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Haynesworth won't start Friday, will play NT and DE

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth will play both nose tackle and defensive end in Friday's preseason game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., but will not start with the first team.
 
Haynesworth played exclusively nose tackle during the third quarter of last week's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, then complained about being relegated to the second half. Shanahan later said the playing time was basically meant as a conditioning stint for the ninth-year veteran, who has missed most of training camp after failing to pass a running test and struggling with a kidney condition that, sources said caused him to sit out more than two practices last week.
 
"Our game plan is to play him in a lot of different positions," Shanahan said. "He'll play end. He'll play nose, more end this week than nose like last week. We'll play him in certain substitution groups relative to the first team. We've got different nickels. We've got a lot of different ways we could do it. But talking about our base defense, he will not start with our first base defense."

After coming out of practice on Aug. 17 and missing practice the next two days, Haynesworth worked out last Friday and Shanahan allowed him to play Saturday night against the Ravens. Haynesworth practiced Monday and Tuesday with the rest of the Redskins - the two hardest practices this week - and returned to the practice field for Wednesday's lighter workout.

"He's had two good days of practice, and today was the third day for everybody," Shanahan said, "so hopefully he'll play well."

In the Redskins' new 3-4 scheme, Haynesworth prefers to play end rather than nose tackle. Shanahan was asked what the coaching staff likes about Haynesworth at that position.

"He's 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6, about 340 pounds," Shanahan said. "He moves very quick and is very talented. You get as many good players as you can and put him in the rotation. We'll get a chance at actually [seeing] him playing this weekend. He likes to play that position, we'll get a chance to see him in action."

In other news, Shanahan declined to say how snaps would be divided among the three backup quarterbacks - Rex Grossman, John Beck and Richard Bartel - in Donovan McNabb's absence. He also said that though Chris Horton and Reed Doughty are battling in practice to take over the starting free safety job for injured Kareem Moore, Doughty will start against the Jets.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 25, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Watch for increasing AH praise from Shanahan over the next 2 weeks culminating in a start and 3 sacks vs, Dallas.

Mike Shanahan: This not his FIRST rodeo.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 25, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

waitinguilty

"...I have been feeling bad about endlessly cracking on Reid and co.."


Part of the reason I feel free to insult Reid & Co. is because of my job.

I toss pies at lame comedians for a living.

I live in a peanut gallery.

I inservice monkeys who can't throw their sh!t straight.

And, that last point explains why I'm so quick to point out the failings of the dudes who run this blog.

La Canfora got it way worst than these people, trust me.

And my brown, smelly hands stand as proof.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Repost:

"MK, DT, and CR were completely blown draft picks."

CR22? Completely blown? You'll have to explain this. CR22 has started for the better part of 5 years, and been decent. If he could ever hang onto interceptions, he might be a pro-bowler.

You could definitely say he's underperformed for where he was drafted, but I wouldn't write his epitaph just yet.

Posted by: Alan4


Is CR22 any more of a bust than Dirty 30? Landry was the 5th PICK OVERALL in the 2007 draft. He was picked 5th in a stocked draft -- ahead of Adrian Petersen, Patrick Willis, Darelle Revis, Jon Beason, et al. Landry's been in the League 3 years and his calling card is the spectacular whiffed tackle and the late hit out of bounds. Yes, he played out of position for 2 years, blah, blah, but a baller is a baller. We'd be in much worse shape losing CR22 to injury than we would losing 30, and I'm far from a CR22 fan. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 25, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"He's had two good days of practice, and today was the third day for everybody," Shanahan said, "so hopefully he'll play well." Shanahan must stay the course.

Posted by: daglaw | August 25, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, you funny.

Posted by: rgj21 | August 25, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Fat Al won't start but you can bet he'll see alot of action with the 1's, assuming he continues to practice.

The equation is simple - I do for you, you do for me.

AH practices for Shanny; Shanny plays him with the 1's where he prefers.

The problem with AH is that he's been living under a different arrangement that goes something like this - I do for me, you do for me.

Kudos to Shanny for not giving in...

Posted by: p1funk | August 25, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm still like the idea that you rotate Albert and Orakpo at RDE.

Any LT agile enough to handle Orakpo's speed probably isn't strong enough to handle Albert's size and strength. And if the LT can handle Albert's size/strength, doubtful he'd be able to handle Orakpo's speed.

Try this on doug free in week 1. Who knows, maybe he'll be blown away by both guys

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 25, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Is CR22 any more of a bust than Dirty 30? Landry was the 5th PICK OVERALL in the 2007 draft. He was picked 5th in a stocked draft -- ahead of Adrian Petersen, Patrick Willis, Darelle Revis, Jon Beason, et al. Landry's been in the League 3 years and his calling card is the spectacular whiffed tackle and the late hit out of bounds. Yes, he played out of position for 2 years, blah, blah, but a baller is a baller. We'd be in much worse shape losing CR22 to injury than we would losing 30, and I'm far from a CR22 fan. Just sayin'.


He was referring to Chad Rhinehart who was part of that tremendous 08 draft class.

Although CR22 did look bad getting face planted on Saturday night.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 25, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

kenbeatrizz

"Is CR22 any more of a bust than Dirty 30?"

The NFL is awash with quality safeties (FS/SS) because so many great high school corners and wide receivers get converted to the position in college.

So, if you take a guy with the #5 pick to play safety, he must be lights out.

And in Landry's case, it seems they've never been turned on.

You can blame former defensive coordinator G Blache or Jackson, the safety coach, but Landry has really disappointed given his draft pedigree.

A top 5 safety should be able to cover and play effectively in space.

Landry can't.

He won't intercept a lot of passes: something a top 5 guy should do on the regular.

However, he should have a Polamalu-lite season with the new scheme utilizing his skills at playing close to the line.

He should make the occasional great play moving upfield on a run/pass blitz.

This season should redeem him in the eyes of skins' fans.

Especially, if, for him, the lights finally do come on.

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

beeps

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If Adolf Hitler were alive, Mike Shanahan will be his Lieutenant.

Posted by: abxinc | August 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

For crying out loud, Shanahan has made his point, he's large and in charge, now leave Haynesworth the f**& alone, let him play and get acclimated with the 1st team so that they can develop chemisty and kick Dallas's azz come the opener.

Enough of this bullcrap, and drama, leave the man alone and let him play with the first team where he belongs. DAM!

Posted by: 72Redskins | August 25, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: abxinc | August 25, 2010 2:37 PM |

Maybe you could leave Adolph out of this.

Posted by: hessone | August 25, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan may be tough, but he's no mass-murderer. He has been extremely clear in how he has set his expectations. Some people might prefer chaos, but I would suspect his players prefer knowing exactly what to expect. Since when did setting high standards and holding people accountable become something to criticize a leader for? Isn't that his job?

Posted by: dannykurland1 | August 26, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

The thing is, this tough guy coach thing works fine with sixteen year olds who have no recourse and nowhere to go (with parents who will support the coach); it doesn't work well with 30 year olds who have money and recourse to the union. Mikey has won a Super Bowl, true, but they should have engraved Dan Reeve's name on the trophy. Even virulent Haynesworth-hater Reid has admitted that Mr. Haynesworth has done nothing wrong. Mikey needs to man up, make things right, because if Dallas wins by two touchdowns opening day, it won't be Haynesworth's neck on the chopping block, it will be Little Mikey.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 26, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

This AH situation is so simple. All Albert has to do is dedicate himself to practicing and the team for only one week and I gaurantee he would be on the starting unit and on his way to ending this whole saga.

Posted by: MaxnDC | August 26, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Reed Doughty is super slow has anyone seen how late he gets to the receiver on pass plays,? Yikes...........

Hanyesworth will be fine an a good asset we can line him up at end or nose whenever an he will wreck havoc Friday at the over hyped Jets an Sept 12 when we take the Cowboys an give um an old fashioned beat down.

Posted by: BeatDontStop | August 26, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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