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Redskins Have Every Right Not to be Happy with Haynesworth

albert-haynesworth-redskinsIt seems like everything I hear about Washington Redskins‘ defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth just makes me more and more mad. First, he didn’t want to show up for voluntary mini-camp. Then he was ignoring the woman who may be carrying his child. Now Mr. Haynesworth isn’t showing up for mandatory mini-camp and let’s just say his teammates aren’t happy about it.

We are in the month of June and the regular season is just three months away. This is the time that Haynesworth needs to be with his teammates to learn the new defensive structure that the rest of his teammates are learning. I can’t believe how immature he is being about all of this. He doesn’t like the way the defense is going to be run, so he’s just not going to be a part of the team? It’s absolutely ridiculous. I think his “teammate” (I’ll use that term loosely), linebacker London Fletcher, described the situation perfectly:

“Albert made a very selfish decision.  When you decide to play a team sport, you have to look at it and think about everybody involved in the situation. This is not golf, tennis, things like that, where it’s an all-about-you sport. What he’s decided to do is make a decision based on all-about-him.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Haynesworth has proven that he is not a team player and will probably be a cancer to any team he goes. I think the best thing that Washington can do is just release him and let him be another team’s problem. They obviously have other guys on that team who are devoted to each other and to learning their new scheme. And since Haynesworth isn’t, it’s time to say goodbye.

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Redskins Players Call Out Haynesworth [ESPN]

Could Haynesworth Decide to Play Dirty?

The Albert Haynesworth situation has gotten very, very ugly.  The first day of the Washington Redskins mandatory minicamp was Wednesday and Haynesworth was, as expected, a no-show.  The contract he signed with Washington in 2009 made him the NFL’s first $100 million man and included a $21 million bonus that was given to the defensive tackle on April 1st.  Now that Haynesworth has quickly shown he is the anti-team player and is missing mandatory camp, the Redskins are attempting to recover that money.

When Haynesworth came to the Redskins it appeared he would be an enormous boost to their defense.  Somewhere over the course of the year last season, he became frustrated with the way the team was using him.  His discontent grew stronger when Mike Shanahan was hired as the team’s head coach and he found out he would be used more in a 3-4 defense in 2010, chewing up blockers and acting as more of a nose tackle than a play maker.  Apparently a contract worth $100 million means nothing if he can’t have the spotlight and now Haynesworth wants out.

Pro Football Talk has raised an interesting question regarding how far Haynesworth will be willing to go to sabotage his current team and force his way out of town.  When the Redskins signed Haynesworth — very early on the first day of free agency — he spoke about having met with the team for a long time and being convinced he was the perfect fit for the organization.  The timing seemed fishy and it seemed likely that the team had met with the defensive tackle before free agency officially got underway.  As a result, the Titans cried tampering and asked the NFL to look into the matter, but nothing ever came of it.

Now, Haynesworth is claiming the Redskins promised him certain things before he signed his contract and that they aren’t living up to their end of the bargain.  Is it unimaginable that he would come out and admit — likely in a subtle manner — that he had these discussions with the organization before free agency officially began?  It’s an interesting point to raise, and we’ll just have to wait to find out if he’d go that far.

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Haynesworth’s power play could include blowing the whistle on tampering [Pro Football Talk]
Sources: Team pursues bonus return [ESPN]

How Do You Feel About 18 NFL Games?

Not too good, according to Ray Lewis and Tom Brady.

The possibility of expanding the NFL season to 18 games, and the various possible methods of achieving that aim, has been on the NFL radar for quite some time now. Today, the NFL took the issue one step further, bringing it to the table at a meeting between the NFL and the players association negotiating teams. While, according to Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, the issue itself was not formally discussed, upcoming negotiations should address the details. Possible reconfigurations including shortening the pre-season by a game, expanding rosters, and changing injured reserved regulations are being listed as possible ways to accommodate teams facing two additional games. Although the NFL clearly favors the additional gridiron action, some players have spoken out against the change. Here’s what Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis had to say in a statement released by the players union:

“I’ve been blessed to play this game for so long, but it’s time to start thinking about what legacy and impact changes like this will leave for the players of tomorrow and us after we retire. I know our fans may not like preseason games and I don’t like all of them, but swapping two preseason games for two end-of-season games—when players already play hurt—comes at a huge cost for the player and the team.”

I would like to be convinced that the NFL is not just looking at this with dollar signs in their eyes, but I can’t really get past the idea that more games means more tickets, commercials, and revenue. While I probably just watch preseason games to satisfy my off-season withdrawal from the NFL, replacing those games with regular season contests will only compromise the quality of play late into the playoffs. It hurts me to shun the possibility of more football, but I have to argue against the extra games. Nevertheless, it should be interesting to see what additional propositions the NFL brings forward regarding the matter and leading into the 2012 season, when this schedule could potentially come into effect.

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NFL Brings Expanded Season Proposal to Union [NYT]

Heyward-Bey a Legend in the Making?

I’ll gladly admit that it’s a little unfair to call an NFL player a bust after only one season.  Although he had an awful year after being chosen with the 7th overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft, it remains to be seen if Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will emerge as a top pass-catching threat. 

We’ve already told you how we feel about Heyward-Bey’s potential (or lack thereof) at the professional level.  So far, we’re right.  Al Davis, on the other hand, seems to think we’ll be wrong in the long run and he even went so far as to have a press release drawn up informing the public of how well Heyward-Bey has been performing at practice this off-season.

After rattling off a list of receivers that have played for the Raiders that includes Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown among others, here’s what the Raiders press release said about their young receiver:

Now Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Raiders’ top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is prepping to join that select group. Heyward-Bey has enjoyed a workmanlike offseason where he has put in time and energy to prepare for his second NFL campaign, when many of those whose names mentioned blossomed in professional football competition.

The list of wide receivers should make any pundit or so-called expert think twice before putting negativity on Heyward-Bey. No one has come close to the excellence at wide receivers that have worn the Silver and Black. These performers have been the greatest players who have ever played the game.

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The Many Faces of Tom Brady

To the left is a photo of Tom Brady wearing a San Francisco Giants hat at a Boston Celtics game, the same night he supposedly stole Leonardo DiCaprio’s seat at The Garden.  Does that make any sense at all?  Not really.  Did it piss Boston fans off?  Kind of, but who cares about the Giants and they (we) understand Brady was born and raised there so I guess it’s nothing too serious.  If you want to root for a team who’s lone shining star the past decade is Captain Juice Head himself, then that’s fine with us.  I mean it’s not like it’s a Yankees hat or anything.  He’s not congratulating Kobe Bryant after a Game 3 victory over the Celtics, so what’s the big deal?  Nothing much to see here, so let’s move along.

To the right, is a photo of Tom Brady wearing a New York Yankees hat.  Now that, my friends, is a big problem.  Boston fans don’t care where you’re from or which one of their (our) team’s you play for.  If you’re a Yankees fan — keep it to yourself.  If you’re the star quarterback of a Patriots team that won three Super Bowls in four years and millions of people consider you to be a hero — definitely keep it to yourself.  Oh well.  We got over it.  If Brady wants to root for the Yankees, he can go ahead.  He doesn’t play for the Red Sox, he plays for the New England Patriots, so I guess we’ll get over it.  Still, it’s not like he’s joking around with and high-fiving Kobe Bryant at a Celtics NBA Finals game in Boston after a crushing Game 3 loss that causes Celtics fans to start wondering whether or not they still have a shot at a title.

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Golden Tate is a Late-Night Eater

Back in April, Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Golden Tate told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that he wasn’t worried about making any headlines for the wrong reasons during his NFL career.  Here’s what he said:

Being at Notre Dame, you’re used to being under the microscope, so I’m used to having all eyes on me. Anything I do, anywhere I go.  My mother and my father taught me what’s right and what’s wrong, so I don’t think I have a problem making any tough decisions.”

The 21-year-old has quickly learned never to say never, and hopefully he’s also learned that he’s going to need to be less impulsive when he comes down with a bad case of the drunken munchies.  According to TMZ, Tate and a friend were given a “trespass warning” by police when they were discovered inside a closed Top Pot donut shop in Bellevue, Washington housing donuts.

The nice people at Top Pot chose not to press charges, which supposedly is a good part of the reason Tate didn’t end up in handcuffs.  I think someone needs to show the rookie some safer alternatives to making weight before training camp begins.  Tate might also want to consider kicking the owners of the store a few Seahawks tickets.

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NFL Star Rookie in Shady Donut Shop Debacle [TMZ]
Report: Golden Tate avoids arrest in donut store incident [Pro Football Talk]

LT Has a Jets Tattoo…Already

UPDATE: Here’s a picture of LT’s Jets tattoo

Mike Tannenbaum can breathe a little easier now.  I’m sure the contract status of some of his key players — such as Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold — has the New York Jets GM feeling a bit uneasy.  Have no fear, Mike.  Your newly-acquired, aging superstar of a running back is fully committed to the team.  In fact, LaDainian Tomlinson is such a proud member of his new organization that he decided to get some new ink to prove it.  When he got to New York, LT got a New York Jets tattoo on his calf to go along with the lightning bolt he already has which represents his time spent in San Diego.

We already know athletes like to spend their down time getting new ink, as Shaq showed us when he came back from injury with the Cavs.  Like Shane Mosley’s tattoo, I guess you can at least say Shaq’s are unique.  I just don’t see why LT already did this.  Rex Ryan seems to appreciate it as evidenced by his saying, “I think that shows the type of commitment he has.”  But the reality of the matter is Tomlinson could very well be running on empty.  He certainly looked like he was last season.

If he indeed has lost the explosiveness he once had — which I strongly believe is the case — he could end up having about as much of an impact on the Jets as Santonio Holmes will during the first four games of the season.  If that ends up being the case and the Jets start losing games, we all know LT will be pouting on the sidelines and his new tattoo will be nothing more than a brand mark he shares with thousands of fat, drunken Jets fans.

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Jets leave permanent mark on Tomlinson [Pro Football Talk]