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Shanahan on Haynesworth: 'Lazy, lack of passion ... lack of character'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mike Shanahan has fired back at Albert Haynesworth. (USATSI)
Mike Shanahan has fired back at Albert Haynesworth. (USATSI)

A couple of days ago, former high-priced defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was dropped back into our lives when former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley called him "an awful human being" and Haynesworth warned Robert Griffin III about "conniving" coach Mike Shanahan.

Haynesworth called Shanahan "Red Lobster," said the coach hasn't done much of anything positive in the playoffs since John Elway retired, and explained further this way: "“I mean, it's like, you can't win with that team. 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.”

On Thursday, Shanahan fired back at the player whom the Redskins deemed fit to give a $100 million contract and $41 million guaranteed.

From the Washington Post:

Asked on Thursday if he had heard about Haynesworth's comments, Shanahan chuckled and said, “Let me put it this way.” He paused, grabbed hold of the mic on the podium and paused before proceeding.

Shanahan said, “Let me put it this way, the only people I really haven't gotten along with since I've been a head coach and an assistant coach is someone that's lazy, and No. 2, someone that's lazy and they may lack character, or they're lazy and lack passion for the game. Those are really the only people I haven't gotten along with as a head coach or as an assistant coach. And so that's what you're looking for.

“And through my years,” he continued, “people that are lazy and have lacked passion for their job, they don't go into the next year of their job, and if they do, they don't last the next year. And so the people that I've looked at that come back and complain and do some of the things that you do when you don't get along with someone as a head coach or an assistant coach, usually falls in one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion, and lot of times, a lack of character, and he fits all three.”

Luckily for Shanahan, one of his former players has taken his side.

“His goal from the get-go was to take that money," Cooley said. "He also indicated to many players on the team that his new goal was to get released as soon as possible, sign another maybe $10, 12 million contract -- that's verbatim -- go somewhere, play for a year and probably get released, and keep that money too. I mean, if it was a player on this team currently, I would not discuss this on the air. But being the player that he was, and the guy that he was around here, this was open [knowledge] among many players in this locker room: that his goal was basically to take money."

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