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Haynesworth & Shanahan: Redskins' budding buddy comedy

Signaling an easing of tensions around Redskins Park, defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth joked following the Redskins' win over the Jets that he was heading over to Coach Mike Shanahan's house for dinner and cigars. Shanahan didn't mind the quip and took it a step further Sunday.

"He made me buy the drinks and the cigars," Shanahan joked following practice.

Time will tell whether the two really are on the same page, as Haynesworth said Friday night, but for now, heading into the final preseason game, they seem to be co-existing pretty well. In fact, Haynesworth noted that mid-way through the Jets' game, "I saved [Shanahan's] life from getting hit in the head with the ball."

Shanahan confirmed Haynesworth's heroics on Sunday.

"He did," the coach said. "He yelled, 'Look out!' [at] the last second. [It was] about two feet from me. I looked over and I said, 'Hey, I didn't know you cared.' I actually got him to smile a little bit."

Asked whether perhaps Haynesworth was the one who targeted the coach with the ball, Shanahan grinned. "No, I'm not sure," he said. "I'm not positive of that."

The banter between player and coach -- conducted through the media, of course -- is a long ways from where this relationship was just a couple of weeks ago. But Haynesworth is getting more snaps. He's participating in practice and says he likes the defensive scheme. And all Shanahan wants to see is hard work and commitment from his players.

"The one thing that you want to have with players, No. 1, I think everybody would like to be liked. That's part of being a head football coach. but you want to be respected as well," Shanahan said. "I've got a job to do and Albert's got a job today. His job is to be the best football player he can possibly be, and it's my job to see to it."

Still not starting, Haynesworth entered last Friday's game on the Jets' first offensive possession. He didn't take off his pads until after the third quarter had ended. Most of his snaps came as a defensive end, which likely signals that his transition to the first-team as a right end is getting closer.

"Albert's had a couple of very good practices, he's been working extremely hard to get the defensive end position down and the nose tackle position down," Shanahan said. "It takes time when you miss practice. Just hopefully he keeps on improving and we improve as a football team."

Several starters will sit out Thursday's game at Arizona, and others will play just a series or two. Asked whether he still wants to see Haynesworth get some game-action snaps, Shanahan closed his Sunday post-practice availability.

"That's it," he said.

By Rick Maese  |  August 29, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan  
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Haynesworth is the greatest. Anyone that stomps a cowboy is ok in my book.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | August 29, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, but comments on these boards show that the fan base is just as uncomfortable with blacks as they were fifty years ago, when Marshall kept the team lily white so as not to offend the fan base. Sharpton should have picketed Fed Ex Field.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 29, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Since the bengals released antonio bryant the redskins should take a look at him. His last solid year was with bruce allen's last year in tampa bay so they know each other. The skins could have joey galloway and antonio bryant on the outside, like the used to do in tampa, with santana moss in the slot.

Posted by: nfcBEaST | August 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

^^Second that! F the cowboys

Posted by: luig214 | August 29, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Since the bengals released antonio bryant the redskins should take a look at him. His last solid year was with bruce allen's last year in tampa bay so they know each other. The skins could have joey galloway and antonio bryant on the outside, like the used to do in tampa, with santana moss in the slot.

Posted by: nfcBEaST | August 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What is his situation? Does he go through the waiver wire, or is he a free agent able to negotiate with anyone?

Posted by: frediefritz | August 29, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Here I come again with my prediction. Concerning Devin Thomas, say all the negatives about him, like him or not, D.Thomas will make this roster, J.Galloway will not.

Posted by: abxinc | August 29, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

fredie- He's a free agent with knees like MK's..

If/when healthy, interest in Antonio Bryant could be high

Posted by Mike Florio on August 29, 2010 1:43 PM ET

Receiver Antonio Bryant has suddenly arrived on the free-agent market with a thud loud enough to get the attention of plenty of teams that need players to catch passes.

As we understand it, Bryant's plan is to get his bum knee to 100 percent, and then to pick his next team.

If/when that happens, plenty of teams should be interested, depending on his asking price. In 2008, Bryant caught 83 passes for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns under the tutelage of Jon Gruden.

This could make Bryant attractive to Browns president Mike Holmgren, whom some believe is eyeballing Gruden as a possible replacement for Eric Mangini in 2011. Other teams that arguably need a high-end wideout include the Titans, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Redskins, Bears, Vikings, Bucs, Cardinals, and Rams. Given that the Seahawks are (were) interested in Vincent Jackson, they also could be interested in Bryant.

If Bryant can't get himself to 100 percent before the regular-season starts, don't be surprised if he files an injury grievance against the Bengals. Even if Bryant was injured when he signed with the team (apparently, the same doctors who recommended Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees to the Dolphins in 2006 now work for the Bengals), a player cannot be cut without compensation if he is injured. And so an arbitration proceeding could be held to determine the amount of money that the Bengals owe Bryant, based on the number of weeks that pass until he can pass a physical with a new team.

The Bengals likely would claim that they cut Bryant now in the hopes of giving him a chance to land with a new team. And that's probably true -- especially since they'll avoid any further financial liability to Bryant if he signs elsewhere before the start of the regular season.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

What is his situation? Does he go through the waiver wire, or is he a free agent able to negotiate with anyone?

Posted by: frediefritz | August 29, 2010 2:22 PM

He's a free agent.

Posted by: TWISI | August 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5509593

Guess laveranus can enjoy his casa de snyder all the more now that he is without employment.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 29, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth & Shanahan: Redskins' budding buddy comedy

We all know that these two ain't ever going to be best buds but let's hope that the public sparring is over and there are no more distractions, on field or off.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | August 29, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Something seems fishy with this whole DT11 saga.

Is he being protected as BA tries to get something done with the Chargers for a certain WR? DT and a pick for VJax?

I'm on record as saying DT is not the brightest bulb, but on the other hand, the kid is a physical specimen with a very high ceiling if it ever all just "clicks".

He has way to much upside (and value) to just send on his merry way without gettin' a little something something for him in return.

Yes maybe I'm the one with the low wattage on this, but is the motivate DT to get his caca together kubuki still going full bore? The AH saga has played out pretty much according to the obvious script... right from the get go. AH was always going to be a starter come week one after having achieved "salvation" on the Shanny cross.

Is this whole DT thing really to be taken at face value? Or is there something else cooking? I'm perplexed.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 29, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

MK12 beepage

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 29, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Diesel and TWISI. I guess we'll dance with "the one that brot us" for now. But I would be interested if he gets healthy.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is the greatest. Anyone that stomps a cowboy is ok in my book.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | August 29, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

If this were Facebook, I'd click the "Like" button. Speaking of, you wanna be my friend?

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 29, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Stomping on a Cowboy's head is okay because it's a Cowboy? And I'm sure you think it's okay if a Cowboy stomped on a Redskins head, or a Cowboy fan said it was okay to do so just because it's a Redskins player?

Posted by: Dungarees | August 29, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

prediction: haynesworth gets 10.5 sacks this year at DE

would have liked to have seen Robert Hanson at OLB ahead of Carter/Alexander

Orakpo,RockyMac,Fletcher,Hanson would be a pretty athletic group of LBs

Posted by: coparker5 | August 29, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse


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Agreed, but comments on these boards show that the fan base is just as uncomfortable with blacks as they were fifty years ago, when Marshall kept the team lily white so as not to offend the fan base. Sharpton should have picketed Fed Ex Field.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 29, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse
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Huh? What? Okie Dokie there Nemo24601?

Posted by: mriley0223 | August 29, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Great point there nemo..

Racism will never die....ever!!!

Because minorities can't stop crying racism and leave the past where it belongs and just STFU about it!!!

Posted by: skins91r | August 29, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Great point there nemo..

Racism will never die....ever!!!

Because minorities can't stop crying racism and leave the past where it belongs and just STFU about it!!!

...That's because butt munches like yourself can't stop being racist and let us forget...

Posted by: jfoster13 | August 29, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny but this sideshow needs to end soon and the Skins need to play football. It's win the Super Bowl or failure every year.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 30, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Finally...maybe now all the "blog experts," and the "sports reporters," can lay their AH bias to rest. I doubt it, but at least AH and the coach have put it to rest. The season starts and the player is there, as he promised to be, ready to earn his money. The other crap, be damned. As for racism, it unfortunate for some to think its a thing of the past in view of the recent defamation of Jewish places of worship, the continuing rant about Muslims and Latinos, and whites who openly stated they would not vote for a black (n*****) for President. I'm not sure what you call that if not racism...and we are not looking "back" very far to find it. True racism may never die. It certainly will not die if one race never sees those within their race guilty of practicing it.

Posted by: OneStop1 | August 30, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Im a white dude and my whole family voted for Mr. Obama he was in fact the best man for the job . Im not sure but the other guy seemed like a racist to me plus he may have had a heart attack by now keeping up with a president type schedule and all .

Hail Redskins

Posted by: terryreece | August 30, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this amazing? Haynesworth is getting in shape for the regular season and McNabb is injured. Wanna bet who gets the most playing time this year?

Posted by: linus12 | August 30, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

It has never been Haynesworth at all. It startwd with media for their reasons and the headcoach joined in as their boy. The coach had no interest in team just give the media a victim. Haynesworth from before day 1 wanted to be a regular teammate. He looks injured and shouldn't be on the field, but like Zorn with Portis--Shanny is making a self interest point. What foolishness. Our TEAM can't win, we need a down and dirt REDSKIN coach like GRIMM. But he isn't entertainment so we stay stupid. Fletcher & Doughty starting--means last place in the NFC east. In the 4th quarter, opposing QB just glance at their head-nod to assure that.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | August 30, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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