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Haynesworth questions role, leadership

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said late Monday night that when he was considering where to sign as a free agent last season, he looked at tape of the Redskins and thought, as he said, the defense "was somewhat the same" as what he ran in Tennessee.

Now, though, Haynesworth feels as if he hasn't been used properly, and he questioned the team's direction after its 10th loss in 14 games -- Monday night's embarrassing 45-12 loss to the New York Giants.

"I mean, the score, the record, they'd say that we're horrible, that we don't know how to play football," Haynesworth said. "But I've been around these guys a lot. I think they know how to play football. I think we're all just going different directions, and we need somebody to lead us in the right direction."

Asked whether that leadership needed to come from coaches or players, Haynesworth said, "I'm going to leave that up to you. You can take it however you want to."

He left little doubt, though, that he does not believe the style defensive coordinator Greg Blache has asked him to play in Washington suits him. He said he was allowed to rush upfield more during his seven years as a Tennessee Titan.

"That's what I did in Tennessee," Haynesworth said. "I was successful at it. I just rushed and they let me go and I was winning a bunch of games and things like that, and we was up there in the top two or three in sacks and defense and defensive line, and we did well. You see [defensive coordinator Jim] Schwartz got a head coaching job from it [in Detroit]. Hey, maybe we need to try that here."

Asked if the Redskins' style was holding him back, Haynesworth said: "Maybe a little bit. Yeah. Yeah.

"It's totally different from what I thought. I looked at the film and thought it was somewhat the same, and they needed somebody like me to go in there and rush and open it up and get double teams and stuff like that, which we've done, but if they let us loose, it'd be a whole lot better."

Haynesworth recorded six tackles against the Giants, including a sack of New York quarterback Eli Manning, his fourth sack in 11 games this year; he missed three games with an ankle injury.

Clearly, though, the results from the season have gotten to Haynesworth. He is guaranteed $41 million over the course of his contract -- which, at the time of his signing, was the most money ever guaranteed to one player. But when he was asked whether he was glad he signed with Washington, he paused several seconds.

"Um, yeah," he said. "I mean, yeah. I like the guys here and stuff. Dan's [Snyder] been great and everything, but putting this in this season right now makes it hard to say, 'Oh I really appreciate being here.' But I know this is a great organization; we can always bounce back from it."

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 22, 2009; 1:11 AM ET
 
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I guess that this latest loss would make Redskin nation happy, as it improves our draft order. Isn't that what a lot of the idiots that post here rationalize?

Posted by: VegasJim | December 22, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the "PIG" isn't happy.

Posted by: FIREJIMZORN | December 22, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Keep these players next year:
Offence:
Moss
Cooley
Campbell(but make him compete 4 the job)
Yoder
Davis
Thomas
Defence:
Orackpo
Haynsworth
Carter
Alexander
MacIntoch
flecter
Doughty
Oh I forgot Marcus Mason
Hunter the punter
Everyone else is either weak or inconsistant and must go

Posted by: DCBadBoy1 | December 22, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Not I. I want them to win every game they play no matter what the situation.
Frankly, I wanted JZ to stay but there is no way he can now.
Dan & VC poisoned the well multiple times this season, it's amazing they won this many games.

Posted by: priceisright | December 22, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

What?? Fat Albert thinks he isn't being "used right"? He is an out-of-shape tub of lard who is getting far too much money. The Redskins should try to dump him if they could find anyone to pick up part of his contract. And if he wants to go somewhere where he will be "used right", maybe he should give up some of that guaranteed money so some dumb team might take him.

Posted by: Yogi8 | December 22, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Al. You weren't used properly the last 3 games and I watched you all night from my cozy luxury box huffing and puffing on the sidelines as Alexander played in your place.

F U AL.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

SO BIZ MARKIE IS UNHAPPY...

Posted by: jimmydeanroundsausages | December 22, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Albert Not My Money's Worth.

He's passing blame around. Who cares what ya'll did in Tennessee. Any Superbowls?

Naaaaah, I didn't think so.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | December 22, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is the embodiment of the soulless free agent.

You line up at DT Albert, you get your fat ass upfield at the appropriate time AND you maintain gap discipline when required.

It's not one or the other.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | December 22, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Leadership is in short supply in DC...see example set by our #1 WR.

Santana Moss celebrated a first down catch with an endzone dance, while trailing by 3 touchdowns...what an incredible fool. It's an embarrassing enough behavior in a close game, but it is monumentally self centered when your team is getting disemboweled on national television.

Posted by: hatchlaw | December 22, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is a complete joke. I knew this going into the signing. He has no heart, he is not a man, he is not intelligent, he doesn't exist. Look at him taking breathers on the field. Look at him missing games for an ankle injury. Look at him being fat and lying on the ground in between plays. Look at his inconsistent efforts. Look at his DUIs. Look at him stomping on a players face. Look at Dan Snyder giving him over $40 million guaranteed dollars. What a horrendous business investment. His post-game quotes say it all.

Compare him to London Fletcher, who is a consummate professional. Haynesworth is a talented fat man who is a joke of a professional football player. Way to miss 3 games. Oh wait, I knew you would. Because you are a bust. You are a free agent bust who is costing Dan Snyder $41 million guaranteed.

Congrats dude, your Titans coach won a horrendous head coaching job. You wouldn't know the first thing about defensive coordinating if it bit you in the butt. You didn't pass many classes in Knoxville because it wasn't necessary.

Posted by: juansongarcia | December 22, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

we really appreciate you being here, too...your beached whale act has really contributed to the team this year. Maybe if you weren't "injured" every third play or so, maybe you would be used "properly." Get over yourself

Posted by: jdlangford | December 22, 2009 3:43 AM | Report abuse

It's not Albert fault that the redskins picked him it is Albert fault his butt not in football shape!

Posted by: shamken | December 22, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't normally bother to post things on here, but a lot of you are way off base. First of all, Albert Hainesworth is actually doing a very good job. Of course he takes breathers in between plays...he weighs 350 pounds! But, you will very seldom see a man of his size that moves the way he does. As for the 3 games missed due to an ankle injury...again, he weighs 350 pounds!!! You can't just snap back from an ankle injury at that size. The Redskins defensive line was terrible last year. This year they have the sack leading tandem at DE. That is not by coincidence or happenstance. Albert has made a huge difference. Second, his comments are correct. The Redskins lack leadership. It's evident throughout the team. But, when his teammate was being attacked, he was the first one there to help him fight. I'm not sure if any of you guys posting these comments have ever played sports...but, your comments show a huge lack of understanding. And, all of this, it seems, is coming because of the size of his contract. I don't know that many of you making these comments are the best at what you do...but I would bet money that if your boss overpaid you, you wouldn't turn it down. Then, people want to bring up DUI charges and stomping an opponent. The former is an off-the-field problem that has been resolved and, unless anyone on here is perfect, doesn't have anything to do with football. And, the latter may just show some of the mean streak we need on our defense...just a thought.

Posted by: iceberg1107 | December 22, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Albert is not the brightest light in the room!! He missed 3 games..and was no good last night when he did play. He can be a force..if he is HEALTHY AND IN SHAPE!! I never believed their defense was fourth best.
They lost a number of games because the D could not stop the the team when it counted.
that includes giving up some key runs up the middle where Albert was.
Wonder if he will renegotiate his contract..so he can leave sooner than 6 years???
When the O line can give JC some protection they can score points..last night the line was a joke. Not Jason`d fault.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 22, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Is it me, or did the D actually play better without Haynesworth and Hall these last couple of weeks?

Posted by: mirf59 | December 22, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Big Al = Mark Carrier, Bruce Smith, Dana, Wilkerson, Dion Neon, Gilberth, they ALL got PAID why give 100% with the cash in hand...get it!

This team is years and years away from being competitive...no qb, no coach, no d, no o, no special team, no leadership...

I compare the Skins to a famous Pizza...VERY PROFITABLE but the product STINK...

At the end as long as the Danny is making money nothing else matters

Posted by: Incognito00 | December 22, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Big Al = Mark Carrier, Bruce Smith, Dana, Wilkerson, Dion Neon, Gilberth, they ALL got PAID why give 100% with the cash in hand...get it!

This team is years and years away from being competitive...no qb, no coach, no d, no o, no special team, no leadership...

I compare the Skins to a famous Pizza...VERY PROFITABLE but the product STINK...

At the end as long as the Danny is making money nothing else matters

Posted by: Incognito00 | December 22, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is right, I have been saying the scheme was wrong for months. Blache is too stubborn to adjust his scheme to the talent he has. The strength of the unit id the line, so they should be sent upfield to make plays like the Giants were under Spagnolo.

Posted by: Jason10 | December 22, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh for crying out loud--the entire Redskins team should have been required to buy tickets as all they did was stand around and watch the Giants play football. What a bunch of losers. All you season ticket holders, be sure and renew early this year, buy a few jerseys, continue to prop up this joke of a franchise and make Dan Million$$$$$

Posted by: JCM-51 | December 22, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but Greg Blache is a TERRIBLE coach. I know many people like that dude but his schemes suck and are pop warner easy to break down.

All the Giants did was sit down in the soft zone that Blache was playing. Then they ran the ball up the middle.

I mean seriously, how hard is that to game plan???

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 22, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

If Haynesworth wants out - let him void the contract and forego his guranteed salary - he can go hit the free agent market and good ridance to him. Now, I can't blame him for taking the money that Snyder dangled in front of his face - that isn't Haynesworth mistake - his mistake is simply being an egotistical, injury prone overpaid jerk - but Snyder paid him (and Cerrato endorsed the contract - another jerk, but one that's gone for now). I just think of all the quality players we could've gotten for the price of Haynesworth contract - maybe several O-Line players?? but ... we got Haynesworth - go figure - another brilliant Snyder/Cerrato roster move - let's hope Snyder's learned something and Allen will give him the advice that Cerrato didn't

Posted by: whelms | December 22, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

If Haynesworth wants out - let him void the contract and forego his guranteed salary - he can go hit the free agent market and good ridance to him. Now, I can't blame him for taking the money that Snyder dangled in front of his face - that isn't Haynesworth mistake - his mistake is simply being an egotistical, injury prone overpaid jerk - but Snyder paid him (and Cerrato endorsed the contract - another jerk, but one that's gone for now). I just think of all the quality players we could've gotten for the price of Haynesworth contract - maybe several O-Line players?? but ... we got Haynesworth - go figure - another brilliant Snyder/Cerrato roster move - let's hope Snyder's learned something and Allen will give him the advice that Cerrato didn't

Posted by: whelms | December 22, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth deserves to get bashed in the sense that EVERYONE on this team needs to be criticized because of the record and team performances like last night.

Bashing him for those quotes last night, or taking breathers during defensive series', or taking a couple games off to get healthy is stupid and just reinforces the lack of football knowledge you all have. He's been dead honest with his quotes. If you don't know Blatche's scheme leave a lot to be desired, then you are not watching the games. Haynesworth is frustrated with this season and I LIKE THAT. I like the fact that he cares enough to get in a scuffle at the end of the game. Shows he doesn't like to get punk'd.

You all don't know what your talking about.

Posted by: SadieV | December 22, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Good post Ray. Blache refuses to defend the screen pass. How many times did the Giants run that? How does Haynesworth know how he is being used? He is never in the game long enough to find out. He needs to lose about 35 pounds and maybe he can last more than 3 plays at a time. Last night was the most disgusting attempt at football I have ever seen. Carlos Rogers did not even know where he was on the field.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | December 22, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is a great player, but he is another example of what was wrong with the 'Skins front office. Rather than going out and finding a player that fit the system that Blache was running -- a system that created a top 10 defense -- they just grabbed the biggest name they could find even though he didn't fit the system. Now Haynesworth wants to dump a system that worked (except last night) to fit him. Hopefully new GM Allen won't do that. Successful teams - Colts, Patriots, etc. - have a system and they plug in players that fit that system rather than the biggest name.

Posted by: twright0610 | December 22, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Maybe haynesworth should play before he starts calling out people...100 million to kneel on the sidelines every other play acting like you are hurt- GARBAGE!!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 22, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jason,

After the last game, can you ask Allen if he thinks Haynesworth is worth the money he's paid?

Thanks.

Posted by: Redskinrex | December 22, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Blache needs to go.

He doesn't pressure a Super Bowl quarterback in a must-win for his team?

Manning ate the Redskins' zone alive last night and instead of trying to hit him and knock him around Blache chose to challenge Eli to successfully drive the field against a bend but don't break defense.

Manning obliged.

There is too much talent on the Redskins defensive line to not exploit it.

Blache is obviously too conservative a playcaller to get the most out of this unit.

That's one of the reasons why this team has so few turnovers, the aggressiveness necessary to put teams under pressure is not there late in games.

Posted by: leopard09 | December 22, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

shamken -

Your "man in the middle" is, to quote you: "It's not Albert fault that the redskins picked him it is Albert fault his butt not in football shape!"

Not only has Snyder and Co. corrupted the product on the field, it appears they have spawned duplicitous and delusional fans, er, morons!

Posted by: tony11 | December 22, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

hatchlaw, You hit the nail on the head! Players who celebrate while their team is loosing should be cut as they are not team players! The Redskins need players with heart! Not players that just want to get paid! Blow the whole team up!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 22, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The problem with Haynesworth has less to do with the quality of his play--which is about what should be expected based on past performance--and more to do with the $41 million price tag. He would have to be playing like superman to justify that price.

Posted by: stephenaltobelli | December 22, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is paid to PLAY, not to kneel on the sideline catching his breath. This whole "but he weighs 350 pounds!" crap is just that -- CRAP. If he can't play a full game, or even a full series, at the weight he's at, then LOSE A FEW POUNDS! He needs to show up in shape, and stay in shape, so he can do the job he's paid to do -- and that don't include huffing and puffing and faking injuries every series.

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | December 22, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Greg Blache sucks! no pressure on 3rd down, sometime I see only 3 linemen rushing the passer and very little stunting going. The Redskins will never beat the giants with this defence, man I wish Williams was still here, skins were able to beat them back when he was here. I guess they going to have to clean house. All these stupid gadget plays when you need all the points you can get.

Posted by: sihanat@hotmail.com | December 22, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Albert, how about you get into shape before you open your yap?!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 22, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Albert, how about you get into shape before you open your yap?!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 22, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Albert, how about you get into shape before you open your yap?!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 22, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Too bad it looks like Cowher will never work for The Danny; this team needs a real hard_a** to come in, ride the prima-donna's & cry babies and get everyone to perform.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | December 22, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Blache is and always has been a second string coach. This team is the worst coached team in the NFL. the talent is not being used it its full potential, thats a fact 4-10. The D has lost as many as the O, and yes Zorn is not even a High school calibar coach. As stated WORST COACHED TEAM IN THE NFL !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 22, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

more strict leadership needed on this team haynesworth should be told he will weight 315-320 lbs during the season or will be FINED. He can play but his conditioning is not good as a matter of fact all the injuries this year on this team makes me suspect that many are not conditioned enough. haynesworth does have a point of not being used the way he is most effective maybe they should allow him to penetrate more upfield instead of this bend and break bull sh-- by blache. this team is HORRIBLE against the run ALL YEAR. the defense did play better without hall and haynesworth because for 2 games in a row before n.y. they actually contained the running game. If shanahan does come don't bring that loser of a d-coordinator he had in denver. get rid of blache but bring in a attacking good fundamental defensive person.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 22, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say I told you all so, but I did profess that Jason and Zorn would combine to stink up FedEx field on Monday night, perhaps its all for the greater good that they go on and loose out the rest of their games. This team should have every skilled and unskilled position open for competition come training camp,from quarterback to kicker no body,s job should be safe!!Whats all the nonsense about Zorn being such a nice guy? who cares if he,s the devil if cant coach.

Posted by: zimife1999 | December 22, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Albert is mistaken, he's doing the exact same thing he did in Tennessee: Laying on the ground for half the game.

Until your fat ass can manage to play a complete game without faking an injury because you are a little out of breath, STFU, Al.

Posted by: StewieP | December 22, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Still can't believe they signed this guy at the price they did with all the other obvious needs on the roster. Stupid.

Posted by: JBuss | December 22, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Most people want to blow up the team, but fail to realize it takes years to rebuild through the draft and free agency.

The Redskins have 5 draft picks in 2010 (rounds 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7.)

It will take Bruce Allen at least three seasons and a bunch of draft luck to repair the Cerrato damage.

Sure, you can go the Detroit route and replace 20+ players over a season, but do you really want to follow Detroit's plan?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 22, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"I mean Dan (Snyder) is great.", isn't that the same thing Deion, Bruce Smith, etc. all said? Bottom line: The midget has to go

Posted by: nolngeraseasontixhder | December 22, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The word is "lose." You cannot "loose" a game. If you're going to call our your fellow Redskins fans, please at least try to manage correct grammar and spelling.

I don't understand where the confusion over the proper spelling of the word "lose" comes from. Are people unfamiliar with the difference between the adjective "loose" and the verb "lose?"

If you're going to take the time to write and post a comment, it is simple enough to check the spelling and grammar in your comment. If you'd like people to take your opinions seriously it helps a great deal to make sure they are free from spelling or grammar errors.

Thank You.

Posted by: jjhare | December 22, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is correct in that the defense is getting worse by the week. How come every Giant receiver had 3 yards of space around him? And every Redskin receiver had a defender hanging off him?
But Hayesworth is part of the problem. Goal line defense - and your $100 Million DT is on his knees on the sideline? TD
Two weeks ago, New Orleans is driving with time running out and no timeouts. Who stops the clock for them? Fat Albert. How many very good offensive linemen would $41M guaranteed buy?

Posted by: humbleandfree | December 22, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Albert, Albert, Albert - YOU'RE BEING PAID $41 MILLON TO PLAY!!!! Not to rest on one knee on the sideline, NOT to comment on coaching, NOT to say anything, JUST PLAY! If you can't play, do the ethical thing and retire. If you can play, then play and shut up please. Thank you - from a Redskin fan who helps pay your money.

Posted by: bfjam | December 22, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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