Mike 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.
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.