Friday, July 30, 2010

Washington Redskins vs. Albert Haynesworth

Okay, I know this damn topic has been run into the ground, but I've got to add some thought to it, especially after the transgressions of the past few days.

It all started Wednesday when Albert Haynesworth showed up a day early to training camp to meet with coaches [Mike] Shanahan and [Jim] Haslett (and I'm sure the defensive line, linebackers, and safeties coaches were all present as well). Haynesworth committed to the team for training camp on Wednesday and was cool with being told he'd have to participate in conditioning drills in order to get on the practice field with the team. Apparently all was well.

Haynesworth showed up 32 lbs. lighter than his standard 352, down to 320, he's looking like a 4-3 DT, or a 3-4 DE (which in all honesty COULD be the exact same position). This is enough to show me he's somewhat committed to this job.

Haynesworth was asked to run three trials of a 300 yard sprint (this is more than most coaches would ever think to request of the players on their team). From what I've been told, Haynesworth ran the first and second, and skipped out midway through the third to use the facilities (no, not in the way he's BEEN using them all offseason). But then apparently came back out and worked out with Haslett on the sidelines learning the scheme a bit.

Last night when walking off of the practice field, Albert apparently told NBC4, "I'm tired of this bullsh*t, I just want to get on field & play." I've been told by Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes that "hey, it happens" in regards to Haynesworth needing to use the bathroom; so I'm willing to forgive and forget if Haynesworth can come out without a bathroom issue and finish his test. As far as getting on the field and playing... I hope Haynesworth has committed 100% to this team.

Warren Sapp told me once that, "Haynesworth has a great reason to be displeased with the scheme change, because his job is now to get beat up rather than do the beating." Speaking with common sense, I can't see a coach utilizing players to their weaknesses and not their strengths. I really don't believe that Shanahan told Haynesworth he'd DEFINITELY be a full-time Nose Tackle in our 3-4 defense, and with the weight-loss, it appears Haynesworth has DEFINITELY committed to being a 3-4 DE.

Considering the conditions of the field at yesterdays practice, I'm happy to hear that Albert didn't collapse from exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke, or even severe cramps from the heat and humidity, which is very common.

I'm ready for the season, that's what training camp does to people. And if Haynesworth, even for just one season, wants to play football for the Redskins, I am ready to forget the horrible offseason he has had. And I just hope that he lives up to all the potential he's got, because at DE in a 3-4 scheme, Albert Haynesworth could truly cement his legacy.

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