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Haynesworth sounds off

Albert Haynesworth spoke with Jason Reid late yesterday afternoon about being sent home from practice because he was late.

He shared his frustration about that and with the bigger issue of how he is being used, elaborating on comments he made early Tuesday morning after the Redskins' loss to the Giants:

"If they keep this system the way it is, then they would label Albert Haynesworth a bust who didn't live up to the contract," Haynesworth said. "Everybody would say he just took the money and ran off. And I'm still playing as hard as I possibly can. But you can only do so much within the system that's put around you. And I'm not talking about the players. The players have been great. I couldn't ask for any better guys. I'm talking about the system. And [the coaches] can say whatever they want about that [the reason he was sent home Friday]. The main thing it's coming from is what I said after the game about leadership and about the team."

In 14 games with the Titans in 2008, Reid and Dan Steinberg write, Haynesworth had a personal-best 8.5 sacks, was credited with 51 tackles, including 41 unassisted, and had three forced fumbles. An ankle injury has sidelined Haynesworth in three of Washington's last five games. He has 35 tackles, including 29 unassisted, four sacks and no forced fumbles in 11 games.

"You brought me here to make us better and to create the havoc that I create. But you're not letting me do the things that we did" in Tennessee, Haynesworth said.

By Cindy Boren  |  December 26, 2009; 8:23 AM ET
 
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Comments

"Nobody that posts here knows anything about football...."

Obviously, the guy who posted this is not qualified to discredit our lack of qualifications.

He doesn't get that bloggas and free speech go together like green eggs and ham.

He won't read our posts in the rain or on a train, or in a box, not even with a fox.

He thinks facts and evidence are the things that make this blog work when b.s. and hyperbole are its obvious fuels.

He doesn't know that the best opinions are grounded in ignorance--at least that's what my racist and homophobic friends say.

So who needs to know a lot about football to talk about football?

I don't.

I know a whole lot about nothing.

Which is why I have so much to say.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 26, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm on Haynesworth side. These coaches SUCK...sign Shawne Merriman next year and switch to the 3-4...

Posted by: ATLredskin | December 26, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth sounds off"

"Albert Haynesworth spoke with Jason Reid late yesterday afternoon...He shared his frustration about....the bigger issue of how he is being used..."


Define 'used'.

Dude will earn $48 million for playing a game.

How is that being used?

Had he not gotten in a fight with B Jacobs, the team not 4-9, and the front office not in flux, would he feel like he was being 'used'?

He signed a contract, came to the team willingly, but must not have had his people research the redskins' penchant for going after guys who don't fit their scheme.

Albert Haynesworth, meet Jason Taylor: you both now share the dubious redskin history of being brought in to save a defense that didn't need a savior.

And unless a new defensive coordinator comes to town, Prince Al will contine to beef about how he is 'used'.

Albert Haynesworth, you should not be a redskin.

Admit it, homie.

You took the money and couldn't run that far as you ran out of breath.

So take your 48 million sheets of tissue paper and go somewhere wipe your azz.

And cry 'til you eyes are titan blue.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 26, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Blatche stinks! Even though he has had top 10 D's he has still underachieved by missusing the talent that he's had. Stop trying to fit the square pegs into the round holes! Happy trails! Can you imagine if the lat J. Johnson had this kind of roster? They would be #1 every year. Play to the stregnth of what you have!

Posted by: papashake | December 26, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Blatche stinks! Even though he has had top 10 D's he has still underachieved by missusing the talent that he's had. Stop trying to fit the square pegs into the round holes! Happy trails! Can you imagine if the late J. Johnson had this kind of roster? They would be #1 every year. Play to the stregnth of what you have!

Posted by: papashake | December 26, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a guy who can't even stay in the game on the first drive (on Monday night v a division opponent no less) wants to be cut loose to rush the passer? How long does he think he can last playing that way?

Im no fan of blatch, but when 92 comes into camp in shape and can play a full game without yacking, I'll listen to what he has to say.

And "only" late twice? Sorry bro, but with big contractscome big responsibilities. Like showing up on time all the time. You are expected to be a leader, like it or not. How about showing up an hour early to set an example?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 26, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey, try showing up to work on time then you can mouth off about your coaches.

What a disaster this load turned out to be...

The legacy of VC will live on for years.

Posted by: gdennie | December 26, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

As between Haynesworth and Blache, I'd rather see Haynesworth here next year. But this stunt -- coming in late, getting sent to his room, and whining to Steinbergbog -- is disappointing. One more distraction for a team that has way too many of them and, for what?

In the middle of the week he was whining about "a lack of leadership" on the team. At the end of the week (what used to be known as Dallas week) he's pouting and sulking and showing that despite being the highest paid guy on the team, he's not going to supply any leadership.

Haynesworth, be a man, now. Apologize to your teammates, coaches, and fans. You're pitiful.

Posted by: League-Source | December 26, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"Everybody would say he just took the money and ran off. And I'm still playing as hard as I possibly can. But you can only do so much within the system that's put around you. And I'm not talking about the players. The players have been great. I couldn't ask for any better guys. I'm talking about the system.

I couldn't agree more with big Al. I will be happy when Blach is gone.

Posted by: jm220 | December 26, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Bring back Pettibone!

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 26, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Can this season get any messier and shameful?

Well, if we lose (badly) to the Cowboys the answer is yes.

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 26, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

lisa

"Can this season get any messier and shameful? Well, if we lose (badly) to the Cowboys the answer is yes."


You have to hope the redskin team will be awake Sunday nite.

Again, a national television audience and division game in December should bring out the best from the redskin roster.

But we did say 'should'.....

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 26, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Same song, 99th verse. Bring in Haynesworth and give him millions to continue to create havoc in the backfield, then turn him into a line clogging stump. Bring in Jason Taylor, a premier havoc creator in the backfield and make him an ineffective stand-up linebacker. Bring in Orakpo, a rookie passer rushing terror, put him out of position and make him learn it. Bring in Campbell, a downfield passer with a cannon for an arm and make him a dink and dunker. Bring in Brandon Lloyd and don't throw him a pass. The list goes on and on and on.

I'm not suggesting that Redskin coaches aren't capabable, the stats indicate otherwise in most cases, but they sure as hell refuse to develop and use the talents of some special players out of fear that they and their system will be passed by, that good players make a good team rather than their coaches. Why would anyone in their right mind force Haynesworth to become nothing more than an unmovable big peace of meat?

Allen, you had better get this dysfuntional group out of there.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | December 26, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Blatche or no Blatche, Big Al is getting a very large paycheck to play football, so I would prefer that he simply follow the instructions of his coach and STFU. You don't like the system? Fine, but you don't get to make the rules.

I thought that the team played nearly as well without Haynesworth and Hall and now that things are not all rosy it is easy for him to revert back to his real personality and mouth off like a punk.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | December 26, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"The legacy of VC will live on for years."


There are two sides to the VC legacy.

Fred Davis, Devin Thomas, Brian Orakpo: good side.

Albert Haynesworth, Mike Williams, poor offensive line, slow backfield: bad side.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 26, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Typical Redskins coaching. Get players and don't use them to their strengths. Look at Landry playing FS, Orakpo at LB, and Campbell running the WCO. I hope all the coaches are gone this offseason.

Posted by: prc805 | December 26, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is a big fat diva for sure, but these coaches are paid to put players in a position to win. Of course, this all starts with Snyderatto screwing things with these pricey FA's. It would be a novel idea to actually get players that the coaches wanted to work with also. But that aside I think old leather helmet Blatche needs to go back to the prarie and hunt!

Posted by: papashake | December 26, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Get in shape you fat pig. You have dropped like a bag of crap in almost every game. I am tired of these Snyder guys running their mouth and not performing. Collapsing on the field and puking because you are out of gas is Albert Haynesworth. Grow up.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | December 26, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

"Blatche or no Blatche, Big Al is getting a very large paycheck to play football..."

True.

But you're strapping who many coaches have said is the BEST DT in the league by not letting him do what he does best.

Blatche will not take any imput from anyone because his EGO is so large.

Laron Landry....useless but he keeps him in there. Why? He sucks. When he was healthy, Horton IMHO was WAY better better then Landry but who did he bench? Horton. Why?

Carlos Rogers. Okay, he's got bricks for hands but he can tackle and he can cover. He gets benched. Why?

All you have to do in Blache's defense is sit down in the holes in the zone coverage. That's all the Giants did the other night. Wasn't too hard to game plan.

Blache sucks and despite his play calling this defense is a top 10 defense. Gregg Williams NEVER had the talent that Blache does right now, but the players LOVED playing for him. Why? He got the most out of them.

If you have someone like Big Al on your defense and even Orakpo(who has 11? sacks as a part time DE despite being played out of position in coverage) then you line them up and say "Go get the QB!"

If you have talent like that and you're not doing that then it's a waste. You can't use your best players like that.

Blache's defense relies on the LB's to make plays. I love London Fletcher, but com'on Big AL and Orakpo should be allowed to disrupt the o-line, and let Fletcher cover the middle and soak up tackles IFFF the RB's get beyond the d-line.

Basically they are telling him to stand there and occupy space. Lame.

Al is right, the Redskins are wasting him. This really makes you wonder if he's been hurt or coaches are just holding him out.

Blache is an idiot. Thank God he'll be gone in another week along with that moron Zorn.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 26, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/bal-md.arrington26dec26,0,3585261.story

Lavars restaurant was a huge failure, maybe he didn't read his lease like he didn't read his contract before he signed it.

Posted by: drewkinnear | December 26, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Big Al is absolutely correct! He is not beng used in the correct way. Teams fear him for a reason. Or at least they used to. Look at game 1 vs. the Giants this year. They refused to run to his side. And the 2 times they tried to run it at him on the goal line Jacobs got smashed! Teams aren't afraid to do that now because his hands are tied! Imagine Big Al rushing the QB frequently with Brian O-SACK-PO coming right behind him or from beside him...TOTAL CHAOS for the other team! I can't wait until this coaching staff is gone...

Posted by: BigBizE | December 26, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Greg Blatche is a joke of a coach, just like all our defensive coaches. He is the most overrated coach in the league. With our talent, we should be beating teams with defense alone, but our coaches are little wimps when it comes to coaching. Gregg Williams would be dominating with our defensive lineup.

I really hope Blatche is fired on January 4. He sucks.

Posted by: Section104 | December 26, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they're not using Haynesworth the "right way" because they can't count on him on being on the field all the time.

Doesn't make sense to build your defense around players that can't play fulltime.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 26, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

If the redskins have any kahunas, they would suspend Haynesworth the rest of the way for insubordination. Last I checked this isn't the Albert Haynesworth Redskins, it's the Washington Redskins.

Posted by: Joe82 | December 26, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Blatche can follow Zorn right out the door.

Posted by: ridgely1 | December 26, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

whole new coaching staff here please, Bruce?

then maybe our star players can make plays the way they are supposed to. imagine how many sacks BO98 would have by now if he wasn't being square pegged into LB in coverage every other down.

Blache and Gray Zorn and the Shermans and all those knuckleheads can hit the road.

Posted by: greatteamdan | December 26, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Blache has got to go. Never made a real impact in Chicago, and had Gregg Williams except the last 2 years. What kind of man refuses to talk to the press? If he can't man up about talking to the press and make his butt available to the tv shows, then he can't man up about anything. Bruce Allen, bring your broom to work.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 26, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

In Blanchs system,know one is alowed to be a star. Big AL should be alowed to go crazy Sunday night,maybe stomp on Blanchs head for starters. This man has had more talent on defence this year then we have had on this team for 10 years. And what has he done with it,NOTHING!!!
The Redskins better go out there Sunday night and play like most of them have a pair. BEAT THE EVERLOVING DOG $#*# OUT OF THOSE COWJOKES. HAIL!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: gregblanchsucks | December 26, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Blache has essentially destroyed the defensive system that existed with Williams as D-Coordinator. He's now been given a couple of stud D-Lineman to rush the passer and continues to play a passive style. A decent defensive coordinator would have gotten a lot more out of this group. He's misused Landry, Orakpo, and Haynesworth throughout the season.

I don't blame Haynesworth for expressing his frustration with the way he's been used. This was not what Snyderrato sold him on to come to Washington. The fact that he's saying he'll be a bust if he continues to play in this system says all we need to know about Blache's schemes.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 26, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Last I checked this isn't the Albert Haynesworth Redskins, it's the Washington Redskins."

Last I checked the Redskins were 4 and 10 and had just been embarrassed so badly on MNF that it is the talk of the sports world.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | December 26, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor took a 7$ million pay cut to get away from Blache. Sounds like Haynesworth would be glad to give back $35 million or so to get away from Blache too. One guy that loves Blache is Phillip Daniels - cause Daniels would have been out of football years ago but for Blache.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 26, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, try showing up to work on time then you can mouth off about your coaches.

What a disaster this load turned out to be...

The legacy of VC will live on for years.

Posted by: gdennie | December 26, 2009 9:06 AM

Geez none of us saw this coming! By the way it's DS not VC.

Posted by: Pepper5 | December 26, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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