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Posted at 5:09 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

McNabb, Haynesworth dominate end-of-season news

By Barry Svrluga

Two issues dominated Mike Shanahan's first season as coach of the Washington Redskins:the discontent and eventual suspension of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, and the acquisition and eventual benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb. So it was appropriate that Shanahan's season-ending news conference Monday was dominated by those two story lines.

The upshot, though: There was no real news, and Shanahan revealed little about his plans for either player. Asked if he felt any urgency to resolve either situation, Shanahan said the franchise will come first.

"What we're going to do is do what we think is in the best interest of the organization, still with the thought process in mind that we're dealing with people, at the same time," Shanahan said. "Its a fine line there, relative to the evaluation of what direction were going to go. But we understand both sides of the ledger."

Haynesworth was at Redskins Park Monday for the first time since his Dec. 7 suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Shanahan did not seek him out for a meeting.

"The last time he was in the building, he would not meet with me, Shanahan said. So it is what it is. ... I really didn't think much about it, to be honest with you. I knew he had to come in for a physical. I thought he may stop by; wasn't really sure. He did not."

Shanahan also said he had not yet scheduled a meeting with McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, who blasted the organization --and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in particular--in the days leading up to the Dec. 26 game at Jacksonville. He did say, however, that he wished he had handled McNabb's Oct. 31 benching in Detroit better.

"I wish I would've handled the one in Detroit a little bit differently," Shanahan said. "Should have been a little bit more honest than I was. Sometimes you do things to protect players, and at the same time you are actually hurting them. So I wish I would've handled it differently."

He did not, however, address whether he would have done anything differently with Haynesworth, who upset the coaching staff when he did not attend voluntary offseason workouts and then skipped a mandatory mini-camp.

"Hey, you are what you are," Shanahan said. "Our job is to get better as a football team, as an organization. We will do that."

Shanahan would not speculate about whether McNabb or Haynesworth will be with the Redskins in 2011.

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 5:09 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

movable type is force that can not be over come.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 3, 2011 4:47 PM

That's because you are not refering to it by it's preferred nickname "loseable type."

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

There goes Shanny, covering for himself some more. There's sympathy for McNabb, so Shanny wipes a crocodile tear from his eye. Reid and the Post hate Haynesworth, so Shanny continues his mocking ways.

Hey Shanny, it is up to you now. Next season, if the team does badly, it is on you.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 3, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I like to see Shanny admitting mistakes in the McScabb situation.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 3, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Didn't benching McNabb turn next years 3rd to the Eagles into a 4th?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | January 3, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Neither guy is here in 2011.

Everyone knows it. We'll get a pittance for Albert because his contract is modest and we might as well release Donovan because that bridge is burned and no one will want the contract that comes with a trade.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"I wish I would've handled the one in Detroit a little bit differently," Shanahan said. "Should have been a little bit more honest than I was.

Wow, that's a first. He actually took ownership of something. Way to go Shanny. I didn't know you had it in you....

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Neither guy is here in 2011.

Everyone knows it. We'll get a pittance for Albert because his contract is modest and we might as well release Donovan because that bridge is burned and no one will want the contract that comes with a trade.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 5:31 PM |

Sure they will because they will want him before the offseason starts if they are going to get him. The Skins can hold him for as long as they want up to the first game, and the cut him.

I'm not saying we can get much but we can get a pick.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 3, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

He did not, however, address whether he would have done anything differently with Haynesworth,

You can feel the deep dislike that Sahnny and AH have for each other. Has there ever been deeper player/coach hatred(dislike) than these two in Burgundy and Gold?

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

He did not, however, address whether he would have done anything differently with Haynesworth,

You can feel the deep dislike that Sahnny and AH have for each other. Has there ever been deeper player/coach hatred(dislike) than these two in Burgundy and Gold?

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 5:41 PM |

The only thing he should have done differently with AH was trade him before the season for whatever he could get.

AH deserved the other treatment because he is a lazy fat piece of sh-t.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 3, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Sure they will because they will want him before the offseason starts if they are going to get him. The Skins can hold him for as long as they want up to the first game, and the cut him.

I'm not saying we can get much but we can get a pick.

Posted by: Flounder21

Shanahan gains nothing by keeping Donovan around. No one wants to pay $15mil to a guy who is coming off a 77 QB rating. Heck, we basically gave away Campbell with an 85 rating and a contract that was over $10million per year less!!

If you trade for Donovan, you're stuck with that contract -- and no GM wants that.

Donovan wants to go free and Shanny and Donovan's agent will find a way to make that happen.

If Shanny plays nasty with McNabb, he'll get nothing extra but all the agents will advise clients to stay away from DC. Its lose-lose.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 5:31 PM

Agreed on the contract situation. Some have said the Skins snookered McNabb and his agent but really the Skins snookered themselves. At the time, it made sense for McNabb to sign the deal. He and his agent looked at the QB situation and thought no way he's not back next year to get that guaranteed $12M. Now the team has made him out to be a bum who can't learn and offense. How can they expect to get anywhere close to good value, especially with that contract in tow. And if they wait until just before the first game of the season to release a respected player like him and leave him little or no opportunity to play elsewhere, there's going to be a backlash.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 3, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I feel like a broken record saying this, but we have 2 QBs on our payroll and Grossman isn't one of them.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | January 3, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

anybody notice kyle and chris cooley on the sideline yesterday?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | January 3, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

anybody notice kyle and chris cooley on the sideline yesterday?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | January 3, 2011

I was thinking the same thing. I wonder what that was about?

Posted by: dcwun | January 3, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

If Shanny plays nasty with McNabb, he'll get nothing extra but all the agents will advise clients to stay away from DC. Its lose-lose.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 5:46 PM

Mcnabb would also have to pass through waivers if released so if a team really wants him they will trade something for him.

Players in the NFL care about whats best for them not another player, no FA that we would want will care what the team does with Mcnabb.

They see 52 other players who are fine with Shanny.

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 3, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Flounder21 | January 3, 2011 5:58 PM

Nobody would agree to a similar contract structure with the Skins ever again.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 3, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

If we're going to keep Shanacan't, why don't we keep Haynesworthless too. Both of them have been "detrimental to the team." How can this team get any more detrimental?

Posted by: sameolddoc | January 3, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Shanny hates Fat Al. Wouldn't you?? Shanny tells him not to cash the 21 mill check in April and they'll trade him. Fat Al cashes it, then doesn't want to play. He's a typical.......dumber than a box of hammers. Nabb is a great guy who just couldn't pick up the offense, and can't get by on his legs anymore. They both have to go....

Posted by: Riggo2 | January 3, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

would any of you handled AH differently? Probaly not, if you had any balls. AH was a complete d-bag to to everyone at redskins park, directly and indirectly from the moment Haslett was hired. actually he was a disrespectful dbag diva the year before also. I dont have a problem with shannys way of laying his foundation. it is meant to get the best and weed out the rest. He does not give a sh!t whether you or any reporter likes it or not. Hail to Shanny!!!. we all saw what a tree hugging, stay medium, air head did for our team the last 2 years. And EVERYBODY was crying for zorns head, now we have the opposite thats producing results, and you want change again????!!!! WTF?

Posted by: SkinEm1 | January 3, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

They coddle Haynesworth, one of the most classless acts around, for the majority of the season; yet they treat McNabb, one of the classiest players in the league like crap. I have been a Skins fan literally for 40 years....when they went with Grossman I almost called it quits on the Redskins and tossed all my skins collection. I may still. How about they cut Rexy, keep McNabb and give him an offensive line and perhaps V Jackson.

Posted by: sheffx | January 3, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

They coddle Haynesworth, one of the most classless acts around, for the majority of the season; yet they treat McNabb, one of the classiest players in the league like crap. I have been a Skins fan literally for 40 years....when they went with Grossman I almost called it quits on the Redskins and tossed all my skins collection. I may still. How about they cut Rexy, keep McNabb and give him an offensive line and perhaps V Jackson.

Posted by: sheffx | January 3, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

They coddle Haynesworth, one of the most classless acts around, for the majority of the season; yet they treat McNabb, one of the classiest players in the league like crap. I have been a Skins fan literally for 40 years....when they went with Grossman I almost called it quits on the Redskins and tossed all my skins collection. I may still. How about they cut Rexy, keep McNabb and give him an offensive line and perhaps V Jackson.

Posted by: sheffx | January 3, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

The franchise comes first? Shanahan's ego and his son comes first, no doubt about it.

Posted by: deshackleford | January 3, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Problem #1 is having your son on your coaching staff. If Kyle were such a "fantastic" o/c, Kubiak would have jumped through hoops to keep him in Houston, right?
Problem #2 is the fact that Shanny has absolutely NO leverage in the McNabb situation. Granted, Donovan isn't even in the top fifteen of NFL QBs, he's still looked upon as one of the more classier athletes in all of sports. Was he treated as such by Mike & Kyle. What the Skins should have done was hold onto Colt McCoy, spend last year and this one developing him, then think about bringing on a veteran QB if things didn't pan out. But the way the Skins went about it was azz-backwards -- it sets the team back at least another two years, and coming off three NFC toilet bowl finishes, that's two years they can't afford! I've been a Skins fan since 1973, the days of Sonny Jurgenson and Billy Kilmer and Larry Brown and George Allen -- I have never seen things this bad.

Posted by: Carl007 | January 4, 2011 5:06 AM | Report abuse

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