Albert Haynesworth, the former Redskins defensive tackle who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract (including $41 million guaranteed) in 2009 and played 20 games with the team before he was traded away, has some words of warning for quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Basically: Keep your eye on Mike Shanahan.
It started early in Haynesworth's tenure in Washington. He says he was lied to about the type of defense the team would run and it had everything to do with his ineffectiveness. Then, when Shanahan arrived in 2010, things somehow got worse.
"After that year of playing and not doing anything like we did in Tennessee ... then we get Shanahan in there, aka Red Lobster, as Fred Smoot says," Haynesworth told Tennessee Sports Radio (via the Sports Bog). "He comes in and completely changes the defense to a 3-4. ... I'm not doing things that I normally do -- exploding and shooting the gaps and creating havoc -- I'm staying on the line, going left and right. Not even going forward."
And sometimes, not even moving.
Turns out, calling Shanahan "Red Lobsters" was about the nicest thing Haynesworth had to say about the Redskins coach.
“I mean, it's like, you can't win with that team,” Haynesworth continued. “And you think it was just me? I mean, look how he did Donovan [McNabb]. See what's going on with RG3. I met RG3. He seemed like an extremely nice guy that's willing to work. Now he's gonna learn -- I mean, I hate to say he's gonna learn -- about Shanahan, how he's conniving and everything like that, where he's not gonna help him out, it's all about him.”
Fine, Big Al, you don't like Shanahan. But you can't argue with his two Super Bowl rings, right?
“He hasn't won a playoff game since Elway retired," Haynesworth interrupted.
(Almost. Shanny's 1-5 in the post-Elway postseason. Still, we take your point.)
“Great coach. Yeah. I mean, that's what he came in, the very first meeting, he came in saying I'm a great coach, I know how to win, I've won 25 championships," Haynesworth said. "I'm like, 25 championships? Then I go back and look, and I was like you haven't won a freaking playoff game since Elway retired. How come Elway comes back after Shanahan gets fired? Kind of weird. I mean, the guy is all me me me. Sorry to say that.”
So can the team win with Shanahan?
“Yeah, good luck with that,” he said. “They're gonna run RGIII into the ground."
Hey, something Haynesworth and Chris Cooley can agree on!