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Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

Posted on: December 9, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 5:22 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Poor Jim Haslett. All season long, he's had to deal with trying to make Washington's defense better, all the while knowing he has a guy who's worth $100 million worth in talent and zero bucks worth in effort hurting the defensive coordinator's reputation by refusing to even pretend to try.

So it's a little reasonable to understand if Haslett wants to get his grievance airing on, now that Albert Haynesworth is out of his hair, having been suspended for the team's final four games of the season. And he did just that in his press conference today. Things started out pretty reasonably, but got a little heated a few questions in (via SB Nation DC's Mike Prada).

"We tried to accommodate him," Haslett said in response to Haynesworth not responding well to certain schemes. It's a shame, because he's athletic enough and he can do anything he wants, but obviously he didn't want to do it. And good athletes can do a lot of different things ... I watch wild receivers do the Wildcat and if you're a good enough athlete you can do almost anything you want."

It's true of course -- Haynesworth could be successful if he wants to. Look no further than a) his first contract year and b) his second contract year. Then someone asked about whether or not Haslett regretted the whole "changing his entire defense around just to suit the really rich fat guy who doesn't try hard and eventually got suspended" thing (paraphrased).

"I'm gonna say this -- I'm gonna say this okay?" Haslett said.  "Last year, I got here, and the first thing I did is watch all the tapes. I saw a guy that just got $100 million play bad, play bad, as a three technique, and then the year where the defensive coordinator left, I saw a guy blasting him. Saying, 'Well, I didn't like the defense, I didn't like the 4-3, I didn't like the way I was used.' So, can you ever make the guy happy? I don't know. What do you want? You do exactly what you do in Tennessee, and you're not happy?"

Of course, if Haslett -- or anyone -- knew how to make Haynesworth happy, we wouldn't even be having these conversations or writing these posts or dealing with defensive switches or suspending guys without pay. But that's a philosophical questions for later. Unless you want to answer it now, coach ...

"To me, the player's gotta ... You know, there's things in life that you don't want to do, but you gotta do it," Haslett continued. "My father told me, 'Son, there are things in the world that you're not going to want to do, but if you want to get ahead in the world, you're going to have to do it. I think we're at that point. Not everybody in the National Football League is going to just let Albert do what he wants on the field. It doesn't work that way. So, wherever he goes or stays here or wherever, it's going to be under the same constraints.

"He wasn't happy this year with the 3-4. He wasn't happy last year with the 4-3. What else do you want to do? Run a 2-5?"

Then Haslett had some fun with Mike Wise and unnamed columnist at the Washington Post who called Haynesworth a bunch of nice names that Haslett disagrees with (since they involve "being good" and "trying hard" and stuff like that). 

"The guy doesn't practice well on Thursday -- about as poor as I've ever seen. And then Friday with the so-called 'illness' he doesn't practice, if I'm the head coach, you've got to make a decision on what's best for the football club. And I think
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Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:16 pm
 

Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

Jim Haslett is awesome.  It's nice to hear somebody just tell it like it is (or was) without sugarcoating it.  When a coach comes out and calls a player a turd, you know it was bad. 



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:28 pm
 

Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

Hayensworth is a load and is all about the money.  When you only put out in contract years should have been an indication but it wasn't.  The Redskins knew what they were getting and should have never gave a lazy, out of shape player all that guaranteed money.  They should have suspsended him in training camp.



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Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:05 pm
 

Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

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Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:07 pm
 

Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

Haslett is a total idiot and moron that doesn't have a clue what he's doing and shouldn't be in the NFL. He took a top ten defense last year and changed it into a bottom dwelling defense this year. Why Shanahan let him change the scheme and keeps using it shows me Shanahan is a know nothing as well. Haynesworth will always bitch and moan and a good staff should be able to deal with it and get the best from Albert without flexing their muscles and making things worse. Haslett and Shanahan are putting blame on Haynesworth for their defense sucking and it will suck even more without Haynesworth playing. Who will they blame next?


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