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Shanahan: Haynesworth has swelling in his knee

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth did not take his conditioning test on Saturday morning due to swelling in his knee, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Haynesworth arrived at Redskins Park "quite early," Shanahan said, but was experiencing irritation in his knee. The "recommendation from the doctors [was] to have him not run," Shanahan said. Haynesworth rode a stationary bike and received treatment on his knee.

Shanahan said he did not know when Haynesworth would next attempt the conditioning test. The All-Pro defensive tackle will not be allowed to practice with the team until he passes the test, which consists of two timed 300-yard shuttle runs.

"I don't know; it all depends on how the knee is, how he's feeling," Shanahan said. "I never said he had to take the test every day. We want to get you in football shape and when you feel like you can pass the test, we'll let you take it and if you pass it, we'll let you practice with the team."

The defensive tackle was out at the morning practice to observe early walk-through portions of the session. He also returned to the field after practice to work with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and defensive line coach Jacob Burney. The post-practice session lasted about 30 minutes, longer than the amount of time Haynesworth spent on the field the previous two days.

"What you saw this morning, he had about 10 minutes of walk-throughs where he's getting used to our terminology," Shanahan said. "This afternoon he'll be out there for an hour, just watching our players go through their responsibilities. I call it a walk-through, [but] it's more of a jog-through.

"But he won't get a chance to be out with his teammates until he passes that test and I think it's in his best interest. He's got to be in football shape. There's a setback already; his knee is a little bit swollen. Hopefully it's not too bad or he can keep on conditioning and he can be out with the team in the near future."

Shanahan also said Haynesworth has been able to get mental reps of the new defensive scheme during three to four hours of meetings in the afternoons and evenings.

"So he's getting a chance to see what we're doing both in the classroom and on the football field," Shanahan said.

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 31, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

is it natural for a 320 lbs linemen to be jogging all day?

Posted by: merajc86 | July 31, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

such "injuries" w/ AH are as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 31, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The calamitous way this Haynesworth offseason has gone may best be summarized by this video. The Shuttle Run starts at the :50sec mark...
http://vidbunker.com/benny_hill_ending_credits_chase

Posted by: Club320 | July 31, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Club320 | July 31, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Haynesworth has swelling in his knee = out of shape

It's apparent now. AH got his big payday and never planned on being in shape for the upcoming season, just go along for the ride. And people like gtown85 defend this spineless low life. Dump this loser and move on.

Posted by: hessone | July 31, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

minorthread-

Seems to me there is only one player who is "Out of Step". "In My Eyes" the "Salad Days" are over.

Two of my favotite bands were from DC, Minor Threat and Fugazi both featuring Ian MacKaye.

Until AH passes the test, he'll be sitting in the "Waiting Room".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJFWirQ3ks

Posted by: Diesel44 | July 31, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@ Mr Chili--The medical definition is:

Diagnosis: Acute distal tibiofibular syndesmot-
ic injury of the left ankle, frequently referred
to as a high ankle sprain. A commonly seen ac-
companying sprain of the anterior talofibular
ligament is also present. The most common
mechanisms of injury are external rotation of
the ankle and hyperdorsiflexion (1).

Basically the x ray is negative, but MR will demonstrate disruption of the ligament. I guess the " high " part refers to the seriousness of the injury, not physically where it's located.

Posted by: bostskin | July 31, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Dam you, Beep-beeps

Coach has shown he's the boss, but is creating a distracting circus with this test, get over it and get AH on the field to prepare to help this team win some dam games. If he isn't in shape, he will be soon, your the BOSS, alright, now lets move on.

Posted by: 72Redskins | July 31, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The COACH didn 't take a $32 million payout then skip all "voluntary" and mandatory practices. The COACH didn't boycott organized conditioning training at Redskin park the last few months. The COACH didn't whine and complain about a position switch. The COACH didn't fail to learn his new position over the last few months.

And last but not least, the COACH doesn't write the articles and shoot the videos that make Haynesworth behavior the circus it is.

And guess what, the COACH is running his practices like he always does with players who care and want to be there. The SECOND he gives into that Self-centered crybaby, is the SECOND he loses the team.

Stay the Course, Mike.

Posted by: TheCork | July 31, 2010 1:00 PM

Posted by: TheCork | July 31, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Every player in the NFL at his age and size has swelling of a knee. Or thigh. Or hip. Or foot. Something.

We see where this is headed.

Posted by: SteveMG | July 31, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Diesel, tell me why...because he can't get up.
Fugazi is one of my all time favorites, especially live. Amazing shows, no set lists. Thanks for that.

Posted by: aaronharman | July 31, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, Redskins.com is doing a far superior job at reporting on camp than the WaPo. As a fan, what I wanna see is who is doing what. Who's making plays and who's not. As another blogger wrote, you know, football stuff.

These endless Haynesworth " updates " are nauseating. I'm pi**ed enough at the guy as it is.

Posted by: bostskin | July 31, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but AH hasn't bothered to ever get himself into playing condition. The term prima donna is too kind. Maybe diva is better (rhymes with diver, if pronounced the right way). Please go away so that we can pay attention to the team, not the sideshow.

Posted by: kabej | July 31, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

We see where this is headed.

Posted by: SteveMG | July 31, 2010 1:05 PM

Where is that? I sure don't know what to expect next.

Posted by: MColeman51 | July 31, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I've read every post on the RI this week.
It seems awfully strange to me that the 'Skins report Big Albert has lost 35 lbs. [you recall, at one time it was reported "40 lbs."] yet they have not reported to us what Big Albert actually weighs?
Or has RI simply not communicated this information to the Redskin public?

He does look lighter, I'm just having a tough time understanding how he lost the weight if he was not running?
Swimming perhaps? That is much MUCH better for man anyway, especially of his weight, because running at a heavy weight is such a strain on ligaments of the knee and arches of the feet.

Anyone have any info to help me?
Thanks
HTTR

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | July 31, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SteveMG | July 31, 2010 1:05 PM

who wants to trade, and how low will the low-ball offers be?

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 31, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Where is that? I sure don't know what to expect next.

Malingerer anyone?

Posted by: SteveMG | July 31, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas via a social network...

"Coming for that No.1 spot point blank period."

Posted by: Diesel44 | July 31, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

AH doesn't have any choice but to get in shape and play football. Otherwise, no team will want him, whether it through a trade or just being released. Maybe he has no desire to play football again anyway. Hopefully he gets on the practice field, sees the potential with this defense/team, and decides to be productive!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | July 31, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Fat Albert is a real P.O.S.

Posted by: DCFanatic | July 31, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse


Anyone have any info to help me?
Thanks
HTTR

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | July 31, 2010 1:13 PM

One things for sure Ray, AH has got to be able to run hard during game situations. I think it's cardio the Redskins are after here. I also think the Redskins believe AH doesn't condition himself properly , as far as NFL standards. If he sticks with the team, I think he'll have to prove he's in shape, as the rest of the team has proven to the coaching staff during OTA's.

Posted by: hessone | July 31, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Training Camp notes from HogsHeaven-

Clinton Portis looks very good, and I think he's rejuvenated from playing with Mike Shanahan. He seems thrilled to be reunited with Shanahan, even downplaying McNabb's impact to say so. "I wouldn't say that it was Donovan that rubbed off on guys. I think it was the organization," Portis said when asked about McNabb's impact on the vibe at training camp. "With Coach Shanahan coming in setting the rules, everybody abiding by the same rules, I think that it has players buying in."

Larry Johnson is running really hard, finishing off runs more than 20 yards upfield. He seems thrilled to be back here in D.C., and he's admitted to us that he sees a real opportunity. However, he's also dropped three easy screen passes in the first two days, passes Brian Westbrook would gobble up. Willie Parker's played ok, but Ryan Torrain continues to impress. Don't be surprised to see Torrain leap ahead of Parker.

Posted by: Diesel44 | July 31, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

so much for showing up "in shape". he may ave lost some weight, but he is definitely not "in shape" otherwise a couple of sprints and a couple of days on the treadmill (pretty sure he wasn't on it for 8 hours the last 2 days, that would have not been effective or useful) would not have caused his knees to swell. The guy's just a lazy putz. Surely there is a clause in the contract that allows us to dump him with no more money paid out if he is unable to play because he showed up to camp out of shape and not ready to play--read that not ready to do the job we are paying him to do.

Posted by: drmammal1 | July 31, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

More non-AH notes

The starting defensive front 7, for the most part, has been Adam Carriker, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Kendrick Golston up front, with Lorenzo Alexander, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh and Brian Orakpo at linebacker. Andre Carter has been rotating in a bit for Alexander, but for the most part, he's been on the second team.

Trent Williams looked very good in his first practice, and both Orakpo and Derrick Dockery praised his effort. Shanahan did too.

One guy turning heads here is Terrence Austin. Austin made a couple really nice catches on Friday, and was practicing a bit as the punt returner as well. Shanahan was very happy with him, saying it's very impressive that he came in only in June (because he was still at UCLA) and picked up the offense so quickly. Austin also said he's eyeing that punt return job, because everyone has told him the way to stick on an NFL roster is to make an impact on special teams. I really think he could be a huge asset this year on special teams, and he could be a solution to the punt return woes.

Posted by: Diesel44 | July 31, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

moooooooooove along... McNabb thread for those who are interested.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 31, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@hessone

This is what I posted yesterday -

"It will backfire on him because Albert has already been paid. AH is probably in better shape than any offensive or defensive tackle on that team, but this is the game that Shanny wants to play. Any goodwill AH might have been inclined to build is slowly dying. Next, AH is going to start complaining about some phantom injury. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

"Remember: Haynesworth has already received the choicest nuggets from his fat contract. Dumb move, Shanahan!"

Posted by: gtown85 | July 30, 2010 9:07 AM

By my count:

Haynesworth 2
Shanahan 0

Posted by: gtown85 | July 31, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Fagazi! DCHC = POS.

Posted by: dmlopez1 | July 31, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Fagazi! DCHC = POS.

Posted by: dmlopez1 | July 31, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Albert probably lost weight by doing weights, and cutting down on the extra crispy fried foods. Burning off fat is simple..burn more calories than you take in. Considering how much extra weight he had on him..dropping the first 30 or so pounds..should not have been too hard.
OK..so now he may not be fat Albert..just chunky Albert.

Who was talking about a high ankle sprain? According to what I read his KNEE had some swelling. Will Al, even play one whole game this year?

Posted by: blazerguy234 | July 31, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

So we really don't know what AH weighs?
If he is 35 lbs. lighter that would reveal rather than just complain he lost weight in an attempt to not play NT but DE.

That is a good sign, folks.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | July 31, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth and Trent Williams seem to be polar opposites. The former shows up in camp kicking and screaming. The latter signs a contract, pulls into Redskins Park like Batman in the Bat-mobile, flips the keys to a parking attendant and practically sprints to the locker room to start playing.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 31, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

really jason reid you're holding my last post for approval b/c of the word B!+ching . i thought this was a football blog you old softie

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth and Trent Williams seem to be polar opposites. The former shows up in camp kicking and screaming. The latter signs a contract, pulls into Redskins Park like Batman in the Bat-mobile, flips the keys to a parking attendant and practically sprints to the locker room to start playing.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 31, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

coach might not have let him play if that sprint to the locker room was timed

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. Looks like AH is out for the season.

Posted by: joy5 | July 31, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"AH is probably in better shape than any offensive or defensive tackle on that team"

That'd be great, but on what do you base that assumption? He's thinner than he was last season, that's for sure. But rapid weight loss often leads to conditioning issue.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 31, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@gtown85
-----
Couldn't agree more. You don't have to be an Oracle or Soothsayer to see this coming. AH's mentality had to be "Oh, you're trying to embarassas me, huh? Well, two can play this game-I'M HURT"
~~~~
This a game of gotcha between MS and AH. I would bet dollars to doughnuts, Haynesworth is barely injured.
AH may be many things, but he's no dummy-he maneuvered the Skins into paying him 21 million for no good reason.He's noticed what Shanahan is up to-so now he's "injured".
MS- "Run until I have made my point"
AH- "I'm injured-take that B$t$h!-Your move"
Sigh, I'm taking Bostkin's advice and clicking over Redskins.com. I can't take more of this AH soap opera either.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | July 31, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"I guess the " high " part refers to the seriousness of the injury, not physically where it's located.Posted by: bostskin"

Nah -- it's called a high sprain because it's located above the ankle. You test for it by squeezing the calf and rotating the foot.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 31, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan look what you went and done!

IT'S STUPID STUFF LIKE THIS THAT GOT YOU FIRED!

IDOITS FANS HE PLAYS FOR THE TEAM WE WANT TO WIN!

TO SNYDER YOU SURE KNOW HOW TO PICKEM!

Posted by: SOLVBACK | July 31, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse


"AH is probably in better shape than any offensive or defensive tackle on that team"

That'd be great, but on what do you base that assumption? He's thinner than he was last season, that's for sure. But rapid weight loss often leads to conditioning issue.

Posted by: Samson151

If you consider the source is gtown85, then there's nothing to base the assumption on.

Posted by: hessone | July 31, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

SAMSON

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is awesome. He gets it. Either you win the Super Bowl or you failed. That's it.

Are you listening Joe Gibbs II??? You were a massive failure Joe. You came for the money, took the money, and then ran. Gutless Joe. Gutless.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 31, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Some of us are starting to sound like a broken record on this, but the shuttle run is a standard drill starting from about the age of 12. If you played basketball even at the Jr. High level, you ran 'suicides' (1/4 court sprint and return, 1/2 court sprint and return, 3/4 court sprint and return, full court sprint and return). If you played high school football, you were running shuttles, laps, stairs, etc.

What was Shanahan supposed to do when the long absent Haynesworth arrived, lead the locker room in song welcoming Shuttleworth back and have him fall in w/ the rest of the team, all of whom have been working hard for months?

Posted by: randysbailin | July 31, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse


What was Shanahan supposed to do when the long absent Haynesworth arrived, lead the locker room in song welcoming Shuttleworth back and have him fall in w/ the rest of the team, all of whom have been working hard for months?

Posted by: randysbailin

co-sign

Coach is running the team as he see's fit, whether teammates, fans, or the media likes or not. This is something that has been missing since Marty was head coach, and I certainly welcome it.

NO MORE COUNTRY CLUB ATMOSPHERE !!

Posted by: hessone | July 31, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What was Shanahan supposed to do when the long absent Haynesworth arrived, lead the locker room in song welcoming Shuttleworth back and have him fall in w/ the rest of the team, all of whom have been working hard for months?

Posted by: randysbailin | July 31, 2010 2:19 PM

A reasonable approach might have been making him do extra work before/after practice. Let's not pretend that the only option is conditioning "test" or nothing at all.

Posted by: gtown85 | July 31, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE COUNTRY CLUB ATMOSPHERE !!


Posted by: hessone | July 31, 2010 2:25 PM

Except for Haynesworth, who's currently relaxing thanks to Shanahan. Hessone, you're funny!

Posted by: gtown85 | July 31, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Can we just get this over with. Shanahan really needs to back down. He needs Haynesworth more than Haynesworth needs him. The injury, real or no, has upped the ante beyond what Shanahan can pay. Such a series of sprints is really a tremendous strain on the knee. Haynesworth can go to the Player's Association and get them to go to bat for him now. Just call him honorably excused because of the injury and get on with training camp. Shanahan won't though, he thinks he was Vince Lombardi (who traded players for hiring agents to negotiate with Lombardi, who was also the GM). This is not 1967. Get on with it.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 31, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE COUNTRY CLUB ATMOSPHERE !!


Posted by: hessone | July 31, 2010 2:25 PM

Except for Haynesworth, who's currently relaxing thanks to Shanahan. Hessone, you're funny!

Posted by: gtown85 | July 31, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

it does seem like the only one who hasn't had to do any work this week is Big Al. He's on the roster, you're not gonna cut him, so why are you holding him out of prcatice after 12 sprints? At some point you're gonna need him to play football for you, so why not plug him in with the 3rd teamers. Make him do some extra work before and after, like Gtown said, and move on. People say no player is bigger than the team, but is the coach bigger than the team? Players are speaking out on Al's behalf. if the coach's ego starts getting guys hurt, you think they're gonna stay on his side. Tough love and my way or the highway works sometimes, but in this instance what has Shanny gained from all of this?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Swelling in the knee - no problem. It matches his fat head.
WHEN do they jettison malignancy?!?

Posted by: pd2710 | July 31, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The thing is, people can insult his weight as much as you like, no doubt he's heard it all before, can't be easy for a big guy to grow up with that first name, but he is not stupid. He sees that Shanahan is playing that tough high school coach who the kids hated but respected (and they had no place else to go). He is an adult and need not take that. So this injury, real or not, really escalates things. He can't be cut while injured, as if they would, the "conditioning test" could be just the thing for aggravating it (and Shanahan will hang by a thread with the league they decide the test caused it (what else could have?) and it was something done not because it tested Haynesworth but to establish himself as a hardbutt.)

At this time, we've got a Mexican standoff here. Both men need figure out a way to defuse the situation and get Albert practicing. We are two weeks from first preseason game. Come on guys, get real.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 31, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

that's all i'm saying holmes, i dunno if we're defending haynesworth's behavior, as much as questioning Shanny's tactics in this situation. AH's behavior and attitude was wrong all offseason. No doubt. But right now witha month or so til the reg season, i don't see the purpose in flexing your muscles to the detriment of the team. Players are supporting AH (which means they aren't supporting Shanny) with guys trying to be as PC about this as possible. The rift used to be Albert vs. The whole team. Now individuals are choosing sides. This sin't the best way to start a season.

I'm not saying Shanny should just give Al a pass. But now he's "hurt". Real or fake injury, he's not practicing not playing. there is no way he's getting into any better shape by trying and failing the test everyday and then standing on the sidelines.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 3:31 PM"

This is similar to what I've been trying to say since this whole sad saga began. You said it much better. Be warned, it won't earn you many friends on this board! :-)

Posted by: gtown85 | July 31, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

didn't know you couldn't say d0ucheb@g in jason reids sanctuary. i said it twice so my post is being withheld for approval. It's the second one of the day. I think i'm getting profiled, either way Fu(K u Reid and your Pu$$y a$$ blog. I'm out

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Great-the copy & paste isn't working.
@gtown85 & lilhollywood10-
~~~~~~~
That's all I have been trying to say for all these months as well. Look, we know the guy is a butthole, but what does this stare down accomplish exactly? AH's beef was with the scheme-Shanahan has taken it as a personal affront.
Okay, fine-that's his prerogative. Now what?
I'm repeating you lil', but the point is valid-what's being accomplished with him now on the sidelines? Conditioning?Nope. Getting the plays and new position down? Nope.

Shanahan is Judge Dredd-"I am the law". Fine, but this isn't an Anthrax concert or an awful Sly Stallone movie.

And yes, this board hates all who dare not share their opinions on Haynesworth.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | July 31, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

hilarious that one got through the filter twice i've been held back and both of those posts actually had some good stuff in 'em. sorry for the language anybody with kids or child like sensibilities. Reid jacked my swag twice and i'm a lil heated.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Ultimately-this will be solved the 1st game of the season. Both men's egos are so strong that they will have to SEE what the other can do.
Haynesworth will see that Shanahan can coach just as well as Jeff Fisher and is not the devil. He'll see that Haslett's defense is not going to waste his career.

Shanahan will see that Haynesworth is not some rebellious slave trying to overthrow him. He'll see that Haynesworth is not trying to usurp his authority.
~~~
It appears that both men have the same type of "Prove it to me, then" personalities-trouble is the games haven't started for both to see "the proof" of what the other can do. My opinion.

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Posted by: nativedc | July 31, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

A quick shout-out to TWISI-thanks for the Studs and Duds post on the RI Malcolm Kelly thread. I have been pressed to find out what is going on with Robert Henson the LB and you gave me more info than the Post and any other sports site.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | July 31, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

He took 2 big craps before he weighed in. Maybe 3 that should be about 35 lbs

Posted by: kelly112 | July 31, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

A quick shout-out to TWISI-thanks for the Studs and Duds post on the RI Malcolm Kelly thread. I have been pressed to find out what is going on with Robert Henson the LB and you gave me more info than the Post and any other sports site.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | July 31, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse
had to second that. good stuff, thx .

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

He took 2 big craps before he weighed in. Maybe 3 that should be about 35 lbs

Posted by: kelly112 | July 31, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse
u should watch what you eat, or "crap" more often 35lbs of waste is NO BUENO

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 31, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Keep grinding Fat Albert, Shanny. Put his fatness on special teams when he can't learn the position because of a lack of practice. Put him on the practice squad as so much human fodder, put him on the sidelines on the bench on a throne. If he doesn't do it, fine him. If he sits, grind him more. Screw Albert Haynesworth and stop giving these malcontents guaranteed contracts. They don't deserve them and don't earn them. All the owners should keep Fat Albert in mind when the next collective bargaining agreement hits the fan.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 31, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

@hessone, You are right on man! It is all about cardio and running a tight ship! I also love the change! I don`t know why I post when all I have to do is read your`s! The Man will get it together just give him a chance to get used to Shanny`s way! He will be O.K.

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | July 31, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Diesel 44, aaronharmon,

Good thing someone still recognizes the reference. Too many young pups think Incubus invented the distortion pedal.

I could go many ways, but I think this adequately describes what Shanahan has in store for Fat Albert...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsAgtViK3T4&feature=related

Posted by: minorthread | July 31, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

"With Coach Shanahan coming in setting the rules, everybody abiding by the same rules, I think that it has players buying in." -- Clinton Portis

For those wanting to give AH a pass on the conditioning test, did you miss this? The rule set in the offseason for the team was that anyone attending less than %50 would have to pass a fitness test. Shannahan is demonstrating to the rest of the team that there will be no more favoritism, even for $21 million-dollar-bonus "best DT on the team" kind of players. CP sees ths. The rest of the team sees it. And they are buying in.

For too long, the emphasis around Washington has been on "stars" and "talent." Give me a motivated group of journeymen who believe in each other, trust each other, play for each other, motivate each other, and buy into the coach's vision wholesale--give me that kind of group, and they will wipe lazy, selfish million-dollar "stars" like AH right off the field.

Posted by: phinehas | July 31, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

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