(Presumably) The Last Albert Haynesworth Mention Of The 2010 Season

Posted by Matt Terl on December 30, 2010 – 3:57 pm

There wasn’t a whole lot to enjoy about The Great Albert Haynesworth Saga of 2010, but I will say this for it: it helped to make sure there was always something to write about. Days that might otherwise have been slow or uninteresting were instead filled with conditioning tests, discussions of the 3-4 defense, and a myriad of other dramas.

That sort of thing slowed after Haynesworth was suspended for the final four games of the season (although The Great Donovan McNabb/Rex Grossman Saga more than picked up the slack), and in some small way it was almost nice to hear defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and head coach Mike Shanahan field a couple of Haynesworth questions during their press conferences today — like finding a nice souvenir from a trip you didn’t really enjoy.

Haslett was first, and he actually sounded a little bit pleased at the idea of talking to Haynesworth again. “I’d like to,” Haslett said. “I don’t wanna talk to him now because of the season, the grievance, all that stuff, but at some point I’d like to talk to him. He reached out. He asked — probably three weeks, four weeks ago, he told Vonnie [Holliday] to call me, and I told him I’m not gonna call him until this is all over with.”

When head coach Mike Shanahan was available, the Washington Post’s Rick Maese pointed out that Haynesworth’s suspension comes to an end after Sunday’s game and asked if Haynesworth would be attending any sort of team meeting on Monday.

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Awards Season At Redskins Park

Posted by Matt Terl on December 30, 2010 – 12:14 pm

In the NFL, the big individual honor is a berth in the Pro Bowl; those were announced a couple of days ago, and the one Redskins player who’s definitely going already knows it. The big team honor, of course, is a division title, and the Redskins were eliminated from contention for that weeks ago.

Which is not to say that there are no honors left to be bestowed here. In fact, two separate awards were handed out today.

First up: Lorenzo Alexander was selected as the Redskins’ Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year. Every team names one; three finalists are invited to the Super Bowl, and one of them is named as the overall winner. The award honors off-the-field-community service as well as on-field excellence; London Fletcher was the Redskins’ recipient last year and became one of the three finalists.

If you just search for Lorenzo Alexander on this blog, it immediately becomes clear how much he deserves this award. The titles of the posts more or less alternate between “Alexander does something nice in the community” and “Alexander levels some guy on special teams and is praised by the coaches.”

The other award is a bit less august but no less serious: the annual Good Guy award from the local media.

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The Triumphant Return Of Doug Dutch (And The Signing Of Two Other Guys)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 30, 2010 – 9:20 am

When the Redskins traded cornerback Doug Dutch to the Ravens for current #2 quarterback John Beck, it seemed likely that we had seen the last of the D.C. native (and Gonzaga grad) as well as his impressive cheering section. But Dutch never caught on in Baltimore, and — as the Redskins find themselves thin in the defensive backfield following injuries to Carlos Rogers and every safety on the team — Dutch was signed to the practice squad yesterday. The cheering section hasn’t returned yet, but I’m sure they’ll be here if Dutch is still on the roster when training camp rolls around.

(This signing also means that John Beck was acquired for absolutely nothing. Coincidentally, that’s the same thing he’s done on the field this season. But the coaching staff seems to be pretty high on him, so I suppose you could now officially chalk up the John Beck trade as an umitigated win for the Redskins. The way this season’s gone, I’ll take whatever wins I can find.)

Dutch wasn’t the only signing, though, and he probably wasn’t the most significant either — cornerback Reggie Jones was signed from the Saints practice squad straight to the Redskins active roster.

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