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Haynesworth calls out his teammates

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, a force believed to be so dominant and disruptive that he would single-handedly make the Washington defense into an elite unit, isn’t happy with the performance of his teammates.

So Haynesworth is risking potential disruption of a different kind by calling them out.
“Urgency, heart, ‘want-to,’ whatever.  I don’t know. We’re lacking a lot of stuff right now,” Haynesworth said after Monday night’s loss to the Eagles, which dropped the Redskins to 2-5 on the season.
And Haynesworth would know about urgency, heart, and ‘want-to,’ given that he only began to display those traits once he had a $100 million carrot dangling in his face come 2007.  Before that, he was just a guy.  Now that he’s been paid, he’s not the guy he was during two contract-chasing campaigns in Nashville.
“The fans are losing interest,” Haynesworth said.  “The more games we play, the fewer fans come. It’s getting bad.”
Actually, it’s already bad.  It looks to only be getting worse.
Haynesworth didn’t call out the folks who assembled players lacking urgency, heart, and “want-to,” likely because those same people gave him the money to buy the toys he was showing off on ESPN last night — a rock-crawling vehicle that he seemed to be spilling out of and a catamaran with a top speed of 160 miles per hour.  
Still, the deeper message is that the blame for the current mess goes to the top of the organization.
The players, the coaches, the executives.  All were hired by Daniel Snyder or other people he hired.  And the current result is a pyramid of incompetence that requires a major overhaul.
The real question is whether the person at the top of the pyramid will admit that reality — and then whether he is capable of handing the keys to someone who knows what he’s doing, and stepping aside.
    
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23 Responses to “Haynesworth calls out his teammates”
  1. BaltimoreMatt says: Oct 27, 2009 5:05 PM

    Is Albert tellings us that money cant buy happiness? Maybe he should step on Snyder’s face next time.

  2. CINGreiss says: Oct 27, 2009 5:07 PM

    Dan Snyder realizes it to a degree. He will try to switch it up and this will be his last attempt in DC. If the switches he makes this time don’t work and he continues to hear the backlash from fans for the next 3 seasons after this, the team will be gone. Dan Snyder will move the franchise to LA to be with Tom Cruise and his Hollywood friends and be praised out there because he brought LA team. Don’t be surprised.

  3. JohnnyH says: Oct 27, 2009 5:18 PM

    It could be worse Albert, you could still be with The Titans.

  4. Deadskinsfan says: Oct 27, 2009 5:24 PM

    Haynesworth is the least of the Skins’ worries, having transformed one of their weaker units into one of their stronger ones. I realize that isn’t saying much, but Haynesworth is doing his job and doing it well, eating up blockers and making plays that only a handful of DT in the league, and not a single Redskin since Butz in his prime (and Daryl Gardiner for one season) could make.
    Albert is dispirited and I don’t blame him. He actually could have used much stronger language without resorting to the hyperbole favored by his DT peer in Oakland, Dick Seymour. Albert’s statements “We’re lacking a lot of stuff right now” and “The fans are losing interest” are understatements.
    If he says the Skins would lose to Walt Whitman High School (Go Vikings), then I might want to muzzle him.
    On second thought, I doubt Campbell could resemble a good QB against Montgomery County, Maryland high school defenses, either.

  5. mixman34 says: Oct 27, 2009 5:25 PM

    Didn’t some moron pick these guys to go to the superbowl even though everyone else laughed and laughed and laughed at said moron? And doesn’t said moron have the keys to a beast football knowledge website?
    Whats next the Packers are going to beat the Vikings this weekend?! Moronicy abounds!

  6. Deadskinsfan says: Oct 27, 2009 5:26 PM

    That’s an interesting theory, CIN, but LA will have a team before 2013.

  7. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 27, 2009 5:26 PM

    I have to hand it to Haynesworth.
    Allot of us were sure he would take the money and run.
    Maybe the dude has grown up.

  8. Steve-O says: Oct 27, 2009 5:44 PM

    mixman34 says:
    October 27, 2009 5:25 PM
    Didn’t some moron pick these guys to go to the superbowl even though everyone else laughed and laughed and laughed at said moron? And doesn’t said moron have the keys to a beast football knowledge website?
    Whats next the Packers are going to beat the Vikings this weekend?! Moronicy abounds!
    VERY ORIGINAL IDIOT!!

  9. spyboots says: Oct 27, 2009 6:47 PM

    That’s what happens when you buy up a bunch of big names and try to plug them all in (instead of getting most of the players via the draft and home-growing them). No wonder they have no chemistry.

  10. comment_submission_error says: Oct 27, 2009 7:34 PM

    The real question is whether the person at the top of the pyramid will admit that reality — and then whether he is capable of handing the keys to someone who knows what he’s doing, and stepping aside.
    ————————————–
    Al Davis won’t do that, and Jerrah won’t do that, so I’d be surprised if Snyder does it. All three seem to think having the keys to the car makes them the best possible driver.
    comment submission error. again.

  11. Rickah99 says: Oct 27, 2009 7:36 PM

    I’m sorry, is this the same Albert Haynesworth that routinely gets hurt and has to visit the sideline or get carted off to the locker room? Oh yeah, he’s got his money, my bad!!
    LOL, good luck Skins fans! I love listening to the all the venom on DC radio. Here’s an idea: STOP BUYING TICKETS FOR AN INFERIOR PRODUCT!!! Oh yeah, you’ll get sued by the owner! LOL, what a joke Danny-boy has turned this “organization” into in such a short time. I heard Tom Cruise will be calling plays after the bye week!

  12. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 27, 2009 8:37 PM

    Don’t get the big man mad, or he might stomp your head in..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5nlEA8BUTQ

  13. Colts18 says: Oct 27, 2009 8:47 PM

    He never called out his teammates, he always said ‘we’. But I guess thats a nice way to twist it, if thats what you wish

  14. CH³NO² says: Oct 27, 2009 10:43 PM

    I still say Fat Albert won’t make it thru the season uninjured. Sam Huff says everytime he comes to the sidelines to get a blow, he is checking his bank account balance.
    Did you see that sack he had last night? He fell on his big fat ass and was laying on the turf and McNab walked right over him and fatboy sacked him with his legs! LMAO!

  15. Jshalk123 says: Oct 27, 2009 10:54 PM

    I was skeptical of Albert after he signed the contract with Washington. I thought he might call it quits in some games and maybe he has. But last night it seemed like he played pretty hard when the game was out of reach. The offense looked like they didn’t even care. down 3 scores with 5 min left they were still taking their sweet ass time. And as the game progressed, if they would have played intelligently (FG?) they might have actually been in the game at the end.

  16. Ross says: Oct 27, 2009 11:14 PM

    Does anyone even watch the games closely before posting this garbage? How about look at stats – He is top 5 in the league for sacks from defensive tackles, but more importantly Andre Carter is tied for 6th in the league overall for sacks and Brian Orakpo is ahead of the curve for a rookie. I don’t know if you saw Andre Carter last season, but it stands to reason Albert Haynesworth might have something to do with Carter’s newfound ability to get to the QB. Most other DTs don’t get doubled EVERY SINGLE DOWN they play – you’d be tired too.

  17. piemaster says: Oct 28, 2009 3:45 AM

    You seem to be tryuing to make a story out of nothing here. Haynesworth is doing what any sensible professional does when the team is underperforming – he puts the blame on the whole team and says that they need to do better. Note he said ‘we’, including himself in that pitch. What else do you expect him to say?

  18. chapnasty says: Oct 28, 2009 7:10 AM

    Someone should call out Haynesworth for getting his fat as* tired after 2 plays, or getting hurt 2 or 3 times a day. This guy isn’t worth 50 million but idiot Snyder paid him 100. I have watched every Redskin game this season and every game I watch him get tired and take plays off. Over rated is an understatement. If you think he is so effective just by being fat and taking up blockers, than I can assure you the NFL can find several 300lb guys to take up space.

  19. Monstersport says: Oct 28, 2009 8:18 AM

    Hey Fat Albert, at least you had won two more games than the Tinans plus a big fat bank account you have got, what’s wrong with you?

  20. Agamemnon says: Oct 28, 2009 9:29 AM

    Something you wrote in this made me laugh, Mr. Florio. Here’s the relevant rant:
    —————————–
    Still, the deeper message is that the blame for the current mess goes to the top of the organization.
    The players, the coaches, the executives. All were hired by Daniel Snyder or other people he hired. And the current result is a pyramid of incompetence that requires a major overhaul.
    The real question is whether the person at the top of the pyramid will admit that reality — and then whether he is capable of handing the keys to someone who knows what he’s doing, and stepping aside.
    ————————–
    Okay, first, I fully admit that Dan Snyder is giving Al Davis a run for the money on how these organizations are run. I’m enjoying the circus, even if it is almost painful to watch the ‘Skins right now.
    But, really. When you mention that the players, coaches, and executives were hired by Snyder or someone he hired, aren’t you describing nearly the entire league?! (The few exceptions might be new owners who have some staff or players left over from the previous regime.) With this in mind, the only way I can see Snyder hand off the keys and step aside would be to sell the team. Is this what you meant, or more likely, try to hire the right GM and let that person make the other hiring decisions.
    It made me laugh, at any rate. And I can’t believe you wrote something that actually makes me defend Snyder. The only owners I might like less would be Al Davis and Jerry Jones.
    And the Packers owners, but hey, that’s just because I’m a Vikes fan. ;-)

  21. VoxVeritas says: Oct 28, 2009 9:56 AM

    “Al Davis won’t do that, and Jerrah won’t do that, so I’d be surprised if Snyder does it.”
    Al Davis was an NFL player and coach. Jerry Jones played for a national championship college team. Dan Snyder gave clarinet recitals.

  22. dcfan-1212450 says: Oct 28, 2009 10:03 AM

    Ya there are some real stupid people commenting here. The biggest proof that Albert is still a beast is Kyle Van De Bosch before Albert Haynsworth and after. 4 sacks in 3 years before the titans, 25.5 sacks in 2 years with the Titans and Haynesworth, 0 this year. As in none, not a one. And as was noted before, Andre Carter is suddenly top 5 in sacks thanks to the constant double teaming of Haynesworth. And they better sit him every now and then, or he definately would get hurt. So why you going to call him lazy and worthless if he rests to ensure his health and has been a force. Man many of you really dont know football…
    And as for Albert calling out his teammates, give me a break. We this and We that is not calling out other players. He is understating the facts. The Skins, my team, DC’s pride and joy, are awful. 4 games, we will win 4 games this year. Which is a far cry from the super bowl…

  23. CH³NO² says: Oct 28, 2009 4:28 PM

    @ dcfan
    “The Skins, my team, DC’s pride and joy, are awful. 4 games, we will win 4 games this year. Which is a far cry from the super bowl…”
    Just curious…..where are the other 2 wins coming from?
    Don’t say Oakland. Remember we got beat by Detroit and KC and barely beat the Rams. So against the the NFL basement dwellers……we suck!

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