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Haynesworth: 'It ain't too late'

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth sat out the Redskins' 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday because of an ankle injury, and he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

On Friday, Coach Jim Zorn said Haynesworth's status would be a game-time decision, just as it was a week ago. At this point, however, does it really matter if Haynesworth or any of the Redskins' other top veterans play in the final six games?

The Redskins are 3-7 and last in the NFC East. Top running back Clinton Portis has been ruled out of at least another two games because of lingering affects from a concussion, No. 2 back Ladell Betts suffered a season-ending knee injury in the loss to the Cowboys and Zorn is not expected to return in 2010.

It appears inevitable Washington will miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the 11 seasons since Daniel Snyder purchased the team. So what's left to play for?

"A lot," Haynesworth said. "Of course, it can get better. It ain't too late. We're still trying to find an identity. You know? You look at the last 10 quarters the offense ... I thought the offense played all right [against Dallas]. They're playing against a great defense, and we need to score and everything like that, but we moved the ball on 'em. We know we can move the ball on anybody.

"Just like we did on Denver. We moved the ball on Denver and they've got a great defense. So that should give us confidence to keep going and keep fighting. That should help us to just keep building on every week. You see guys are playing hard and fighting, which is what you want to see. We just have to hold our heads up and remember we've still got a lot we can do."

By Jason Reid  |  November 28, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
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Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

They get paid to play so that is reason enough.

Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

It should read, "lingering effects," not "lingering affects." Ugh - please learn to write properly.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | November 28, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth: 'It ain't too late'"


When did Albert suffer the head injury?

Posted by: TheCork | November 28, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Haynesworth: 'It ain't too late'"

When did Albert suffer the head injury?

Posted by: TheCork | November 28, 2009 12:36 PM

Clinton Portis 'splained it to him.

Posted by: League-Source | November 28, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Russell Okung VS. Trent Williams if you guys are bored.

CJ Spiller is on ESPN.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 28, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

pass the syrup,mr buttersworth speaks!

Posted by: DLESMonday | November 28, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

So our record in between our last Superbowl appearance and when Synder took over the team was 45-66.

Hmmm.. I wonder who some of you "monkey see-monkey do" media rhetoric/dan synder hating mofos blame for that period of mediocrity?

*chuckle*

Some of the bloggers here are like those numbnuts who actually believe voting makes a difference or whateves; your minds are already made up and even worse, like a drug you're unwilling to kick the habit.

Let's face it, if you voted for Bush over Gore, your mind was made up; Gore was the choice.

if you voted for Kerry over Bush, your mind was made up; Bush was the choice.

It's a fuccing joke. No one listens to campaigns anymore, the (R)s vote (R) and the (D)s vote D.

But I digress.

Mofos incessantly blame Snyder for Carlos getting burned on double moves or Randy Thomas and Chris Samuels getting injured or Jason Campbell throwing INTs or jus pick whatever else you wanna pin on the owner for what happens on the FIELD.

So like I said:

WHO IS TO BLAME FOR OUR MEDIOCRITY WHEN SNYDER WAS NOT IN OFFICE??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I'll continue preaching that to be successful in the NFL, you must first find a QB who consistently plays well! PEriod.

Here's a short-list of other franchises who were wallowing in mediocrity b4 finding a good QB who made their team a playoff contender:

Indy
New Orleans
San Diego
New England
Dallas
Arizona

Owners own.

Coaches coach.

Players play.

every superbowl winning QB in the past 5..no, 10..no, 15.. no, 20 years has a pro-bowl appearance on his resume.

DAMN the media for making the players salary known to the public. What do you make Mike Wise? Jason Reid? How much does Barry S make to tell us Suisham is 12-12?

Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I got Ole Miss McCluster on satellite..He's kinda short so maybe he drops out of the first round for the pickins..Spiller scored on the opening kickoff..When is ESPN gonna go interactive ? I'd love to be able to click on "Standings" to see how far down in the basement the Redskins, Wizards and Nationals are..

Posted by: frak | November 28, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Russell Okung VS. Trent Williams if you guys are bored.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 28, 2009 1:03 PM

Okung is going to be a very nice player. I wish he needs to stay on his blocks a little longer, it seems his man is always falling back into the play.

I posted this on Trent Williams earlier:

KC Joyner's review of Trent Williams (OT, OKA)prospect as a pro LT. Not very good.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4662630

He seems more of a RT prospect and therefore not a top 10 value.

Posted by: TWISI | November 28, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Every single one of those teams invested heavily in their offensive lines before taking their QB or shortly after.

Most of those QBs that won the super bowl made the pro bowl the same year or a year or two after they won the super bowl. Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Big Ben all played their first super bowls before their first pro bowls.

Draft offensive line first.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 28, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I posted this on Trent Williams earlier:

KC Joyner's review of Trent Williams (OT, OKA)prospect as a pro LT. Not very good.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4662630

He seems more of a RT prospect and therefore not a top 10 value.

Posted by: TWISI | November 28, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I've been using this site to see who to watch and they've got him listed as the 5th best tackle.

http://walterfootball.com/draft2010OT.php

I watched Trent get beat up during the Texas game. I'm in agreement that he is a right tackle prospect at this point. I'm hoping for both Okung and Williams. Another guy that could be good on the right side is Anthony Davis from Rutgers.

As far as left tackles are concerned I'd say Okung or Bulaga are the only 2 worth a top 10 pick. I haven't seen Bruce Campbell play yet so I don't know if I'd use a top 10 on him.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 28, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Former University of Memphis running back Larry Porter will be named the Tigers head football coach, sources told The Commercial Appeal today.

Porter, currently LSU's assistant head coach, could be introduced at a press conference Sunday.

Porter and Washington Redskins assistant Jerry Gray were the finalists to replace Tommy West, who was fired Nov. 9 but remained to finish out a season that ended Friday with a 33-30 overtime loss to Tulsa.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/nov/28/larry-porter-be-named-u-m-football-coach/

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

For those who wanted to see Gray the new HC, that option seems to still be open.

=======================

Gray won't be Memphis' next coach

By Joe Schad


Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray will not be the next coach at Memphis, despite having been considered a favorite for the job.

"One day it will be the right situtation," Gray said Saturday.

Multiple sources said at the end of last week that Gray was expected to be named head coach once the Memphis' season was over.

Memphis (2-10, 1-7 Conference USA) fired former coach Tommy West on Nov. 9. LSU running backs coach Larry Porter, a Memphis alum, was also considered a leading candidate for the job.

Memphis is planning to name its head coach this week.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4695641

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Former University of Memphis running back Larry Porter will be named the Tigers head football coach, sources told The Commercial Appeal today.

Porter, currently LSU's assistant head coach, could be introduced at a press conference Sunday.

Porter and Washington Redskins assistant Jerry Gray were the finalists to replace Tommy West, who was fired Nov. 9 but remained to finish out a season that ended Friday with a 33-30 overtime loss to Tulsa.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/nov/28/larry-porter-be-named-u-m-football-coach/

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 1:54 PM

That's too bad for Jerry. He'll get his chance soon I'm sure. Look at Zorn.

Posted by: TWISI | November 28, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

PAskinsfan17 from the looks of things, if Okung is gone, it'll be best if the skins can trade down and pick up a pick or two. If that doesn't happen, I'm not sure what will be the direction they should go.

Posted by: TWISI | November 28, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 28, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Vicc; What do all these QB's you named have in common? let me splain it to you bro, solid o-line play, consistent offensive game plans, same o coordinators, wide receivers, that have a clue along with a head coach who was chosen with a long term franchise agenda(like getting to the playoffs on a consistent basis) stop blaming Jason for the stupidity of the front office(Danny and the Dummy)Jason is a class act too classy for some of you know-it-alls and that piece of sh#t owner and his ass whipe of a GM.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 28, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Vicc:

Thanks for questioning the answers; it gives us a chance to remind everybody of the facts.

You say "Owners own." Well, this owner GMs through a puppet parasite with muppet eyes. Sure, if all he did was "own" he'd be a jerk, but not a jerk who affected anything on the field. GM's the guy who puts the entire team together. You don't think that affects anything on the field?

On another of your points, the reason not criticize Snyder for a decade of mediocrity is because it was preceded by a decade of mediocrity? That's reaching, man. I guess we should just shut up, pay for merch, and enjoy the mediocrity, then.

As to the QB question:
You say
"Here's a short-list of other franchises who were wallowing in mediocrity b4 finding a good QB who made their team a playoff contender:

Indy
New Orleans
San Diego
New England
Dallas
Arizona"

Um, isn't the GM the person who decides which QB to take? And what do all these teams have in common? Great GMs. Except Arizona, who simply lucked into a resurgent Kurt Warner. And which one of these teams is NOT like the others? Dallas, who hasn't won a playoff game in more than a decade. Quick, which team has an owner for a GM? That's right! Good guess! Dallas. For the lightning round... what two other teams have owners calling the shots? BING BING BING! Washington and the Raiders. Great company to be in.

Oh, and the Skins won three Super Bowls behind three different QBs, none of whom were in the top-7 QBs in the league during their time, but all of whom had the Hogs to block for them.

So at the end of the day, it's Snyder's fault. As you point out, he owns this situation.

Posted by: minorthread | November 28, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

It ain't too late for what? The double teams have affected big Al's thought process.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | November 28, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

i don't necessarily blame snyder for the entire mess in washington. i do however feel that snyder has overly involved himself in the day to day decisions that keep the team from being a dynasty. his first mistake is keeping cerrato on the payroll and most of us if not all can agree that allowing cerrato to continue to make personnel decisions is detrimental to the team. secondly, snyder has a way of befriending players such as portis and this is bad indeed. now, if portis doesn't feel like practicing, not even the coach can make him..."dan said i don't have to practice if i don't wanna". owners own and that's a very true statement but owners don't coach which means owners need to step the fuqq back. as for jason campbell, there shouldn't be any comparison to qb's from Indy, New Orleans, San Diego, New England, Dallas or Arizona. campbell's first season as a starter he went 9-7, brees went 10-6 as a starter for the saints his first season, rivers went 4-12 his first season, brady went 11-5 his first season as a full starter, manning went 3-13 as a starter romo went 13-3 as a starter and warner went 9-7 his first full season as a starter. finding a qb to lead the team means building the offense around the qb and it all starts with the offensive line. cerrato hasn't done a good job of this. he hasn't given campbell a reason to believe that he really is the qb of the future by putting the right pieces in place. campbell also hasn't had the luxury of having a consistent offensive system to build familiarity. the wco takes 2-3 years to completely comprehend. cerrato should've never hired zorn knowing that he runs a wc system that didn't mesh well even when schottenheimer implemented it. the qb's from the other teams listed have played under the same or similar variation of an offensive system that allows them to stay consistent. if there should be any comparison, it should be from each coach we've had for the past 10 seasons instead comparing our team to other teams.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | November 28, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

So like I said:

WHO IS TO BLAME FOR OUR MEDIOCRITY WHEN SNYDER WAS NOT IN OFFICE??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: Vicc | November 28, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Fair question. During the six years that Jack Cooke or his estate owned the team after Gibbs left at the end of 1992, Charlie Casserly was the GM of the Redskins. After a very bad season in 1993 with Ritchie Pettibon as head coach, Norv Turner was hired from Dallas and most of the great veterans from the Super Bowl team were traded or released. 1994 and 1995 were purely rebuilding years. The clubs mediocre/lousy 1996-98 record was different however. The Redskins should have been competitive by then but they really weren't. Some folks blamed Casserly for bad personnel decisions; some blamed Norv for failing to motivate players. By 1999, when Snyder got control of the team, the Redskins were actually good and won the NFC East. Snyder fired Casserly, which was a reasonable move given the poor performance during 1996-1998 (although Casserly is the guy who drafted Champ, Jansen, Samuels and Arrington, giving the Redskins a chance to return to glory). The main problem when Snyder fired Casserly was HE DIDN'T REPLACE HIM. HE STILL HASN"T REPLACED HIM. The other problem was Snyder went into the locker room after a loss to the Cowboys in 2000 and berated Norv Turner in front of the players, fatally undermining the team's confidence in the coach. With the exception of one year under Marty, the people in charge of personnel for the Redskins have been far, far worse than when Casserly was in charge -- there has been no rebuilding and no NFC East title -- and the mediocrity has been far more mediocre and has cost more as a result. the people in charge have been Snyder and Vinny, with Gibbs participating from 2004 through 2007.

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 29, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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