Tag:Ma'ake Kemoeatu
Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:06 pm

Haynesworth provides some answers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Redskins DT/lightening rod Albert Haynesworth joined the Washington press corps this morning for a rare mid-week interview. He took questions, and he gave some insightful answers. The folks over at tbd.com were good enough to transcribe the whole thing.

Here are a couple of highlights from the presser.

- Apparently everything is cool between him and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Haynesworth “Everything’s been fine. I just kinda laugh and talk to him about it. We laugh about all the stuff that you guys come up with and speculate because I don’t never really say anything, and he doesn’t never really say anything. So, it’s just funny the stuff that y’all come up with. Everything’s fine. We talk every other day or so.”

- He’s not surprised that he’s still not starting, even though earlier in the interview, he said he still thought he could be the most dominant defensive lineman ever.

“No, because I’m not good enough to play the 3-4. We’ve got a guy [Maake Kemoeatu] in front of me that can play the 3-4. Whatever helps the team. I do get to play the nickel and I play well in that, and that’s when you see me out there.

“I’d like to start and play like I used to, 35, 40 snaps a game. But, right now, I’m fine with it. Whatever to help the team. I go out there and make plays for them and it doesn’t really matter who starts the first play, because all it is, is the first play.”

- He doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Redskins next season.

“I have no clue. Right now if I just keep playing, I’ll be somewhere.”

- He doesn’t plan to make this mid-week interview a regular occurrence.

“What is this, Week 8? I’ll see you guys Week 16.”

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:31 am

Haynesworth changes tune about 3-4 NT role

Posted by Andy Benoit

Could the 3-4 nose tackle position actually be growing on Albert Haynesworth? The mega-millionaire sounded a lot less disgruntled (or is it “a lot more gruntled”?) after his preseason debut against the Bills Saturday night. A. Haynesworth

Haynesworth, who worked as the second-string nose tackle, talked about the scheme with reporters after the game. "It's different, but I like it,” he said “It's something I've got to get used to, but other than that, it's going to be a good defense.”

It’s possible – though not likely – that the Redskins could use Haynesworth at the defensive end position in 2010. It could depend on how Ma’ake Kemoeatu performs. Kemoeatu is coming of a serious Achilles injury but earned the starting nod Saturday night.

Also worth noting is that, regardless of whether he plays nose tackle or end, Haynesworth will be used as a bull-rusher on a four-man line in obvious passing situations.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:51 pm

Haynesworth not starting tonight

Posted by Andy Benoit

No surprise here -- the Washington Redskins defense just took the field without Albert Haynesworth. The perpetually-disgruntled defensive lineman will come off the bench against the Bills tonight. Thus, the Redskins home crowd will have a chance to unleash a cascade of boos.

It was uplifting to see that Ma'ake Kemoeatu was Washington's starting nose tackle. The veteran is coming off a very messy Achilles injury. If Kemoeatu plays well this preseason, Haynesworth could wind up at defensive end (his preferred spot in this 3-4 scheme).

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