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Young remembers Haynesworth, Shanahan

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 1, 2013 – 12:00 pm



Last week fullback Darrel Young told me a story involving Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan.

Young’s story wasn’t a comment on Hayneworth’s time in Washington. The context was centered on Shanahan earning an established veteran’s respect.

But the anecdote is relevant in light of comments both the former player and the head coach made this week.

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‘Dead-Man-Suit 2011 Award’ Is Ready And Waiting

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 23, 2011 – 5:04 pm

In anticipation of tomorrow’s “Welcome Home Luncheon,” many players have gone out and rented or bought top-notch suits for the festivities.

But not everyone is a snappy fashionista.

Inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh wanted to remind me that he will be giving out the annual award to the worst-dressed teammate.  The ‘Dead-Man-Suit award,’ as he calls it, is a tradition that he’s carrying into at least its fifth year, with the help of teammates LaRon Landry and others.

He describes the award as: “It’s given to the player who wears a ugly 1960s suit that looks like they stole it from a body at the graveyard.  I have prizes and awards for whoever ‘wins’ this year.”

I’m no judge, but here are some interesting choices from last year.  First, defensive back Kevin Barnes:

And then defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth:


I’m excited to see what walks through the luncheon doors tomorrow.









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Moving Past The Reputation Of No. 92

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 2, 2011 – 2:48 pm

Courtesy of mvictors.com

For this generation of Redskins fans, No. 92 will always hold a special place in our hearts (a dark corner, perhaps?).  Maybe it’s because he made you laugh.  Maybe it’s because it made you cry.  Maybe it’s because every time Albert Haynesworth comes up in conversation, you say some very unbloggable things.

But you’ll never forget him.

The fact is that Redskins Nation is skittish about a Burgundy and Gold No. 92, and it’s going to take some time–and the right person–to move past that.

Meet the new No. 92, Obi Ezeh, undrafted linebacker out of Michigan. Read more »

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Free At Last

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 30, 2011 – 8:25 am

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Last year, did you know that there are actually other Redskins on the roster besides Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth?

I often had to check twice to make sure.

In all seriousness, the Redskins finally got the opportunity to cut the cord on two of the biggest distractions in team history, and they did so.  Better than that, they got value in return for both players, which was more than many football experts were predicting.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan said he made dealing Haynesworth a priority before camp bagan.  “I think after being with someone for a year, you figure out where they fit in your scheme, or they don’t fit.  We would have released him if we hadn’t traded him.”

So basically the Redskins picked up draft picks for free.  And better yet, they’re finally free of the McNabb, Haynesworth saga.

Let me be very careful to not present these two players as cut from the same stone, because they are not.  Haynesworth was brought in on a historically large contract and never reached his potential.  Questionable work ethic and insubordination, followed by offseason legal troubles made Haynesworth expendable regardless of his abilities.

McNabb was a far more sympathetic character, one who just didn’t fit the system in Washington.  He was a consummate professional: good to the fans, good to the media, and never let his frustrations come out in public.  Even as his results deteriorated, he stayed steady.  That’s commendable for anyone, and it likely earned him future opportunities in this league.

There are several reasons why everyone should like these trades: Read more »

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Dexter Manley Would Like To Help Albert Haynesworth

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 13, 2011 – 1:50 pm

Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman spoke to Dexter Manley following the 4th & Life event at Redskins Park Friday.

by Brian Tinsman

Friday’s 4th & Life event at Redskins Park was intended to offer life advice to area high school football players. Former Redskins pass rushing great Dexter Manley took the opportunity to offer similar services to current Redskins player Albert Haynesworth, to get his life back on track.

“I wanna talk to him,” Manley said, as soon as Haynesworth’s name was mentioned.

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Mike Shanahan Describes An Early Conversation With Albert Haynesworth

Posted by Matt Terl on February 25, 2011 – 2:11 pm

Shortly after Albert Haynesworth was suspended for conduct detrimental to the club, this is how Mike Shanahan described one of his earliest meetings with the defensive lineman as head coach in Washington: “When he first came in, we talked about a 4-3 defense; he didn’t like the 4-3 defense a year ago. 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.”

You might think that summary really captures the sheer, kafkaesque frustration the coach felt when dealing with Haynesworth, but the detailed version — as told to Larry Michael in their interview at the Combine yesterday — really expands on and enhances that feeling.

The subject came up when Michael asked what Haynesworth’s current status was, and if there was any chance he would be on the team this season. (“I get this question on Redskins Nation all the time,” Michael said, by way of segueing into the topic, “and it’s about Albert Haynesworth. And the question has been blunt at times: why is he still on the team?”)

Here’s the coach’s answer: Read more »

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(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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Redskins Explain How To Discuss Your Teammate's Ongoing Drama

Posted by Matt Terl on December 10, 2010 – 2:50 pm

One of the interesting subplots of the Albert Haynesworth saga was watching how different players addressed the topic with the media.

The players are put into an awkward position when it comes to something like this: if they don’t talk, the media gets annoyed with them. If they talk but offer nothing but platitudes, everyone rolls their eyes and keeps asking the same questions until they say something interesting. And when they say something interesting, they risk angering their teammates, their coaches, and even the fans. And that’s just when they’re quoted accurately.

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Washington Redskins Courage House At Youth For Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Terl on December 10, 2010 – 11:46 am

Yesterday marked the dedication of the Washington Redskins Courage House at the Bristow, Virginia, campus of Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has expanded its mission; they’ve always been dedicated to helping kids who were victims of neglect and abuse, but they now hope to have a dedicated facility in every NFL market. They’re calling these spots Courage Houses, and according to past foundation president John Lopez, “Today the foundation’s goal is to establish a house in every NFL city. We’re at 20 right now.”

The 21st is the Redskins house. Like many others in the network, it’s part of an existing facility, in this case Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow, another organization that helps homeless and at-risk kids. The speakers at yesterday’s dedication included a former YFT resident named Michael, who gave a truly harrowing account of his past; former Ed Block Courage Award winner Joe Jacoby; and Snyder and Gibbs themselves.

Michael’s speech was without question the most affecting, but Gibbs did offer (among many other things) at least one entertaining anecdote about Snyder, and he also offered — as everyone eventually must — his thoughts on the Albert Haynesworth drama. Those are both after the jump. Read more »

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Albert Haynesworth Talks About The Importance Of Adjusting

Posted by Matt Terl on December 7, 2010 – 9:56 am

Albert Haynesworth went on the radio for a half hour last night to respond to the rampant rumors surrounding his status with the Washington Redskins. My Chanukah guests had already left and the Monday Night Football game was failing to thrill, so I grudgingly tuned in to what 106.7 The Fan’s Bill Rohland breathlessly assured me would be 27 minutes of radio gold.

I didn’t need even half of those 27 soul-crushing minutes to realize just how sick I am of this entire, neverending drama. When I was tweeting updates from Mike Shanahan’s press conference yesterday and mentioned that the coach planned to meet with Haynesworth by Wednesday, someone named @chrisbs95 tweeted, “What are the chances both men start crying and come to a very tearful understanding and reconciling”. This is funny, of course, because the chances are roughly 1 in 3,456,346,996,434, a fact that was brought home even more as I listened to Haynesworth chat with an exceedingly supportive Kevin & Rock and a more combative Grant Paulsen.

No one can win in this Haynesworth situation. Everyone involved has already looked bad at one point or another, but the biggest losers have to be Redskins fans, who have given up countless hours of our lives following the endless back and forth. Those hours could’ve been spent doing something truly useful, like yelling at each other about which of this season’s losses have been the worst or speculating wildly about new Redskins uniforms.

Anyhow, Haynesworth flatly refuted a Comcast SportsNet report that he had been hungover at Friday’s practice, called the unnamed sources from that report “cowards,” and channeled the spirit of Fred Durst circa 2002 (or so) by twice referring to “haters” in the Redskins organization that don’t like him.

But none of that is what stuck out to me after the whole thing came to a merciful end (I skipped the promised followup featuring Kevin & Rock’s reactions to the whole thing; even in the name of my job, I can only take so much). What stuck with me was something Haynesworth said about his relationship with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, and how it contrasted with almost everything else he said in the interview. Read more »

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