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Donovan McNabb supports Albert Haynesworth again

After speaking out on behalf of teammate Albert Haynesworth during his radio show Tuesday, Quarterback Donovan McNabb again supported the beleaguered lineman before practice Wednesday.

The Redskins and Tennessee Titans reportedly are in trade discussions about Haynesworth, whose has stirred frustration in the organization since last season by clashing with head coach Mike Shanahan.

"You got a team that's preparing for the regular season and nothing put there engraved in stone saying [a trade is] going to happen. Albert is one of our brothers in the locker room. Albert is still in there. He's practicing with us. Albert's going to play. He's going to be a guy we're all cheering for to get to the quarterback," McNabb said Wednesday.

"I've been there. Albert sacked me last year and that wasn't fun. I want somebody else to feel that pain. Again, I think people have to realize, everybody in this building, we support one another. If it was me saying it or anybody else, I think we need all of our guys ready to go come Sunday night to win this game."

On his ESPN 98 show Tuesday, McNabb said Haynesworth is important to the Redskins' defense. And the team, which is preparing to kick off the season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, "can't win without him," McNabb said.

By Jason Reid  |  September 8, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

Everybody needs friends.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Can the next story be about me?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 2:40 PM

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter with Donovan, doesn't he know it's SOP for guys to pile on and pile on some more when it comes to Albert Haynesworth?

How about a fat joke or two?

Jokes about how long and when he takes sh*ts?

Jokes about who he's fuc*ing?

Jokes about his eating habits?


Because THESE NEVER get OLD!

Posted by: RedDMV | September 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Shanahan hinted that we won't see much of Devin Thomas on offense this week.

#Redskins 19 minutes ago


Shanahan won't address Albert trade rumors, nor would he say whether Albert will play Sunday. 12 minutes ago

Shanahan: "Albert will be with our team on Sunday, yes." 12 minutes ago

Posted by: TWISI | September 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna be farting all day today.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 8, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Why are the fans so upset with me?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Fart
Fart
Fart
Fart
Fart
Fart
Fart

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Finally logical insight from a respected expert-we can't win without him-

stop crying, oh no the guys a jerk, oh no so are almost all professional athletes and all humans for that matter.

Players play

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 8, 2010 3:13 PM

Seriously? Do you amuse yourself? I sure hope you're no more than 11 years old...

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 8, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Fart

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 8, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

McNabb showing how to lead, hope little napoleon Mcshanny is paying attention.

I know this is the Redskins, but how in the hell can you have trade talks about your best player the week before the dallas game? Come on.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Pretty stupid comment by McNabb. Suppose Fat A is traded before the game? Where does that leave Donovans statement that "we can't win without him" ?!? Mc Nabb continues to show that while he is better than average QB, he is not the bightest bulb on the tree.

Posted by: pd2710 | September 8, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Mc Nabb continues to show that while he is better than average QB, he is not the bightest bulb on the tree.

Posted by: pd2710 | September 8, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Or the shapest knife in the drawer.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 8, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"His methods yielded success when he had a HOF QB, an all world RB, and a decent defense. That confluence of circumstances no one could screw up. He had a talented team and LA and did nada. He did nada after Elway. Those SBs were more than a decade ago. What did Joe Gibbs' 3 SB rings give him the second time around?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 8, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse"

I'll give you someone that could screw it up: none other than Wade Phillips, Shanahan's predecessor in Denver. Dan Reeves did himself a fine job of screwing it up as well.

Shanahan has been to the Super Bowl 6 times in his coaching career. Two wins as a HC in Denver. One win as an OC in San Francisco. Three appearances as an assistant in Denver (prior to his San Fran gig). In 14 seasons as a head coach in Denver, he had 2 losing seasons. 2 seasons out of 14. He won with Brian Griese at QB. He went 13-3 with Jake Plummer at QB. He turned Jay Cutler into a guy worth trading two 1st rounders, a 3rd rounder, and a starting QB for.

You say he had a talented team in LA, but failed? LA, as in the team owned and GMed by Al Davis? LA as in the team Shanahan got fired from because he refused to acquiesce to Davis in terms of management style, team culture, and total authority? This is a prime example of why Shanahan runs things his way, by his terms, under his philosophy. He's already had a talented team destroyed by poor franchise culture.

Gibbs missed 10+ years of football entirely. His coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball had been out of the sport nearly as long as he had. Shanahan has been out of coaching for 1 year, and he spent that year traveling the country and observing the best football coaches in the world (including Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer, to name two) operating their style for ideas and improvements. The two don't even compare.

As for who he had in Denver:

HOF QB? Donovan McNabb 6-time pro-bowler, 5 time conference title QB, 1 SB appearance, .652 winning percentage

All-pro RB? Clinton Portis, 6-time 1200+ yard rusher, 3-time 1500+ yard rusher, 2-time pro-bowler, greater production under Shanahan in his first two seasons than any RB in Shanahan's history, including Terrell Davis

Decent defense? Statistically ranked top 10 defense for 5 out of the last 6 years, despite playing in accordance with one of the most inept offenses in the league for a number of those years.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'll give you someone that could screw it up: none other than Wade Phillips, Shanahan's predecessor in Denver. Dan Reeves did himself a fine job of screwing it up as well.

Shanahan has been to the Super Bowl 6 times in his coaching career. Two wins as a HC in Denver. One win as an OC in San Francisco. Three appearances as an assistant in Denver (prior to his San Fran gig). In 14 seasons as a head coach in Denver, he had 2 losing seasons. 2 seasons out of 14. He won with Brian Griese at QB. He went 13-3 with Jake Plummer at QB. He turned Jay Cutler into a guy worth trading two 1st rounders, a 3rd rounder, and a starting QB for.

You say he had a talented team in LA, but failed? LA, as in the team owned and GMed by Al Davis? LA as in the team Shanahan got fired from because he refused to acquiesce to Davis in terms of management style, team culture, and total authority? This is a prime example of why Shanahan runs things his way, by his terms, under his philosophy. He's already had a talented team destroyed by poor franchise culture.

Gibbs missed 10+ years of football entirely. His coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball had been out of the sport nearly as long as he had. Shanahan has been out of coaching for 1 year, and he spent that year traveling the country and observing the best football coaches in the world (including Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer, to name two) operating their style for ideas and improvements. The two don't even compare.

As for who he had in Denver:

HOF QB? Donovan McNabb 6-time pro-bowler, 5 time conference title QB, 1 SB appearance, .652 winning percentage

All-pro RB? Clinton Portis, 6-time 1200+ yard rusher, 3-time 1500+ yard rusher, 2-time pro-bowler, greater production under Shanahan in his first two seasons than any RB in Shanahan's history, including Terrell Davis

Decent defense? Statistically ranked top 10 defense for 5 out of the last 6 years, despite playing in accordance with one of the most inept offenses in the league for a number of those years.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

CO- F_cking sign

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that Shanahan got fired from Denver by his good friend Pat Bowlen. Can you imagine a scenario where the Redskins would have fired Joe Gibbs? Either Bowlen was crazy or Shanahan had a serious case of head up his butt.

After watching the way he has handled AH, I am leaning toward the latter.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | September 8, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I am at an age where, once you realize how much garbage sports writers put out for readers, I think of horse crap. WP is glad this isn't a pay service. No one would subscribe.

Posted by: Budpratt1 | September 8, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If Shanny had the 2004-2005 versions of Portis and McNabb he'd be dangerous. But he doesn't. Both players are declining and approaching the end of their careers. The defense is going to be bad this year - transitioning with lots of players playing out of position. Shanny will do well to get this bunch to the playoffs. I believe he will with the Skins sneaking in as the final wild card team.

Posted by: coparker5 | September 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Donovan's stroke in the locker room has just skyrocketed. If he didn't have the team 100% behind him before; he does now. Nicely played.

Posted by: nomolehill | September 8, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"His methods yielded success when he had a HOF QB, an all world RB, and a decent defense. That confluence of circumstances no one could screw up. He had a talented team and LA and did nada. He did nada after Elway. Those SBs were more than a decade ago. What did Joe Gibbs' 3 SB rings give him the second time around?Posted by: learnedhand1"

I appreciate the argument, but ultimately it doesn't hold H2O. Three main flaws:
1) there are plenty of coaches out there who wouldn't have won two Super Bowls with better teams than those Denver clubs (which had definite flaws on defense). Shanahan's coaching maximized the team's strengths and minimized its weaknesses -- including some mediocre performances by the once-magnificent Elway (check out that 11 for 22, no TDs, 1 INT performance in their first Super Bowl victory). That's what a good coach is supposed to do, and so many don't.
2) Great coaches sometimes struggle to find a home. Belichick was 36-44 in Cleveland. He was supposed to succeed Parcells at the Jets and instead resigned the day of his ascension to go to NE.
3) Gibbs wasn't able to duplicate his 3 rings with 3 different QBs the second time around, but then again, who in his right mind would expect him to? Nobody else has done it, either.

I go back to something Belichick said last season, to the effect that the Skins had made a number of poor decisions over a number of seasons, and it would take more than one to correct.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 8, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"The fact is that Shanahan got fired from Denver by his good friend Pat Bowlen. Can you imagine a scenario where the Redskins would have fired Joe Gibbs? Either Bowlen was crazy or Shanahan had a serious case of head up his butt."

He was also fired in Denver by his friend and head coach Dan Reeves for getting in the middle of a developing conflict between Reeves and Elway. Reflected more on the politics of the situation than on Shanahan's coaching. We don't know the politics of the Bowlen episode. But MS can't manage difficult, demanding stars, how come Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler were so upset when he left Denver?

Shanahan can be difficult to supervise. Same's been said of Parcells, Schottenheimer, Belichick, Jimmy Johnson, Tom Coughlin, Andy Reid... control freaks all, but look at how their teams play.

That's how we should judge this new crew. By how long it takes for the team to begin to play the right way. We saw how they were last year, and I for one haven't forgotten.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 8, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I THOUGHT I was going to fart. But, unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way in the end.

Lesson: Sometimes, when you think somebody's full of hot air, they may actually be full of sh!t.

Hard Lesson: Sometimes that person is you.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 8, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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