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Albert Haynesworth says trade talks are no distraction

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Sunday night he was not distracted by reports that the team was considering a trade for him.

In the locker room following the Redskins' 13-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Haynesworth responded with a one-word answer, "no," when asked if the trade talk affected him. Asked if he would like to be traded, Haynesworth avoided making any controversial comments.

"It's not my decision," he said. "I'm just a player."

The Redskins reportedly were in talks with the Tennessee Titans regarding the defensive tackle, who has clashed with the organization several times this offseason and preseason. Washington general manager Bruce Allen denied the reports.

Amid the trade rumors, and after much speculation about what type of role Haynesworth would play against the Cowboys in the season opener, the All-Pro defensive tackle played mostly in spurts - seeing action on 16 snaps in the first three quarters, primarily at nose tackle.

Haynesworth's first action came on the game's sixth offensive play, a second and 8 from the Cowboys' 35-yard line - his only play of the defense's opening drive. The defensive tackle saw the bulk of his playing time during the second and third quarter, when he played five and six consecutive plays at nose tackle on two separate series.

"I played okay," Haynesworth said. "I made a few tackles and did what I was supposed to do."

Haynesworth saw action on a Cowboys' drive in the third quarter that started at the one-yard line. Haynesworth came out onto the field with the defense and remained for the next five plays.

Haynesworth picked up his first tackle of the game on his first snap of the second half, stopping Tashard Choice's run out of the wildcat formation after a gain of four. Haynesworth was in on three tackles - he was credited with two - and played all six snaps of the drive, which ended with Tony Romo finding Miles Austin for a four-yard touchdown pass.

After the game, Haynesworth said he would "get used to" playing at nose tackle and that he was trying to adjust to his sporadic playing time.

"That's just the situation that we're in right now," Haynesworth said. "But I'm just happy that we beat Dallas."

By Paul Tenorio  |  September 13, 2010; 12:59 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

at least he didn't stir anything up. probably annoyed the media, since they want to keep bringing it up. He didn't play as bad as Collinsworth kept trying to say. he wasn't great, but not terrible.

Posted by: zyvo23 | September 13, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Seriously: WTF was Phillips trying to achieve at the end of the first half? What was his best case outcome? He wants to throw his player under the bus for not getting down, but the Redskins well executed a standard play: hold up the runner and strip the ball. Zorn might call some whacky swinging gate, but even he knows the play there is to kneel down and go to the room to get a cheeseburger. Classic, phillips, classic.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 13, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I give AH props. Some are saying he didn't make dynamic plays, but from what i saw, he was playing within the scheme and doing his job. Well done, Albert.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 13, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey WaPo,

I don't care. If Haynesworth (or any other player) gets traded then you can write about it. In the meantime why don't you please focus on what is actually happening rather than on speculation. The Haynesworth saga gave us something to read in the offseason, but now the season is here and actual football will be more than enough to hold our interest. K, thanks, bye.

Posted by: Wonsapnatm | September 13, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't following AH closely, but it seemed every time the announcers said he came in, the redskins got a big stop (and it seemed his presence made the cowboys want to do those quick sideline passes and runs which didn't work so well for them)

Posted by: spotter | September 13, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, let's not mess up a good post game celebration by rehashing the AH saga. Do it tomorrow.

Posted by: bones21 | September 13, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey WaPo, is it embarrassing that you were dead wrong on your "haynesworth will be inactive" story??

Posted by: AdamCr | September 13, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Anybody notice that Orakpo had about three sacks tonight? The box score doesn't say so but he drew a lot of those holding penalties when he was obviously about to kill Romo. And he did it without any help from Haynesworth. Rak is a beast and D Hall is the friggin man as always. I think Laron Landry was possessed by the ghost of Sean Taylor tonight too.

I wish Haynesworth would step up so bad but you can see it on his face he's not all there. I say we use him more next game. He didn't look great tonight but it was hard to tell because he played so little.

Does anyone know what he was saying as he was leaving the field? At the end of the game they zoomed in on him talking to some player I couldn't make out and looking pissed off. I really wish I could hear what he was saying. Plus he was being a bit of a drama queen on the sidelines at one point. I am still willing to forgive the guy but he needs to step up real soon. My resolve to support him is definitely waning. Either way I am ecstatic right now though. This team looks really awesome and that was a classic game. Hail!

Posted by: bosshog7169 | September 13, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

YEAH!!!!!!

SUK IT, DALLAS!!!!!

I laughed when watching the replay of the last play and saw all the Dallas fans reveling in their "win" and taunting the Skins' fans. You know those were the most pissed off fans once they realized the Cowpatties actually lost and are now last in the division!

AWESOME start to the season! Good night all. :) (BIG grin)

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | September 13, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Cowboys eat poop!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 13, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys just got home from the game....

I was sittin end zone with all the action.

The downd punt on the 1...

D halls score....

N the last non touchdown holding call....

What a great friggin game...

Some cowgirl fans were sittin infront of jumpin when they thought they scored....

When I saw the penalty I just laughed as there faces went from excitment to realization they got nothing...

Cowgirls killed themselves....

Skins football is lookin up...

We struggled but found a way to wi.n...... unheard of last year....

Realisticly we struggled against a top d n came out alright

All the skins fan there were rockin the place....

There is a new energy for our team...

Httr

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 13, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys just got home from the game....

I was sittin end zone with all the action.

The downd punt on the 1...

D halls score....

N the last non touchdown holding call....

What a great friggin game...

Some cowgirl fans were sittin infront of jumpin when they thought they scored....

When I saw the penalty I just laughed as there faces went from excitment to realization they got nothing...

Cowgirls killed themselves....

Skins football is lookin up...

We struggled but found a way to wi.n...... unheard of last year....

Realisticly we struggled against a top d n came out alright

All the skins fan there were rockin the place....

There is a new energy for our team...

Httr

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 13, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

"But I'm just happy that we beat Dallas."

Then no matter what anybody else says, you're still a Redskin to me.

I saw a lotta crap I didn't like out there tonight, but I'm just happy that we beat Dallas too.

Posted by: Shultz86 | September 13, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Of course Fat Albert isn't distracted. HE WANTS to be traded and can't wait! Now, if we could just send him to whatever team is going to pick 1st in the 2011 draft....

Are we going to give Fatboy his payday and then also give him back to the Titans too?

WAIT for a playoff team to lost their 4-3 DT and make him inactive until then or just use him sporatically, whichever we think will better increase his stock.

How much does this whole thing suck?!

Posted by: artsnsportz | September 13, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Like beautiful women and makin' money...

...watching the Redskins beat Dallas is something I just never get sick of.

I love everything about it. And that good feeling lasts for weeks! I've suffered seasons where Dallas was about the only team we beat, and even as the losses kept piling up, I'd think to myself, "Well at least we beat Dallas."

I could lose my job, flunk out of school, my girlfriend could leave, I could get a tumor or something...

And I'd still think to myself, "Well at least we beat Dallas." The sun shines brighter after we beat Dallas, food tastes better... It's like a natural high, and it lasts for weeks!

It feels like when you're a little kid, and you open your first Christmas presents! Didn't Wilbon say something like that earlier this week? That's what it's like--opening day is like Christmas for adults, and beating Dallas is like getting everything you wanted for for Christmas! ...except the feeling lasts and lasts...

Posted by: Shultz86 | September 13, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the only other time I can remember the Skins beating Dallas in the opener was 1993...and we know how that season turned out

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 13, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

IF #92 was on the field during Dallas's last series there wouldn't have been a need to hold our breath waiting for a gift from the ref gods...the Girls wouldn't have made it past the 50! This spiteful crap from King Shanny NEEDS TO STOP and our best defensive lineman needs to be on the field stuffing the middle instead of letting homo-Romo run free!

Vonnie Holliday, REALLY...what were these idiots thinking?! This continued retribution and humiliation of AH almost cost us the game and it's becoming clear King Shanny has a MAJOR PROBLEM with his leadership skills!!!

Posted by: starpopper | September 13, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

"This continued retribution and humiliation of AH almost cost us the game and it's becoming clear King Shanny has a MAJOR PROBLEM with his leadership skills!!!"

Posted by: starpopper | September 13, 2010 4:10 AM
--------------------------------------------

That's silly. AH got pushed around by the Cowboy's center pretty easily. And, the one camera shot of him set apart on the sideline from the rest of the Defense spoke volumes.

The whole night was a demonstration of Shannahan's leadership. The 'Skins looked a lot more like a professional organization than what we've seen for years. AH is a Vinny legacy.

Posted by: PS7900 | September 13, 2010 4:33 AM | Report abuse

King Shanny's willingness to lose a game for the sake of being spiteful is the main issue and he would have been skewered had we not been so lucky and won the game. There's was absolutely NO REASON to keep big Al off the field, especially during that last series when our defense couldn't stop the girls' march down the field!

Sure there's more professionalism in the organization and I give King Shanny props for upgrading the team, but his blind lust to CONTINUALLY stick it to #92 is a sign of a deeper problem that will manifest itself in other ways down the road. I understand now why Denver canned the King even after winning back-to-back Super Bowls...THE MAN HAS A NAPOLEON COMPLEX!!!

Posted by: starpopper | September 13, 2010 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey, just want to say, "I was wrong [so far] about Laron Landry."

Dude had a MONSTER game. 17 tackles? That's a lotta tackles. He looked great.

D Hall... still rolling with his new identity.

McNabb? Looked good. Stats would have been better if receivers had held on to the ball... especially on certain key downs.

Running game? Good question. Gotta get that fixed.

Trent Williams? Keep growing. Great start.

The Defense will only get better. They had their moments of ugliness, but overall, for the first game, pretty impressive.

Portis was on, too. Unfortunately, his blocks were more exciting than his runs.

And how about Larry Johnson running over DuhMarcus Where [Am I?] and knocking him out of the game.

I'd say Dallas is still formidable, but they were outcoached, outdisciplined, and ultimately, outscored.

Hail, Baby!

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 13, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPR108kwNo4

I'm still of the mind that, when I watch the D, I think "what if Sean was there?" Imagine!

Gurode had a good game against Albert, no question. Albert did OK, no more. I still think it's worth persevering with him, at least until a good enough offer comes in from a 4-3 team that loses a DT.

What would be a good deal though? That Titans WR and a draft pick? Vincent Jackson? Logan Mankins? Buffalo's pick next year (the Jake Locker pick? We won't get that one!)

The good news is that we can afford to play it cool now; we're top of the division and Shanny is in in charge.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | September 13, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Not even Fat Albert is stupid enough to rain in the first victory parade. He didn't get enough snaps, to special teams for him since he is "just a player" and not a starter, at that. Funny, in the off season and during the preseason, it seemed as if he thought he was the owner.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | September 13, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Besides Moss, Armstrong is the only WR to have caught a pass. Wow!
The Cowboobs gave us one and we'll take it.

Posted by: camp_fodder | September 13, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Besides Moss, Armstrong is the only WR to have caught a pass. Wow!
The Cowboobs gave us one and we'll take it.

Posted by: camp_fodder | September 13, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

It's probably better they had to fight to the end to win. That way, they and us can have some perspective instead of the 'all or nothing' mindset that has been here for 11 years.

I like the 'quiet' Clinton Portis who lets his play do the talking, ran hard and picked up the blitz bigtime. I like that McNabb still has his motor. I like DHall making tackles and being around the ball. I like OSACKPO period. I like Fletcher (wish he had put a real lick on that crossing route) period.

Good, hard fought VIC!!

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 13, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse


Repost from a LOSER !!!!!!!!!

I am a diehard Cowboy fan and I occassionally lurk on this Insider board to see what's going on with the Redskins and usually have a good chuckle or two when you guys rip Cowboys fans and each other for any perceived slights against the Redskins.
Now is the time for me to speak because I can only take so much of you guys forgetting who you are (in my profession we call this "selective amnesia", which your mother termed "wishful thinking").
Are you aware of the facts that your team is the laughingstock of the entire league, your coach was fired in Denver and you guys still let him name who the GM was going to be for the Redskins (a big no-no), your quarterback was on the verge of being waived in Philadephia before being traded, your prized defensive lineman is a dog (none of you dispute this), your offensive line makes a sieve look solid, your running backs' 40-yard dashes are timed with a sun dial (with the exception of Parker, who won't even make the team)and your owner is, to be kind, clueless? That list is too much to overcome. Take the blinders off and see!
Get yourselves ready for Sunday night, September 12 when a real team comes to town, takes over your stadium, your big videoscreens and your wives (don't worry they'll give them back when they're finished), and then heads back to Texas without breaking a sweat. You know women love Cowboys, don't you?
There's my input and I'm glad I got that off my chest.
We will always defend the Star.
Posted by: BigBlueStar | August 12, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

BlueStarOintment = My jock itch is killing me now that we lost to the first place Redskins !
I should stay off the WaPo RI board because I've made myself look like an ass up in Washington.

Posted by: hessone | September 13, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: starpopper | September 13, 2010 5:06 AM |

We could always rehire Zorn. Dude, we win and you complain ?

Posted by: hessone | September 13, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

The O-line did a good job, pretty good marks for them. Oh and I liked the rotation too.

Posted by: camp_fodder | September 13, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse


Reid, why are you so enamoured by Haynesworth ?


Posted by: hessone | September 13, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Beep Peeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Before the season began Hainsworth stated one of the problems he had with the 3-4 defense, was he didn't want to face 2 blockers during the game. After watching last nights game I don't think AH should worry about facing 2 blockers. It appeared to me that 1 blocker was able to push & control AH anywhere he wanted. I have yet to see why most sports writers keeping heaping praise on AH. He stands on the sidelines by himself away from the rest of the team. He doesn't participate in half-time meetings. It is apparent that he wants nothing to do with the skins. I say lets cut our losses and move on.

Anytime and anyway you can win in the NFL it's a good thing!

Posted by: thestasman | September 13, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Hessone? what a sore loser. Your team in undisciplined, overrrated, and plain and simple, will continue to choke all year long. I said as much last week. New coach, new QB, new offence, new defence, whinny AH and we still won??? HA!!!!. U suck. Where's that DMV or whatever loser? He said he was going to post here on Monday even if his cowpies lost.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 13, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

For one to be distracted, you must first be focused - therefore, this is a waste of an article about Albert haynesworth being 'distracted' - from what?

Posted by: whelms1 | September 13, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I just checked the Dallas Morning News site, their equivalent to our "Insider". They are so miserable. I love it. No, we won't see the Cowgirls posting here today. They too busy committing suicide. I'm all broken up.

Posted by: gufinufi | September 13, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I predicted we'd win 27-10. oh well I'll take the win anyway. what's good to know is we could've scored the remaining 1 points had a few things gone different here or there. more importantly the sense of confidence this teams exudes is no false bravado. it's from being prepared. let's face it even Gibbs 2.0 failed to reach the players in a disciplinary manner that seems to have taken over now. our first game with a new coach and i think we only had 5 penalties, as opposed to the girls who had ten with a four year coach and dreams errr dellusions of granduer. my point is this, this team is not as good as it can be yet, but it's headed in the right direction and i don't see Shanny not putting as much effort into the next game as he did for Dallas , our team looks fit and fast on both sides of the ball. so I hope I can get an amen or two when I say 10-6

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 13, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Repost from a LOSER !!!!!!!!!

I am a diehard Cowboy fan and I occassionally lurk on this Insider board to see what's going on with the Redskins and usually have a good chuckle or two when you guys rip Cowboys fans and each other for any perceived slights against the Redskins.
Now is the time for me to speak because I can only take so much of you guys forgetting who you are (in my profession we call this "selective amnesia", which your mother termed "wishful thinking").
Are you aware of the facts that your team is the laughingstock of the entire league, your coach was fired in Denver and you guys still let him name who the GM was going to be for the Redskins (a big no-no), your quarterback was on the verge of being waived in Philadephia before being traded, your prized defensive lineman is a dog (none of you dispute this), your offensive line makes a sieve look solid, your running backs' 40-yard dashes are timed with a sun dial (with the exception of Parker, who won't even make the team)and your owner is, to be kind, clueless? That list is too much to overcome. Take the blinders off and see!
Get yourselves ready for Sunday night, September 12 when a real team comes to town, takes over your stadium, your big videoscreens and your wives (don't worry they'll give them back when they're finished), and then heads back to Texas without breaking a sweat. You know women love Cowboys, don't you?
There's my input and I'm glad I got that off my chest.
We will always defend the Star.
Posted by: BigBlueStar | August 12, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

We are just getting started with getting a new scheme in sync and restocking the team over the next 2 years. We will be much better when we see you this season in Dallas. You will get to see Armstrong, Davis, Moore, Banks, Thomas, and maybe Fat Albert at FULL strength. Our OL will be more upgraded then too. We're sweeping you this year! Love that presure and those expectations of going to the SBowl just because it's being played in your stadium. You will be watching from home or if you buy a ticket from your owner!

PS. OUR ENTIRE COACHING STAFF BLOWS YOURS AWAY!

Posted by: artsnsportz | September 13, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Not hessone - Bluestar - sorry hessone

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 13, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Ha, if Carlos Rogers makes that easy INT (what else is new), and Armstrong catches that first fade into endzone, and the FG is not botched, this would have been a blow out. We still won which is what counts. Given all the mistakes we made, and still won, is reason fro hope. It will be week 4-5 before the new defensive and offensive schemes are mastered. If we can have a 2-2 or 3-2 record by then, look out. New culture is a winning one in Washington. 4th most overhauled team in NFL this year.

Hail baby

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 13, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"I wasn't following AH closely, but it seemed every time the announcers said he came in, the redskins got a big stop."

Wow, I must have been watching a different game but I thought he sucked.

He played on the drive where Dallas scored a TD, kept trying to do that stupid "swim move," and took himself out of the play every time.

After that he didn't play the rest of the night.

I don't ever recall them getting a big stop whenever he came in. Dude just can't play to the scheme and does what he wants. He keeps trying to penatrate when he should be holding his gap and he takes himself out of the play.

"That's silly. AH got pushed around by the Cowboy's center pretty easily. And, the one camera shot of him set apart on the sideline from the rest of the Defense spoke volumes."

Exactly. He'll be dumped by the end of the week, I guarantee it.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 13, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

That I'm "just a player" comment was the
last straw for me. Also, to stand alone and
away from your team mates during strategy
sessions in a crucial game is totally
unacceptable. Both the HC and Defensive coach
should deactivate this disgruntled distraction.
Now it's time to focus on the other Texas team
due to hit town. More offense....

Posted by: DeployedFan | September 13, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Starhopper- I hear what you're saying, but we have to change the mindset around here. If we can get everyone rowing in the same direction, we are more likely to win as an organization. You can't let the inmates rule the asylum. I would trade one or two victories sitting AH, in exchange for everyone buying in and playing together lead by the coach.

Hessone- I love it. I am currently in Italy and had to tolerate a few Cowpuke fans in Homo jerseys. They were unbearable to be around before the game. By the way, I saw more Redskins shirts/jerseys than Cowpukes.

Reid- really, we just beat Dallas and all you have to write about is the same old garbage. C'mon!

Posted by: mj25 | September 13, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: hessone | September 13, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Cowboys suck..... where are the cowpie fans? Just think, the entire cowpie nation is moping and in a bad mood all day today. ALL DAY. New begining for skins and we can only get better. Imagine???

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 13, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

starpopper, are you really fat albert or his agent?? the fat man got pushed around the field for most of the plays he was in. he made a couple of plays, but for the most part the defenses stopped dallas when the fat man wasn't in there. and, the outside guys didn't need the fat man in the middle to get pressure on romo. It barron hadn't have put a choke hold on Orakpo's neck, Orakpo would have sacked romo. we had our glasses on the fat man every time he came in the game and watched the tape this morning (yes, we tape the game when are at the stadium), fat albert wasn't even the best defensive lineman on the team last night, and the d-line is the weak link to the defense. thank god we finally have a coach who know what he is doing!!

Posted by: Phillip258 | September 13, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I think Mr. Hanesworth wants them to give up and stop bothering him and let him just spend his cash.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 13, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Too bad he wasn't distracted; at least the fat man would have had an excuse for his mediocre play. now we can see why the titans are balking about giving up a number two draft choice for him.

Posted by: Phillip258 | September 13, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

TRADE HAYNESWORTH FOR RANDY MOSS!

Posted by: 434VAskins | September 13, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is just a horrible human being. If you dont believe me just look at his criminal and civil history.

Posted by: hughesbob19 | September 13, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Donovan needs another receiver! Trade AH for a mid round pick and a great #2 receiver. maybe with Indy, they got loads of 'em.

Posted by: boysheadcoach | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I really thought the keys to the game were simple.

The 3-4 is going to work and it gave enough different looks last night that Romo could not figure it out to audible away from it.

Donovan Mcnabb can prevent you from the negative. He doesn't always make something from nothing, but he seldom gets the negative - sack, fumble, int, etc. Often this is enough, especially in a defensive game.

Williams held his own against another all pro end. He is improving weekly and if he stays healthy he is going to be a beast for a long time. Other than that though the OL stil needs lots of work as there were no hiles to run through all night.

Orakpo is still a stud. I was actually pretty disappointed with the other side. Free stinks and we didn't expoit it. And last on defense Laron Landry is obviously back where he belongs. We need Moore back soon, and I have a bad feeling that Schaub is going to wear us out next week, but I cant wait to see Johnson vs Hall!

I also can't wait to see if Houstons RB is for real or just had a big career day. I think we smack him hard back into reality.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | September 13, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Haslett had the opportunity to put AH against Alex Barron or Free yet played him out o fposition. Doesn't make much sense to me. bottom line, they might as welll trade AH if they are determined not to get any value out of him.

Other observations fro mlast night. How bad would the Cowboys like to have flozell back? How bad would the Redskins like to Hunter the Punter (and the Red Snapper) back?

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 13, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but I have say that I watched Haynesworth closely and he does not get this defensive scheme just yet. He reminds me a lot of Bruce Smith during his last season with the Skins when he was trying to get the sack crown. Haynesworth constantly took the quick route up the field to try to get to the QB regardless of the defensive set that was called. He left his zone open a few times because he'd move left or right to get there. I think if he'd have held his position longer and forced two guys to block him, then he'll actually make more plays that way and the overall defense will be successful.

But I think it's pretty clear he's only focused on himself and his stats and not much else.

If given my choice I would trade him or start him but I would not sit him on the bench. He should be playing.

Posted by: BenThere | September 13, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Dear Jason,

Please stop focusing on this clown Albert Haynesworth. Im begging you.

Thanks.

Posted by: xtra1 | September 13, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

When an announcer keeps saying "Haynesworth is fighting back!" What does that mean? Does it mean he is fighting back only because he is getting his ass whooped?

He is a big punk!

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 13, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I am beggining to wonder if you all watched the same game i did. I am very happy we won. but we lost the battle in the trenches on BOTH sides of the ball.

Our Offensive line did not open the runnign game up, and McNabb had to scramble several plays just to get a bad throw off. Our WR's and FB couldnt catch a freaking pass which didnt help

Our Defense for as many blitezes they had, got very little pressure on the QB. i realize that they help several times, but again our blitzers ran right into a waiting blockers arms...the one time we did come close to a sack, Landry was juked. The Dallas runnign game had their way with us all night as well

Frustrating game to watch but man its good to get a win, lets hope we see some improvement as we cannot allow teams to run on us liek that.

Posted by: KCskinfan | September 13, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

KCskinfan said > I am beggining to wonder if you all watched the same game i did. I am very happy we won. but we lost the battle in the trenches on BOTH sides of the ball.>

I agree. But Dallas lost!

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 13, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what Collingsworth was talking about but hands to the face should be a penalty.

Not only are the fans upset with AH the NFL must be too.
Because it happen often during the game and AH did not say anything.

Now if AH had act a fool and started a fight everyone would have been like look at him he's up to it again.

I thought AH played a good game considering what was going on.

Posted by: SOLVBACK | September 13, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I thought Haynesworth looked terrible out there. Gurode owned him. Practically stepped on his face. Compare whet he did to what Jay Ratliff was doing to us. Maybe he would do better at DE, but I saw no effort at the Nose.

Posted by: MrDumberton | September 13, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Washington Post would continue to allow derogatory and mean spirited comments about players, coaches and others in the post. Some of us readers will appreciate if those offering their opinions can just stick to the issues without insulting players, coaches and other people.

This reader have observed the Haynesworth saga from the beginning and while one can make arguments in support of both sides (Haymesworth on the one hand and the Redskins Managment on the other) it is important to for those of us watching the drama unfold before us to be objective and fair in our judgement and stop playing coaches and Monday-Morning quaterbacks. It appears to me that everyone has an opinion and recommendations about how to handle the situation.

Depending on one's interpretation, Albert Haynesworths, behavior on the sideline in the game last night can be perceived in two ways - 1) he wanted to contrubute very badly but he wasn't being given enouogh opportunity to do so and that made him angry. To me that is a positive attitude. 2) it can be interpreted as him being hard on himself for not performing to his own level of expectations, and therefore, was disappointed in himself.

My own feeling nevertheless, is that it is time for coach Shannahan to cease embarassing and humiliating the guy. He's done what's being asked of him lately. Yes! he made some mistakes in his approach to embracing the new defensive scheme and his lack of preparation was evident in the game, but he's not a perfect being. I can only see an upside to his performance going forward. After watching the film of the game he will be able to see for himself that on ocassion, his tendency to freelance as opposed to simply occupying the gap between the double team as is called for in the scheme, he is more useful to his team mates, more than when he trys to do it alone. I personally could see that Hayneworth was hustling on the field. The more reps he takes, the more efficent he is going to become.

I appreciate Shannahans attitude and direction in which he has led this team. The discipline was evident in the manner in which the players conducted themselves on the field. The team was full of energy and resolve. But it is time for him to give Albert Haynesworth another chance at proving himself and his commitmment to the team.

It is true that the team can win without Haynesworth, but he can slso be a big contributor down the line. It's a young season and allienating and humiliating Haynesworth isn't good for team moral either. While the players cannot voice their disagreement with the manner in which Haynesworth is being treated, it is obvious in their demeanor that they themselves are feeling the pain from this entire saga.

So please Shannahan, let is rest and give Haynesworth the chance to play more. It wasn't a perfect game by any means, but the result, was so so sweet. There is nothing more rewarding than beating Dallas. Hail to the Redskins.

Posted by: Labamba2 | September 13, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Seems like we're going to have to get 92 as a DE to get the most out of him. he clearly doesn't have much interest in playing NT. doesn't matter tho, we'll win with him or without him. HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 13, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If they can get what it they want for haynesworth trade him, until then if jarmon or holiday perform better start de-activating haynesworth(or any of the above)use a rotation the 2 that know their assignments and practice will play and the other person will sit.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 13, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

my last observation on haynesworth...

he is determined to control the situation he's in by not doing his assignments given by the coaches. he has the feeling that he is being persecuted or treated unfairly because he's being asked to sacrifice some satistical numbers for the benefit of the team concept. his mopey behavior on the sidelines can only alienate him from his teammates over the long haul. they are trying to win as a team. he is not interested in the team.

there will come a point in time that his teammates are going to wonder why ownership is letting him get away with the childish, selfish behavior he is displaying. after all it's the owner who has final say on all things related to the team. the head coach is doing his job by demanding hard work, and dedication to the system he is trying to incorporate. anyone not buying in is not singled out by the coach. they single themselves out by not conforming. it will be the owners final say as to what happens to haynesworth. if he is truly trying to change the culture that has existed on this team for the last few years, now is the time for him to step up and take his medicine. sit haynesworth down man to man and just tell him, it's the coaches way or the highway. if it's the highway, his medicine cost 32 mil.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | September 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Labamba2 it's called free speech! wake up!!!!!!!!!

Those of you defending Haynesworth wake up!!!!!!!!!!

The Man received a monster contract, & wanted a new coaching staff last year! He got it. He has been given every opportunity to be part of this team and it's clear from his play and his behavior on the sidelines that he wants no part of it. Teammates have rallied to him and had his back while he is sticking a knife in all of theirs!!!

He is untradeable because the media has done a pretty damn good job reporting what a P OS this guy is. They need to shut him down and fine him for insubordination much like Philly did with T.O. a few years back. This is the ultimate team sport and this is by far the most selfish baby on the planet! he needs to go away.

Posted by: skins91r | September 13, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

To the fans that say that they were watching Haynesworth, let me tell you I was watching Kemeatu and Haynesworth looked a heck of a lot better than Kemeatu. Play the man or trade him, it is just that sumple, if the coaching staff thinks that Kemeatu, Golston and Carricker are good defensive lineman than they should trade him. Haynesworth had more tackles than any of them and played 1/3 of the snaps that they played.

Posted by: impartial1 | September 13, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Looked at the Dallas Morning News so I could see what the Cry-Boys/ Crack-Boys writers were saying. They think they're in deep stuff-

Check it out-

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/091310dnspotaylorcol.ea5cb6b3.html

Posted by: RedskinsNow | September 13, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

League insiders sizing up the Haynesworth saga believe the problem stems not with Shanahan or Haynesworth as much as with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

"Look at (Haslett's) tenure in New Orleans," one NFL executive said under the cloak of anonymity. "He ran off eight Pro Bowlers when he was there. Willie Roaf, Kyle Turley, Ricky Williams, Sammy Knight, LaRoi Glover, Joe Johnson, Chris Naeole and Mark Fields. In three years, eight Pro Bowlers were all gone. You cannot replace that type of production. [Editor's note: Naeole never qualified for a Pro Bowl, but was viewed as a consistently strong performer.]

"(Haslett) comes to Washington and it's the same story. (Haynesworth) won't run 300 yards in the course of a whole game. Why are they so hung up on a conditioning test? It is pathetic. When Haslett was in New Orleans, he changed the defense every year. Haynesworth is not buying into the 3-4 so they are messing with him. That is the whole nut in a shell."

"Glover had 17 sacks from the three-technique (position in 2000). He led the league in sacks. Do you know how hard that is to do? How many three-techniques have ever led the league in sacks? Warren Sapp never did it. (Glover) led the league and he was in his prime, and Haslett changed the defense and said Glover was too small. He brought in Norman Hand and Grady Jackson. He went from wanting one big (DT) and one quick (DT) to wanting two big (DTs). He was all over the place (schematically) every year."

Posted by: cbtole2 | September 13, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

As I seem to recall, when Haynesorthless was in da game, the Cowboys marched from their 1 yard line past midfield. When he was taken out, the drive stalled. Pretty convincing to me what should happen to him.

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is a surprise. This is the first time I have been to the Redskins Outsider page since the game ended and what do I see? Why, what else? A post about Albert "Swim Move" Haynesworth. Wonders never cease.

Anyway, as for the game. Another Classic. Hard fought game. Crazy bounces. Insane ending. Just like it should be and usually is. Especially the last 5 years.

Maybe the biggest thing about the game was that there was an air of professionalism and discipline which was as much as in the air as the fog was at the end of the game. You could just feel it, even watching it on TV. I have not seen that or felt that since Gibbs I.

As for some of the basics. Pass protection. Very good. Penalties. Very few. Defense. Beastly. And most of all, NO TURNOVERS.

There is certainly plenty to work on, as far as the run defense/offense goes and of course, outside of Moss and Cooley, the Skins receivers could not catch an STD if they were in the same bed as Ron Jeremy. But you take a win anyway you can, and this one is huge. Huge.

Oh yeah, being back Albright and see what punters are waiting by the phone. Most of the games are going to be close this year, so they cannot have another repeat of those mistakes again.

HTTR.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Watching the Jets-Ravens game and Tirico mentioned Danny Wuerffel (aka Awful). For a second, I had a vision of the Old Ball Coach standing on the Redskins sidelines.

Just a flashback to the bad old days. Things are much better now. Yes, they are.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

As I seem to recall, when Haynesorthless was in da game, the Cowboys marched from their 1 yard line past midfield. When he was taken out, the drive stalled. Pretty convincing to me what should happen to him.

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 13, 2010 8:57 PM

Fat Albert is sandbagging. Man, his contract pisses me off! He can hold us over a barrell, he's paid a truck load of money, and we get nothing in return for him?

I still want to wait for a 4-3 DT on a playoff team to go down that WANTS to give us a higher draft pick for this mean spirited fat pig!

Posted by: artsnsportz | September 15, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

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