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If Albert Haynesworth doesn't play, how would Redskins adjust?

So what if Albert Haynesworth isn't able to play on Sunday? It would certainly be understandable if Haynesworth isn't ready to take the field just a couple of days after his youngest brother died in a motorcycle accident.

Redskins coaches have a contingency plan for everything, and though they don't share those details, they seem to have at least a couple of options to consider.

When Haynesworth missed the team's Week 2 game against Houston, Anthony Bryant played in his place. Bryant suffered a concussion the following week in practice, though, and has been active just for just one of the team's four games this season.

But Bryant returned to practice this week, and Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Bryant is healthy enough to play against Green Bay.

"He's feeling better. He's had a couple of good days of practice," Shanahan said. "He's had no repercussions from his head, no dizziness or anything like that. So hopefully he's over it and ready to go.

"Is he ready to play? Yes, he is."

The Redskins could also go with just five active defensive linemen. Though Shanahan has said that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett typically prefers going with just five, the Redskins used six throughout the preseason and in their first three regular season games. Last Sunday at Philadelphia marked the first game the Redskins had just five active.

But in every game, Washington has had at least two nose tackles active. While Haynesworth could be replaced in nickel packages - Vonnie Holliday and Lorenzo Alexander are two options -- it would seem they'd need at least a second lineman to line up at the nose against the Packers.

By Rick Maese  | October 8, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

Reid skips out early today...and we get three straight real news/strategy related posts!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 8, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks NPI.

Your posts about your job, car, home, sexual conquests etc. were getting monotonous.....So it's refreshing to hear you talk about a player using his Brother's death as an excuse to lounge around for a week.

Now, instead of leaving us guessing if you were just an insecure salad tosser you have confirmed that you are in fact a zero sum, world class half wit who sits around all day wondering what life would be like had he received the proper amount of oxygen at birth.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 8, 2010 2:22 PM |

We actually agree on this.

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Traditionally, aren't funerals usually 3 days after the death unless there are specific holdups? If so the funeral would be on Sunday. I wouldn't expect Albert to miss the funeral.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

did I miss something- did we cut Kemo?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

no Albert? Go 4-3 and put Orakpo and Carter at the DE spots. Come to think of it, do it whether Albert is there or not.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Uh what about that gigantic friggin somoan that wears the size 16 hat, did we somehow not count him. He easily gets lost in a crowd.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Guilty, why you lettin some clown halfway across the country get your panties in such a bunch?

I wanna know what you think about our RB situation, not what you think about a delusional megalomaniac. Keiland Williams?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

notorious, et al:

"...it's kind of ironic that he now needs something from people that he was himself unwilling/able to give the same."

That's my point, better put.

A contract goes two ways: it rewards financially while creating obligations and responsibilities.

AH's tone all summer was he didn't have to do what his contract said he didn't have to do.

If Mike Shanahan took such a tone, AH's world would melt melts as leaving to see to his family and not showing up Sunday at FEDEX Field is insubordination.

Or: breach of contract.

(Ain't it funny how that's all worked out?)

The point, too, is that it's always better to treat people in all matter with veracity and respect as sometimes the face you spit at is the one greeting you the day you really need help.

And right now, AH needs his team's help.

Perhaps, as other bloggas have duly noted, this is the turning point in Haynesworth's tenure as a redskin.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | October 8, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

did I miss something- did we cut Kemo?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:17 PM
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No. I think they were just providing justification for Bryant to be active? I think the gist of the article is that they have warm bodies to occupy the position. I personally don't think they generate nearly the same pass rush with the big guy out of there.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 8, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Love the JDub reference, Clark- - -

Can y'all say Brandon Banks?! wotwot?

& Notorious - it's a tragedy. Plain and simple. Talk that SJK after some time - but now? That makes you a straight up SJKclown.

... and ITA'd.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear Diary

Let's just say I know who Ol' Coach Shanny will add to the roster Saturday, but unfortunately, I‘ve also been sworn to secrecy. And my name ain’t Cooley…

Your BFF!!

Posted by: Vic1 | October 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Allright folks, this is game #5. Through the first 4 we have seen the team start to pick up some of the playbook and the defense start to come together a little. What I look for in the second quarter is for the team to start to put these things together in a single game. It would also be nice if they could put together full games. This team should individually have their roles pretty much down by now. Now I would expect them to familiarize themselves with the workings of the unit as a whole. Once that familiarization is there I would expect the unit to perform with more cohesion than they have to this point. To me this is the logical progression of a team that has new systems, players, and coaches all around. The 2 issues I see are the personnel to run the schemes and the oline. With all the switching around on the oline it must be hard for them to form any sort of cohesion or to "gel" as it is usually said. Thoughts?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Dear Diary

Let's just say I know who Ol' Coach Shanny will add to the roster Saturday, but unfortunately, I‘ve also been sworn to secrecy. And my name ain’t Cooley…

Your BFF!!

Posted by: Vic1 | October 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Traditionally, aren't funerals usually 3 days after the death unless there are specific holdups? If so the funeral would be on Sunday. I wouldn't expect Albert to miss the funeral.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:15 PM
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Maybe in some religions? In my family it has always been at the discretion of the family. With my stepfather, it took five days to get arrangements made and to get everyone into town.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

We actually agree on this.

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Traditionally, aren't funerals usually 3 days after the death unless there are specific holdups? If so the funeral would be on Sunday. I wouldn't expect Albert to miss the funeral.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Scamp, I call truce. I hear from reliable sources you may not be such a bad guy after all.

Notorious- Just calling it like I see it. Headed to FedEx right now BTW.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Traditionally, aren't funerals usually 3 days after the death unless there are specific holdups? If so the funeral would be on Sunday. I wouldn't expect Albert to miss the funeral.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Funerals usually are not on Sundays. So family will probably delay it until Monday. Just have to wait and see.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The death of Albert's brother is very sad.

Puts all the money/contract stuff into perspective.

One other option, which some athletes do, is to play on Sunday and have the game of his life.

I fully understand Albert going to the funeral and the team has to excuse him.

But it would be great if the team showed Albert they care about him, and play a huge defensive game against Green Bay.

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"If Albert Haynesworth doesn't play, how would Redskins adjust?"

The same way they did the first 3 weeks when he was invisible...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 8, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Traditionally, aren't funerals usually 3 days after the death unless there are specific holdups? If so the funeral would be on Sunday. I wouldn't expect Albert to miss the funeral.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:15 PM

Typically 3 to 5 days scamp...and don't think they are usually held on Sundays...I would think its difficult to get the church on a Sunday.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 8, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, as other bloggas have duly noted, this is the turning point in Haynesworth's tenure as a redskin.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | October 8, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

well said. I'm hopeful but not overly optimistic.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Scamp, I call truce. I hear from reliable sources you may not be such a bad guy after all.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM |

No prob, you got it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Notorious- Just calling it like I see it. Headed to FedEx right now BTW.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

you da man. I'll be there Sunday w/3 Sowters...

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Scamp, I call truce. I hear from reliable sources you may not be such a bad guy after all.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM

Oh, and don't believe them. I'm actually the worst sort of person. I'm a Republican.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Funerals usually are not on Sundays. So family will probably delay it until Monday. Just have to wait and see.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM

Typically 3 to 5 days scamp...and don't think they are usually held on Sundays...I would think its difficult to get the church on a Sunday.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 8, 2010 3:30 PM

Makes sense.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Headed to FedEx right now BTW.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Lots open 45 hours before kickoff now? I shoulda kept my tickets!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

NPI,
Anytime someone as young as 23 dies it's a tragedy. To mock a member of his family because you don't like the way they contribute to your favorite football team says all we need to know about you. So I won't wish anything bad on you. Your own misery inspired your comment. And your crappy life is pay-back enough.

Hey Red, Wassup!!!!

Posted by: mack1 | October 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Allright folks, this is game #5. Through the first 4 we have seen the team start to pick up some of the playbook and the defense start to come together a little. What I look for in the second quarter is for the team to start to put these things together in a single game. It would also be nice if they could put together full games. This team should individually have their roles pretty much down by now. Now I would expect them to familiarize themselves with the workings of the unit as a whole. Once that familiarization is there I would expect the unit to perform with more cohesion than they have to this point. To me this is the logical progression of a team that has new systems, players, and coaches all around. The 2 issues I see are the personnel to run the schemes and the oline. With all the switching around on the oline it must be hard for them to form any sort of cohesion or to "gel" as it is usually said. Thoughts?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2010 3:27 PM
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I think you can throw in that there isn't a complete playbook yet. Usually, a big portion of the plays are tailored to personnel and I believe that is a work in progress. You can see they had some plays set up for Banks in particular last week, but plays for Banks are obviously about speed. What do the other guys bring to the table and how do you use those strengths? I think this continues to develop. When I see Washington's offense, I see missing pieces. You can't make a lot of second half adjustments if you are limited on the plays you can call. Think about what plays we have seen. Have you seen many... draw plays? 4 receiver sets? end arounds or reverses? fullback running plays? I think they have kept things simple for a team learning a new offense and there just isn't enough in the playbook right now. It is gradually changing, however. The plays for Banks that I used as an example show there is some new stuff creeping in.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting if this situation with Haynesworth does turn into an ugly confrontation with mgmt. Worst case- he misses this week's game...then next week's...Bruce/Shanny gently put pressure on him to get back to work...an emotionally distraught 92 digs his heels in, accuses the team of being insensitive jerks...I hate to say it, but this is not an entirely unlikely scenario IMO.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: frediefritz | October 8, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Lots open 45 hours before kickoff now? I shoulda kept my tickets!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I haven't left since the Texans game...been drinkin Scaheffer in a dumpster since Gano missed the 52 yarder

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 8, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that has any other feeling than condolences for AH and his family is a heartless bastard. I don't care what he has done or not on the filed, the unexpected loss of a family memeber is a tragic thing and not to be taken lightly. Good luck Albert, it will be a tough week for sure. Hope you go take care of business and are able to get past it and move on quickly, but it is different for everyone. I for one will not blame him if he misses the game this week, but Albert if you do play, dedicate the game to your brother and keep Aaron Rodgers on his back all day!

Posted by: dbrine1261 | October 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to Albert and his family. I hope that the whole family is supporting them in this time of trial. Come back soon and as the BEAST we know that you can be.

(not a fan of Albert or any dummy riding 100mph in heavy traffic, but the loss is real!)

Posted by: fr3dmars | October 8, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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