Tag:Redskins
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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Posted on: June 15, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Jim Zorn makes Joe Flacco happy

You might have forgotten what happened to former Redskins coach Jim Zorn after he was fired at the end of last season. In case you didn’t realize, he’s found another job. And so far, he seems like a pretty good fit for his new position.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun writes about Zorn, now the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach, and how he’s tutoring quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s the first time Flacco has worked with a coach who’s actually played the quarterback position in the NFL (see Zorn's stats here ), and so far, the partnership is going well.

"Jim's been great," Flacco told the newspaper. "He's a great guy, down to earth, real relaxed. He's been a great coach so far. I love every part of him being my coach, and I think the other guys are really liking him a lot, too. He has a lot to teach.”

Remember: the last time Zorn was a quarterbacks coach, he helped Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck to three Pro Bowl appearances earlier this decade. Forget his disastrous two-season run as Washington’s head coach. The man is a heck of an assistant.


--Josh Katzowitz

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