Tag:Mike Shanahan
Posted on: December 12, 2010 1:18 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 1:23 pm

Haynesworth declined expedited grievance hearing

Posted by Will Brinson

We all know that Albert Haynesworth isn't exactly "motivated." But just how unininterested is he in playing for the Redskins and/or even being around the team?

Well, it turns out he could have requested an expedited hearing to appeal his season-long suspension, and as Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today, he declined to do so.

Haynesworth did not ask for an expedited grievance which would have been held this week," Casserly said. "Now, the grievance will be held after the season's over. In speaking with his people, the reason he didn't ask for the expedited grievance, was if he won it, he'd have to return to practice and go to meetings, something he didn't want to do."

Casserly went on to mention the plethora of reasons for Haynesworth's suspension, which include "only wanting to play in the nickel defense in passing situations," his numerous fines, his poor practice before the Giants game, and refusing to make adjustments during the game and being inattentive in meetings.

Casserly also provided some information as to how much money the Redskins will try to recoup from Haynesworth.

"The Redskins will go after a portion of his signing bonus," Casserly said. "That amount could be anywhere between $1 million and $5 million depending on how the arbitrator interprets the contract. Finally, he skipped minicamp last year. Not only did he get fined but he forfeited $9 million in guaranteed money in the future."

So, while the drama between Haynesworth and the Washington coaching staff/front office has disappeared for the moment, it's all but guaranteed that things will get uglier sooner than later once the two parties try to sort out their financial differencs.

And the chunk of change the 'Skins paid to one of the biggest free agent busts in history will obviously have an effect on his next contract -- as Bill Cowher said on The NFL Today, it seems pretty likely that any deal Haynesworth gets in the future will be low-cost and feature tons of incentive bonuses. In other words, anyone willing to take the risk on Haynesworth is going to minimize any damage he can do to the payroll and the team's long-term future.

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

Jim Haslett vents frustrations with Haynesworth

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
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:42 pm

Shanahan explains Haynesworth decision

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan today further explained his decision on Tuesday to suspend DT Albert Haynesworth for the final four games of the season. And make no mistake: it was his decision to do so – owner Daniel Snyder let Shanahan make the call either way.

“It was just time,” Shanahan said, via the Washington Post . “It was just time to go in another direction."

“(He) didn't like the base defense, didn't like the nickel defense. He didn't want to play nose tackle, he didn't want to play defensive end.

"When we got him playing the nickel package, first and second and third down, he didn't like first- and second-down nickel. He wanted to play nickel in passing situations. I've never quite been through a situation like this before. And we did it in the best interests of our football team. And now, we go on."

It won’t go on that easily, though. The NFLPA almost certainly will file an appeal, and after that, the team will most likely release Haynesworth. Then, Haynesworth will leave with his bags filled with money despite not giving the Redskins the production they could have expected a $100 million contract would bring.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:25 pm

Broncos introduce Studesville as interim coach

Eric Studesville takes over as Denver's interim coach (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Broncos held a news conference this afternoon to welcome interim coach Eric Studesville – the running backs coach under Josh McDaniels – and the biggest mistake the Denver management admitted was that for the past two years the organization burdened McDaniels with too much responsibility.

Though the Broncos allowed former coach Mike Shanahan and McDaniels to have plenty of say in player personnel decisions, chief operating officer Joe Ellis said he didn’t envision the next coaching getting that much power.

“We probably burdened Josh with too much responsibility,” Ellis said.

Even with all that had gone wrong in McDaniels’ tenure – the video-taping incident, the ghastly personnel decisions, the terrible record – owner Pat Bowlen wasn’t sure if the team should let go of McDaniels.

While general manager Brian Xanders is still with the team, there’s the thought Broncos legend John Elway – who’s already a business consultant with the organization – might be interested in helping out on the football side of things.

“He’s expressed an interest,” Ellis said.

As for Studesville, he said he was nervous to take the interim job, and he didn’t accept right away. He needed a little time to think about it, because, in his words, he didn’t want to take the decision lightly.

“Opportunities like this don’t come along every day,” he said.

As for Tim Tebow – who I wrote about earlier today – Studesville said he will continue to evaluate the rookie QB but that, for now, Kyle Orton will remain the team’s quarterback.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:28 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 1:10 pm

Redskins suspend Haynesworth for rest of season

A. Haynesworth has been suspended by Washington for the final four games of the season (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Redskins have announced they’ve suspended troubled DT Albert Haynesworth for the final four games of the season.
Coach Mike Shanahan’s statement:

“Despite the club’s numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time. Among other things, he has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations.  He has also refused to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well. 

“Yesterday, when Albert was at Redskin Park, he told our General Manager Bruce Allen that he [Haynesworth] would no longer speak with me. Although suspending any player is not a decision that a head coach enters into lightly, I believe the situation has reached the point where the club clearly has no alternative.”

UPDATED (1:08 p.m.):
The Haynesworth saga took a weird turn last week. Haynesworth missed practice last Friday after (apparently) he felt sick. The Redskins proceeded to deactivate him for Sunday's game vs. the Giants - the fourth time this season he hasn't played. The move surprised Haynesworth - and most likely, upset him (see above statement where Haynesworth tells GM Allen that Haynesworth would give Shanahan the silent treatment).

Then, a media report from Comcast SportsNet alleged he was out late last Thursday and hung over Friday - which is why he didn't practice (though, technically, I suppose this would qualify as "sick"). It's a rumor that Haynesworth angrily denied, saying "There are some kind of haters or something like that in the organization, that they don't like me. I don't know if it's players or coaches. I don't know who it is. Obviously, there's somebody who doesn't like me.”

Maybe he should change that “somebody” to “everybody,” because Haynesworth has torpedoed himself and his team every chance he could.

You can go back to June 15 when the headline of a post I wrote was entitled simply (and beautifully), “Haynesworth wants out of Washington.”

Since then, he missed OTA workouts, teammates called him selfish, he failed to pass his training camp conditioning test over and over and over again, had words with Shanahan, made up with Shanahan, had words with Shanahan, made up with Shanahan, bucked against playing the 3-4 base, agreed to try to play the 3-4, apparently suffered through a condition where muscle fiber contents could be released into his bloodstream causing kidney damage, missed the season-opener, day-dreamed about returning to play for the Titans, said he wasn’t a slave for sale, tragically buried his brother after a motorcycle accident, literally laid down on the field and didn’t get up to chase Eagles QB Michael Vick and just generally was a thorn in the side of Redskins management, coaches, teammates and fans.

And he also presumably cashed humongous checks, the likes of which you and I can’t comprehend.

You know how Haynesworth said Monday that somebody in the organization clearly doesn’t like him?

Maybe, just maybe, that somebody is Haynesworth.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 6:35 pm

Haynesworth displeased that he didn't play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although Redskins coach Mike Shanahan gave his reasons why he decided to deactivate DT Albert Haynesworth – he didn’t have a great practice Thursday, and then, Haynesworth was sick Friday and missed practice altogether –  Haynesworth still was pretty upset he didn’t get to play in Washington’s 31-7 loss to the Giants.

“I was ready to play,” Haynesworth told reporters, via TBD.com. “I don’t know, you have to ask the head coach. They didn’t really tell me anything. [Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett] just told me I wasn’t playing. That’s all we talked about in the hall.”

Haynesworth expected to play when he entered the stadium, but before he could get to the locker room, Haslett intercepted him in a hallway and told him he was inactive. Apparently, Haynesworth was late to practice by about 60 seconds Friday, which could be one reason Shanahan sat him down today.

Said Haynesworth: “I was sick, so I did show up a minute late, but I don’t think that’s a reason to sit out.”

Ah, the wonderful, wacky world of Haynesworth-Shanahanland. I'll be sad when this empire falls.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:11 pm

'Heated discussion' between Haynesworth, Haslett?

Posted by Will Brinson

Seems like a while since we've had some Albert Haynesworth drama with the Washington Redskins doesn't it? Well, if you were desperately hoping for some, we've got some good (albeit reported) news.

First of all, Haynesworth is a surprise inactive for the Redskins in New York on Sunday. But more spicily, Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington reports that there was a "heated discussion" between Big Al and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett outside the Redskins locker room within the last hour.

You don't have to be an expert to connect the dots here -- either Haynesworth was told he was going to be inactive and got upset with Haslett, or Haslett was telling Haynesworth to do something or another, the big guy got upset with his coach, and that resulted in him being inactive.

Either way, it's just another item in the long list of problems Washington's had with their high-priced defensive lineman and another reason to believe that he won't last more than this season with the 'Skins, as long as Mike Shanahan's staff is running things.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons

Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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