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Players prefer focusing on Cowboys, not Haynesworth

Don't think that players can avoid trade rumors. Tuesday is a day off for most Redskins players, but there's no escaping news reports that suggest the Redskins have engaged the Tennessee Titans in trade talks for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

This is a locker room that dealt with a new distraction every week last season. And Week 1 of this season already has a talking point that will overshadow Sunday's game for some.

"It's very distracting, but we try not to let it get to us," linebacker Brian Orakpo said Tuesday afternoon. "Because we're tired of talking about it, Albert's tired of talking about it, [Mike] Shanahan's tired of talking about it. Everybody is. We want to move on to be a normal team in this league and not worry about individualism. ...We got a big game coming up and we can't be worrying about No. 92 right now and all this speculation."

"I don't care about all of that. I just worry [about] the Redskins right now. That's all we can worry about. There's always speculation about everything. I could be on the trading block, you never know. That's just the name of the game."

Orakpo probably is not on the trading block, for the record. But his point is a good one. And his comments speak to the importance of finding a resolution to this situation quickly. Otherwise, the drama will hang over not just this week's season-opener against Dallas -- but the entire season.

Orakpo and fellow linebacker H.B. Blades appeared at a comminuty event Tuesday at Powell Elementary School, where Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty proclaimed this week "Beat Dallas Week." Following Fenty's speech, Orakpo and Blades helped pass out school supplies to students. And following that, both linebackers said Haynesworth is an important part of the defense, striking a chord similar to the one quarterback Donovan McNabb struck earlier in the day.

"I think he can still help us -- that's if he wants to," said Blades. "That's a decision that the organization has to make. Albert's a great player. ... at the same time, Coach Shanahan and Mr. [Bruce] Allen, they're going to do what's best for the organization. Whatever it is, we're all for it."

Said Orakpo: "Right now, we're happy with Albert as far as him being here, putting everything in the past, and ready to roll.

"You can't go on the past. Like I said, we have a sutaution where we sat down and moved on. We're trying to move on as a team, as a whole and as a defense," Orakpo said. "And every time he's out there with our group, he's a main factor out there for offenses to double-team, triple-team. At the same time, he still makes plays for us. I'm excited when he's out there, regardless of what the media thinks of him.

Linebackers like Orakpo stand to benefit the most by Haynesworth's strong presence up-front. If Haynesworth buys into the system and plays the correct role in the Jim Haslett's 3-4 defensive scheme, Orakpo should be freed up to chase the quarterback.

"All I've got to do is get after the quarterback and hold my edges. Having those big bodies, sacrificing their bodies, they obviously know they're probably not going to make a ton of plays," Orakpo said. "But they're doing a lot for our defense, stopping those run gaps, taking those double-teams for us and leaving me and Andre [Carter] and the rest of the gang who are on the edges to make those big-time plays and sacks."

By Rick Maese  |  September 7, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Brian Orakpo  
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Comments

When have I ever not been the focus?

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

Get value or make him play.

Posted by: daglaw | September 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

First McNabb. No this: "Like I said, we have a sitaution where we sat down and moved on. We're trying to move on as a team, as a whole and as a defense," Orakpo said. "And every time he's out there with our group, he's a main factor out there for offenses to double-team, triple-team. At the same time, he still makes plays for us. I'm excited when he's out there, regardless of what the media thinks of him."

The players are with AH playing for this team. When are the rest of you bamas going to fall in line.

Hail Victory!

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 7, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Football is a game, life is about money.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

if AH didnt play well in the zona game, does that mean he wont play well for the rest of the season? I mean, if he hasn't gotten the defense down by now, will he? It is just disgusting to know that he got the chance in a full game vs. backups to show us that he is picking up this defense and instead he decided to pout and phone it in. AH is a monkey fu'ker.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Look at that, no one wants to talk about this except the media. Again I blame you, media, for 99% of this AH shebacle.

Let it gooooooo. No one wants to talk about it, how/why are you still pushing this garbage!?!?

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | September 7, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

if AH didnt play well in the zona game, does that mean he wont play well for the rest of the season? I mean, if he hasn't gotten the defense down by now, will he?

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

That is a hypothetical question.

Posted by: ELIZA_1966 | September 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Albert's going to play, and he's going to kick some ass. Book it.

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

* beep beep *

new post... fast and furious today, as it oughta be during Dallas Week.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 7, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

NO MOFOs....THEY WANT YOU MEDIA MEMBERS TO STOP ASKING THEM QUESTIONS ABOUT AH92!!!!!

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 7, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Insider has been so boring lately... nothing but Haynesworth non-stories, ad nauseum. Amazing how many interesting subtexts there are to Sunday's game and JReid never writes about them.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | September 7, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Players prefer focusing on Cowboys, not Haynesworth...

So do the fans too. Give us some real scoops.

Posted by: wvskin | September 7, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Players prefer focusing on the Cowboys, not Haynesworth. Really? No. Really?

Somebody gets paid by the word. The next post can be how they like to focus on football rather than diagramming sentences.

Posted by: mrshneebly | September 7, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Reid only talks about Haynesworth, that's all he's been doing since March. Haynesworth must have stole his woman, that's the only thing that would make one man talk that much about another. Count up his post about Haynesworth since this drama started.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 7, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

not let it go, let him go.....then there's no more talk. to not listen to halftime strategy because he's so intense and focused on his assignments?????WTF. he won't know what they are if he's not listening. who ever said that is delusional. send him on with his buddy to fantasy football land. what a crock o' ish.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | September 8, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Anybody think the Skins are going to the Super Bowl this season? Me neither.

Anybody doubt that Coach Shanahan has the stature and ability to take them there in a few years with the right players? I don't doubt that.

Anybody think Albert Haynesworth is one of those right players? Nope, me neither.

Let's get something for him and move on. If he won't even attend a strategy meeting at halftime, he isn't a team member and can't be trusted. He's a distraction and trouble. Henry Kissinger's line was "anything that must be done eventually should be done immediately". Shakespeare's was "if it is done when it's done it should be done quickly". So let's do it now!

Posted by: dcc1968 | September 8, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous Shanahan need to grow up an win some games insgtead of playing mind games with Haynesworh, look the guy took Snyders money legally, I am no Haynesworth apologist but enough already, Shannon needs to worry about the dam offensive line , pass protection , and establishing a running game... Without Haynesworth who plans to stop the Cowboy running game an keep the linebackers clean...

Posted by: BeatDontStop | September 8, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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