Tag:Mike Shanahan
Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:56 pm

Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth will not stop being annoying and controversial. We need to accept that as a fact. Still, his latest comments about not being "for sale or a slave or whatever" because he signed a contract are pretty ridiculous.

And the Redskins agree -- according Adam Schefter, a team executive apparently said that his most recent comments "may have been the most offensive thing Haynesworth has ever said."

You know what? I think this anonymous Redskins exec is pretty spot on.

Signing a contract makes you an "employee" which is a fact about life that should be obvious. It has nothing to do with slavery, and really, invoking that comparison (especially if the invoker is making over $100 million) is offensive to everyone, regardless of race.

Given the way in which Haynesworth and the team have battled ever since Mike Shanahan's been hired, don't be shocked if this just pushes the Redskins closer to removing him from the roster.
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 1:38 pm

Report: Haynesworth inactive for 'being a pain'

Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth has been a pain in someone's rear all offseason long and Mike Shanahan hasn't hesitated to make an example out of him. Shanny may take it a step further on Sunday, as it's possible he could be deactivated just before the Redskins play the Texans.

Fox's Jay Glazer reported today that,"there's a chance he may be deactivated today [for] being a pain."

Update: Haynesworth is indeed inactive for today's game against the Texans, according to Chris Russell of ESPN 980 on Twitter .

Apparently, Haynesworth's decision to have the trainers tape his ankle multiple times a day and act in the same manner he's been acting for a few months has gotten under Shanahan's skin, and once again, he's willing to sacrifice his team's defensive prowess in order to exert his authority.

Although in fairness, if Haynesworth isn't playing hard/motivated, he may as well be inactive anyway.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 1:59 pm

Haynesworth drama isn't cooling

Posted by Andy Benoit

Kudos to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio for putting together a few puzzle pieces on the latest Albert Haynesworth developments. Florio explains why the Haynesworth saga/distraction/nightmare might have been even worse this week than people realized. A. Haynesworth

Late in the week, Chris Cooley told D.C. radio station 106.7 The Fan that Haynesworth spent a majority of his time working with the scout team. Florio says Mike Shanahan was furious that this information went public.

"It's unusual for Chris to tell people who's working with the scout team," Shanahan said. "I've already talked to Chris."
Florio explains the possible impact of all this:

Despite Shanahan's effort to downplay Haynesworth's work with the scout team, there would have been no reason for Cooley to mention it if it was a normal, everyday occurrence. Obviously, Shanahan wants the Cowboys to think Haynesworth will play a key role on Sunday night, even if he won't.

Meanwhile, we're hearing that the Redskins "definitely" are willing to trade Haynesworth, but that Shanahan refuses to take the best offer available. Instead, he won't budge off his demand, and we continue to think that Shanahan is hoping that a Week One injury will create a demand elsewhere for Haynesworth's services -- and thus increase the price another team is willing to pay.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:41 pm

Shanahan: McNabb is 'ready to go'

Posted by Will Brinson

There was some concern that Donovan McNabb wouldn't be able to play against the Cowboys during Week 1 as a result of the ankle injury he sustained during the preseason .

Based on comments from Mike Shanahan Monday, that appears to be overblown.

"He’s ready to go," Shanahan said.

That was following McNabb's participation in practice, which means it's fairly safe to say he'll play, especially considering as early as yesterday it already seemed like a good bet that the ex-Eagle would be prepped and ready to roll against the Cowboys.

Shanahan's comments just make things (almost) official and mean we can all go back to wondering what the hell will happen with Albert Haynesworth in Washington's first game.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 12:12 am

Maybe Haynesworth will play (who knows, though)

Now, word is A. Haynesworth will play in Washington's season opener (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In yet another twist in what has become a tiring, tiring rollercoaster ride, it now appears Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth WILL play against Dallas in the season opener.

This, according to the Washington Post.

Two days ago, we told you it was possible coach Mike Shanahan would deactivate Haynesworth for the Cowboys game, and according to Jason Reid, Haynesworth didn’t play many snaps in Washington’s practice Saturday.

Since his poor performance in the team’s preseason finale, Haynesworth – who had been seeing plenty of time at the DE spot – was moved back inside, a move he couldn’t have enjoyed.

But now, the pendulum has swung the other way, and it’s on the upswing.

Hopefully, we won’t have to write about Haynesworth any more until Sunday, so unless there’s more crazy breaking news, here’s what COULD happen with Haynesworth in the season opener.

1)He could start.

2)He could not start but play.

3)He could be on the inactive list and not play.

4)He could kick field goals.

5)He could be that dude who carries Shanahan’s headphones wire up and down the sidelines.

6)He could be tweeting and writing blog posts Sunday along with Andy, Will and I on the Facts & Rumors blog.

My educated guess: either No. 2 or No. 6.

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:17 pm

McNabb likely to start for 'Skins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though he said a week ago that he wasn’t sure if his starting quarterback would be ready to play the season-opener, Washington coach Mike Shanahan predictably has reversed course.

On his weekly coach’s show, Shanahan said he expected McNabb to play vs. the Cowboys.

"Yeah, I feel very good about him being ready to go," Shanahan said in quotes captured by the D.C. Sports Bog. "In fact, I think he'll be able to practice in the next couple of days. And I feel very good about the direction he's headed."

So, there you go. Redskins fans rejoice. Backup Rex Grossman gnashes his teeth. And everything is as it should be in the world.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:52 pm

Maybe Haynesworth won't play in opener

A. Haynesworth didn't perform well against Arizona, and now it's being reported he might not play the season opener against Dallas (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We told you a couple days ago that it was possible that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan would make DT Albert Haynesworth inactive for Washington’s season-opener. I was skeptical about this theory – aside from just an absolute hellacious case of Shanahan holding a grudge, it didn’t make much sense to me - but there’s more news out there tonight that (sort of) confirms the original news.

According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Haynesworth’s unimpressive showing in the team’s fourth preseason game has led to renewed thoughts that the $100 million man isn’t committed to the team.

From the Post:

Haynesworth was "awful" Thursday during the Cardinals' 20-10 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium, said two of the team sources who recently reviewed game film. It often appeared he gave little effort while participating in 49 of the Redskins' 55 defensive plays. 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. He was credited with four tackles, including three unassisted.

All three sources indicated that Coach Mike Shanahan has lost his patience with the ongoing Haynesworth drama. During practice at Redskins Park Saturday, Haynesworth took part in very few plays, one of the sources said. He was moved back to nose tackle -- he had been working primarily at right end recently -- and removed from the nickel package.

If this is true (and there’s no reason to believe it isn’t true), it’s hard to see how Haynesworth would be active when Washington plays host to Dallas on Sept. 12.

The Redskins didn’t comment, saying Shanahan will address the media Monday.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:39 pm

Shanny doesn't know for sure on McNabb for Week 1

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb was ruled out on Sunday for the Redskins' final preseason game because of an ankle injury, according to Mike Shanahan. Washington's coach had a bit of even worse news for 'Skins fans though -- there's a chance McNabb might not play in the season opener .
Shanny pronounced McNabb "day-to-day" and said he doesn't "know for sure" whether McNabb will be ready for the game against the Cowboys on September 12.

That's obviously a date that's pretty far off (at least now): McNabb has two weeks to rehab the ankle and get it ready for the regular season.

Otherwise it's Rex Grossman time and panic-watch in Washington.

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