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Charles Mann tells Albert Haynesworth: "Just do the work"

Former Redskins defensive lineman Charles Mann has joined the growing chorus in Washington ripping current Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth for refusing to participate in voluntary offseason workouts.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Mann said it’s ridiculous that Haynesworth is unhappy with his role in the Redskins’ new 3-4 defense.

I mean, just do the work,” Mann said, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “He looks more like a nose tackle, and a 3-4’s gonna be great for him. You know why a 3-4 would be great? Because all he’ll have to do is what he did last year, and that’s just fall on the ground, pile it up a little bit and the linebackers roll past you and make the plays, He doesn’t even have to make a play in the 3-4.”

Noting that Haynesworth is staying away this offseason just a year after signing a $100 million contract, Mann said Haynesworth is an example of an overpaid modern athlete who doesn’t appreciate what he’s getting.

“Man, lemme tell you this, for a million dollars I would have done all those things, not a hundred million,” Mann said. “I mean, you go through it, you’re young, and you think this is the way it’s supposed to be and this is just regular life, and they have no clue as to the opportunity that they’re in the midst of. I’d crawl on the ground backwards for a hundred million dollars.”

Mann said “heck no” when asked if Haynesworth — who says he’s been working out on his own — will show up to the Redskins’ upcoming mandatory minicamp in shape. And he said he expects the Redskins to trade Haynesworth just as soon as they get the kind of compensation they’re looking for.

“You know what, Mike Shanahan’s a smart guy, and he’s won some Super Bowls,” Mann said. “Just saying that, the next breath would be absolutely. He’s just trying to get the right number.”

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15 Responses to “Charles Mann tells Albert Haynesworth: "Just do the work"”
  1. DB26 says: Jun 14, 2010 7:34 AM

    The bad part of Mann’s comment is: Nobody is going to give the right price for an “overpaid modern athlete that isn’t willing to just do the work”. And I will agree with Mann and even go one step further. Not only does Haynesworth look the part of a 3-4 NT, he could also become a disruptive RDE in a 3-4 with his speed, athleticism, and long frame.
    If it weren’t for the fact he was overpaid and lazy, I would love to see him as an end in Cleveland….. But, he is overpaid, lazy, & has a bad lockeroom presence, which is not what Mangini and Triple H are building on. They tend to like lunchpail guys that want to come to work because they love football first and get paid for it…. Not get paid to come to work, which is why 5 guys are holding out! :(
    Whatever happened to playing the game because you love it? Agents have truely ruined the game of football and made good kids bad apples!

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 14, 2010 8:12 AM

    Charles Mann was the polar opposite of Albert Haynesworth when he played.
    Mann was always in phenomenal condition, he had a relentless motor and he always brought a positive influence with him to work.
    Haynesworth is a lazy, ungrateful, out of shape SOB, who brings the moral of the team down to his lowly standards.

  3. ebr362 says: Jun 14, 2010 8:24 AM

    Prime example of how guarenteed contract money is a bad idea.

  4. rickah8888 says: Jun 14, 2010 8:29 AM

    DB26 says:
    Nobody is going to give the right price for an “overpaid modern athlete that isn’t willing to just do the work”.
    The Washington Redskins will….oh wait!!!

  5. TimT says: Jun 14, 2010 8:45 AM

    The stab he took at Haynesworth and sating that he just has to fall on the ground negates Mann’s opinion.
    Keep this in perspective, folks.
    The Redskins put together one of the most expensive 4-3 lines in the NFL. They had the centerpiece for this offense in Haynesworth. The pass-rushers in the 4-3 are the most expensive positions in football, and the skins had them covered. What do they do with that? Change the scheme.
    Am as conservative and “honor your contract” minded as a person can get. You don’t go out and pay top-notch money for a LT and play him at guard, do you? How about running back, then playing him at fullback? Likewise, you don’t take the leagues most lethal pass-rushing 3-techs and turn him into a NT.
    The skins should trade him for anything they can get. They don’t have the need for a premier 3-tech. If it costs them 32 million, well that’s what you get for changing schemes after having invested so richly in the one you’re ushering out. Pay the 32 mil, cut your losses and move on with personnel that fit the new system.

  6. PersonalFoul says: Jun 14, 2010 9:09 AM

    @joetoronto says:
    June 14, 2010 8:12 AM
    Charles Mann was the polar opposite of Albert Haynesworth when he played.
    Mann was always in phenomenal condition, he had a relentless motor and he always brought a positive influence with him to work.
    Haynesworth is a lazy, ungrateful, out of shape SOB, who brings the moral of the team down to his lowly standards.
    …Perfectly stated!

  7. favrecansuckit says: Jun 14, 2010 9:25 AM

    ebr362 says:
    June 14, 2010 8:24 AM
    Prime example of how guarenteed contract money is a bad idea.
    ———————————————————
    NFL contracts are not guaranteed, that’s why you see so many holdouts.

  8. fishbone says: Jun 14, 2010 9:28 AM

    Who is the 100 Million Dollar Mistake in the NFL? What is Albert Hanyesworth(Alex)Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. steely devil hab says: Jun 14, 2010 9:47 AM

    So – in this article you have Hainesworth holding out MAKING $100 million.
    In the other article, you have guys not playing as hard because they feel they’re making too little with a few million dollars, given the uncapped year.
    Entitled children…all of them.

  10. rjgreen3 says: Jun 14, 2010 10:53 AM

    @ Tim T
    thank you it is good to see that everyone on this post isn’t ignorant. that 4-3 defense was good last year and would be better this year! this tells me that the coaching staff can’t adapt to the talent it has!

  11. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jun 14, 2010 11:26 AM

    Charles was a great player and is a well spoken and educated man but he really didnt need to get in the middle of this mess. all he has done is shaken the hornet’s nest and give sites like this one a reason to blabber on.

  12. hcic55 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:35 AM

    The Skins are going to be using a hybrid of the 2 schemes, not just one instead of the other. While some players may not be able to change positions and remain productive, others can. AH could move all around and be effective, he just wants to get sacks, not do the dirty work for his teammates.

  13. dldavidlong says: Jun 14, 2010 2:51 PM

    just trade him to the raiders and move on.

  14. keithbrandon says: Jun 14, 2010 3:33 PM

    “all he has done is shaken the hornet’s nest and give sites like this one a reason to blabber on.”
    are you freakin kidding me? this a-hole is making 100 mil and he has the balls to complain? every sane person in the world is pissed off about how this guy acts and how unprofessional he is. all Mann did was state the obvious! the hornets is already and rightfully should be stirred up to high gear! Alby is the prime example of everything that is wrong with sports! ungrateful prima donnas who take everything for granted. all he has to do is play. everyone knows that his position does the dirty work in 3/4 is not glamorous so he would not be expected to have tons of sacks. just shut the f up, hold the line, and you collect your money! it’s that easy.
    every joe blow on this site, myself included, would do what alby is being asked for a fraction of the price! hard to be a fan of someone like this guy! which i am not anyways!
    GO PACK GO!

  15. Bious says: Jun 14, 2010 4:29 PM

    Albert is and always has been a baby
    Even if the Skins have success, he will cause issues because he won’t be getting stats like he wants as the NT.

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