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Week 16 Morning Aftermath: Haynesworth must go

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder seems to be serious about making a dramatic change to the manner in which the franchise he has owned for more than a decade is managed.

Gone is long-time Snyder confidant Vinny Cerrato, and Snyder seems to be willing to keep his ladle out of the soup moving forward.  (Then again, Snyder tried that approach in 2001 — and it lasted for a year.)

But Snyder needs to make one more change in order to properly break from his fantasy-football mindset of seasons past. 

He needs to get rid of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

More accurately, G.M. Bruce Allen needs to make the decision to get rid of Haynesworth, and Snyder needs to let Allen implement it.

Haynesworth is far more trouble than he’s worth, as Haynesworth’s recent actions have demonstrated.  Sure, he’s talented.  But he’s a divisive personality who can’t deal with adversity and can’t stay healthy and the Redskins never should have signed him.

Making the move easier in 2010 will be the absence of the salary cap.  With no cap, there will be no cap consequences, allowing the Redskins to dump Haynesworth and move on.

So put him on the trading block.  Someone else will think they can get through to him, even though in reality not even Vince Lombardi could get this guy to give his all on every snap.

The only argument in favor of keeping Haynesworth around is that they have given him $40 million in guaranteed money and he has the potential to be dominant.  Still, if the goal is to win a Super Bowl, Haynesworth is likely to do more harm than good in that regard — especially if the team encounters any adversity in 2010.

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39 Responses to “Week 16 Morning Aftermath: Haynesworth must go”
  1. dlmcc0909 says: Dec 28, 2009 10:49 AM

    This fat sack of crap might be the worst free agent signing in the history of the NFL

  2. tombrookshire says: Dec 28, 2009 10:51 AM

    Potential is like a check for a million bucks. It’s only a piece of paper until you cash it.

  3. Hap says: Dec 28, 2009 10:53 AM

    I agree Fat Albert needs to go , but it will never happen. It was Danny’s idea, so said Vinny Cerruto.

  4. rh44 says: Dec 28, 2009 10:55 AM

    I hope he goes to Miami simply for poetic justice sake.

  5. Krow says: Dec 28, 2009 10:56 AM

    If Haynesworth wanted to win a SB then why did he sign with a struggling team? All he wanted was money. Otherwise he’d have taken less and played with a contender last year. The logic is obvious.

  6. Emoney says: Dec 28, 2009 10:57 AM

    Wow! This guy obviously played his ass off in his last year for the Titans just so that he could get that big contract. He got what he wanted and no team deserves this slug more than the Redskins. Gotta love the rich owners who throw their money around to the biggest free agents, only to see if backfire.
    Kinda makes Ted Thompson’s arguement for building from the draft seem more logical.

  7. texasthunder says: Dec 28, 2009 11:03 AM

    Man Florio, your hate on the Redskins is tremendous. What happened. Did you wager your life savings on the Redskins making it to the superbowl, or what?
    Dont you know its in poor taste to speak badly of the dead??

  8. dcfan-1212450 says: Dec 28, 2009 11:09 AM

    Haynesworth is a monster in the middle. Really talented, a great player, and a loyal teammate (he has gotten himself fined twice for coming to the aid of Deangelo Hall in an on field scuffle). But he is injury proned, he is vocal, and he is a liability. Will the Skins cut him, no. No chance, no how. When Shanahan becomes coach, even if he doesn’t retain Greg Blache, expect major fines and possible suspensions for Haynesworth if he does that crap under him. No player is aloud to do such garbage to a Shanahan staff (another sign at how weak and bad Jim Zorn is as a coach). We heard these kind of suggestions about Randy Moss, Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, Vernon Davis, and a number of others, but look at these guys now. No nonsense tough as nails coaches set these guys straight. Shanahan will do the same. Albert may not have been the smartest signing the Skins have ever done but he is the best DT in the league and we must take advantage of him while he is still healthy. The right coach can correct a player like him…

  9. the real deal says: Dec 28, 2009 11:09 AM

    @Emoney says:
    December 28, 2009 10:57 AM
    “Kinda makes Ted Thompson’s arguement for building from the draft seem more logical.”
    No nothing makes that seems logical because in the draft you end up with Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn etc etc etc
    Mainly JaMarcus the biggest bust ever in my opinion after that ridiculous contract they gave to him 10 mill a year for a fat lard who stunk up the league for far to long!

  10. Favre On HGH says: Dec 28, 2009 11:10 AM

    $40 million in guaranteed money and he doesn’t want to attend a meeting on Christmas. He even tried to provoke his team mates to show up late/ not show.



    Wow. Just wow.

  11. Emoney says: Dec 28, 2009 11:25 AM

    the real deal says:
    December 28, 2009 11:09 AM
    @Emoney says:
    December 28, 2009 10:57 AM
    No nothing makes that seems logical because in the draft you end up with Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn etc etc etc
    Mainly JaMarcus the biggest bust ever in my opinion after that ridiculous contract they gave to him 10 mill a year for a fat lard who stunk up the league for far to long!
    ——————————————-
    Well when you have Al Davis drafting year after year, picking overrated players, you have to expect them to be busts. JaMarcus, McFadden, Hayward-Bay, etc. Al Davis clearly doesn’t know how to draft. Now of course, the “draft experts” were riding JaMarcus’s nuts during that draft, but I bet that over 70% of G.M.’s wouldn’t have picked Russell with that first pick. Hell, Matt Flynn is a better QB than him, and he’s the Packers backup. Plus, we got him in the 7th round.

  12. ras6111 says: Dec 28, 2009 11:27 AM

    the real deal says:
    December 28, 2009 11:09 AM
    “No nothing makes that seems logical because in the draft you end up with Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn etc etc etc
    Mainly JaMarcus the biggest bust ever in my opinion after that ridiculous contract they gave to him 10 mill a year for a fat lard who stunk up the league for far to long!”
    Well when you don’t know what you’re doing you end up with that. It is stupid to think that you don’t build through the draft. Idiots sign big free-agents.

  13. howiseeit says: Dec 28, 2009 11:29 AM

    I am a Cowboy fan so, Hell Yeah!, get his ass out of the NFC (B)East. The guy is a truck inside and when motivated, almost unstoppable. So by all means send him away…as long as it’s the AFC, I could care less where he goes.

  14. Diggs says: Dec 28, 2009 11:41 AM

    $40 million in guaranteed money and he doesn’t want to attend a meeting on Christmas. He even tried to provoke his team mates to show up late/ not show.



    Wow. Just wow.



    That last part was never proven, only rumor mongering by this site to create traffic.

  15. PUR-D33 says: Dec 28, 2009 11:45 AM

    @Stinson
    Sorry, I don’t usually lash out. But it’s tough to be a Skins fan these days.

  16. nasheagles says: Dec 28, 2009 11:48 AM

    He’s overpayed– but a beast — he’s by far the best interior lineman in the NFL.. look at the stats.. KVB had 16 sacks with Albert — 1 without albert.. Carter has 8 sacks for the
    skins this year and only had 4 last year… this uy can dominate and make others heads spin… The Skins simply don’t know what system they want to run and signed a player thats skill set wasnt a prioity — but thats how Snyder does things… Shanahan will never cut Haynesworth…

  17. straverse says: Dec 28, 2009 11:51 AM

    I agree with dcfan on this one. Yes, he’s the biggest pain in the ass since TO met Philly, but he just needs an enforcer-type coach to fine and sit his ass down.
    Either that, or sue him for conduct detrimental to the team and cut him. Then let the biggest d-big the league has seen in a while sign a much, much, much smaller deal somewhere else.

  18. Jungle Juice says: Dec 28, 2009 11:57 AM

    It would kill their cap so they are stuck with him.

  19. rjgreen3 says: Dec 28, 2009 12:03 PM

    @dcfan1212450
    Tell me why does everyone blame Jim Zorn for the bs going on in dc. Zorn was hired to be oc one week and the next he’s the hc. The most experience he had as a coach was qb coach! So, tell me how can anyone blame him! If someone is to be BLAMED look upstairs @ Snyder and Cerruto!

  20. Mad Squabbles says: Dec 28, 2009 12:21 PM

    There is a reason the Titans didn’t compete to sign the most dominant defensive lineman in the game for the two years prior to this one. They knew what they had, what he was worth, and how he would play once he got paid. They tendered him an offer, nowhere near what the ‘Skins paid, and he rejected it. Kudos to him for getting paid. Sucks for ‘Skins fans though.

  21. Mean D says: Dec 28, 2009 12:35 PM

    Fat Albert is WAY over rated.

  22. CH³NO² says: Dec 28, 2009 12:39 PM

    As long as fans keep buying tickets (and $12 beers) and Redskins crap, they will enable Danny boy to throw away money at free agent busts. This team has to own the record for the most free agent disasters in the NFL and Fat Albert may the biggest yet!
    STOP BUYING TICKETS! I have and I feel great!

  23. dcfan-1212450 says: Dec 28, 2009 12:46 PM

    @rjgreen3
    I do not completely blame Zorn for his situation. He was thrown into the wolves because no one else wanted the job. But at the same time the man has failed to take control of his team. No major speaches, no action, no consequences. Tom Cable defied his owner and boss and benched the worthless Jemarcus Russell. Cable brought fire and fight and anger in what many consider a winless situation working for Al Davis. And even as Oakland loses, Cable has far more control of that team than Zorn, who has never done any of that. And its Zorn decision to keep starting Campbell. It was Zorns decision to cut Chase Daniels when they knew Colt Brennan was going on IR. Its Zorn who refused to fight to keep calling plays. If your not going to fight for what you really want which was calling plays, how are you going to fight for your team. The Redskins problems starts with Snyder, but Cerrato and Zorn don’t help the problem. Ones gone, and Zorn will be to thank god.

  24. Lurch says: Dec 28, 2009 1:18 PM

    So, how can I get Snyder & Cerrato into my fantasy football league? It makes it easier to win when there are some chumps to fleece.

  25. Palaceofsin says: Dec 28, 2009 2:20 PM

    @ CH³NO²
    I still support the Redskins. Whether I agree or get blinding-rage mad about some of the things they do, they are still my team, always have been and always will be. That’s what being a fan is all about.
    I have no idea where you are getting $12 for a beer. I’ve been to 2 games this year and it’s still $8 for a fairly large beer. Overpriced? yes. But again, I have the choice and I choose to buy the beer. The $5 peanuts I don’t get though.
    @dcfan
    I actually think Cerrato was the bigger problem there and as long as he doesn’t pull a repeat and fire the next coach/gm to bring him back, we should be a better team going forward. I’m not sold on Allen or Shanahan but they are professionals who can make major changes to the way this team operates. I expect this to be similar to Marty Schottenheimer coming in. We could be 7-9, 8-8, next year and on the right path to success. However, I fear that as soon as they get back to 10, 11 wins, snyder will get cocky and bungle things again.

  26. kenyatta says: Dec 28, 2009 2:30 PM

    the cowboys couldnt convert two 4th and 1s and you want to know why,ALBERT HAYNESWORTH,so what the guy isnt perfect he is a friggin beast when he plays hard which is more times than not,what people have to realize is when you get beat week after week it takes a toll on you mentally, ALBERT will be fine the skins need to step it up and hire the right people for a change

  27. ericb500 says: Dec 28, 2009 3:05 PM

    The Skins are horrbile because of the O-line injuries they suffered (amid what was already declining productivity). They don’t need to fix anything on the defensive side of the ball. You’ll need to replace Thomas and Samuels (although the latter could return to a limited/situational role next yr). Worry about the O-line. Not Haynesworth….. (Oh and you’ll porbbaly need an RB too….)

  28. geek says: Dec 28, 2009 3:59 PM

    All the skins need is to focus on the O-Line. They have some promising talent at WR, and decent RBs. Campbell (or Brennan) will look much better when they have more than 2 seconds to step and throw. The D is top-10, and if they spent less than 2/3 of the game on the field they would be top-5. Blame whoever you like, there is a lot to go around. Still, if Campbell had a pocket and as much time to find a receiver as the average QB, this team would not need to point any fingers. The Skins are a lot closer to success than people realize. If Shanahan comes in and revamps the line to the cut-blocking studs he had in Denver, they could really dominate for years. Haynesworth is an important part of the D’s strength. He’s an attitude problem, but if the offense could stay on the field for sustained drives, people would forget about his problems pretty quickly.

  29. wydok says: Dec 28, 2009 4:08 PM

    Haynesworth is not worth the money, but in his defense, I wouldn’t show up for a meeting on Christmas, either.

  30. CH³NO² says: Dec 28, 2009 4:51 PM

    “I have no idea where you are getting $12 for a beer. I’ve been to 2 games this year and it’s still $8 for a fairly large beer. Overpriced? yes. But again, I have the choice and I choose to buy the beer. The $5 peanuts I don’t get though.”
    Club level……and I don’t drink that nasty Budweiser crap. And I have a choice too…….TO STAY HOME!
    If the Redskins offensive line is their problem, then why did the Giants drop 45 on them 2 weeks ago? The Redskins have problems EVERYWHERE. Offense, QB, Defense, Special Teams, no team leaders, Coaching……. right on up to the owner.
    Think about it. This is Danny boy’s only cash generating business. His foray into theme parks (Six Flags) has been a spectacular bomb!

  31. The Stinger says: Dec 28, 2009 7:42 PM

    Too bad 15 more sacks because of Fat Albert has translated into 15 more turnovers and resulting touchdowns. BOO!

  32. abucsfan says: Dec 28, 2009 9:14 PM

    Hmmm Bucs GM Dominik has been criticized for not offering Hainesworth more guaranteed $$$ during free agency. Does this make him smarter than the ‘skins GM?

  33. Bill In DC says: Dec 28, 2009 9:53 PM

    Krow says:
    December 28, 2009 10:56 AM
    If Haynesworth wanted to win a SB then why did he sign with a struggling team? All he wanted was money. Otherwise he’d have taken less and played with a contender last year. The logic is obvious.
    =======================
    But, but, even the great Florio picked the Redskins to win the SB this year. I think Fat Albert bought into the hype and ‘thought’ he was going to a good/great team.

  34. Big Tex says: Dec 28, 2009 10:42 PM

    So someone thinks that Haynesworth is the worst FA signing ever. Remember that Danny “the garden gnome” Snyder made Adam Archuleta (yeah, THAT Adam Archuleta) the highest paid Safety in the NFL. At least youcould make a case for Haynesworth being one of the very best DTs in the game. Archuleta wasn’t even top 20.

  35. DJSlyBri says: Dec 28, 2009 10:43 PM

    That last part was never proven, only rumor mongering by this site to create traffic.
    Yeah, Haynesworth is second to only Tiger Woods in generating hits. I make sure I get an alert anytime somthing new i written about him.

  36. RaiderChile says: Dec 28, 2009 11:02 PM

    Trade him to the Raiders for Jamar-sucks Russell and Darren McFader.

  37. LuckyPierre says: Dec 28, 2009 11:19 PM

    This is a great idea because Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter have been ineffective pressuring the QB with Haynesworth on the field. They’ll be far better playing next to Cornelius Griffen and Kedric Golston.
    /head up ass
    Whoever thinks this is a good idea is dumber than the guy that drew up that fake FG play last week.

  38. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 28, 2009 11:36 PM

    You mean they signed a guy who took off a downed players helmet and stomped his head with cleats, and a guy who also nearly killed a guy by speeding in his car, causing the guy to need hip replacement… and that guy is causing trouble somehow?
    No frikking way!

  39. foresttdog says: Dec 29, 2009 4:19 PM

    Florio – I guess you don’t watch Redskins games. Haynesworth consistently draws doubles, frees up our ends, and causes chaos in the middle of the line most plays he’s on the field. He’s clearly been banged up from very early on in the season.
    Lame that your Redskin articles almost always take petty shots at the organization and its players. Unprofessional.

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