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.
“That’s a good question,” Shanahan said. Usually when people say that, they’re being sarcastic, or trying to humorously indicate that they don’t know the answer to something. Shanahan seemed to be sincerely complimenting Maese on his inquiry. “That’s a very good question,” he said again.
Maese asked the coach if he had a good answer to the question, and Shanahan laughed. “No, I don’t,” he said. “If you do, would you let me know?”
Someone else asked if he was expecting Haynesworth to attend a meeting on Monday, and Shanahan again demurred.
“I really don’t know,” he said. “I really have no clue.”
The next step in the traditional media dance known as “rephrasing of the same question in the hopes of eliciting a different answer” was for someone to ask if Shanahan had asked him to be at a meeting next week, and at that point Shanahan got slightly more serious.
“To be honest with you,” he said, “we’ve been focusing with the guys at hand — I haven’t even thought about that, to be honest with you. I’m not sure what the rules are.”
Finally, someone asked if the coach wanted Haynesworth to be here on Monday.
Shanahan paused for just a second, then said, “Let’s move on.”
Which seems a very appropriate way to end my final Albert Haynesworth post of 2010. Let’s move on.
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