played for his payday.

Albert didn't work out this off season, conditioning or hitting the weights. So, all of you that want or think Albert is anywhere close to his "contract-year" playing days...he isn't. Get over it and as soon as you realize that fact and understand it, then it doesn't matter if he is active or inactive for games this year, because all that will be performing out there is just plain old AVERAGE Albert...just an average, over-paid player...

Posted by: redskinbo | September 5, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

It is not the fact that he played 49 of 55... that was given but it was his "effort" in those 49... he got pushed around by the cards backups. Film does not lie. He had a chance to show the coaches, in the first quarter what he could do and he did nothing. He basically one uped Shanny... He is putting out just enough so the skins can't collect on the check (20Mil bonus this past summer). don't get me wrong, he is a presence, when he feels like it but there lies the problem... when he feels like it. I know if I am going to war with someone that is half a$$, I steal a line from Big Mike... Don't need him, don't want him. You really have to love and understand the game of football to see what lies beneath this drama... Honestly, LA ... this sounds way too familiar (In terms of the franchise feeling embarrassed and letting the player hang out to dry...huh?)

Posted by: rvanags | September 5, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, comeonpeople, for the most sensible post of all. Most of you really need lives - REALLY need lives.

Posted by: Supporter51 | September 6, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

The real question is - Can AH play the game anymore. Last year he was putrid. Some say he made others better, some say he was fat, lazy and tired. So thats one season down. This year he misses training camp and cant pass a physical. Then he can't show on the field that he can play the defense. Thats one and a half years with little production. He's living on his reputation as a player. Does he even want to be a player, or just maybe he wants to collect the contract money and not put out too much effort to get it. Give the coaches the benefit of the doubt, they want and need to win to justify their existence and if they don't feel comfortable with AH, we can all understand why. Dallas is important, to leave him home, they definitely feel he is a negative on the field. Everyone is getting the feeling that AH does not care to be a Redskin and does not care if he plays well or not. He could easily cost us a game while pouting.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 6, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I do not think you can/should cut AH. We have to pay him so he needs to be on the team and an example needs to be made of him. Let him carry water buckets until he realizes its here or nowhere. Do not worry about chemistry on the team, for the team will turn their back on him as he has done to them. The worst example is letting him go somewhere else and point his middle finger at us. No player on the team will respect him if they see he quit and stayed on this course. Getting whipped by other teams, especially Dallas and seeing he would not contribute will end any credibility he had with his bro's and his attempt to "keep it real." Many of us wrote him off before training camp and then gave him the benefit of the doubt, hoping against hope that he would do the right thing. At this point in time its "shame on us."

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 6, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I must have missed the Fat Albert Positive Spin Press Release that some of you are referring to.

Last year our record with Albert Haynesworth was 4-12. Now if we expect to do better, do we depend on Haynesworth more, or do we do what sane people do and try something different?

And Albert Haynesworth koolaid drinkers - if you dare say Haynesworth didn't play all games, then you only further my case for doing something different.

Posted by: laserwizard | September 6, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

How ironic that a player who sued the Redskins because of improperly handling his own affairs, and then stole a Redskins playbook and took it to another team, is now discussing internal matters regarding loyalty, ethics, and logical decision making.
Good call Lavar.

Posted by: internetcareer | September 6, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I live in Arizona and was at the game with binoculars. He threw his hands up in the air with disgust and did not huddle with the defense . When he went to the sidelines he stood by himself and would not look at what the coaches were trying to show him on the dry erase board. I hope they make him practice for every game and then make him inactive for each game. He is not above the team

Posted by: skinsfanfrmbirth | September 6, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

They would be better off without this fat, lazy, stupid malcontent.

Posted by: dolph924 | September 6, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, after Riggo sat out the entire 1980 season in a contract dispute, Joe Gibbs flew out to Kansas, made peace, and got Riggo back on board. Did Shany go to TN? What did he do to reach out to AH?

Yeah, AH has been a horse's rear end to be sure, but some players are like that. Dexter Manley was never a walk in the park, some of the guys who played for Bruce Allen's dad were pretty hard cases too. Part of a coach's job is to get the best out of every man on the roster. If every NFL player had Darrell Green's work ethic and temperament coaching would be easy. Reaching and getting great performances out of players who are 'difficult' is one of the tougher skills in coaching.

Remember back when EBW hired Vince Lombardi and Sonny was initially concerned Vince would try to turn him into Bart Star, on the field and off? Wasn't what Vince had in mind at all. He coached Sonny into being an even better version of Sonny.

From day one Shany has tried to turn AH into a player AH just isn't gonna be. Were it not for the fact that AH's contract made it impossible to trade him for anything near fair value I think he'd be gone. That would have been the right move for the team to make. Seems the best move left on the table is to play AH and hope he has a good year, one that combined with the smaller financial hit a team would face taking on his contract after this season, will allow for the Skins to trade him for a decent pick or package of picks when the year is up. Jerking him around throughout the coming season, such that he plays sparingly and poorly will mean getting nothing for him in trade next spring. All they gain by not cutting him now is they keep him from being signed by a team they have to face this season.

Posted by: snowking52 | September 6, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

shanahan needs to stop this bull-shi- and get on with putting the best players out there.how motivated would any pro-bowler be playing with 4th stingers in a game that means nothing?this is probably the same type of macho crap that got shanny fired from denver.and i still say that he and bruce are lousy talent evaluators. a 90% albert is better than the rest of those guys,accept maybe rakpo,when they are 100%.

Posted by: billydee123 | September 6, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

From all the news reports it sounds like the only reason is number three. Albert just didn't have time to learn the defensive scheme and its tactics due to his missing practices and study groups. Shanahan and his defensive coaches are not going to put a player into a game that does not not know what he is supposed to do on each and every defensive play. This isn't about Albert free lancing from a 4-3 defensive end position to attack the quarterback this is about his playing a 3-4 properly. Albert had better get knowledgeable quickly or this is going to be a long year for him getting splinters riding the bench with perhaps some spot duty..

Posted by: alw1 | September 6, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

I think it is as simple as Big Al hasn't practiced and doesn't know what he is doing out there. Shanahan isn't playing some kind of mind game, when he says 100 times that players have to practice and be in shape, he means... just that. Albert is out of shape and is brand new to a new defense, so he looks like a doofus out there. Players that play like crap don't play. Makes sense to me.

But it is like Banks -- the guy has issues and also potential. Sure they paid a hell of a lot for Albert and he will probably never live up to that price tag. But he has the potential to be a good player. So it makes sense to stick with him for a while. But it also makes sense to put him on the bench when he plays bad.

Probably hurts his ego but a lot of people will allow their ego to be bruised for $30 million. Remember it is a job and sometimes jobs aren't fun. Grow up Albert.

Posted by: randytidd | September 6, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Post hired Lavar and we have to read this badly written junk.
What credentials does this guy have anyway? All he did for the Skins was run his mouth, talk up a good game, flash his bling and be a complete overpaid underachiever.
Lavar, you talk like a champion but you could never back it up.
Clinton knows it, you know it, everybody knows it.

Posted by: tp33 | September 6, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dan Snyder:

Please assign me Mr. Haynesworth's salary. I will put it to good use and you will feel better because I won't embarrass you.

Your Friend,

RoJaKa

Posted by: RoJaKa | September 6, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

I have serious question about Shannahan's leadership. First of all, Haynesworth is not the one who is running to the media with all this stuff. I think Shannahan and his staff is responsible for much of the distractiion that continues to go on. He is hell-bent on making Haynesworth look bad and whole thing is getting to be childish.

If they are going to keep Haynesworth on the team find a way to make it work and enough of this high school crap.

Posted by: spades72 | September 6, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

1. LaVar, I like your blog and look forward to reading more of them.
2. I'm not going to pretend that you didn't leave our beloved Redskins on dicey terms under the leadership of the beloved Joe Gibbs, but i'm not gonna hold that against you because i remember the years when you were the face of the Redskins and everyone and their momma loved you. You provided a boost to our team during some dire times and provided an excitement to our defense that we hadn't had in a long time. I still thank you for knocking out Troy Aikman and essentially ending his career! Now i know haters are going to say that LaVar was a defensive liability and what not, but i am not a coach and i have never played at an NFL level, so i will not pretend to know what happened in that locker room or during game reviews. What i do know is that every Redskin fan i was around used to love to tell opposing team fans that LaVar was going to knock some MUTHAs out today, and that we had a chance because of you. With all that being said, i have disagreed with a lot of your on and off again shenanigans with CP and other comments/incidents, but i respect that you voice your opinion even if it upsets the loyal redskin fan base. I often don't understand why you said what you said, but it gets me going and gets me thinking. Now you are a newly appointed writer for the Washington Post and I think that is great. You, being a controversial person in Redskin history, have a chance to really provoke the fans to respond to you. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, but i hope for you it works to your benefit. It's not often that loyal fans get a platform to "blog" or speak to Redskin players of the past, and i think it's great. Please don't let the negative post deter you from writing. Anyways, now to your blog!
3. We are financially to deep into AH to just cut him or move on. I agree with other bloggers that AH gives us the best chance to win, but in the end you can't let a player force the hand of your coach. Whether you like Shanahan or not (I wanted Russ Grimm), the Redskin organization signed on to his and Bruce Allen's regime and this is how they want to run it.
4. If AH doesn't play it's not going to hurt him, because he still gets paid, so the only recourse the Redskins have to take against the richest DL, at that time, is to take his playing time away like the Knicks did to Marbury. AH is a star and i believe not playing him will affect him more than anything else because he's competitive and still wants to build onto his legacy as a dominant DL. My opinion may be unrealistic, but i think sitting AH for the year like the knicks did Marbury would be the only way to get through to AH. I think he has an ego/competitive side, so that would kill him not to play football. He knows he's getting older and the years will go by quick. Again, i realize the players union and league officials would step in before it escalated that far because they wouldn't allow a Marbury scenario to play out.

Posted by: Fromps | September 6, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Come on Lavar, you're being a female private part. How do YOU think he played in the Cards game? I'm not a coach and I have NO idea what his responsibilities are in the defense, but it sure looked to me like he was straight DOGGING IT at least two thirds of the time he was out there. And, if he wasn't, then he's not remotely the player they expected when they signed him. Don't skirt the issue. How'd he play? You should know better than us. HOW DO YOU THINK HE PLAYED against the Cards? I think he took two thirds of t eh plays off. He "mailed it in". Man up, bro. Tell us what you think.

Posted by: seanmichaeltaylor | September 6, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

6. AH can change all this by playing hard and doing what he is told by his coach/boss. I realize this is a team sport and not a conventional work place, but he still has to conform to his coach/boss wishes whether he likes it or not. It's bad enough that players have spoken out publicly against AH. Come on AH, WE NEED YOU! Pull your head out and get back with the number ones!!!!!

Posted by: Fromps | September 6, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

What's up with the personal attack on Lavar? The man is here to talk football but some people want to go beyond that. It makes you wonder.

Posted by: spades72 | September 6, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

AH has lost weight but he hasn't met other objectives. Other players have. AH needs to show respect for the team and the game.

Posted by: adrian7 | September 6, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone going on Lavar like this?.. are you serious? Lavar was far from a bust.. it was injuries that cut his career short. When Lavar was healthy he was pretty damn good.. but besides that I see nothing wrong with what Lavar said in this article. This actually a very constructive article... and I for one agree. No one will really knows exactly why Shanny has decided this, except Shanny. And I agree with what Shanny is doing because noone is above the rest of the team.

Posted by: mcampbell007 | September 6, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

I think Shanahan has played his cards just right with Haynesworth. The pre-season games is where Albert is warming up. By playing half-ass against Arizona, Haynesworth sent his own message to Shanahan. "I missed off-season workouts and all of June practices, but you still have to play me since Danny Boy overpaid me with a sweet $21 million upfront bonus". I think Shanahan will start Haynesworth against Dallas, and will use this one specific game (intense rivalry) to see where Haynesworth heart and mind are truly at.

The time for tit for tat comes to a true end next Sunday. Either Albert comes out and suddenly explodes with the Pro Bowl tenacity we know he's capable of, registering a sack or two, and stopping many running plays and disrupting Romo's game by allowing Orakpo to wreak havoc.

Or he will play a subpar game, with little effort, in which case I think Shanahan would bench Albert and start seeking a new home for him.

I hope its the my first prediction.

Posted by: jmounadi | September 6, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

It looked to me like as soon as Fat Albert knew he was still going to have to play NT he stopped starve dieting and gained at least 15 lbs.

Yes, he dogged it against the Cards and was probably both humiliated and pissed off playing a whole 4th preseason game.

Fat Al was kicking himself during an interview after the Jets game that he remembered a mistake he made in the 3-4. He even spelled out what he was supposed to have done when speaking with the reporter.

I say don't start him against Dallas, but play him a lot, as long as he is playing the scheme. If he will not or can not, bench him against Dallas and make him inactive during week 2 if you don't think he figured it out during the practice week.

Mike, don't punish him for dogging it in the 4th preseason game against 3rd stringers. He was still getting in shape, just not as good had he pushed himself. He is already in way better shape than last season.

Insubordination will bring inactives and suspensions but this drops his value for a team that WILL lose a starting 4-3 DT this season. If Al is willing to play and play hard, doing his best each week to get better in the scheme:

PLAY HIM, MIKE! Just don't start him until he earns it.

Mike, AH92 may have been making scheme mistakes against the Cards on purpose out of anger and frustration. True Fat Al is an out of shape ME GUY bum, but TWENTY-NINE guys didn't suit up and he is one of the best in the NFL when he is happy. Yes, making his fat butt get in shape made him unhappy. Round and round we go.

Play him a lot, keep him in shape, and when the first playoff team loses their starting 4-3 DT, we get a much higher draft pick for him than expected - a 2nd or 3rd and some other draft pick or player.

Posted by: artsnsportz | September 6, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

In response to sjp879:
Are you insane? L.A. was the only reason the Redskins were watchable for a few years. He was an absolute beast at LB. A career ended by injury isn't something a player can control. An NFL bust? You've got to be kidding. He was a monster, and I loved watching him play.

Posted by: jm111 | September 6, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

if I were a betting man I'd say it all came down to Haynesworth proving that he deserved to be in the opener by playing a complete game against the Arizona Cardinals, which officials on the inside say he failed to do. He wasn't able to prove it in the offseason he did not prove it in training camp, so ultimately it comes down to Haynesworth working his way back to where coaches are comfortable with him.
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Lavar, the article was a bit confusing as to your position on Haynesworth, but I take it that the above is your ultimate position? A this point I think the Redskins should just cut Haynesworth. It would be the ultimate paradigm shift for the Redskins and the NFL. It would send the ultimate message to players and fans as to what is ultimately the most important message: values.

Posted by: bobilly2 | September 6, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, you are a consumate apologist for those that do not deserve it. It seems you are identifying with this all about me personality that only merits our ridicule. Yeah, Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerato were idiots in retrospect for giving this guy the financial deal he got, but here is the committment he made to us, the Redskins Nation, on February 28,2009 when he was introduced as a Redskins to the media:

"With the contract, it's going to be all on me," Haynesworth said. "My goal is to be the best player on the field and to eventually get to that Hall of Fame status and be mentioned with Reggie White and Bruce Smith and all the greats."

Yeah, well, one thing you can count on. Fat Albert may thumb his nose at the Redskins for being suckers and giving him all the money they did, and he can pick his nose instead of playing when he is on the field, but his prospect of having any sort of career after he leaves us, let alone "get to Hall of Fame status" are slim to none, and slim just took a bus out of town.

"Dan Snyder could possibly be up to his old tricks"? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Give it up, LaVar. With all your bitterness against the Redskins for your own demise and unfufilled dreams, you are hardly an objective commentator. BMitch has a hundred times more cause for resenting the Redskins, but unlike you, his commentaries are always objective and incisive (and worth listening to).

Posted by: northvajim1 | September 6, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Snyder should just plant some cocaine and guns in FA's car, call the police and be done with it. It would be only slightly less subtle than what he's doing now.

Posted by: Michael2255 | September 6, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Lots of good points, but one is missing. I began to realize this in a conversation about the possibillity of the NFL expanding to an 18 game season with an NFL coach during the offseason. As he pointed out the average lifespan during a season for a starting player is 12.3 games. That's what the body can take. There are exceptions, which is why the number is as high as it is. That said, we have to KNOW that the same coach is on Shanny's staff, and they ALL know that. Why would you put an impact player on the field before he is ready both physically and mentally? Why is this considered punishment? Same goes for McNabb. It is why we have have two legit QB's, VERY few will make it 16 games, let alone 19. If you are not comfortable starting your second team then the organization failed long before the first game.

So AH isn't ready? Shock. Will he be? Yes. Will he start? Yes, just not this week. Will he play? Yes, maybe not this week. Will he be a force to be reckoned with? Of course, maybe not this week.

Much like the NBA and thier 88 game pre-season the NFL has a "number" you need to get into the post season tournament. Who would you rather be- the Colt's chasing perfection in the 16 game pre-season unable to win "the big one" or a team like the Ravens, Saints, Vikings, or Chargers who hit the number and make a push for it all? I would rather be the later. Of course they all count in the NFL, but all you need is 10 in the W column. And that will take between 53 and 60 guys to get there. Not the 3 or 4 we spend most of our time talking about. This is why we trust in Shan-Allen. Of course we want to see our 'stars" shine, but the real key is in our depth- and whether we have it or not.I would gladly take a nice fat LOSS to Dallas in week one and a BIG W in November!

Naw, two W's would be much better...

Posted by: fireballhank | September 6, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Chill out I like AH it's preseason.

What you should be concern about is your team about to go in to a season with a wounded QB, a weak O-line and a Defense that not equiped with players to play the way the coaches invision.

So I give Shanahan two too three yrs then exit.

Posted by: SOLVBACK | September 6, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, the Danny is spiteful and so is Shanny; Fatsworth is stubborn and bullheaded with 32 mil. in the bank.

This is an effort to diminish him for any other team while forcing him to submit to their way.

All it takes is one injury up front, then he has the leverage again and he'll play or not as he sees fit. And if he loafs, they bench him and bring in a waiver wire guy to further humiliate him.

And NONE of this BS will help win games and make the playoffs.

And you donks that constantly critcize LA do so NOT for his analysis but for what Gregg Williams and Greg Blatche said about him as a player. Notice how every time he gives an opinion, his so called 'reputation' is mentioned to try and discredit what he says.

Can't have it both ways...can't want this staff to lighten up on Haynesworth for his glaringly apparent transgressions while continue to crucify Lavar for his.

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 6, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

This Sunday I will be rooting for the Cowboys' offense to run absolutely roughshod over the Redskins. I will be absolutely screaming for Romo to have all day in the pocket and to absolutely pick apart the Redskins secondary. I will be praying that Barber has a career day making run after run.

And I hate the stinking Cowboys!!!

Posted by: Armymule | September 6, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like, after watching film, it was clear that AH doesn't know the scheme well enough. Anyone who has played the game knows that a player who does not take care of his responsibility in the defensive scheme opens up big holes. He won't play until he knows the scheme.

I like Shanahan's approach: shape up or ship out.

Posted by: kirk8 | September 6, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Ironic that 2 of your 3 reasons seem to suspect something nefarious on the part of the Redskins, and your third - and last - reason is that "possibly" he's not in good enough shape. Let's say this once again: when you do not perform, you do not play. In the business world, when you do not perform you do not/should not get salary increases, bonuses etc...and you could get fired. Cause...effect. Personal responsibility and accountability. Look in the mirror and ask yourself...'Am I earning my paycheck?' This man is out of time. This man has exhausted any equity he built up based on past performance. Please do not use the word "dominating" in conjunction with his name. It does not fit.

Posted by: demiwhy72 | September 6, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Snyder wants him on the team. Shanny and Allen don't. Albert doesn't dress - it's a tie.

This is a breath of fresh air. The tide is turning!

Posted by: donsilvester | September 6, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Poor Albert! He is only the highest paid player on the team.

Poor him!

LaVar, I know how you players (ex players included) love folks that steal money.

Posted by: samiismoni14 | September 6, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Although I do not condone Haynesworh actions he is clearly the Redskins best defensive player in or out of shape. Shanahan has taken this way to far, Shanahan is showing his immaturity. Kemoatu or his name is gets pushed all over the field, Haynesworth allows the linebackers the freedom to make plays.

Posted by: BeatDontStop | September 6, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The Post is really going down hill these days. Its sad the editors don't care anymore.

Posted by: hughesbob19 | September 6, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

AH92 will suit up and play against Dallas
because if he doesn't...and we lose at home
to Dallas...then all will say that we lost
the game because AH92 didn't play. Shanny
won't let that possible scenario happen.

Posted by: DeployedFan | September 6, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"Mike Shanahan made this decision long before now.."

Bingo Lavar!

I think that no matter what Fat Al did his fate was decided back earlier in the year.

Ivan Carter recommended a book "A Few Seconds of Panic" by Stefan Fatsis and I read a lot of it and you get a good idea where Shanny is coming from.

Bottom line is he is not going to let one player sink the whole ship.

But I do agree with Matt Mosley on ESPN, they might as well just cut the guy and call it a loss. No point letting him sulk on the sideless and messing anything they might have up going into the season.

It's just like a bad divorce that just keeps getting uglier and uglier by the day. This helps nobody.

"LaVar, I know how you players (ex players included) love folks that steal money."

You know, I'm all for players getting as much money as they can. Football is a violent sport after all. Look at Charles Mann's hands after all, they look like they went through a blender. We're not even talking about all of the concussions, bad knees, hips(ask Bo Jackson on this one). But there has to be some kind of commitment from the player other then just showing up to collect a check and this is where I have a problem.

You don't really hear about any other players doing this on the Redskins.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 6, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey hey hey, its FAAAAAAAAT Albert! Nah Nah Nah, gonna have a good time...

But seriously, Fat Albert wasn't in shape to play football when he came to came, and frankly doesn't care. Shanahan hasn't done well in motivating him either. Hence, we get an embarrassing performance in the last preseason (Fat Albert is embarrassed he's been put out there with the scrubs, and then turns in an embarrassingly weak performance).

I'm beginning to doubt that anything good will come out of this. Shanahan will "win", but I'm not sure what the spoils will be. I think we saw the best Fat Albert is planning on delivering this season.

Posted by: ndickover | September 6, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

You Redskin fanatics just don't get it. This is not a good team and you don't have a good coach. Face facts. No, I'm not a Cowboys fan. They are even more delusional than you. But what you don't get is that this is a soap opera. Shanahan is small minded enough to carry this grudge. He's done it before w/Jake Plummer. How many of you so called experts went past high school football. Just what I thought. You folks don't have any idea what a nose tackle does. If LaVar was so bad, how did he play for Joe Paterno? He's not exactly a player's coach. Maybe the Redskins can't coach talent. Ever think of that? Did Parcells have trouble w/Lawrence Taylor? Did Schottenheimer have problems w/Derrick Thomas? The Redskins always bring in coaches that have magical playbooks. It's as simple as this: you line up and hit the person in front of you. You tackle, you block, pass, run and kick. Instead you have a guy who thinks he's Lombardi. Reporters write dumb articles about how he vomited during his last game and call him courageous. Would you let your son play for this man? I think not. Haynesworth missed OTAs because they are voluntary. That doesn't mean if you have a bad season we change the Collective Bargaining Agreement for a bad season. When you see players get injured during the offseason, when you hear about a player or former getting a divorce, a lot of it is attributed to the fact that there is no family time. You say why should I feel sorry for a millionaire? Because they deserve to have quality of life. When Shanahan gets his head kicked in, he will lay the blame on his players. Just wait...

Posted by: ktaylor15 | September 6, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This "what do you think?" format is lame. Hey, it's a "web log"! You can comment! Revolutionary.

Posted by: jmink4a5 | September 6, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The word "incentive" just does not appear to used that much in the Albert Haynesworth debacle. Better yet the words I should use is "lack of incentive". This is sort of equivalent to someone having major work like an addition added to their home which cost say $150K. Most of us knows that it is not wise to pay the contractor all of (money)the $150 before he even begins work. If you do you put yourself at considerable risk because their is no motivation for this guy to finish the work on time or at all for that matter. There are court dockets all across this country filled filled with cases of a person suing a contractor for money they paid him up front and how the work was either shotty or not completed at all. That is why most of us will pay a contractor in stages to protect ourselves from this sort of thing. A contractor usually wants the rest of his money so he has motivation to complete the job and to hopefully do it to our satisfaction.

At this point bring in Dan Synder and Albert Haynesworth and please keep in mind that the word "incentive" is not spelled out in "Guaranteed". Basically speaking there is no more incentive for Albert here he has been paid $31 million and is due $9 million more regardless of what Shanny decides for him.

Albert has the upper hand and an important lesson was learned at Danny's expense. It is hard to motivate someone when you pay them millions upfront. Initally I was shocked by AH's behavior because I knew he had 9 million dollars still owed to him. I thought Danny would at least have some sort of performance clause structured into his contract for the remaining money. But according to an article on DCfox5's website the remaining 9 million dollars is guaranteed, so cut or keep him Albert wins.

It appears that Danny made a deal with a slickster so Danny got slicked in the end. To cut him or keep him, I bet they keep him because this is already a major embarrasment, so cutting him will only fuel the fire. I would not be surprised if Alberts behavior gets worst with the hope that the skins cut him. I think they definitely should not cut him, instead place him on IR and end his season. That way he can't play for anyone else and get paid by the skins and the other team essentially double dipping.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | September 6, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that Albert has all the cards. He has been paid up front. The best thing that could happen for him would be to be cut by the Skins. He and his agent could then negotiate another front-loaded contract. Danny should take his losses now and move on.

Posted by: dyas666 | September 6, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully .... if he doens't get a jersey for the game it's because the coaches think that the team has a better chance to win without him.

I hope it's not a control freak trying to change someone. A coach can't change another person.... he may be able to change his behavior somewhat... But Albert will still be the selfish, brooding, sulking, little boy that everyone has seen. Even if he does change it doesn't mean that he'll play better.

I don't mean that being a control freak head coach is a bad thing especially for an NFL team that has run amok for the past few years.

But there is only so much that one can control and Albert isn't one of those controlable itme like the practice schedule or the design of the weight room.

Wishing that Albert will see the light and have this amazing year is simply naive... he will tease us with flashes of brillance, then fall into the midst of bodies pawing around on the field .... and right about the time everyone is not focused on him and his contrived issues he will do something unexpected and the cameras will be on him again.

At best he will remain a distraction... at worst a cancer.

Posted by: macpaint | September 6, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The coach is holding AH out --perhaps--of next weeks game is that the coach wants to protect AH from 90,00 fans booing AH the whole time he is on the field--!!!! maybe? It is time --ugh-- to put AH AND Dan Snyder together and let Danny boy read AH the riot act. Keep Bruce--the boy--out of it AND Shanny out of it. This is Danny boy's problem from the get go. Lavar it's time you you let your anger go--it clouds your thinking. I say let it go Lavar-- MOVE ON-- you are getting tiresome and OLD--move on and talk football not your dislike of DS it's not productive. DS and AH face to face will get it settled.

Posted by: vergens2 | September 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

National TV, sold-out stadium and the Cowgirls - AH will have a pro-bowl day!!! Whether he starts or not, what better way to show up Danny, Shanny and the media. AH does not like to attend training camp - some of our best don't attend training camp year after year (see Brett Favre (sp)). AH will play his heart out, get three sacks and disrupt the Cowgirls running game. He will make a case for not practicing hard and not attending OTAs. The fans will cheer him and Snyder's media machine will be forced to write good things about him. If AH plays, AH wins. If AH does not play and the 'Skins lose to the 'Girls, AH wins. Danny and Shanny have painted themselves into the proverbial corner.

Posted by: SPUD2 | September 6, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

AH will play and he may even start. Look, which of these teams is in a position to run away with the NFC East? Answer: none of them. It's even money all the way up the line. Pride and Prejudice (or Punishment) will not allow the coach to put anything ahead of his agenda except winning the ding dang game.

Albert plays.

Posted by: BenThere | September 6, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, you are a consumate apologist for those that do not deserve it. It seems you are identifying with this all about me personality that only merits our ridicule. Yeah, Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerato were idiots in retrospect for giving this guy the financial deal he got, but here is the committment he made to us, the Redskins Nation, on February 28,2009 when he was introduced as a Redskins to the media:

"With the contract, it's going to be all on me," Haynesworth said. "My goal is to be the best player on the field and to eventually get to that Hall of Fame status and be mentioned with Reggie White and Bruce Smith and all the greats."

Yeah, well, one thing you can count on. Fat Albert may thumb his nose at the Redskins for being suckers and giving him all the money they did, and he can pick his nose instead of playing when he is on the field, but his prospect of having any sort of career after he leaves us, let alone "get to Hall of Fame status" are slim to none, and slim just took a bus out of town.

"Dan Snyder could possibly be up to his old tricks"? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Give it up, LaVar. With all your bitterness against the Redskins for your own demise and unfufilled dreams, you are hardly an objective commentator. BMitch has a hundred times more cause for resenting the Redskins, but unlike you, his commentaries are always objective and incisive (and worth listening to).

Posted by: northvajim1 | September 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@ktaylor15: Super post!

Posted by: dcjazzman | September 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Said it before two weeks ago - shoulda cut him and move on.

This crazy story will continue throughout the season, but maybe it's a plan for Danny to justify yet another losing season.

I just can't believe the coach - in the past a good one at that - will continue to put up with this drama.

Who's on First, What's on Second...

Posted by: spacreek | September 6, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line: Shanahan is right and Haynesworth is wrong. Cliche as it may be, it takes a team to win championships in the NFL. Look at last years' Saints, or the Colts, or Patriots, or the Redskins from Gibbs glory years. Can you imagine any of those teams allowing a talented, prima donna player to dictate terms to the coach? Uh uh. A team can survive without one defensive star, regardless of position. A team can't survive if the inmates are running the asylum.

So Haynesworth either has to swallow his pride (and what else hasn't he swallowed?) and get with the program or else he has to get used to warming the bench. He signed an extremely lucrative contract to play FOOTBALL -- not to play in any particular scheme. If he put his mind to it he could be every bit as dominant as a nose tackle or end in the 3-4 as he was in the 4-3.

And unless Haynesworth agrees to return the lion's share of his bonus money the Skins absolutely should not release him. Why on earth would they? They will still have to pay him and he will help one of their opponents.

It's ironic that this commentary comes from Lavar, who once stood in Hanesworth's shoes. Both had unlimited athletic ability but both thought their talent gave them the right to supercede the decisions of the coaching staff. It doesn't.

Posted by: nehemia2001 | September 6, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

There is some good to come out of this lesson. The Redskins have learned a valuable lesson about over spending on garbage. Unfortunately it is a lesson that has happened many times with the likes of other has beens that were bought here like Sean Gilbert, Dana Stubblefield, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Rex Grossman, the delicate Donovan Mcnabb, Jeff George, Jeremiah Trotter and the completely worthless Adam Archuleta.

Posted by: ffordjr1 | September 6, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok yall yes Albert is possibly the best DT in the leauge but what does that mean.

Personally I want a team like the colts or paitriots. They play as a team...

My point is Albert will play great against DAllas cuz its national tv and its a big game then give up vs. the Lions. I don't care who we play I want a player who will come in and play 100% everytime.

Of course the players would want him. He not a bad guy and does fill up the middle pretty good. But ask yourself these questions.

Do you need the best DT to win a superbowl?
NO

Revis on the Jets did not go to the superbowl, umm we can go on about so many players.

Ok maybe coach and the organization did not go about this the best way but at the end of the day they are in charge. If they say Santana you have to play 3 quarters cause we need to work on some things. I can ganrantee he won't be happy but he won't drop passes on purpose.

Look if you really saw the game you would have seen Albert not even try. I understand its a pre-season game but if everyone did that how would you be able to pick a team. I don't want to pick players up based on what you did last year or because your a 9 year vet and so on.
Cut our losses and lets get a player who will play 100% and lets go to the superbowl.

Posted by: 1skinfan | September 7, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

When are other Redskins legends going to get blogs? Where is Deion Sanders' blog? How about Lavar's fellow Giant Antonio Pierce? And who can forget the greatest Skins receivers of all time, Brandon Lloyd and laveraneus Coles. How about Bruce Smith? Did you see Sam Huff writing Sports blogs for the Giants crappy newspaper? No. He is in DC because he retired a Redskin. Just like Mcnabb isn't going back to Philly to write a blog. If New York could remember who Lavar was, don't you think he'd be writing for them instead? Just sayin.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | September 7, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

DCJAZZMAN, you get it. Too bad these other clowns don't. Here you have it. Even McNabb came out and said they need Haynesworth. Are the rest of you that stupid? Oh I forgot you know everything because you drink Budweiser all day and play fantasy.

You know the last time the Skins had a great d lineman: Dexter Manley. Did he have a few quirks? Shanahan should have never tried to bring in a 3-4 defense. Another "hard nose" coach who ain't worth a plug nickel. But hey, you guys thought Schottenheimer was the answer, too. How'd that work out for you? That's what I thought. You believe in a coach that went out and got Rex Grossman? Really? Wow! Super Bowl here you come. Not!

You know what, you fans deserve this mess you call an organization. Anybody that blind deserves this mess. I think the Raiders may be better off this year. Here's a parting thought:
How come you don't have all this turmoil in Baltimore? Don't worry, I'll wait for your answer.

Posted by: ktaylor15 | September 7, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Put hainsworth on injured reserve for the rest of his contract.

Posted by: piusj | September 7, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I have a novel idea, put him in an actual game that counts, with the first unit at DE, and see how he plays IN A REAL GAME!!

Sometimes Shanny comes across like a little Napoleon and he just needs to get over the power trip and play the best players. AH is a disruptive force, and makes people better around him.

You can always bench him later if he doesn't play well...

Posted by: pastorbobs | September 8, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I think that Shanahan has proven that his ego is even bigger than Albert's. There is no way in the world that Shanahan could expect a player of Albert's quality to participate in the 4th preseason game against 4th stringers in the fourth quarter and go all out against guys that will not even be in the league the following day. Now the locker room is coming down on the side of Haynesworth as evidenced by McNabb saying that they could not win without him. Michael Irvin said, yesterday that the players would put up with the punitive shananigans until the regular season begins and now they are saying enough is enough coach. Lavar the coaches are saying that they watch the tape on Haynesworth in the last preseason game, my question to them is have they been watching the awful tape on the guys that are playing ahead him for the entire preseason. Remember Shanahan got fired in Denver because of his ego. He is a great X's and O's coach, but not so great having control of the football operation. Joey Galloway who was cut during the season from New England and he is our starting wideout, while Devin Thomas remains in the dog house for filming a music video. They haggled with Brian Westbrook over money and they do not have a true third down back. T.J. Housmindaha signed 30 yards up the road when we have a glaring receiver need, and our coach is concentrating on whether or not he should play the best defensive lineman on the team, and that was proven even in the preseason. Shanahan will find out that we as Redskins fans don't give a darn about his ego, we want to win and the minute Marion Barber roars up the middle for a 20 yard game he will leave himself open to criticism, because the fan base will say wait a minute don't we have Albert Haynesworth on the bench who we have paid a ton of money.

Posted by: impartial1 | September 8, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Turn off the caps lock dude.

Anyway, yes, I am siding with the coach that has Super Bowl rings. I am siding with the guy who is not going to let a player make decisions that are not in the best interest of the team. For too many years guys like Clinton Portis got to do whatever he wanted to. And all you people did was gripe and moan that CP has too much authority and that management is way too lax on him. Now when someone comes in here busting heads, it's a problem.

I love the Skins but sometimes I really can't stand some of the fanbase. From the Cult of Colt to the Fat Albert supporters to those that griped about this organization needing a GM and then complaining every time he makes a transaction, it's mind boggling. I just can't comprehend how anyone would want the status quo from the last ten years. If there's anything we've learned about Shanahan/Allen, things are not status quo.

And yet, the fan base complains......

__________________________________________

Do your homework Shanahan was not nearly as successful once he was given control over the whole shebang. He inherited mostly someone elses team and quarterback in Denver and they were already a playoff team. If you think that the guy can't play cut him. If you know the guy can play, play him.

Posted by: impartial1 | September 8, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

DCJAZZMAN, Impartial1 and PastorBob get it. Shanahan is not Lombardi, Walsh or even Belichick. His petulant attitude is absurd. Haynesworth took the 2nd most snaps of any DL, last year. How is that slacking? He made 4 tackles, 3 unassisted.Any tackle a nose tackle makes is a bonus. Their job is not to make tackles, but keep blockers off the linebackers (That's for you fantasy geeks who know absolutely nothing about the game).

You're a 9th year vet and you're playing in the 4th quarter of a preseason game. Nobody w/any sense would be playing all out. Not even a psycho like Romanowski. It must have been very embarassing to even be dressed for that game. Yet, here's Shanahan "the great one" (chuckles) getting his revenge.

Hey Redskin fans: Don't you remember the last time you had a coach that wanted to be hard nosed and hire his son, as the O coordinator. If your answer was Schottenheimer, you win a deluxe toaster. Do you get it now? This is going to turn out very badly. I love train wrecks.

Posted by: ktaylor15 | September 8, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. You're siding w/the Coach who has the rings. Once Terrell Davis retired, the winning stopped. As for Clinton Portis running things. Are you telling me you want Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright back?

Right now, you've got a middle linebacker, in London Fletcher who's the Susan Lucci of the Pro Bowl. 1 Pro Bowl in 12 years. Ray Lewis picks up Pro Bowls like he's running errands for the wife. You want Haynesworth to play the 3-4 to cover up the front 7s deficiencies. Now who's really selfish? Maybe the rest of those guys need to step up their play.

Get something straight: Shanahan is not Lombardi, Walsh or even Belichick. He teaches his OL borderline dirty cut blocking tech, he couldn't win w/a HOF QB in Elway, but he did win it all 2X in a row w/Terrell Davis and he never gave him any credit. He claimed it was his system. His own QB said we can't do this w/o Haynesworth. That's two years in a row, McNabb has stepped up and went to bat for a "villain." First Michael Vick, now Haynesworth. He's earned the right to speak. The days of blind obedience are over for players. Look at the NBA, Wade, Bosh and LeBron said they would create their own destiny.

Grown men do not respond to intimidation. a 9th year vet playing in the last preseason game, in the 4th quarter? Even w/that, he still made 4 tackles, 3 unassisted, in a game he supposedly played so bad in. The only reason why Shanahan hasn't gotten in his face is because he knows the O line isn't good enough to keep Haynesworth from breaking thru them and choking him out the way Latrell Sprewell did PJ Carlesimo.

There's a reason why our branches of gov't are separate. Conflict of interest. Dictators don't always see clearly. The last dictator, Schottenheimer, remember him, yeah that didn't work out too well, now did it.

Posted by: ktaylor15 | September 8, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Because we're gonna trade his bitc* ass.

Posted by: BurgundynGolden | September 8, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This entire blog makes me laugh. Is it really Shanahan and Albert that keep this on the front page? It's the media playing you all like a bunch of fools.

"Haynesworth was "awful" Thursday during the Cardinals' 20-10 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium, said two of the team sources who recently reviewed game film".

Where does it say the "team sources" are credible, and/or coaches? Until he is cut, traded, or just flops out on the field I would like you fools to focus on something else. He's one man. He has NO impact on the locker room. He isn't a "cancer".....a spoiled brat yes! It will work out how it works out. I would say focus on your 33 year old Eagles QB who has played only one full 16 game season in the last 6 years. That's a story to discuss, not this BS.

Posted by: dwilcox2 | September 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan learned nouthing from his brief stint with the Raiders, he started 0 and 4, was fired. Art Shell took over and took the team to the playoffs. He almost did to Elway what Don Shula did to Dan Marino, great stats, no ring. But he lucked up on Terrel Davis in the 39th round of the draft, and that is how Elway got his ring. Haynesworth might be a big fat spoiled brat, but he can play the game. Shanahan has once let his ego ruin his and a team chances of winning

Posted by: hduckson49 | September 8, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan learned nouthing from his brief stint with the Raiders, he started 0 and 4, was fired. Art Shell took over and took the team to the playoffs. He almost did to Elway what Don Shula did to Dan Marino, great stats, no ring. But he lucked up on Terrel Davis in the 39th round of the draft, and that is how Elway got his ring. Haynesworth might be a big fat spoiled brat, but he can play the game. Shanahan has once let his ego ruin his and a team chances of winning

Posted by: hduckson49 | September 8, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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