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Haynesworth: Redskins Aren't 'Playing Like We Should'

For the second week in a row, Albert Haynesworth was not available to local reporters on Wednesday but participated in a conference call with media in the opponent's city. And speaking to Tampa reporters, here's the warning he issued: The Redskins are in danger of falling apart.

"We're not playing like we should,'' Haynesworth said, according to the Tampa Tribune. "With all this talent, we haven't even scratched the surface. We're really cutting ourselves short and it's kind of ridiculous. If you see this team come together before it's too late, this team could be special. But if we continue to play like individuals, you'll see this team fall apart and continue to go downhill.

Haynesworth also shed a bit more light on his offseason free agency, saying the Bucs actually topped the Redskins' offer (you know, the one that made Haynesworth the league's highest-paid defensive player and could ultimately pay him up to $100 million. Yeah, that one.)

"Tampa really came after me hard in the few hours they had," Haynesworth said. "It was actually after I told Washington that I was coming there that the Buccaneers offered me even more than the Redskins, but I had already said I was going here. The Bucs were looking to spend money and spend a lot of it. But with the sun and the water in Florida, there would have been a lot of distractions for me. Instead, I came to Virginia, where it's cold and nasty. Football weather."

Nursing a sore hip, Haynesworth did not practice Wednesday, but Coach Jim Zorn said he's hopeful that the big defensive tackle will be ready to go Sunday against the Bucs.

By Rick Maese  |  October 1, 2009; 11:46 AM ET
 
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Well that has to hurt to speak to Tampa reports and dog the local media. Ouch!

Posted by: overzealous08 | October 1, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Finally, someone on the team telling it like it is.

Thank you for the accountability, Stompy!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth should have issued this warning:

"I'm in danger of becoming the latest notch on Vinny Cerrato's belt of colossal free agent busts if I don't get my fat azz in playing shape, so I'm here to deflect as much blame as possible."

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

anyone else find it funny that Big Al said he came to VA and not DC?

Posted by: NFeKPo | October 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The man speaks the truth.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Nah Red. I'll give credit where credit is due. 2nd and 20, with 12:51 to go in the 4th quarter is legit. That's why the guy does a full series of screenshots there, from Campbell sitting in the pocket, to his release, to when the ball is in the air. You can get a full idea of where the defenders are, where the routes developed, and where the WRs were when he made his release.

Notice that he did not do that with the first series of screenshots. He only showed when the ball was in the air, which should really only fool the most short-sighted of us. There's no reference to where DT was when the ball was released, nor where DT's man was when the ball was released (and, of course, this occurred because that specific play had Campbell avoiding a rush then getting crushed just as he released it). It only shows DT "wide open" after the pass had been well gone, and his man had turned to chase the ball.

And his final series of screenshots is simply a lack of football knowledge. He claims the WR at the top of the screen "beat" his man to the point where the DB starts calling for help. He didn't "beat" his man. The DB was in underneath zone coverage with 3-deep safeties in zone over the top. He was passing his man on, which is exactly how the defense is supposed to operate. That was just ignorance on his part.

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Posted by: psps23 | October 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

OK,


when will this happen? when will these guys do it?

Posted by: Skins2 | October 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Jenkins column would have more credibility if everything she wrote didn't try to bury the Skins.

Posted by: dcwun | October 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

But with the sun and the water in Florida, there would have been a lot of distractions for me."

-Albert Haynesworth

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AH has no self discipline, no intrinsic motivation, other than anger, and with the big ole contract signing, it may be waning.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 1, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

How does the "Mayor" get that the Skins are in danger of falling apart from those comments?

Posted by: dcwun | October 1, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Sitting around nursing his huge sore hip?

Compiling fat tissue as I key these words.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 1, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

It just baffles me that the defense is playing this bad. What the hell were they doing in traning camp and pre-season all this time? Seriously...they look totally lost out there.

Posted by: overzealous08 | October 1, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Jenkins column would have more credibility if everything she wrote didn't try to bury the Skins.

Posted by: dcwun | October 1, 2009 11:58 AM

Not "everything." She had one last year when the 'Skins were 6-2 praising Zorn as head coach and retracting an earlier one where she had tried to snuff him right after he got the job. So, she knows which way the wind is blowing.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 1, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Us Virginians are very cold & nasty.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the comparisons between Haynesworth and Stubblefield or any other free agent busts we've suffered through. The dude has played well. His first two games, he actually played great. He struggled a bit more in the last game but still made a couple of very good plays, including a sack. He's very clearly the best lineman on our team. He has always played between 60 - 70% of the snaps through his whole career, and we knew that when we got him, so why are so many people throwing a fit about it now? Dude's disruptive to the opposing o-line. His conttributions aren't always going to jump out at you in the stat column or in huge plays, but in close games like week 2 versus the Rams, he could very well be the difference between a win and a loss, just by generating pressure or clogging a running lane.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It just baffles me that the defense is playing this bad. What the hell were they doing in traning camp and pre-season all this time?

Posted by: overzealous08 | October 1, 2009 12:04 PM

They were blowing up the Redskins offense. They looked like world beaters. Turns out, they can only beat the Redskins.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

his hip hurts becuase his wallet is to big

Posted by: Burrasta1 | October 1, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I blame Snyder for the cold & nasty weather in VA. I use to blame Microsoft but now I have found the true corporate.

Posted by: NFeKPo | October 1, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

'Us Virginians are very cold & nasty.'

Ah, you haven't been to DC haven't you?

Posted by: demonj21 | October 1, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

How does the "Mayor" get that the Skins are in danger of falling apart from those comments?

Posted by: dcwun | October 1, 2009 12:02 PM

"But if we continue to play like individuals, you'll see this team fall apart and continue to go downhill." -- Big Al

Yeah, I've got no idea either, dcwun. Must be an agenda, or some axe grinding.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 1, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong about Haynesworth -- he really is perfect for this team...talks a big game, says all the right things, and woefully underachieves...

Posted by: mattylight | October 1, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Come on Big Al. Man up, be a leader, and stomp your opponents like they have a blue star on their helmets!

If the Redskins can't have a big game against the Bucs - who managed like 82 yards of total offense last week - their season is over. The Lions have about 30 new players, a new coach, they're not the same 0-16 team. The Bucs are well on their way to a sub-4 win season.

Skins better win by 10+.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | October 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So, she knows which way the wind is blowing.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 1, 2009 12:05 PM

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The Redskins are caught in the doldrums, their sails hang limp in the narrows.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"But with the sun and the water in Florida, there would have been a lot of distractions for me. Instead, I came to Virginia, where it's cold and nasty. Football weather."

Right, Haynie...because there's no chance you could get into trouble with the night life in D.C. or with your sports car on the Beltway at 3 am.

(eye roll)

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I thought the conference call thing was that the opponent's reporters could ask for a specific player, and there was some magical number of times he would have to do the conference call (3? 4?).
My recollection is based on Favre not needing to conference with Green Bay last year, so it's pretty hazy, but if that's the case, I can see why they would want Haynesworth.

Posted by: daggar | October 1, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is about the only Dlineman earning his paycheck. Where is Andre Carter? Our DEs have less sacks than our DTs.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 1, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

What are Alberts' Hanyes worth about as much as a parachute in fabric... sorry for that.

Posted by: Burrasta1 | October 1, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong about Haynesworth -- he really is perfect for this team...talks a big game, says all the right things, and woefully underachieves...

Posted by: mattylight | October 1, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Woefully underachieves?

Get the f out of here with that.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | October 1, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"But if we continue to play like individuals, you'll see this team fall apart and continue to go downhill." -- Big Al

Yeah, I've got no idea either, dcwun. Must be an agenda, or some axe grinding.

Posted by: 4-12 |
Yeah, he also said this too which was most of that paragraph.

"With all this talent, we haven't even scratched the surface. We're really cutting ourselves short and it's kind of ridiculous. If you see this team come together before it's too late, this team could be special.

So when you use one sentence versus the rest of the paragraph, I would say that there is some axe grinding there, albeit a small axe.

Posted by: dcwun | October 1, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth's destiny is the IR.

A major tendon or ligament will snap before season's end, and likely in a nasty, cold weather game.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 1, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is about the only Dlineman earning his paycheck. Where is Andre Carter? Our DEs have less sacks than our DTs.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 1, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Carter and Griffin have both, at times, played really well with Haynesworth. I think it was week 2 that Griffin made a bunch of plays. Another game, Carter was getting a lot of pressure. Thing is, nobody has done it consistently. They'll shine for a bit then disappear the next game. If it all eventually comes together, it could be real special. If not, there will just be more inconsitency and frustration.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree the DE's need to step it up, the linebackers too.

Posted by: Burrasta1 | October 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Defensive line is not the problem. Secondary and the LBs maintaining their assignments and TACLKING in the open field are.

Posted by: psps23 | October 1, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Carter and Griffin have both, at times, played really well with Haynesworth. I think it was week 2 that Griffin made a bunch of plays. Another game, Carter was getting a lot of pressure. Thing is, nobody has done it consistently. They'll shine for a bit then disappear the next game. If it all eventually comes together, it could be real special. If not, there will just be more inconsitency and frustration.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It came together in the first drive of the Pittsburgh preseason game. Man, before that Dhall penalty that Dline looked rediculous. I agree the potential is there.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 1, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This crap about Haynesworth being the next stubby is just becoming too much. Without that dude, how many of those goal line stands would have actually still held up? Also, he is a DT... DT!!! not a DE. His position normally doesn't get 3 sacks a game. If you break down his career high in sacks last year, 8.5, that breaks down to basically 1 sack every other game. One in three really isn't that far off. Also remember that the redskins are the oldest team still in the NFL. They were the oldest team last year as well, so to expect the same people to be another year older and to still play at the top 5 level in the NFL might be asking a bit too much, even with the 100 million dollar man on the roster.

Posted by: PanteraCFH | October 1, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

But with the sun and the water in Florida, there would have been a lot of distractions for me. Instead, I came to Virginia, where it's cold and nasty. Football weather."
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Excellent....But Remember Haynesworth, while you may practice and live in the state named after the bama of the blog (RedDMV), always remember you play your games Landover, MD....

Landova Landovaaaaa.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 1, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

PAskinsfan

"Why all the outrage for a QB that's exceeding expectaions yet no outrage for the #4 ranked defense from a year ago being ranked 15th right now?"

There's more outrage at Campbell as the defense has held things in check for a few years around here.

The offense can't say that.

And the modern NFL is geared towards offensive production, not defensive domination.

Campbell's great production against prevent defenses means nothing as he doesn't have the touchdown passes that would make it important.

You beat people by scoring when you can't stop them from scoring.

And right now, the skins can't score: and that falls on Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 1, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Skins need to put together a near flawless game. its not enough just to beat these guys, they have to beat them soundly.

Yeah its the Bucs, but if they put a number of good drives together and get some pressures on defense...it will go a long way to calming some of the firestorm.

And for god sakes, keep Tom Cruise away from the freaking team.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | October 1, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Us Virginians are very cold & nasty.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 1, 2009 12:05 PM

MAybe y'all should start wearing long johns and wrapping up? Women don't like dudes who are burning.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 1, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Rich Campbell (Free-Lance Star in Fredericksburg) is saying Doughty will replace Horton in the starting lineup.

Not really that big of a deal, but I have to admit Doughty has played well.

Maybe he looks good by comparison...seems like the only guy in our secondary who can tackle.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 1, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"And the modern NFL is geared towards offensive production, not defensive domination."

The Steelers' offensive production was completely mediocre last season, and I dunno, I think they had an a-ight year.

You can win with offense, but you can still win with defense today, too. All that matters is you win.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 1, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Rich Campbell (Free-Lance Star in Fredericksburg) is saying Doughty will replace Horton in the starting lineup.

Not really that big of a deal, but I have to admit Doughty has played well.

Maybe he looks good by comparison...seems like the only guy in our secondary who can tackle.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 1, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse


Anybody looking at the games objectively has to admith that Doughty has played quite well. But it seemed like Horton was playing well, too. Did a good job in pursuit, solid tackles. I don't know if I'm crazy about the move if Doughty does get the start, but whatever. They've both earned time on the field.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 1, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else noticing how much younger this team is than it was 1 year ago.

Marcus replaced by Orakpo
Springs replaced by Hall
R Thomas replaced by Rinehart
Jansen replaced by Heyer
Kendall replaced by Dockery
J Taylor replaced by combo of Daniels + Orakpo
Kelly replaced Thrash

Only Albert and Daniels are older players, but Daniels splits his time with Orakpo and Albert isn't old.

Among other positions where youth has been added, we have 2 young RBs now on the roster, 1 young WR, 1 young DE and 1 young CB

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 1, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Anybody looking at the games objectively ...

Great, so now we all have to watch that shabingus again?

Posted by: daggar | October 1, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 1, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

yod, I think thats a good move, RD has been steady....he's in the back field a lot it seems like...not to mention his ability to wrap guys up, and take them to the ground helps....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 1, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"They've both earned time on the field."

Definitely agree. I've been hoping Moore could find his way onto the field. He seems like he has some "dog" in him, as Doc would say.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | October 1, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

There's more outrage at Campbell as the defense has held things in check for a few years around here.

The offense can't say that.

And the modern NFL is geared towards offensive production, not defensive domination.

Campbell's great production against prevent defenses means nothing as he doesn't have the touchdown passes that would make it important.

You beat people by scoring when you can't stop them from scoring.

And right now, the skins can't score: and that falls on Campbell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 1, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

You might have a point if we didn't dump 4-5 first round picks and a quarter billion dollars in free agency into our defense in the last 5 years. We are supposed to stop teams from scoring. If Campbell is supposed to be so successful then why did we draft him in the first place? He was projected as a mid second rounder. He's not supposed to be that good. We haven't made hardly any improvement on our offensive line in the last 5 years. We have a RB that is close to 2000 carries. Half of our WRs have 1 year of experience or less. Why on earth would our offense be good? We put all of our resources building a defense. The defense should be dominant. You don't dump all your resources into one side of the ball for half a decade and let them off the hook for being mediocre.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 1, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

MAN, YOU GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF WHINY HATERS!!!

You sound like a bunch of Philly fans ready to boo Santa Claus!!

Boo when we Lose! Boo when we Win?!

Who bears responsibility for the state of the Redskins?
-Owner Daniel M. Snyder.
- Vinny Cerrato, executive vice-president of football operations.
-Coach Jim Zorn.
-Quarterback Jason Campbell.
-All of the players.
-THE FANS *(This one gets my vote)

Posted by: filmchis | October 1, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Jenkins column would have more credibility if everything she wrote didn't try to bury the Skins.

Posted by: dcwun | October 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

filmchs blames the fans.

Does anyone doubt that these two enjoy the taste of Dan Snyder's excrement? How much does your master and overlord pay you to troll around these forums and fluff up $nyder? Or is that really your official title at Redskins Park? Official Fluffer of the Washington Redskins?

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 1, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So now Blatche makes a bold move he benches Chris Horton for Reed Doughty are you freaking kidding me?

Why not bench Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels for not generating any sort of pass rush or stopping second tier running backs from gaining 100 yards?

Why not move Orakpo to his natural defensive end position and moving Chrs Wilson to strong side linebacker

Why not advise his corners to get up closer to the line of scrimage?

Maybe Horton wouldn't have gotten that ridiculous pass interference call if we had a freaking pass rush or to the lesser extent a quarterback hurry!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | October 1, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the big man is a bust. No surprise.

Posted by: astrober1 | October 1, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone. Brian Mitchell here trying to connect with the fans. Hoping I got my message out at the beginning of the week about the new conference service I became a part of. If you missed calling in to get some feedback about the team, then don't miss the opportunity to call tomorrow at 12noon (est. time) so that I can answer your questions. We can even get each others take on the upcoming Tampa Bay/Skins game on Sunday!! The call is FREE. Please dial 712-432-8220 with show ID 5154. I look forward to speaking with you. Talk to you tomorrow.

Posted by: brianmitchell | October 1, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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