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Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

So whose side do you take? The new coach who is a proven winner, been around for decades, establishing his mark and showing the troops who is boss?  Or the multi-million dollar athlete who claims that the situation is not what he was promised and that knowing then what he knows now, would never have signed in the first place?

Well I have my opinion and I'm about to share it with you.  While far from an elite athlete, I have played my fair share of organized sports.  From hockey to baseball, from football to rugby.  And each and every team that I played on, there was no mistaking who was the boss.  It was the guy patrolling the sidelines or bench or whatever.  If coach said jump, you asked "how high?".

Now let it be known that I am not totally against Haynesworth, because I understand that perhaps he wouldn't have signed in Washington had he known that they would some day switch to a 3-4.  I wouldn't be happy either if I was promised that there would be cold beer supplied after our hockey games only to have someone come in the next year and say "sorry fellas, the team has gone dry"  I would be thinking the same thing, "This isn't what I signed up for."  However, from my understanding, he was offered the option of skipping his roster bonus and being released to go wherever he wanted.  He chose to cash the fat paycheck and by doing so was saying that I don't care what formation you play, I'll take your money.  Once he cashed that check he should have been willing to shut up and play.  What was more important to Haynesworth?  The formation or the money?  Apparently the money.

Enter Coach Shanahan.  People say he is making an example of Haynesworth.  Well of course he is.  You want to take the teams money then you better be willing to earn that contract.  The fact that it is the $100M man is just the icing on the cake.  You don't think that the rest of the team is taking notice that if they are doing this to Haynesworth, they won't be willing to do the same to me?  They have $100M invested in that guy.  You can bet they are towing the line and there is no question about who is in charge. 

And I hear the argument that they are singling out Haynesworth because of his contract squabbles and that no one else has to do the conditioning test.  Well no they don't.   Again from my understanding, the only reason it is just Haynesworth is because he is the ONLY one who skipped OTA's.  Had anyone else skipped out they would be doing it too.

And for the test itself.  300 yards.  Twice.  "Well when does a DT have to run 300 yards?".  Never.  But if you don't think it requires a fair amount of conditioning to fight in the trenches of a football game, then you need to pay closer attention.  Don't believe me?  Feel free to try this at home.  If you are lucky enough to have access to a heavy bag, try hitting it for 30 seconds as hard as you can.  30 seconds straight. Imagine you are giving head slaps, shots to the shoulders. shots to the ribs, whatever.  And do it for 30 seconds straight. Hard. Not one slap, wait 5 seconds and give another.  One after the other for 30 seconds.  Take a minutes rest and then do it again.  Repeat this for about 10 minutes and tell me how tired you are.  If you don't have a heavy bag try jumping rope, or just hitting at the air. 
Now imagine doing it with a 300lb guy hitting back.

So to wrap up this rather long winded blurb, I think Haynesworth has put himself in a position where he needs to earn that money he signed on for.  Stop crying about this and that.  You won't get any sympathy here, when you can go home and drown your sorrows in an amount of money I probably will never see in my lifetime.  You had your chance to get out of town, but you chose not to take it.  So live up to your obligations.  And for $100M I don't think having a DT who can play at an elite pace for the majority of the game and especially near the end of games, is too much to ask.
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Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

What an embarassment for the Redskins, their fans, and the NFL.




Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:40 am
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

To me it's pretty clear cut. Albert Haynesworth was always a talented player in Tenessee when he was there but until his contract year... he was pretty much known as a guy who was unblockable when he wanted to be. He has a monster year in his contract year and then gets signed to possibly one of the worst deals ever (from  a GM prespective). No suprise.. a front loaded contract with a ton of guaranteed money and Haynesworth isn't holding up his end of the deal. Albert haynesworth spent the season not showing up to off season training and whining about the new defensive scheme (he signed the deal.. the team owes him nothing). No shock Albert Haynesworth shows up out of shape and can't pass they same physical test that Mike Golic (yeah they ex football player and current ESPN radio host) passed. I'm sure it's not an "easy" test but it shouldn't be hard for an in shape NFL player to complete. I think Mike Shannahan and the Washington Redskins should keep hammering "Fat Albert" and even start fining him if he can't pass the test. If he can't pass the test he isn't fit to be playing 4 downs during the season. Make an example out of him, and set a precident that whining all off season and showing up out of shape won't be tolrated. I have  very little doubt that Haynesworth's "knee injury" was being faked. Albert Haynesworth is a greedy me first player who has no respect for the contract he signed, the team mates he plays with, and the  opportunity he has as an NFL player. If Haynesworth wants out.. give back the $20M signing bonus and get out of town... Albert Haynesworth is a bum... this is the same guy who stomped on the head of Cowboys center Andre Gurode. Keep sticking it to "Fat Albert".



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:40 am
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

To me it's pretty clear cut. Albert Haynesworth was always a talented player in Tenessee when he was there but until his contract year... he was pretty much known as a guy who was unblockable when he wanted to be. He has a monster year in his contract year and then gets signed to possibly one of the worst deals ever (from  a GM prespective). No suprise.. a front loaded contract with a ton of guaranteed money and Haynesworth isn't holding up his end of the deal. Albert haynesworth spent the season not showing up to off season training and whining about the new defensive scheme (he signed the deal.. the team owes him nothing). No shock Albert Haynesworth shows up out of shape and can't pass they same physical test that Mike Golic (yeah they ex football player and current ESPN radio host) passed. I'm sure it's not an "easy" test but it shouldn't be hard for an in shape NFL player to complete. I think Mike Shannahan and the Washington Redskins should keep hammering "Fat Albert" and even start fining him if he can't pass the test. If he can't pass the test he isn't fit to be playing 4 downs during the season. Make an example out of him, and set a precident that whining all off season and showing up out of shape won't be tolrated. I have  very little doubt that Haynesworth's "knee injury" was being faked. Albert Haynesworth is a greedy me first player who has no respect for the contract he signed, the team mates he plays with, and the  opportunity he has as an NFL player. If Haynesworth wants out.. give back the $20M signing bonus and get out of town... Albert Haynesworth is a bum... this is the same guy who stomped on the head of Cowboys center Andre Gurode. Keep sticking it to "Fat Albert".



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:31 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

Right on dude...this azz clown Haynesworth is a joke...guys like this should be black balled from the nfl completely...I hope Rat Tooth Shanny makes the rest of his years in the NFL a living h311



Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:13 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

Hayneswoth is doing the owners of all the teams in the league a big favor; They now will see what ego can do and they will be sure to design future contracts is a way to prevent that from ever happening again.  For example, future contracts could have a clause in them that specifically state if the player pulls any tricks like Haynesworth is doing, the player then will not get paid, but also must pay the money back in full.  Haynesworth is other owners' favorite example for being pricks in the future.  He has certainlyt made a mockery of the entire NFL contract enterprise.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:54 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

This guy should be out there doing his job regardless of his pay scale. Nothing could be too demanding in this situation. It is a matter of being a man and playing or practicing as called for in preseason.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

I am in total agreement!  As a player, you don't have any say-so in what formation/direction goes in.  You are essentially the hired help.  Do your job and shut the hell up?  Even more so...you get paid 100 million, so more reason for you to shut the help up and play.  As a redskins fan, I'm utterly irritated by this black cloud casting a shadow on the light that is Coach Shanahan and Donovan McNabb.

I say Shanahan should keep doing what he is doing.  Maybe even call Coach Parcells (another no-nonsense coach - see his work with Keyshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens and other player divas) and have him rip Al a new one.

Go Skins! 



Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

Let me start by saying I'm an Eagles fan and I have to agree with the positions of people here.  I don't care where you play - if you sign a contract, you are expected to do the things that team asks you to do.  He might have a bit of an argument if he was traded to a team running the 3-4, but that is not the case.

I watch a lot of games (as I am sure people here do), but what I saw last year was ridiculous!  Fat Albert lived up to his recent reputation - play hard for one play, maybe play a second play in the series and fall over on the ground waiting for help and take the next two plays (or more) off.  Wash, Rinse.  Repeat.  Gibbs Version 1 had some very well conditioned teams.  After that, I think there was a different direction taken.  This is the NFC East!  You better be in shape because people are always banging on you.  All four quarters are usually a battle and I can't blame Shanahan for wanting everyone in shape.  All Albert had to do was say "I'll be ready to go at camp", but he even f'd that up, too.  "I want to work out with my guy" is fine when you show up and are ready to go.  There has been a lot of speculation during the time between OTAs and camp that Haynesworth was doing nothing in the way of getting into shape.  Now we see how he was getting ready for the season.

Good luck in this battle..  Shanahan has the rings and Albert better get on board.



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:58 am
 

You Never Know!!!

Shanahan, I agree is doing the right thing. He's running his prison, and not letting the inmates run him. ( just an analogy) One aspect that no one has mentioned, is just because he missed passing the test by one second. Oh big deal, right, one measly little second.  What if Shanahan had said ok, go ahead. And then Fat Albert falls down dead on the practice field during practice.  There would be people calling for Shanahan's head, family lawsuits would soon follow, he would be so-thrown under the proverbial bus it wouldn't be funny. So for all that has transpired so far, I hope he sticks to his guns, not only for the ( I AM the coach reason) but for the very plausible legal reasons, that could very well raise their ugly heads.



Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 8:08 am
 

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

if a 47 year old former DT in Mike Golic can even come close to doing it then there is no reason that Haynesworth cant do it. He's just being a little cry baby because he doesnt wanna play a 3-4 defense but I promise if you give me a hundred million dollars then i'll play a 3-4 a 4-3 a 46...heck i'd even get up every morning at 4 to do your household chores and make your breakfest......i hope your getting the point of this story....he's an over paid clown who deserves to be suspened without pay for the entire year for being such a little cry baby and for being a problem to not only the team but its entire fan base and a disgrace to the league.


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