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Albert Haynesworth’s Play Termed ‘Awful’

albert-haynesworth-redskinsAlbert Haynesworth has been a frequent punching bag here at LBS. The Redskins defensive tackle missed the team’s off-season workouts, failed the team’s conditioning test, and said the organization was making him look badly. Haynesworth brought the criticism upon himself when he refused to be a team player and show up for off-season workouts, cementing his place on coach Mike Shanahan’s bad side. As a result, Haynesworth has been playing with backups during the preseason and apparently his play has been poor.

Pro Football Talk passes along a story from the Washington Post quoting Redskins sources saying Haynesworth’s play in the preseason finale Thursday was “awful.” Post reporter Jason Reid says “It often appeared [Haynesworth] gave little effort … On the few occasions he did play hard, the two sources said, Haynesworth failed to adhere to the principles of the new 3-4 scheme.”

The coaches were so displeased with Haynesworth’s effort that he hardly played during practice on Saturday and his status for Sunday’s season opener is now in question. As much nonsense that went on this off-season, I figured things would sort themselves out by the regular season. Looks like that won’t be happening and that’s not good for either side. The Redskins need Haynesworth at his best to win some games, and Haynesworth needs to play better to make himself more desirable in a trade. What a messy, disappointing situation all the way around. You wish Albert would stick it out and just play hard. What a joke.

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Albert Haynesworth’s disappointing performance in Washington Redskins’ preseason finale affects his status for opener [Washington Post]
Redskins anonymously rip Albert Haynesworth’s effort [Pro Football Talk]

Haynesworth: Redskins Intentionally Making Me Look Bad

The spat between Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth took yet another turn this week. Haynesworth missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of “headaches” according to the team. The massive defensive lineman then didn’t enter Saturday night’s preseason game against the Ravens until the second half and was not happy about it. After the game, he let loose on the Skins without holding back his true feelings. If you want the full feeling, video is below. Here’s the meat of his complaints from CSN Washington:

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Mike Golic, MDS Pass Albert Haynesworth’s Conditioning Test

On Saturday we posted a video of FOX 5 reporter Lindsay Murphy running the Albert Haynesworth conditioning test. Murphy beat Haynesworth’s time for the first 300 yard run but failed to complete the second shuttle run in the necessary time. As a result of the fuss over Haynesworth failing the test twice (and Murphy’s run), several other media members took the test as I learned via Hot Clicks. Two more media personalities took the test on Monday.

Our friend Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk and Fanhouse aced the test, running the first 300 yards in 69 seconds and the second in 68. The second personality was Mike Golic of ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. Golic did not touch the line each time he ran 25 yards like was supposed to and he still struggled. Golic was huffing and puffing and I don’t think he passed even though the video says otherwise. Here’s the Mike Golic conditioning test video from ESPN for you to decide:

The one difference between Golic taking the test and everyone else is that Mike is about the only one who is somewhat comparable to Haynesworth. Albert rolls at 6’5″ and like 330lbs. Golid is a former defensive lineman. It’s quite different to run 600 yards at 150-200 pounds and to do it when you weigh 300-plus. That might make Mike’s performance more impressive than the others, but I still give MDS credit for passing both parts.

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Mike Golic Passes The Test [ESPN Video]
Am I Fitter Than Albert Haynesworth? [MDS/Fanhouse]

Female Reporter Outdoes Albert Haynesworth in Conditioning Test

We already told you about Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth failing his conditioning test for the second straight day on Friday. Haynesworth actually appears to be in pretty good shape, making me believe that Coach Mike Shanahan is intentionally trying to make Haynesworth look bad. I understand where Shanahan is coming from — he’s trying to assert his dominance after Haynesworth skipped the team’s minicamp.

So just how bad is the test Shanahan’s been putting Haynesworth through? Not so bad apparently, as FOX 5 reporter Lindsay Murphy can attest. Murphy decided to run the 300 yard shuttle runs (25 yards back and forth six times) to see how her times stacked up against Albert’s. Remember, Haynesworth has to complete the first 300 yard shuttle run in under 70 seconds and complete the second shuttle run in under 73 seconds with only a three minute break between sets. Murphy finished her first set in 68 seconds, besting Albert’s time. Not too bad for a reporter. Here’s the Lindsay Murphy conditioning video from MyFoxDC:

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How Hard is Albert Haynesworth’s Conditioning Test? [MyFoxDC]

Haynesworth Gets Karma at Camp by Failing Second Conditioning Test

albert-haynesworth-redskinsI couldn’t help but smile on Thursday when I heard that Albert Haynesworth had failed the conditioning test that he needs to pass in order to participate in training camp. You can only imagine my joy when I heard that Mr. Haynesworth failed again on Friday morning. In my opinion, it’s all just Karma for the Redskins defensive tackle.

2010 has been quite the year for Haynesworth. It all started when he decided he didn’t want to be a team player and show up for two voluntary minicamps. Apparently, he thought his absence would suddenly change the mind of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and he would leave their defense at a 4-3 instead of the 3-4 that Haynesworth doesn’t like. Well think again. Then he had some baby mama drama with his ex-girlfriend who is apparently pregnant with his child. If things weren’t bad enough with this guy, he not only took the $21 million bonus the team gave him on April 1st, but then it looked as if he was trying to destroy the Redskins too.

So I say Ha! Haynesworth’s behavior is finally catching up to him. When he finally decides he wants to play with the Redskins, he can’t pass the test. It’s awesome. The funniest thing about Friday’s failure was that he needed to complete the first part of the test in 70 seconds or less — and he finished in 71 seconds. Just a thought, but maybe you wouldn’t be in this situation if you showed up for minicamp like the rest of your teammates? Oh well, what goes around comes around.

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Haynesworth fails 2nd conditioning test [AP/FOX Sports]

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]