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Mike Shanahan responds to Albert Haynesworth: I don’t get along with lazy people

Mark-Schlereth-Calls-Mike-Shanahan-Control-FreakMike Shanahan aka the Red Lobster wasn’t about to sit back and let Albert Haynesworth trash him and the Washington Redskins organization without so much as a fight. He decided to hit back at the former $100 million man on Thursday, blasting Haynesworth for being lazy and having poor character.

“Let me put it this way, the only people I really haven’t gotten along with since I’ve been a head coach and an assistant coach is someone that’s lazy, and No. 2, someone that’s lazy and they may lack character, or they’re lazy and lack passion for the game. Those are really the only people I haven’t gotten along with as a head coach or as an assistant coach. And so that’s what you’re looking for.

“And through my years,” he continued, “people that are lazy and have lacked passion for their job, they don’t go into the next year of their job, and if they do, they don’t last the next year. And so the people that I’ve looked at that come back and complain and do some of the things that you do when you don’t get along with someone as a head coach or an assistant coach, usually falls in one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion, and lot of times, a lack of character, and he fits all three.”

Shanahan told the media that usually he wouldn’t respond like that, but Haynesworth has been talking so much over the years he decided he had to.

[Previously: Albert Haynesworth: Signing with Redskins ‘worst mistake of my life’]

Like Steve DelVecchio said, both sides are probably right in what they’re saying. The Redskins probably did not follow through on building the defense around Haynesworth’s style in Tennessee the way they said they would, and we know for sure that Haynesworth was lazy. Remember how he couldn’t pass conditioning tests? And don’t forget that Rodney Harrison blasted the defensive lineman for being lazy and faking injuries with the Patriots.

Haynesworth may have some legitimate complaints, but so do Shanahan and Washington.

Albert Haynesworth: Signing with Redskins was ‘worst mistake of my life’

albert-haynesworthChris Cooley made headlines earlier this week by blasting his former Washington Redskins teammate Albert Haynesworth and claiming Haynesworth only signed with the team to collect his guaranteed money and try to be released. As you might expect, Haynesworth remembers things much, much differently.

Haynesworth, who inked a $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009, spent just two seasons with the team. After he was done responding to Cooley by saying he “sounds as stupid as he looks” and is nothing more than a self promoter, Haynesworth took aim at the Redskins organization and head coach Mike Shanahan during an interview with Tennessee Sports Radio.

“I don’t want the Redskins fans to be mad, but that organization is completely different than the Titans,” Haynesworth said, via DC Sports Bog. “Yeah, they have a long history of being in the NFL, supposedly being one of the top teams. I mean, they’ve got a lot of Hall of Famers from there that I’ve met and that I liked, and liked to learn from. But the current day, I’m not gonna say it’s Dan’s fault — Dan Snyder, I’m not gonna say it’s his fault — but it ain’t really about football, it’s about self-promotion.

“It was ridiculous. I’ve never seen that, and I wasn’t used to that. The whole recruiting thing from the beginning – when I signed that deal – which to me was the worst mistake in my life. You could say yeah I got paid a lot of money — I don’t really care about the money. If I knew it was gonna be like that, I never would have went. I never would have went. I guarantee.”

Haynesworth said he wanted to be a Hall of Famer and that it wasn’t about the money, contrary to what Cooley believes. He said he was told the Redskins would be running a similar defense to the one he dominated with the Titans, but they went back on their word and never did anything of the sort. He also said Shanahan has benefitted from John Elway’s success.

“He hasn’t won a playoff game since Elway retired,” Haynesworth said. “Great coach. Yeah. I mean, that’s what he came in, the very first meeting, he came in saying I’m a great coach, I know how to win, I’ve won 25 championships. I’m like, 25 championships? Then I go back and look, and I was like you haven’t won a freaking playoff game since Elway retired. How come Elway comes back after Shanahan gets fired? Kind of weird. I mean, the guy is all me me me. Sorry to say that.”

There was plenty more in the transcription provided by DC Sports Bog, and it’s all worth reading. It comes as no surprise that Cooley and Haynesworth remember the past differently. In some ways, I’m sure they’re both right about what happened during the Haynesworth era. Whatever the case, we can all agree it was a massive failure.

H/T Pro Football Zone

Chris Cooley: Albert Haynesworth is an ‘awful human being’

albert-haynesworthFormer NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was given an opportunity to resurrect his career when the New England Patriots traded for him during the 2011 offseason. Haynesworth’s former Washington Redskins teammate Chris Cooley is not at all surprised that it didn’t work out.

Last week, Cooley and his co-hosts on ESPN 980 were discussing Gilbert Arenas’ horrible contract with the Washington Wizards. The conversation turned to whether Haynesworth’s six-year, $100 million deal with the Redskins was worse than Gilbert’s $111 million guaranteed contract with the Wizards, and Cooley emphatically stated that he believes it was.

“No question, the Haynesworth contract,” he said, via DC Sports Bog. “Because he was TRYING to get released by the team. His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn’t care about the back end of that contract. He didn’t care about making all of that money. His idea was, ‘You paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing.’”

Cooley said he is certain Haynesworth just wanted to get a large sum of guaranteed money from the Redskins before playing crappy enough to be released. He was then asked if he believed Mike Shanahan knew Fat Albert was just in it for the dough.

“I don’t know if that was explained to Mike, but that’s obvious to a coach,” Cooley said. “That’s obvious when you’re around a player, that they’re not trying to play for your team. … It doesn’t matter what you got [in exchange for Haynesworth]. They would have released him if they wouldn’t have got anything for him. It wasn’t about getting a pick out of him. It was about a terrible decision to bring in an awful human being into an organization that he’s not going to participate in. You should know that. You should be aware of that.”

If Haynesworth’s attitude was as bad then as it turned out to be toward the end of his career, Cooley is probably right. Injuries can’t be avoided, but you should never invest $100 million in a player who simply doesn’t care. Haynesworth is the epitome of a waste of talent.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Josh Freeman Looks Up to Albert Haynesworth as a Mentor. Uh-oh.

For some reason, the Tampa Bay Bucs thought it was a good idea to claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers. Bill Belichick could not get Haynesworth in shape or force him to try, but the Bucs figured they’d take a chance on him anyway. No other team in the NFL wanted Fat Albert, as evidenced by the fact that only one claimed him. Of all the things the Bucs may have had in mind when they signed Haynesworth, we can safely assume mentoring younger players is not one of them, right? Not according to Josh Freeman.

“I had a conversation on Monday about it, and I think it’s great,” Freeman told WDAE 620 on Wednesday. “You’ve got a veteran guy who’s been around the league and played with different teams, and he’s seen it done every which way. For him to see that and relay the message that it’s a long game, and there’s so much that goes on — you can’t let one small thing affect you, whether it’s a play or a penalty.

“Talking to him, he enjoys the locker room and the camaraderie we have from teammate to teammate. He feels like he’s in a good place.”

As Haynesworth already told everyone, he feels as though he belongs in Tampa.  He belonged in New England a couple weeks ago, but now Tampa is the true place where he should be.  The fact that there are young players in the league who look up to him is a frightening thought.  Hopefully, Freeman is just being nice.

Helmet bash to Shutdown Corner for the story.

Rodney Harrison Rips Albert Haynesworth for Quitting, Faking Injuries

Bill Belichick and the Patriots thought they might be able to resurrect Albert Haynesworth’s career.  They were wrong.  Once considered to be the most dominant defensive lineman in the game, Haynesworth has become a disgrace.  He signed a record-breaking free agent contract in 2009 only to collect his guaranteed money and throw in the towel on the Redskins.  You can see why a player like Albert would frustrate a guy who always gave it 110 percent like Rodney Harrison.

“To see Albert Haynesworth get an opportunity to come to a great organization, with a great coach, a fabulous quarterback and all the good parts around him…” Harrison said in a recent interview that ESPN.com passed along. “To see him come out there and flat out quit, for him to pretend like he’s hurt and not go out there and become a professional football player with every chance and opportunity that guys hope and dream for, he gets it. He gets a $100 million contract, and to see him flat out quit was very disappointing.

“And I’ll tell you this, he’s going to look back five, 10, 15 years from now when he’s done playing football. He will look back on his career and he will be sitting in his mansion. But he will feel miserable, because no one is going to ever respect the name Albert Haynesworth because he flat out quit. That’s a shame and that’s a disappointment. You shouldn’t play the game of football for money. You should play it because you love it. If you love it, and you go out and play well, you’re going to make money. You’re going to have a good life. But I’m very disappointed in Albert Haynesworth.”

Harrison has shown recently that he’s not afraid to go after the Patriots, and his ripping of Haynesworth is spot-on.  He had — and still has — all the potential in the world to be one of the best defensive players in the game, but he can’t seem to bring himself to give a crap.  The phrase “waste of talent” is thrown around a lot in professional sports, but I can’t think of a better example than Fat Albert.

Bill Belichick Missed Badly With Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco Trades

When Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots acquired Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth for a total of three draft picks from the 5th and 6th rounds, most people praised them for pulling off a couple of low-risk, high-reward deals.  Here at LBS, we knew better than to expect much from either player given their pasts.  Still, the Patriots barely gave anything up so what could go wrong?  New England would probably rather have the picks back at this point.

At the time the trades were made, we thought the Patriots would get a bit more from Haynesworth than Ochocinco but not a whole lot from either.  Very few predicted they would get absolutely nothing from either player.  Haynesworth was released on Tuesday — two days after he had it out with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson on the sidelines during a loss against the Giants.  Ochocinco still has a team uniform, but he has caught nine passes in eight games and is rumored to be on very thin ice.

Simply put, both acquisitions were a mistake by a coach who is constantly praised for underpaying for troubled talents and getting value in return.  It worked with Corey Dillon in 2004 and certainly worked with Randy Moss in 2007.  In 2011, the approach failed miserably.  Since people are so quick to praise Belichick for resurrecting careers and converting nothing into something, he needs to be criticized when the opposite occurs.

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Redskins Fans Burn Off the Last Cancer from the Old Team: Albert Haynesworth

Some Redskins fans have gotten carried away with the team’s strong start. Washington is 2-0 and a group of empowered fans believe all the team’s past problems are behind them. Evidence (some language NSFW):

Please tell me what burning an old Albert Haynesworth jersey has to do with anything. I realize the guy was fat, out of shape, and a cancer in the locker room, but why bring back painful memories? Then again, if I could explain why jersey burning was so popular to begin with, I’d be in the psychology business, not sports. Maybe it’s some sort of release for fans. Kind of like what will happen to Haynesworth if he doesn’t pick it up in New England.

Helmet knock to DC Sports Bog and SB Nation DC for the video
Video Credit: YouTube user CaptKaos47