Tag:Mike Shanahan
Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:08 pm

Haynesworth tries to make amends

Sounds like Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth is trying to do some damage control. Is it too little, too late?

The Washington Post reports that Haynesworth has assured the Redskins that he won’t be a distraction. Haynesworth – who reportedly has lost plenty of weight in time for training camp to open – also appears to have accepted the inevitable.

From the story:

Haynesworth, who has returned to the area to prepare for the opening of training camp Thursday, is optimistic about his situation in Washington for the first time in months, said one team source who has spoken with him at length in the past few weeks.

The source said Haynesworth told him he is coming to work and understands he will have to play nose tackle at times in the Redskins' new 3-4 defense.

There is, however, a question about where Haynesworth will reside on the depth chart. Or if coach Mike Shanahan even wants to keep him around this season.

If Maake Kemoeatu, who missed last year with an Achilles injury, is healthy, he could move into that NT role, leaving Haynesworth at the defensive end in the new 3-4 defensive scheme. Haynesworth is not expected to work out with the first-team defense when training camp opens Thursday.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 6:07 pm

Shanahan speaks openly about Haynesworth

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan talked about Albert Haynesworth in a Monday interview with WFAN New York. Shanahan was refreshingly honest about his discussions with the selfish star. SportsRadioInterviews.com provided the transcript:

"Well to be honest with you, I’m looking forward to camp starting. And my understanding is that Albert’s going to be there. As we talked before, I talked to Albert right before ... well, about a month after I got the job and I sat down with Albert and said that if he does not want to be part of the Washington Redskins, I’d let him go. I wouldn’t trade him, I’d let him go to another football team. But if he did take the check for $21 million, I’d expect him to play any position that we thought was in the best interest of the Washington Redskins -- be it nose tackle, defensive end, if we wanted to play him at free safety … So expected him to come in in great shape and do the things we expected of him and that he’s capable of doing. Hopefully he does that. He didn’t show up at minicamp, so guys are going to be looking at him and seeing what type of shape he’s in, if he’s going to do the little things the right way. Time will tell. If he is buying in and he is in great shape, we know what type of talent he is and we know he can help our football team win."

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 7:10 pm

A scenario for Josh McDaniels

Mike Klis of the Denver Post had an interesting comment in his mailbag today when a fan asked him how soon owner Pat Bowlen would expect coach Josh McDaniels to reach the postseason before perhaps looking for a replacement.

Considering McDaniels is entering his SECOND season as head coach, Klis said he likely would need to make the playoffs this year or in 2011 to assure Bowlen that he should be allowed to coach through the end of his four-year contract.

But Klis also raised another issue that involves a coach who’s working for a team 1,500 miles away and a quarterback who’s on the field for a squad 900 miles away. A coach and a player, though, that Broncos fans know very well. They are Mike Shanahan, now coaching in Washington, and Jay Cutler, now playing in Chicago.

From the article:

If the Broncos finish 7-9 or worse this year, and Shanahan's Redskins and Cutler's Bears finish 10-6 and make the playoffs, McDaniels could be in trouble.

I still believe Bowlen would stick with McDaniels given this example. But to do so, Bowlen would have to withstand serious pressure from Broncos fans who would scream for a change.

I don't see this nightmarish sequence happening, by the way. I don't think Shanahan can lift the 4-12 team he inherited to any more than seven or eight wins this year.

In other news in this article, Klis said he believes, under the right circumstances, quarterback Kyle Orton could lead a team to a Super Bowl. Hey, if it worked for Trent Dilfer, I suppose it could work for Orton as well.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 1:39 pm

Teammates call Haynesworth 'selfish'

Not surprisingly, Albert Haynesworth’s teammates aren’t particularly pleased that the $100 million man won’t be at training camp and that he's declared that he wants a trade.

“He decided to take our check and we’re very disappointed he wasn’t here today,” coach Mike Shanahan told reporters.

LB London Fletcher called his teammate “selfish,” and unlike the Patriots who declined to address the Logan Mankins contract dispute Tuesday, the Redskins on Wednesday didn’t have a problem teeing off on Haynesworth – who signed his $100 million contract, which included a $41 million guarantee, last season.

“What he's decided to do is make a decision based all about him,” Fletcher told reporters. “It's no different than his attitude and his approach to last year's defense, about wanting everything to revolve around him and him making plays. And if it didn't benefit him, he wasn't really willing to do it."

Said C Casey Rabach: “It doesn’t sit well with the players.”

In an interesting development, Shanahan told Haynesworth in February that he was free to find another place to work if that’s what he wanted and if he was willing to forget about the $21 million bonus he was due .

The Redskins also have continued to claim they haven’t been trying to trade Haynesworth.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 8:36 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 9:25 pm

Haynesworth wants out of Washington

It seems like a $100 million in guaranteed money is not enough motivation for Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth to play nose tackle.

According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post , Haynesworth will sit out this week’s Redskins mini-camp and will ask to be traded.

“The Redskins are trying to establish a new regime with new schemes at Redskins Park, and it is not an organization that Albert would have ever been attracted to just a short year ago - regardless of the money," agent Chad Speck told Reid in a phone interview Tuesday night. "He has made it clear to me that he does not want to play for the Washington Redskins. … It's probably in everyone's best interests for the Redskins to make a deal and trade Albert."

 In the Redskins new 3-4 defensive scheme under head coach Mike Shanahan, Haynesworth probably would have to anchor the middle of the defensive line. He also skipped all of Washington’s voluntary workouts this offseason.

Haynesworth – a 6-foot-6, 350-pounder – has said in the past that he wasn’t interested in playing nose tackle because he doesn’t think he has the right body type for it.

"You look at all the nose tackles in the NFL, they're all the same type guys,” Haynesworth said on Sirius NFL Radio in March. “Most of those guys are short, stubbier, pretty much stump-type guys.”

Thing is, Haynesworth is right about that. And with $41 million of guaranteed money on the table, he must really be confident that he can’t play the position. Which leads us back to this quote he made when he initially signed his contract in March of 2009.

"You're not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust," he said.

UPDATE (9:22 p.m. ET): Just to show that I'm not crazy for thinking Albert Haynesworth should be willing to play anywhere on the field for $100 million, here's what Arizona DT Darnell Dockett just tweeted: Did I just hear this correctly "Albert Haynesworth" will not be Mandatory minicamp? And he wants a trade, After signing 100millon dollar contract?

--Josh Katzowitz

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