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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.
Category: NFL

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2010 10:11 pm

Shanahan CANNOT Give In

Completely agree great article. I will have so much less respect for Shanahan if he lets Haynesworth practice. Some people make the argument that he wont ever pass it and he wont be able to practice. While this has some merit, Shanahan simply CANNOT go around to his players saying...
"Alright you passed the conditioning test? Excellent."
"Looks like you failed, can't practice again but you can try again tomorrow."
"...Oh.. Albert. Well.... you dont have to take it, but shh!"
I mean this is one of the most respected coaches in the national football league. If he's going to bring a bad team to the relevance of football fans (and teams) again, he can't bend the rules for anyone. If they are going to have a shot this year or beyond, they need to be unified. Isn't that what a team is supposed to be by definiton?

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:55 pm

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

Not only are we all in agreement with the actions of Fat Albert Haynesworth. But this has everything to do with character. Haynesworth made a name for himself as an elite run stopper in Tennesee. He was unstoppable!! He has the great talent!! He was in shape enough at the time to do the things he was asked to do. Then the money came..A perfect example of a lazy NFL gold digger. He does not care about his team. Does not care about being the very best. Does not care about his reputaion because he got what wanted all along..A fat juicy paycheck!! And once again some  over zealous (i can buy anything I want) owner walked right into that big pile of dog doo and bought a big pile of poo. I wish I could become a millionaire for doing my job very well after just one year. I wish I could become a millionire just based on my potential.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:17 pm

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

Not only do I think that a multi million dollar athelete should be in shape all year round. (What job does he have to do but train)  I also think that he should be fined for failing.  If every failed test cost him $100k I would like to see how many he fails then.  In this day atheletes think because they performed once that they should be paid for life.  He should earn his money and kudo's to Shannahan for insisting that he do so.  If he can't hack it cut him and pay him nothing.  That is how contracts in the NFL work anyway.

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:40 am

Shanahan Vs. Haynesworth

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p; I couldn't agree more with your statement!!! We here in Redskin Nation can't believe this whole thing is happening. When a man makes this kind of money and doesn't have the respect for his team mates let alone his employer to show up ready to go is frustrating as hell. The test of two 300yrd drills broken down into 25yrd increments is not much to ask of a pro-level athlete. We had a local sportscaster Ivan Carter perform the test and he completed it in 64 sec. on the first one and 67 sec. on the second respectfully. Know I will grant you he is only a 200lb guy but, he also rides a desk for a living!!! So no simpathy here for Haynesworth what so ever. This team needs to stay focused and just let him deal with this on his own.

;      Though I was thinking the other day how great it would be if the D-line went out and ran it with him or just went out and cheered him on. What a great sign of camaraderie for the team and healing it would be to just get pass this whole debacle. The team wants him out there practicing as we all do. Let's just hope he can get through this quickly and get to some football.

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