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Haynesworth has done freelance work in the past

The Tennessee Titans permitted Albert Haynesworth to freelance in their 4-3 defensive scheme.

While the other defensive lineman had to maintain gap responsibilities, Haynesworth had the freedom to penetrate the backfield in an effort to make big plays. Hayensworth was uncomfortable in Washington's approach last season, in part, because then-coordinator Greg Blache wanted him to play things straight.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Haynesworth are off to a better start than Haynesworth and Blache had last season, people familiar with the situation say, but Haslett also wants Haynesworth to take fewer risks than the two-time all-pro probably would prefer.

"We don't want him to spin, we don't want him to do 'oh-lay' blocks, we want him to play with more power," Haslett said. "The guy's a very, very powerful guy, and I think he needs to use more power in his game. I think that'll make him a better football player."

Haynesworth, who is listed as the second-string nose tackle, is expected to start at right defensive end this season. He practiced with the starters Wednesday because starting nose Maake Kemoeatu (heat exhaustion) sat out.

The Redskins plan for Haynesworth to play in the preseason opener Friday against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field.

"Albert's coming along fine," Haslett said. "He's aways away technique-wise. I think he has a better understanding of the scheme. We've spent extra time with him, so he has a better understanding of the scheme. We've got to clean up the technique.

"I think just time on the grass [will help]. He just needs to work. He just needs to practice and get time this week. He'll get better and better every day he's out there."

By Jason Reid  |  August 11, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Jim Haslett  
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Comments

"Oh-lay" blocks and spins are no-no's Albert!

Posted by: PlayAction | August 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

When he smashes Romo week 1 all of this will be an afterthought.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 11, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Heat exhaustion? For a dude from Hawaii?

Y'all have a team full of fat slobs with soft, ever-expanding bellies! If they're not gasping for air, they're reaching for the water bottles (or biscuits 'n gravy). Come to think of it, you don't have one player on your entire defensive line who could play for the Cowboys. And please don't mention that sloth Haynesgirth. He's semi-retired from what I hear.

Pathethic pretenders.

And one more thing. Don't flatter yourself: I am not nor will I ever be a Deadskins fan. I honestly think your cheerleaders might be better football players than the tubs of goo y'all routinely roll out on the field. One thing is for sure, the cheerleaders are every bit as beefy as the players. Again, to each his own.

Be sure and fumigate UPS Stadium before my 'Boys get to town. We're not bringing anything back to Texas except a 'W'.

Peace.

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | August 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Come On DORIN, whats with this OH-LAY BuuullS#*+!!!

Posted by: Club320 | August 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

No more pirouette moves for Big Al hmmm, looks like they want him playing straight up and within the 3-4 system. I wonder when he'll start pouting about that.

IH8Dallas I hope your right.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

hope he's got some hinged knee braces

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Albert back in the fold and playing nice - or nasty depending on which side of the line you are on.

I suspect he will silence a few critics and remind everyone why we threw a huge contract at him so he would play with the Skins in the first place.

Posted by: edvar | August 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | August 11, 2010 4:29 PM

Great post dude.

Everyone is fooled kthx.

beeps

Posted by: HugeErection | August 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see the fumble by Felix Jones the other night?

These guys are the greatest trio of running backs ever? Really?

CP/LJ/RT are going to blow away the NFC East this year.

It's going to be a different guy every week, and it will be beautiful.

Felix will be hurt. Marion sucks. Tashard Choice is a bad choice.

Cowboys will NOT make the playoffs, an implosion is on the horizon.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 11, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse


Studs 8/11 John Keim:

WR Bobby Wade. Couple nice grabs over the middle. Caught a bullet from Donovan McNabb on a slant inside the 10-yard line vs. Phillip Buchanon. The coverage was fine; the throw was good and the route was good. A couple plays later, Wade reached up high to snag a Rex Grossman pass in the back of the end zone. Hard to tell if both feet were in since we were at an angle. But it was a good catch nonetheless.

TE Chris Cooley. He did what he usually has done in the past: catch everything thrown his way. Most of the time he ran crossing routes, but he also made a nice grab while having to come back for a low pass that forced him to dive forward.


DL Adam Carriker. Had a very good day. It helped that he was facing Clint Oldenburg, but it was sort of amazing to see how much Carriker controlled him with his hands. He wasn’t letting Oldenburg to even get his hands on him. The same thing happened when he faced Will Robinson. Backups, yes, but still impressive. Carriker also bulled through a double team in his one snap at nose tackle.

S Anderson Russell. Not just putting him in here because he’s a fellow Buckeye (believe me, yelled at him on TV a few times in the past). However, he made two nice reads in coverage. On the first, Joey Galloway tried a double move but Russell, playing a cover-2, had a good angle and Galloway wasn’t open. He also stopped a reverse to Brandon Banks by staying home.

QB Donovan McNabb. He’s had a better week after an at-times rugged opening 10 days. McNabb was hitting receivers in better position for them to run with the ball and also was better at throwing just before the break.

P Josh Bidwell. Nothing like watching punters on a +90-degree day. Can life get any better? Still, Bidwell got excellent hangtime on his punts, as well as good distance.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

plus cowboyz suck beeps weiner

Posted by: HugeErection | August 11, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse


Duds 8/11 John Keim:

TE Dennis Morris. Jumped early on one snap and then was replaced before the next snap by Lee Vickers. Also, didn’t do a good job with his hands on one block while sliding to his right; he placed them too high on Rob Jackson to really do anything.

RT Clint Oldenburg. Struggled against the starters, particularly with his hands. Also didn’t like how he stared to his right for a long time before the ball was snapped. Not surprisingly, that’s where he would slide to block. At some point that stuff gets you in trouble. It’s one thing to do it last second; most do. But it’s another to stare.

CB Ramzee Robinson. Actually, he was decent and even played good coverage. However, he had a chance to finish plays and failed to do that. Robinson dropped an interception on a out pass to Terrence Austin. He came through the outside shoulder and put himself in excellent position. Later, on a flea flicker to Anthony Armstrong, Robinson appeared to have a good play on the ball. But it somehow got through his hands and fell into Armstrong’s for what would have been a touchdown. Gotta finish. But he also failed to get his hands on Brandon Banks to jam him, then allowed him to get inside.

DL Jeremy Jarmon. He seems to be struggling a little right now; could be the knee. Also, there has to be an adjustment period when you gain 30-35 pounds in an offseason. Makes you have to learn to play a little differently. Regardless, he wasn’t getting much push and at times was too high off his first step.

RG Artis Hicks. He may have had only two bad snaps, but both would have resulted in sacks by Carriker. He allowed Carriker to get inside him on one set and the only reason it wasn’t a sack is because Carriker pulled up before hitting McNabb to let the play develop. Couple plays later, he got his hands under Hicks’ pads and just moved him back into the quarterback’s face. Again, another sack. Hicks has had a better week, but these plays weren’t his best. Hicks did do a good job picking up Brian Orakpo on a blitz, shoving him aside

Posted by: frediefritz | August 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys will NOT make the playoffs, an implosion is on the horizon.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 11, 2010 4:38 PM
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you are a visionary...i'm loving it

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth spinning? Dude, Haynesworth is already so fat that by the time he turns around, it's his birthday and another training camp is about to begin. Jesus!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure it's actually spelled "Ole."

I think you may be confused with Frito "Oh Lays"

Glad to help.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth spinning? Dude, Haynesworth is already so fat that by the time he turns around, it's his birthday and another training camp is about to begin. Jesus!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:45 PM
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give it a rest..you keep beating the same dead horse...we know how you feel about Haynesworth...it time to punt that sh!t

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure it's actually spelled "Ole."

I think you may be confused with Frito "Oh Lays"

Glad to help.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 4:47 PM
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you gave that some thought

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

So, Haslett says, "He'll get better and better every day he's out there."

Isn't that the same thing he said about Kemoeatu?

He doesn't SOUND like he's a whole lot better and better.

And Haynesworth had to see this coming, as Kemo is coming off another injury. Who is the other Nose on our team?

Class? Anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Irvin , go get some crack hos and skank up the joint one time, would you?? Opening game?? SEE THE COWGIRLS SCREAM AND WHINE!!! SEE ROMO WOUNDED INTO CRINGING ANIMAL SUBMISSION!!! SEE DEZ BRYANT, oh wait, he hasn't played since September of 09, SEE WADE PHILIPS HOG_TIED AND GANGRAPED REPEATEDLY LIKE IN DELIVERANCE!! SEE JERRY JONES DRUNKENLY CRASH HIS ELDORADO OFF A BRIDGE!!! SEE TERRORISTS B LOW UP THE COWPRODS JET!!

Posted by: frak | August 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth spinning? Dude, Haynesworth is already so fat that by the time he turns around, it's his birthday and another training camp is about to begin. Jesus!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:45 PM
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give it a rest..you keep beating the same dead horse...we know how you feel about Haynesworth...it time to punt that sh!t

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM

Give my balls a rest you doosh. I'm not beating a dead horse, I'm beating a fat Haynesworth. You don't want to hear about Fat Albert, STOP READING POSTS ABOUT HIM THEN BIOTCH!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth doesn't spin. He rotates.

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So, Haslett says, "He'll get better and better every day he's out there."

Isn't that the same thing he said about Kemoeatu?

He doesn't SOUND like he's a whole lot better and better.

And Haynesworth had to see this coming, as Kemo is coming off another injury. Who is the other Nose on our team?

Class? Anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 4:52 PM
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what's your point?

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:54 PM
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You're Gay...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth doesn't spin. He rotates.

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 11, 2010 4:55 PM
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that's funny!

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth spinning? Dude, Haynesworth is already so fat that by the time he turns around, it's his birthday and another training camp is about to begin. Jesus!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:45 PM
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give it a rest..you keep beating the same dead horse...we know how you feel about Haynesworth...it time to punt that sh!t

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM

.....besides, you fat bag of doosh, all you're doing is commenting on comments. Man, that really is some fantastic cogent ability you have there numbnuts! Write something creative and put yourself in position to be critiqued or get the fu*k off my website.

You feel me?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

No point. Just wondering. I think Carriker played nose for a while. It might be nice that we can slide guys around.

I mean, I don't really care anyway. I just wanna see them dancing on Romo's lifeless body week 1.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

.....besides, you fat bag of doosh, all you're doing is commenting on comments. Man, that really is some fantastic cogent ability you have there numbnuts! Write something creative and put yourself in position to be critiqued or get the fu*k off my website.

You feel me?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM
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you're not creative...you write about the same sh!t as everyone else hating on Haney..F@ggot

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

No_Punt_Intended, go make more posts under your Poopy handle. At least those usually contain things other than Haynesworth fat jokes.

You'd probably get along with the Greaseman really well...both doing the same routine over and over and over

Posted by: --swb | August 11, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

.....besides, you fat bag of doosh, all you're doing is commenting on comments. Man, that really is some fantastic cogent ability you have there numbnuts! Write something creative and put yourself in position to be critiqued or get the fu*k off my website.

You feel me?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM

I know. I hate that shti.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth doesn't spin. He rotates.

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 11, 2010 4:55 PM

AND he orbits.

Posted by: Skinz4Lyfe | August 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I just wanna see them dancing on Romo's lifeless body week 1.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:00 PM

Six game suspension.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

No point. Just wondering. I think Carriker played nose for a while. It might be nice that we can slide guys around.

I mean, I don't really care anyway. I just wanna see them dancing on Romo's lifeless body week 1.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:00 PM
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i agree with the Romo part... i think Carriker play nose before and it may have set his career back...but i guess part time work there would be not bad for him...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 11, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, beep-beep is right re:dancing on romo's lifeless body. Everyone knows that team celebrations are strictly prohibited

Posted by: --swb | August 11, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I just wanna see them dancing on Romo's lifeless body week 1.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:00 PM

Six game suspension.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 11, 2010 5:03 PM

yeah, I was wondering if it was still considered illegal, seeing as he's already dead. Could be considered unsportsmanlike, to say the least.

I'd love to see the whole D Line locking arms like the Rockettes on his corpse though!

Or like those Russian dancers... Squat, kick, jump, throw arms out wide...

But, yeah, you're probably right. There would be a price to pay for that.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, here's an idea for all you marketing geniuses (genii?) out there... especially those of you who have a factory in China...

Make area rugs in the shape of opposing QBs. With their uniform and face on them.

For opposing fans to dance on.

I wouldn't mind having my very own Tony Romo Welcome mat. With his smiling idiot face there for all my guests to wipe their feet on.

Pure Genius, I know.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I'd buy the first Rex Grossman!

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 11, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frak | August 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was classic. LOL

Posted by: ga8085 | August 11, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: artsnsportz | August 11, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

just to nitpick for the sake of nitpicking, its "olé" block, not "oh lay" (think of bullfighting...you just sidestep your man, leaving him free to pick an LB, for example, which sometimes plays directly into the offense's hands)

Posted by: bacaje | August 12, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure AH appreciates Haslet's suggestions but I really think the most dominant defensive lineman in the game knows how to play the position. He pushed plenty of doubleteams into the backfield last year and freed up the DEs for career years. And someone be sure to tell Dwight Freeney that the spin move is a bad idea. Sheesh, these are our coaches?

On another note, JReid keeps writing that AH will be the starting RDE. If that is so, and it does make more sense than anything the coaches are doing, why isn't he playing there now, it being so impoortant to get reps and all? Just saying...

Posted by: Themightymeateater | August 12, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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