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Donovan McNabb: We can't win without Haynesworth

Quarterback Donovan McNabb says the Redskins are a better team with Albert Haynesworth than they are without him. And as trade talks again encircle the defensive tackle, McNabb said the Redskins "can't win without him."

"He plays a major part in our defense and everbody knows that," McNabb said Tuesday afternoon during his weekly radio show on ESPN 980.

McNabb said players have grown accustomed to the drama that seems to follow Haynesworth wherever he goes, but it hasn't become a distraction.

"Albert is one of our brothers in the locker room...he understands, 'Hey, I got to put the time and effort in," McNabb said. "We can't win without him. I think he'll be here. I hope he'll be here."

Speaking publicly for the first time since last week's preseason finale, McNabb said that his ankle is still not 100 percent, but he'll be ready to play against the Cowboys on Sunday.

"Yes, I will be starting this weekend," McNabb said. "And I look forward to it."

McNabb missed the final two preseason games because of a right ankle injury. While it's been called a sprain, the exact nature has been a bit under wraps. McNabb said it's not a high ankle sprain, "but very close to it."

Coach Mike Shanahan also declared following Monday's practice that McNabb would be able to start against Dallas. While McNabb began taking reps with the starters this week, he could only take mental reps for the final couple weeks of preseason, which means he missed valuable time running the team's new offense.

"I'm comfortable," he said. "I feel the trust in the guys on the outside...I just continue to better myself in this offense.

"Am I ready to take this offense on for Game 1 and the rest of the season? Absolutely. That's something, when you learn a new scheme, learn a style of your coach, the approach and the game planning, that's something you build over time."

Asked who's running the offense, McNabb said "That's a good question, but I would go with Kyle Shanahan."

When McNabb takes the field, it will mark his third straight game against the Cowboys. The Eagles closed the 2009 regular season with a loss at Dallas and then drew the Cowboys in the opening round of the playoffs, which was also an Eagles' loss. It's the first time since the AFL-NFL merger that a quarterback has played three straight games against the same team.

"It's a clean slate now," McNabb said Tuesday. "Nobody remembers what happened last year or the year before. It's an opportunity for both teams to come out and kick off their season the right way."

By Rick Maese  |  September 7, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

First to say this team is a freaking train wreck!

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 7, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

It's time to kick some Cowboys a**

Posted by: taylormade218 | September 7, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

This is why the Redskins are a joke.

Instead of getting ready for the Cowboys, the players on the team are STILL wondering who's lining up for the game on Sunday night. A scrap heap NT or a reject DE. Daniel Snyder is the only owner in the NFL who thoroughly devalues an asset, THEN tries to trade it. I love it!

Buck up, Redskins fans. The final score won't be too bad.

Cowboys 35
Redskins 10

I'll be here next Monday. Make sure you clowns show up too. No excuses.

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 7, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb: We can't win without Haynesworth:

I hope this will get some of you to STFU about the locker room situation as concerned to AH. Apparently the players dont hate him nearly as much as yall do.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 7, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

wow. I can't believe he said that we can't win without AH.

I guess the players think real highly of AH. I don't know what the hell to believe lately...

I think the media is making the situation out to be a lot worse than it really is...

Posted by: regxjin | September 7, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Football time! Strap Up!

NFC East end of year Standings:

1. Skins
2. Giants
3. Gurls
4. Iggles

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow - way to bring the confidence into Dallas week, Bob. you 5uck.

McNubbin' is polishin' the knob... but if these guys play loose, we have a shot.

T-off on rHomo & let's start gettin' turnovers!

Brang it!

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Divided locker room, anyone?

Way to go, Shanahan! Lmao!

Mr. Haynesworth 5
Coach Shanahan 0

Posted by: HaynesworthsAgent | September 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"First to say this team is a freaking train wreck!Posted by: srobert1117"

Nah -- in today's NFL, this stuff is de rigeur. Without it, what would the fanz obsess about? And without obsessed fanz, who bothers to read blogs?

I mean, we're complaining that news about bottom-of-the-roster cuts isn't in our hands sixty seconds after the announcement.

It's a weird culture we belong to.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I get that DMac is standing up for Albert. That's completely appropriate. But to say we can't win without him? Chalk it up to typical sports hyperbole.

Posted by: bostskin | September 7, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys 35
Redskins 10

You WISH!!! We are not last year team buddy!

Posted by: taylormade218 | September 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Basically McNabb is coming out and saying that if the front office trades AH they are going to have a losing season. And of course he says this while the front office is in the process of trying to trade AH.

I don't think I have ever heard a starting QB and supposed leader of a team say they can't win without a specific player. Players will usually say that a player is important and definitely want him out there but not that you won't win without him. WTF is that?

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Divided locker room, anyone?
Way to go, Shanahan! Lmao!
Mr. Haynesworth 5
Coach Shanahan 0
Posted by: HaynesworthsAgent"

Troll's back. Dallas, most likely.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

My bro Donovan is gonna screw up this trade.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Basically McNabb is coming out and saying that if the front office trades AH they are going to have a losing season. And of course he says this while the front office is in the process of trying to trade AH."

I didn't read it that way. I thought he meant they need Albert to win a title.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Football time! Strap Up!

NFC East end of year Standings:

1. Skins
2. Giants
3. Gurls
4. Iggles

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 7, 2010 12:52 PM |

Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick! For once, Fourth Floor is right!

Somebody slap me and call me monkey-boy!


BTW - I was listening to the interview with Lovero and Sheehan when McNabb said that. He was talking about that from the perspective of a 'player'. They stopped and asked "So you cannot win without AH?" and McNabb said they just want him here as a player and not with everything we are all talking about. He was trying to be 'good cop' - that's all. Nothing more.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Not good news. When will this end?

Posted by: tomass169 | September 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

BEST IDEA EVER

LA Dodgers are going on the auction block.

the danny loves to be around Hollywood types.

Sell the Redskins and use the proceeds to buy the Dodgers!

Who's with me?!\


.

Posted by: oldnova | September 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

wow. I can't believe he said that we can't win without AH.

I guess the players think real highly of AH. I don't know what the hell to believe lately...

I think the media is making the situation out to be a lot worse than it really is...

Posted by: regxjin | September 7, 2010 12:51 PM

Are you really that slow, regxjin? The players haven't been dogging AH. Shanahan has. I think the players see this as Shanahan playing mind games with Haynesworth. They've seen what AH can do and they want him on the field. Might be hell to pay in that locker room if they trade him.

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought that sack of cash in DMac's locker was for me.

Posted by: DeAngelo_Hall | September 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

McNabb wants to be a leader then says one player is bigger than the team.

Posted by: jmy999 | September 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Once again, welcome to Mt. Molehill.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse


BEST IDEA EVER

LA Dodgers are going on the auction block.

the danny loves to be around Hollywood types.

Sell the Redskins and use the proceeds to buy the Dodgers!

Who's with me?!\

Posted by: oldnova | September 7, 2010 1:02 PM |

Oh yea baby. Now that's dreaming.

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I heard the interview with McNabb and although he did say those words, he was just trying to refrain from the question about AH getting traded.

You guys take all this sh!t you here like it's gospel, trust me people on this blog are more concerned about the AH sitiuation then the players on the team.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Some of the posters here thought that Zorn had no control, but you complain that Shanahan wants too much control.

Posted by: jmy999 | September 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many QB's will be active for this week's game and if McNabb will be one of them.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the media is making the situation out to be a lot worse than it really is...
Posted by: regxjin

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This is what they do! They take a situation Like "The Haynesworth Fiasco" and play it for all they can get. It's all done for the hits they receive on their website. The more hits they get, the more advertising revenue they can generate for WAPO. They don't care about ethics or pride. It's always about the Money!

PS. If they had any pride they would have a Redskin on the top of the page instead of that ugly Mug with the 60's hairdo.

Posted by: ho-skin | September 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I like this....
The de facto leader puts it in the line for a teammate. Whether his statement is true or not, DMac has somehow jumped in front of the bullet for AH. If this situation blows up, Dmac will look like a leader who tried to help a teammate. If all goes well, Dmac still gets props for sticking up for a teammate.
Win, win....

Posted by: priceisright | September 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse


DMcNabb, God I hope he doesn't run his mouth like DHall or CP. PLEASE!!!!!!

This is more $nyder theatre, unfortunatly. Thank God for Shanahan, he'll take care of AH, fat ass loser that he is.

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Ay Yi Yi

Posted by: chrislarry | September 7, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for Shanahan, he'll take care of AH, fat ass loser that he is.


Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:13 PM

Yeah, like he's done since becoming Head Coach. Do you think before you post?

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Dan Snyders Open the Checkbook and sign the top free agents philosophy is better suited for the MLB then the NFL.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Basically McNabb is coming out and saying that if the front office trades AH they are going to have a losing season. And of course he says this while the front office is in the process of trying to trade AH.

I don't think I have ever heard a starting QB and supposed leader of a team say they can't win without a specific player. Players will usually say that a player is important and definitely want him out there but not that you won't win without him. WTF is that?

Posted by: srobert1117

Well said !!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember what took place after McNabb said "we can win without Owens?" Apparently not. My guess is his response was tongue-in-cheek. Apparently, people have their their heads-in-their-butts.

Posted by: dylanahn | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The time is NOW. Time to start sending positive thoughts to the Redskins. All negitive energy must go to the Cowboys.

Thoughts are more powerful than most realize. From today to the end of the game on Sunday night, Redskins fans must do their part to help ensure the defeat of the Cowboys.

REDSKINS WIN! REDSKINS WIN! REDSKINS WIN!

Posted by: jgarrisn | September 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

My commitment to the Redskins can't be questioned.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Do you think before you post?

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:16 PM |

Do you know how to comprehend what you read ?

Shanahan has taken care of and put AH where he deserves to be. A 2nd string loser.

Better for your reading pleasure ?

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember what took place after McNabb said "we can win without Owens?" Apparently not. My guess is his response was tongue-in-cheek. Apparently, people have their their heads-in-their-butts.

Posted by: dylanahn | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM |

Totally correct DYLANAHN. I was listening to the interview and the context was similar to saying "I cannot get through the day without my coffee."

Jesus some of you people are sheep.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 7, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

back in the spring, when jreid et. al. were posting every day about how AH is on the trading block, there was a poster here called "moodly...moo" who made a bet with someone about whether AH would be on the roster come opening day. moo said AH wouldn't be on the team.

1)with whom did moo make that bet?

2)where the heck is moo, now that that bet is about to be resolved?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | September 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse


RI, could you use Redskin players to advertise products on your website ?

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"wow. I can't believe he said that we can't win without AH."

Chill people, you're reading way too much into this.

McNabb has to say that because he's Fat Al is still a Redskin and since he's the leader he has to instill the belief that a team mate is a difference maker.

The problem here is Al does not want to be here, never showed that he really does from the time he stepped on the field in the burgandy and gold. He likes to be "coddled" because his ego is so easily bruised.

Al is all about "me" he does not view the Redskins as a "team." This is where this all goes down the crapper. McNabb is just trying to be the team leader, and yes he knows Fal Al better then any of us and what makes him "tick."

Al will be traded and when VJ comes to town he will be the happiest player on the team.

"This is why the Redskins are a joke."

FU buddy, and good luck blocking Orakpo WITHOUT your TWO starting offensive tackles playing.

Jerk.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I play hard when I'm in the ballgame, and the money isn't the issue for me. Proving that I'm worthy of being a good teammate, that I'm a good defensive lineman -- that's what makes a difference for me.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY reliable source when it comes to Shanahan, Adam Schecter on ESPN says it is all rumors and speculation. The Titans reached out with interest and the Skins will listen if the price is right.....so far, the price ain't right. AH will likely be a Skin this year. Put it to rest and beat Dallas! HTTR!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | September 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Over/Under 40, I'll take the under. Boys 20 Skins 13, and I'm a Skins fan. Too many early question marks (on both teams). Hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: lurgee5177 | September 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"..that's what makes a difference for me."

Yeah right.

What team have you ever showed that for?

Loser.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 7, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan has taken care of and put AH where he deserves to be. A 2nd string loser.

Better for your reading pleasure ?

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:21 PM

No. AH is the highest-paid second stringer in the league. Add up his total compensation for last year and this year then find "a 2nd string loser" who has made more. You won't. You say AH is lazy, yet you pretend that he's heartbroken about playing less. Think, man, think.

hessone = knee-jerk robot, incapable of nuanced analysis

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Basically McNabb is coming out and saying that if the front office trades AH they are going to have a losing season. And of course he says this while the front office is in the process of trying to trade AH.

I don't think I have ever heard a starting QB and supposed leader of a team say they can't win without a specific player. Players will usually say that a player is important and definitely want him out there but not that you won't win without him. WTF is that?

Posted by: srobert1117

Well said !!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM
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Ahem. Point #1 is that ESPN and the Washington Post have said Haynesworth is on the trading block. The front office has not confirmed this. Point #2 is that McNabb's words were taken out of context by the Washington Post. As usual, the Washington Post has delivered inflammatory, biased journalistic prose as a poor substitute for real objective journalism. Don't fall for it.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

My copious commenting on what's ostensibly a football blog belies a profound ignorance of football.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I just picked up Tennessee's D in my FF league.

Just in case.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Over/Under 40, I'll take the under. Boys 20 Skins 13, and I'm a Skins fan. Too many early question marks (on both teams). Hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: lurgee5177 | September 7, 2010 1:29 PM
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No Skins fan would ever pick Dallas over Washington. I have met many Skins fans, Mr. Lurgee, and you, sir, are not a Skins fan.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

No Skins fan would ever pick Dallas over Washington. I have met many Skins fans, Mr. Lurgee, and you, sir, are not a Skins fan.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

HAIL TO THAT RSH
HAIL TO THAT!

Posted by: alex35332 | September 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse


hessone = knee-jerk robot, incapable of nuanced analysis

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:31 PM |

There he goes with the name calling. That's what most immature folks turn to when someone disagrees with them. I'll save the name calling for the Cowboy fans, and you ?

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Methinks this is once again all smoke & mirrors for ESPN to gain web hits.....

Has any outlet actually been correct about anything this summer.

I think this is all masterminded by Shanahan. The more the media focuses on a player who may never even play this year....the more the REDSKINS will come under teams' radars.

Get ready for a COWBOYS Upset on Sunday!!!

Posted by: GoonieGooGoo | September 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

RI, could you use Redskin players to advertise products on your website ?

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

they don't choose what images the people buying add space use.

write to comcast if you have a problem with it. better yet buy the space yourself. Would be a great launch point for your Boycott $nyder campaign

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | September 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

How is it that you same people get duped by this crap almost everyday, use your brains and stop hanging on every word from the media.

I will guarantee you that J-Reid didn't even hear the interview with McNabb, and didn't bother to ask what the context of the statement was.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How about Albert for Michael Griffin straight up? Would love Griffin back there at FS, and when KM gets back we'd have all sorts of combos to work with back there.

*Knocks head on desk, waking from fantasy daydream.......

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | September 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse


hessone = knee-jerk robot, incapable of nuanced analysis

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:31 PM |

There he goes with the name calling. That's what most immature folks turn to when someone disagrees with them. I'll save the name calling for the Cowboy fans, and you ?

Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:40 PM |

So you took the time to post that you're immature?

Nice one dickwad.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

No Skins fan would ever pick Dallas over Washington. I have met many Skins fans, Mr. Lurgee, and you, sir, are not a Skins fan.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM

I never ever pick against the Redskins...and I haven't won a football pool in quite some time. Redskins 20, Dallas 17.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse


Donovan McNabb: We can't win without Haynesworth

By Rick Maese | September 7, 2010; 12:35 PM ET

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Last year we couldn't win with him and this year we can't win without him. More WaPo double talk?

Posted by: beep-beep | September 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

more beeps peeps on AH trade talks

Posted by: bandofwhom | September 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Who is wearing their skins jersey to work Friday?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

There he goes with the name calling. That's what most immature folks turn to when someone disagrees with them. I'll save the name calling for the Cowboy fans, and you ?


Posted by: hessone | September 7, 2010 1:40 PM

You are a funny dude, hess. Hands down. I have no doubt you typed that with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Posted by: ahwyatt | September 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey dallasinthedmv, what have you been smoking? 35-10? Did you see your Cowgirls' offensive line play in preseason? Are you aware of the injuries there? Did you see Romo play? Too much pressure on Romo to "go to the SB" and we all know how he does in pressure sutuations. CHOKE. AH will have a field day given that he is so "angry" at everyone for doubting him. As much as he is a loser, he is a force to be reckoned with. He just might knock Romo out of the game. Romo will choke. Take that to the bank. You better be here next Monday apologizing for writting rubbish while you were high on crack. Hail....

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Fake me out beep?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Guys... I'm really really fat.

Posted by: TheRealFatAlbert | September 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

It's been along time since a real coach has been in total control around here(never), so it's understandable that real coaching seems strange and scary.

Here's what happens: Skins with Big Al starting, take it to the over-inflated, QB'ed by the ultimate chokeman D-bags and all the sudden Shanny's a genius, McNabb's a genius and Haynesworth is happy AND back to being the man.

He's not going anywhere, he's gonna kill that horrible B-league offensive line that has stunk up the whole Dallas off-season, and Skin's win 24-14. Hail

Posted by: JHvet1 | September 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

No Skins fan would ever pick Dallas over Washington. I have met many Skins fans, Mr. Lurgee, and you, sir, are not a Skins fan.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM

I never ever pick against the Redskins...and I haven't won a football pool in quite some time. Redskins 20, Dallas 17.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 7, 2010 1:42 PM
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I feel your pain, brother. I would settle for the score you propose, but would like to see more offensive output and a total dismemberment of Romo by Orkapo.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse


Who is wearing their skins jersey to work Friday?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 7, 2010 1:45 PM |

Lavar Arrington and Jeff George

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Every single year we go into the first matchup with Dallas and they are the supposed super power of the NFL and SUPER BOWL FAVORITES and every year we end up playing them close (would have won last year if we had a kicker).

I expect the game to be very close.

For us to keep it close much less WIN on Sunday w/a beatup qb, putrid WR core and sack of garbage DT would say alot about the Cowturds. I mean they are supposed to win the SUPER BOWL EVERY YEAR according to espn.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | September 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

No Skins fan would ever pick Dallas over Washington. I have met many Skins fans, Mr. Lurgee, and you, sir, are not a Skins fan.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Cosign.

lurgee... don't be such a f'ing azzbag.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Players will usually say that a player is important and definitely want him out there but not that you won't win without him. WTF is that?

Posted by: srobert1117"

That's a McNabb taking a home-run cut. He's putting it out there; we want Haynesworth with this team.

What you wrote is player-speak for any teammate in dire straits. It has no meaning to the player in question. It's read as an obligatory quote for any teammate not wishing to rub anyone the wrong way.

What McNabb said is emotionally and analytically driven. You don't say something like that unless you mean it. It is this type of comment that will drive Haynesworth to play his best. Haynesworth is vilified by the fans and possibly even by his coach, but not his teammates. He will be out there to prove his teammates right, and his critics wrong.

Book it. McNabb is a true leader to his teammates. And Haynesworth is going to crush people this season.

Posted by: psps23 | September 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I can't keep track of all your posts today, but thanks for your support and money.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Shanny has done a great job of showing AH who is boss. You don't think it burns his big butt that he has not started and will not start the game against the cowgirls? These guys are proud and have ALWAYS started anywhere they ever played. To "not start" is an insult and a slap to the face in spite of what Hasslett says. Shanny has to do it. Regardless of whether the other players or "you" agree or not. We'll see how Albert's pride manifests itself on Sunday nite. Who will show up? The warrior or the child in him? I am afraid to know the answer. Afraid for Romo "the choke artist" that is... he-he.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Was just checking the Titans' blogs and there seems to be some cynicism about the possibility of a trade. Everybody agrees that the Tennessee pass rush was much better with Albert than last year, but VandenBosch is gone now and they're still short a pass rusher. Plus the fans seem disenchanted with the idea of bringing Haynesworth back (wonder why, huh?) when the team has just settled down some.

Guess we'll see. I for one am OK with the guy leaving.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"And Haynesworth is going to crush people this season.Posted by: psps23"

LOL. Have any idea if it's the other team he's going to crush, or us?

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb: We can't win without Haynesworth///////////////////// Last i looked, didn't win a heckuva lotta games WITH that FAT RICH BUM.....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | September 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

PS. If they had any pride they would have a Redskin on the top of the page instead of that ugly Mug with the 60's hairdo.

Posted by: ho-skin | September 7, 2010 1:12 PM

You do realize that is a paid ad? Verizon bought the space. Brady is their spokesman. It has nothing to do with the Skins or pride. It's revenue. As soon as the Redskins have a player somebody wants as a spokesman, you will see him at the top of the page.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Skins to win, 24-13. Skins will have at least 6 sacks of Romo.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It has nothing to do with the Skins or pride. It's revenue.
Posted by: MColeman51

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I rest my case!

Posted by: ho-skin | September 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

So does Donovan think they actually Can win With him? Put the crack pipe down Donovan!

Posted by: McLobo | September 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

One, repeat, one guy does not make or break a season, especially a guy that quits and plays, when he wants to play. if you can't win, what is McNabb doing on the team. Last time I cahecked, there are 11 on each side and all 11 need to do their job to be successful. Mark it, McNabb will be t he Cardinals are Vikings starting QB next year. Mark it down now.

Posted by: rvanags | September 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Skins to win, 24-13. Skins will have at least 6 sacks of Romo.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I would rely on blitzing .....

Posted by: rlomax67 | September 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I can't figure Dallas. Poor performances by Tony Romo through most of preseason. Sometimes he looked like Jamarcus Russell out there. Maybe he was dogging it. The blocking looked fairly pathetic.

I'm assuming that Dallas plans to run on Washington and also force us to stop the run. I mean, what other lesson was there from preseason?

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

One, repeat, one guy does not make or break a season, especially a guy that quits and plays, when he wants to play. if you can't win, what is McNabb doing on the team. Last time I cahecked, there are 11 on each side and all 11 need to do their job to be successful. Mark it, McNabb will be t he Cardinals are Vikings starting QB next year. Mark it down now.

Posted by: rvanags

I will. Right after all the "Book it" comments everyone makes here.

See if I have this right: "McNabb will be t he Cardinals are Vikings starting QB next year."

Tee Martooni lunch, anyone?

Posted by: TheCork | September 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Somebody said Albert plays the run well, but I'd qualify that to read 'sometimes'. The whole deal with Albert last year was inconsistency. One game he's All-Galaxy, the next he's not much of a factor. He blamed that on Blache. It's clear the guy can dominate nearly any offensive lineman on a given series or play. But his overall performance over the course of 2009 was pretty spotty.

What gives me pause is that his record here was actually pretty close to what he did in Tennessee with the exception of two seasons. Here are the numbers as a starter (he didn't play much as a rookie):

'03: 12 games, 11 starts, 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks
'04: 10 games, 10 starts, 36 tkls, 1 sack
'05: 14 games, 14 starts, 52 tkls, 3 scks
'06: 11 games, 10 starts, 30 tkls, 2 scks
'07: 13 games, 12 starts, 40 tkls, 6 scks
'08: 14 games, 14 starts, 51 tkls, 8.5 scks
'09: 12 games, 12 starts, 37 tkls, 4 scks

He seems to have had two exceptional years -- 2005 & 2008 -- and regressed closer to a mean in the other years. Clearly he's not somebody you'd predict will be active for more than 14 games, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see him in only 12 games. Salary issues aside, that's a player you probably shouldn't rely on. Maybe if you get to the playoffs and have a big game, he could rise to the occasion. He certainly has the talent.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

First!!!

Who is this McCrack guy??

And any truth to the rumor that the Redskins are trading Haynesworth to the Texans for Leinart?

Posted by: hokietax1 | September 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I believe the Redskins will have an absolutely atrocious season. The breakdown will begin with their mediocre offensive line. This will lead to McNabb being reached and sacked inordinately. Many of those contacts, with the Quarterback, will lead to the ball be stripped and turned over. In the past, McNabb had the ability to out run a lot of the defensive people, who chased after him. This is not the case today. Accordingly, I predict that he will not make it past the fourth game before he is put out of action, maybe for the season. They will average about seventeen points a game. That won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs. I don’t see them beating out any of the teams in their conference.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | September 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I believe the Redskins will have an absolutely atrocious season. The breakdown will begin with their mediocre offensive line. This will lead to McNabb being reached and sacked inordinately. Many of those contacts, with the Quarterback, will lead to the ball be stripped and turned over. In the past, McNabb had the ability to out run a lot of the defensive people, who chased after him. This is not the case today. Accordingly, I predict that he will not make it past the fourth game before he is put out of action, maybe for the season. They will average about seventeen points a game. That won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs. I don’t see them beating out any of the teams in their conference.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | September 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

DallasintheDMV - you know you never been to Dallas. Dallas is going to wish they stayed in Dallas with their anemic offense. Thin Albert gonna rip Rhomo's arm off and put Skins and Giants back where they belong - above the Cowgirls and Egrets (once mighty Eagle now an Egret - regretting losing Donovan soon)

Posted by: terptek | September 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

AH will not play for Danny and Shanny, I think he will play for the fans and his teamates. McNugget knows this and I would not be surprised if he were tasked to make that statement to the media. We have all the ingredients to sweep the Nielsen ratings on Sunday; NFL Football on Sunday night, heated rivalry, high drama, intrigue (will he start, will he get traded, will he play all-out), rich egotistical owner vs rich egotistical owner, two strong-willed individuals going against each other in the heat of battle (Shanny vs AH), employee vs the boss, man, we got it all. Danny and his media machine is playing all of us like a cheap fiddle. You could not make this stuff up - unless you make it up!! Hmmm....

Posted by: SPUD2 | September 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Success this year depends on McNabb staying healthy and the outlook on that isn't good. The Eagle's and Cowboy's defenses were #4 and #7 respectively in total sacks last year. And the 2009 Redskins gave up the 4th most sacks in the league. Yes, this is a new year, new coaches and some new players, but it looked like the same offensive line against the Ravens in the second preseason game with the Skins QB running for his life. McNabb played well, but got injured. He continues to take those kinds of beatings and the Skins season will be over quick.

Posted by: paul6554 | September 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

As long as Joey Galloway is on the field, there's absolutely no way the team can lose! The guy is that good!

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 7, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhh. Am I enjoying this... Get used to it Deadskins fans. Number 5 will say more "scratch your head" stuff than just about anyone in the league. He's just setting you up for his failure and looking to blame somebody. Another reason the Eagles got rid of him. BTW - Nate Allen's looking GOOD!!!!

Posted by: Dog-1 | September 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

wow. mcnabb is an idiot

Posted by: slim4 | September 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! Am I enjoying this. Get used to it Deadskin's fans. The guy says more "scratch your head" stuff than just about anybody in the league. He's setting you up for "HIS" failure. This way he can blame somebody. That's what you get along with a shell of the QB he was 2 years ago. Thanks again for Nate Allen. He looks terrific.

Posted by: Dog-1 | September 7, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Dog-1: Get ready to occupy the cellar this season where most of your deadbeat fans deserve to be - permanently! Your not-ever-ready-4-primetime QB will be a dismal failure and Andy-boy will have to go back to the draft board next season. No Aaron Rodgers there that's for sure. A bird in the hand is worth two Reggie Bush... :)

Posted by: terptek | September 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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