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As Promised, Mike Shanahan Discusses Haynesworth On Wednesday

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2010 – 3:05 pm

After a morning of charity and jackets and balloons and haircuts and personal abuse, it’s time to return yet again to the dreary, never-ending topic of Albert Haynesworth.

During his Monday press conference, Mike Shanahan repeatedly said that he’d discuss the Haynesworth situation on Wednesday after he’d had a chance to talk to Haynesworth himself. In the 48 hours since, Haynesworth has been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the club, and the conversation between the two men never materialized.

So when Shanahan stuck to his promise and talked about Haynesworth today, the first thing he addressed was that non-conversation.

“I was gonna share the conversation Albert and I had,” a cheerful-seeming Shanahan said, “but since he wouldn’t talk to me I couldn’t share that conversation with you guys. That was a little tough.”

Shanahan’s mood appeared to remain upbeat even as he ran through a brief overview of The Entire History Of The Albert Thing: “When he first came in, we talked about a 4-3 defense; he didn’t like the 4-3 defense a year ago,” Shanahan explained. “Didn’t like the base defense, didn’t like the nickel defense. Came here, didn’t wanna play nose tackle, didn’t wanna play defensive end. We got him playing the nickel package first and second and third down; didn’t like first and second down nickel, wanted to play nickel in passing situations. It was just time to go another direction. Never quite been through situation like this before. We did it in the best interests of our football team; now we go on.”

Before we could go on, though, there were a few more Haynesworth-related questions to be answered.
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Chris Horton's Teammates Discuss His Haircut

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2010 – 1:12 pm

Chris Horton made an impact on the field his rookie season, but a big part of the reason he became a fan favorite was his distinctive hair. It helped him stand out visually on the field, and it earned him the nickname The Predator. After being put on injured reserve this season, Horton, as his blog puts it, “shed the dreads” and is now sporting a shorter haircut that looks a bit like a tentative mohawk.

Yesterday’s charity coat handout was my first chance to ask Horton about the makeover — and to ask his fellow DBs for their reactions.

Horton, for his part, is completely excited about the change. “I love it,” he said. “I feel younger; I don’t have to worry about walking around with my hair all messed up and waiting weeks to get it retwisted. Now I can just go to the barbershop and kinda feel good. It was just one of those things that I really wanted to do. I got tired of it and I told myself after this year I was gonna get rid of it; it’s been eight years and it’s finally gone.”

But the reaction he’s been receiving … that’s been a little more mixed. Read more »

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Redskins Distribute Coats For The Holidays, Discuss Starter Jackets

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2010 – 10:18 am

No matter what it may have seemed like, the entire roster of the Washington Redskins was not sitting around talking about Albert Haynesworth yesterday. Brian Orakpo and Chris Cooley, for example, found time to pose for photos with the local high school All-Met Team. A whole bunch of guys were in the trainers’ room trying to get healthy for Sunday’s game. And many of the defensive backs were at Macy’s in Dulles Town Center distributing warm coats, hats, and gloves to underserved kids brought in from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“Anytime you can give anything back is huge,” DeAngelo Hall said, “but to actually give coats back in this area where it’s always cold … I mean, this is something they can really use.”

Kevin Barnes saw things the same way. “These little kids, sometimes their parents don’t have the means to provide them with warm coats, and seeing them out here, laughing and joking around,” Barnes said, “it’s definitely a good time.”

Chris Horton joked that he could use one of the coats himself, “’cause it’s my third year up here and I still don’t own a coat.” And that comment sparked — for the second straight year — a discussion of the Starter Jacket phenomenon of the 1990s. Read more »

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