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Haynesworth's frustration is no surprise

It took longer than I expected for Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to express frustration about his role and blast the coaching staff.

I saw this coming from the moment the Redskins offered Haynesworth $41 million guaranteed to lure him from the Tennessee Titans. With the Titans, Haynesworth had the freedom to break from the confines of the scheme in an attempt to make plays. In the disciplined scheme the Redskins run, interior linemen, for the most part, are supposed to maintain their gap responsibility while occupying blockers in an effort to help linebackers make plays.

That's not Haynesworth's deal and he said as much to me in March when we met over lunch in preparation for an article I planned to write. "I'm no space eater," he said.

"Uh-oh," I thought.

After the embarrassing 45-12 loss to the New York Giants, Haynesworth questioned his role and said the team lacks leadership, among other things. He made it clear 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 with the Titans.

"That's what I did in Tennessee," Haynesworth told reporters in the locker room at FedEx Field early Tuesday morning. "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." He also intimated that he didn't think much of Coach Jim Zorn's leadership skills.

Bottom line, you could have made book on this. There was no way Haynesworth would be happy playing in the system Blache runs because, Blache wants Haynesworth to play within his scheme. The Titans let Albert be Albert, as one of their coaches put it to me, meaning he was free to pursue the ball as he chose.

The Redskins knew that Blache doesn't work well with high-profile, high-priced players who have a reputation - whether deserved or not - for being a prima donna. Did they learn anything from the disaster that was the brief Blache-Jason Taylor union?

Apparently not.

Blache didn't want Taylor, who was miserable playing for Blache. The Redskins released Taylor after the 2008 season because he refused the Redskins' request to change some of the language in his contract after the Redskins, before they traded for him, said they wouldn't ask him to change the language in his contract. (By the way, Taylor has seven sacks and has been credited with three forced fumbles and an interception.)

Blache for weeks has been counting down the days until he can hang the "Gone Hunting" sign on his door and retire to his cabin. But Haynesworth isn't going anywhere. He is due a $21 million roster bonus in March 2010, and the Redskins need him to be in a good frame of mind because of how much they have invested in him.

With Blache hunting and Zorn headed to unemployment, dealing with Haynesworth soon enough will fall on others.

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 1:28 PM ET
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Comments

First to say let Big Al play ... Blache and his vanilla defensive packages are terrible and I hope he doesn't come back next year.

Posted by: DenverdoesDalls | December 24, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

FF Update: Who got shafted on Xmas eve edition

well well well. If you see 4-12 and Stumped feeling a bit, ummmm ticked off, you might assume its because of what happened to them in FF.

Both had wrapped up wins in their respective brackets. Stumped's Copro team with a 2 point win over Zornskins Zornskins team.

4-12 had knocked the East Coast Shaft in a 3 point win.

But who gets the shaft after all?

Turns out the folks who do the scoring realized that a 5 yard TD pass from Warner to Anquan Boldin was actually thrown backwards, so they have redone the stats, including the FF stats. This changes it to a running TD, not a passing TD. A passing TD is worth 4 FF points to the QB.

It has a -4 point impact on Warner owners. That would include Warner owners, and now losers in this past weeks' action, Stumped and 4-12.

Merry Xmas guys

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 24, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins knew that Blache doesn't work well with high-profile, high-priced players who have a reputation."

and we know Blache doesn't like rookies.

Who does he work well with?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | December 24, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Blache is awful. All that BS about how AH had nothing to do with Carter's improvement this year, the lack of top tier production from the defensive line (he arguably has the best defensive line in the NFL), using BO (especially in the begining of the season) and LL wrong on a consistent basis, failing to blitz enough, the cushion corners give to wide receives (even I could catch a 5-10 yard pass with the Redskins' pass coverage), etc... just awful. He turned a high-priced, high-quality defense into a mediocore, vanilla scheme that can easily be read and beaten (as struggling Eli Manning would tell you).

In fact, we probably wouldn't have won the games against Oakland and Denver if their starting QBs hadn't gotten injured.

Go to your cabin and don't come back to Redskins park, unless you're in the audience.

Posted by: DenverdoesDalls | December 24, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins released Taylor after the 2008 season because he refused the Redskins' request to change some of the language in his contract after the Redskins, before they traded for him, said they wouldn't ask him to change the language in his contract."

GEEEZ, not to be too critical, but that was BS. It was ALWAYS about the size of Taylor's contract. He was being paid a ton of money for modest performance and the Skins needed to clear room and save some $$. The parties needed an excuse to sever the deal. Yet, the press just reports the unbelievable story that they are spoon fed. Where journalism has gone?

I mean, Taylor accepted a $7million pay cut to play for Miami. How many husband's think their wife would be OK with that kind of pay cut?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 24, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Today, the Eagles announced that Michael Vick was the 2009 winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, an honor given to a player who shows courage in the face of adversity. Vick's teammates voted for the award, thus demonstrating how tone-deaf and out-of-touch NFL players are with reality.

According to the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation Web site:

Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by their teammates for team effort, as well as individual performance.

The Ed Block Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication. He is also a community role model.

******

Way to stay classy philly ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"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...."

Oh I get it, the Titans weren't winning games big guy, YOU were winning games.

I think subtle things like "I was winning a bunch of games" instead of "we were winning a bunch of games" speaks volumes about what someone's all about.

Haynesworth doesn't seem to be much of a leader himself.

Posted by: snoopylad | December 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

JReid...knock off the negativity! Cartwright calls out Vinny and Haynesworth call out the coaching staff. The only reason why he hasn't written a negative blog about him is because Cartwright is his locker room mole.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 24, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Again, isn't this another example of Dan "bleep for brains" Snyder going after a big name without any regard to how he fits into the system?

Kind of like another Adam Archuletta saga.

At least it seems like in this case there will be a chance to change the system so that it fits AH's playing style.

Oh well, I still say the answer is that Snyder needs to sell the team.

Hopefully I'm wrong and Allen as GM will bring some good news.....

Posted by: CF11555 | December 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"I think subtle things like "I was winning a bunch of games" instead of "we were winning a bunch of games" speaks volumes about what someone's all about.

Haynesworth doesn't seem to be much of a leader himself."

Posted by: snoopylad | December 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I think people put entirely too much emphasis on the minutiae of quotes from people who suddenly get microphones and notepads constantly shoved in their faces by reporters starting at about 22 years of age.

I've heard Haynesworth talk in 'team language' and use 'we' plenty of times this season. So I'm not going to read too much into it when he says "I" where he should have said "we" in a single interview.

Posted by: jcabana | December 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth isn't a space eater the same way Orakpo isn't a stand up linebacker and Landry isn't a Free Safety or Jason Taylor a Run Stopping DE. This just points to an idiot owner and his puppet GM that collected players that didn't fit in with what the D Coordinator who is stubborn and not very flexible wanted to do. So glad when this season and Snyder's "Decade of Dysfunction" comes to an end on 1/03/10.

Posted by: moseley_brian | December 24, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"Blache for weeks has been counting down the days..."

That's because he sucks.

His defensive schemes SUCK and despite that the Redskins defense has shown the ability to compete in this league.

All people are doing is passing into the soft spots in his lame a$$ zone defenses. He moves Big Al to one side and they run on the other...simple. He rarely blitzes, and when they do good things happen.

He made his best pass rusher(Orakpo) a liability by trying to put him in coverage. Dude has 11? sacks by playing the position PART TIME.

All depsite Blache's sorry schemes. He sucks!

Gregg Williams did more with less, and Blache is the other way around.

Please take Landry with you when you go.

A week and a half and the healing begins. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Another example of the "play not to lose" mentality of Zorn/Blache.
Thankfully they'll only be around two more games.

Posted by: bones21 | December 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The most successful coaches in the NFL (like Gibbs, etc.) tailor their schemes to fit the talents of, & bring out the best in, their players. Neither the Z-man nor Blache are inclined to do this. Sorry, but using Orakpo as a stand-up LB is a horrible use of a great pass-rushing talent, as is using AH as a "space-eater," as was the way JT was used last year. All 3 were set up to fail (JC17, too!) Blache et al. have got to go.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 24, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

For Haynesworth to open his mouth about anything is laughable. He has been flat on his back 9 times stopping play; helped off the field 8 times, carried off the field twice; taken a knee 28 times; and in general is "gassed" by the second quarter. Worst signing in NFL history.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | December 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Albert has to realize that he was in good shape when he use to roam around . He is in pathetic shape and hence the name "Fat Albert" . Blache is a good defensive coordinator and you all going to miss him . The new coach should bring Marty's son as the defensive coordinator. The move will allow "Fat King albert" to do what he wants and allow otheras in the defensive to be a powerful force

Posted by: maz3 | December 24, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Albert is right, the scheme should be adjusted to fit the tremendous talent on the d-line. They should be making the plays, not the less-talented linebackers.

Posted by: Jason10 | December 24, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Greg Blache doesn't suck... the only stat that matters is how many points are scored by the opposing team... Most of his games as our defensive coordinator, we held opponents below 17 points.

He is the sole reason the Redskins stayed in close games when the offense had nothing... Agree, he is set in his ways, but if we had a good GM who put players in their proper positions (Orakpo, Landry) he could of succeeded even more.

We all liked when Lavar was crushing people but he almost gave up as many big plays as he made because he just did whatever he wanted... I sure hope Warden Bruce Allen takes over the prisoners again, because last time I checked they weren't the coaches... just listen & shutup, that is their job!

I'm tired of these players taking Dan's money & then acting like their entitled to something... Big Al needs to pick his fat A $ $ off the ground & get back in the huddle, that would be a start.

Posted by: tony325 | December 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Blache is riding Greg Williams coattails.

Its time for Blache the angry A-hole that he is, to hit the bricks.

Posted by: dashriprock | December 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Another in long line of boneheaded signings based on big names instead of whether or not the player works in the system the team runs. I hope with Allen's signing that we get players based on their ability to play within the coach's system instead of how many jerseys they'll sell.

Posted by: stwasm | December 24, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Another in long line of boneheaded signings based on big names instead of whether or not the player works in the system the team runs. I hope with Allen's signing that we get players based on their ability to play within the coach's system instead of how many jerseys they'll sell.

Posted by: stwasm | December 24, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Dear Bruce Allen, Please hire a defensive coordinater that will use the talent on this defense the way it should be used! The current one has no idea what he is doing! Orakpo is a DE and not a LB! Let big Al rush the QB if he wants to! Put Landry in the right position to make plays! Please use the draft to get the right talent for the right positions on this team! We need help on the offensive line! We need to get people in the right position on defense to have a good team! PLEASE HELP!! Thank You!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 24, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Little Danny isn't blowing HIS MONEY on over-paid players that don't fit into the system. He is blowing OUR MONEY.

Why do you think the parking, tickets, beer, food, etc are so damned expensive.

Posted by: jcpublicmedia | December 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Blache is such an overrated DC. This unit has way too much talent to get marched on by the Giants, whose offense is hardly dynamic.

Moving Orakpo to LB has been pure stupidity, as teams constantly force him to cover when he's lined up there. It would have been more prudent to start Blades, the only LB the Skins have who can cover, and allow your front four to be more disruptive than disciplined.

Why Smoot hasn't been tried at Free Safety is beyond me. Other than Horton there isn't one Safety on the roster than can cover an eligible lineman, let alone a TE.

Blache needs to go; Wilbon mentioning him as HC material is more asinine than the genius idea of elevating Robiskie. Wouldn't it make SOME sense to hire someone off Philly or Minnesota's staff? Are our DT's THAT worse than the William's Wall? Is Orakpo/Carter only a level or so under Jared Allen or Trent Cole? How the hell is Quincy Demps such an effective player?

While writing this, I could disillusion myself to having hope if Zorn stayed and we replaced Blache.

Nah.

Posted by: mjsciann1 | December 24, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

blache needs to go now, his schemes are not good most of his DB's cant tackle or cover (I think coaching has alot to do with it.) He is a legend in his own mind. bring in a 4-3 attacking defensive coordinator and if players cant tackle or cover trade or release them. blache defenses also get NO turnovers and stop no one when they rarely have the lead(had the lead in eagles game and eagles had 90+ yard drive to tie and 66yd drive to win game)just one of too many examples. haynesworth is out of shape but he is right about zorn and blache.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 24, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

is it my imagination that taking potshots at a coaching staff with one foot out the door is the height of professional cowardice, even from an oversized tapeworm, wearing burgundy & gold.

show a little class, AH. the numbnut that wanted you is gone. the coaching staff that you cheapshotted is all but gone. odds are, you'll still be here next year, counting your sheckles.

just to the next set of coaches a favor and show up in something that resembles "game shape" & try your best to earn your keep.

Posted by: mdrockjock | December 24, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I must be the only person who is looking at this from both view points...and still saying...sorry, BLACHE is gone, and Haynesworth knows that...when Shannahan, gets in there it's all gone..so unless you can show production you better be ready to suit him, otherwise, this time next year, you'll be gone too..

Posted by: SCPEGLEG | December 24, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

AH is a pathetic player. He's been out of shape all year...is the DIRTIEST player in ALL pro sports and whines about everyone else when he can't even play 3 downs in a row....

Posted by: jacob21703 | December 24, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Every day i read these and everyday i am surprised to find out how little most of the readers know about football. People we are ranked very high in NFL in terms of our Defense. It is the defense that has kept us in most of the games despite the fact that Zman was experimenting with his offense and his trick play and getting on the job training . Before posting we should look at the fact and analyze before criticizing coaches.

Happy holidays.

We are Washington Redskins. go skins beat those Cowgirls.

Posted by: maz3 | December 25, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Nice of this kid Reid to wait until AH demonstrated he wasn't a good fit for this scheme, to announce he knew all along AH wasn't a good fit for this scheme. What a show. lol.

Posted by: themantoyou | December 26, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

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