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Shanahan admits only Haynesworth was required to take conditioning test

After a pair of practices on Thursday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan spoke about defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth’s failed conditioning test.  He confirmed that Haynesworth was barred from team drills after flunking the test.  The first-year coach of the team said that Haynesworth spent roughly 40 minutes on a treadmill while the team went through drills.  Also, members of the coaching staff worked with Haynesworth to get him up to speed as to terminology, given that Haynesworth skipped the entire offseason program.

“The bottom line is that we’re going to get him in shape,” Shanahan said of the requirement that Haynesworth reportedly complete two 300-yard shuttle runs.  “If he’s going
to be on our football team and he’s going to play at the level we’d like
him to play, then he’s got to be in great football shape.  Hopefully
he’ll get it done tomorrow, but it may take two or three days, it may
take a week.  I really don’t know. His weight is fine.  We’ve just got to
get that cardio at a certain level to make sure he doesn’t injure
himself.”

Though Shanahan was more than willing to talk about Haynesworth’s level of conditioning, Shanahan wouldn’t say much about their conversations.

“I don’t go through our conversations together,” Shanahan said.  “I think he knows that he’s got to pass this test.  He’s got to work extremely hard to make sure that cardiovascular endurance is there, and when he does that, I feel very comfortable to put him on the field and let him compete for that position.”

We reported that Shanahan and Haynesworth had words after the failed test.  Shanahan denied that there were words.  (But he wasn’t connected to a polygraph when he said it, so we don’t necessarily believe him.)

“Obviously when I say I’m not going to share the conversation I had, that means I’m not going to share the conversation I had,” Shanahan said.  “But there were no words.  Albert was first class all the way.  He understood where I was coming from and understands that he’s got to be at a certain level to go out on the field and practice with the rest of that football team.  If he gets there then he’ll be with us and if he doesn’t, he won’t.”

That’s all well and good, but Shanahan pushed it too far by trying to explain why Haynesworth and not other players were required to pass the test.

“That’s exactly right, and that’s part of being in the offseason program,” Shanahan said.  “You don’t have to take the test.  There’s a certain percentage of workouts that you’ve got to be here, and if you’re in that percentage, you don’t have to go through the conditioning test because we knew you’re in good shape.  You had done this test in a lot of different running drills along the way.”

But it’s been more than a month since the offseason program ended.  Even if every player could run two 300-yard shuttle runs in the middle of June, it doesn’t mean that they can do it now.  And if the whole purpose, as Shanahan said, is to “keep a guy from getting hurt,” who’s to say that any of the other guys in camp are in appropriate condition to avoid an injury in training camp without, you know, testing their condition?

That’s what makes us think that Shanahan imposed the test in retaliation for Haynesworth boycotting the offseason program.  In our view, Haynesworth could have eaten lightning and crapped thunder today, and Shanahan still would have found a way to fail him.

So while Haynesworth’s conduct during the offseason shameful, Shanahan is going about this the wrong way.  And we plan to ride him about it just as hard as we rode Haynesworth.    

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  1. Draft King says: Jul 29, 2010 11:20 PM

    In my opinion this has little to do with conditioning and most everything to do with Shanahan asserting his authority over the team (and Haynesworth).

  2. BCGreg says: Jul 29, 2010 11:21 PM

    He’s gotta earn that $100 million!
    I think Shanny wants to cut this guy soooo bad.

  3. slimpickin24 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:21 PM

    Well said

  4. dead money says: Jul 29, 2010 11:23 PM

    Your reaching here and it sounds pathetic. The skins and buttersworth give plenty to mock yet you continue to make shit up for the sake of making shit up. Give it a rest. He’s a lazy turd working for a disciplinarian, its comedy without the need for speculative bullshit.

  5. leon says: Jul 29, 2010 11:24 PM

    You say that Shanahan is going about this in the wrong way. What message does it send to the rest of the players if he doesn’t give Haynesworth hell? What is the right way Coach Florio?

  6. Carl Brutananadilewski says: Jul 29, 2010 11:24 PM

    If he was there, none of this would’ve happened. I’ll leave it at that.

  7. scampbell1975 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:24 PM

    Well Florio, I guess it’s a good thing Shananahanahanah doesn’t give a sh*t what you think.

  8. jcjets says: Jul 29, 2010 11:24 PM

    I think retaliation is the wrong word. Sounds like Shanahan is proving a point. Be a part of the team and things’ll go smoothly! If you’re not going to work out with the team, then you have to prove you’re in shape. If you do take part in the conditioning, we’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.
    The thing to find out would be if anyone else on the team was mostly MIA in the offseason. If there’s a player that was only there for like 10% of the conditioning program, but didn’t have to take the test..then its BS.

  9. Lurch says: Jul 29, 2010 11:26 PM

    No other Redskin player had to take a conditioning test except Albert … ? And then, they report to the world that he failed it? That’s pretty lame.
    I think we can read between the lines on this one … it’s retaliation, pure and simple – although I would like to see Albert eat lightning and crap thunder …

  10. jamaltimore says: Jul 29, 2010 11:26 PM

    Who’s Albert Hanyesworth? If not for the Danny overpaying by 200% no one would care. only in the District!

  11. Wood the GOAT says: Jul 29, 2010 11:29 PM

    I think it is comical how you continue to question a Super Bowl winning coach about who should run these shuttles and how he should run his conditioning program. Especially when it is normal for everyone to want a coach to do something like this to an athlete who pulls the crap Haynesworth does.
    “who’s to say that any of the other guys in camp are in appropriate condition” – Shanahan and his staff are who. You are not who.
    Give it a rest. Find something else to act like you are qualified to give an opinion about.
    And I hate the Redskins, Shanahan and Haynesworth.

  12. crodseth says: Jul 29, 2010 11:29 PM

    Florio, you’re like a girl in a sewing circle…making a huge ordeal out of nothin’.
    a) The guy skipped mandatories.
    b) The coach is gonna make him pay.
    c) Life goes on.
    Quit being such a girl, Floria, this has taken way too much attention away to the heeing and hawing of Favre and the fact that he’ll be back, he just doesn’t wanna tell us til later.

  13. frankcal20 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:32 PM

    He was not part of the team so he’s got to pay for it. Plain and simple. Life isn’t always fair and it’s not going to be for a spoiled brat like Big Al.

  14. bow_to_the_pats says: Jul 29, 2010 11:32 PM

    Oh poor guy.
    I APPLAUD Shanahan for putting Haynesworth into place.

  15. bcb171 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:33 PM

    Truly and honestly, I hate the Redskins. Truly and honestly your logic is flawed and inconsistent, at best. We are talking about this mans boss and the fact that he has to do what his boss says. Especially since he hasnt been doing his job the entire offseason. Youre a true moron if you dont see the reasoning behind albert needing to prove himself to his new boss. Or more likely youve never lived in the real world of ‘work your a$$ off or else’.

  16. T-Bone says: Jul 29, 2010 11:34 PM

    Well fortunately for us its the National Football League, and not the National Florio League.
    Not real hard to identify all the people you dont like in the league.

  17. Mark0226 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:36 PM

    Is this your expert opinion based on your extensive resume in coaching at the NFL level? I’ll give Shanny the benefit of the doubt on this one. I suspect he’s had to deal with more grown men competing to win a Superbowl than Florio Sr.

  18. Hooby says: Jul 29, 2010 11:36 PM

    remember when the perception of haynesworth was elite and one of the best in the nfl? then the redskins paid big money to get him, a veteran, rather than a draft pick or 2 or 3? gotta love false hope.
    replace haynesworth with mcnabb and big money with draft pick and youve got this upcoming year. good luck with one of the worst teams and the highest hopes in the nfl, itll all work out eventually.

  19. JP says: Jul 29, 2010 11:37 PM

    Hey Florio-
    Quick question….doesn’t Shannahan risk a grievance from the Players Union on this? I mean I thought the offseason program was “optional” …so if coaches can punish players for missing “optional” offseason workouts does that really make them “optional”? ..now I could be wrong…they may have been mandatory….but I don’t think they were……sounds like Shannahan might raise an eyebrow or two from the Union….hmmmmmmmm

  20. brownsfn19 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:37 PM

    Good job Shanny…to hell with that fat bastard…screw him any way you can!!!

  21. smokehouse says: Jul 29, 2010 11:39 PM

    Coach Florio. Damn, I didn’t know.

  22. lilmidas50 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:41 PM

    someone should read shanahan the KORY STRINGER STORY…what a dick!

  23. scampbell1975 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:43 PM

    Not posting my comments huh d-bag?

  24. hoffmabc says: Jul 29, 2010 11:44 PM

    I actually don’t feel one bit bad for Haynesworth. his fat butt is laying on the ground half the time. I spend a lot of money buying tickets to pay these guys’ salaries. The least they could do is come to these camps. Haynesworth deserves no sympathy in this process. High school and college coaches by the way do way worse stress tests on their players. I’m surprised he didn’t get carried through the shuttle run on a golf cart.

  25. Bears123 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:45 PM

    Guess what Florio? Its his team and he needs to send a message to Haynesworth so the rest of the team doesn’t start acting up.
    Would you prefer the Jim Zorn way of letting Haynesworth walk all over the head coach rather than being strict and making sure all players adhere to the coaches rules?
    I know I wouldn’t…

  26. cunn9305 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:47 PM

    OK Walter Winchell … I am sure he is terrified about that …

  27. brownsfn19 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:48 PM

    Good job Shanny…to hell with that fat bastard…screw him any way you can!!!

  28. bmac3434 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:49 PM

    Eat lightning and crap thunder? More like eat Big Macs and crap on your team… This guy is a total cancer and I can’t be happier to see that the Redskins won the Fat Albert lottery last offseason. Imagine my Bucs were willing to more for this piece of crap then the Sillyskins did. Thank you universe…

  29. East Bay Ray says: Jul 29, 2010 11:51 PM

    Florio says:
    “So while Haynesworth’s conduct during the offseason shameful, Shanahan is going about this the wrong way. And we plan to ride him about it just as hard as we rode Haynesworth.”
    ————————
    And you say this from your extensive background of managing professional athletes?
    BTW, I’m a Cowboys fan who loves seeing the Redskins prize new head coach and highly paid player get into a public pissing match. It’s just that I think Florio is full of crap.

  30. Marv_Sleezy says: Jul 29, 2010 11:52 PM

    If I’m fat Albert , I would bother to ever pass the test, you still get paid, so letm cut u if they want

  31. Tinbender says: Jul 29, 2010 11:52 PM

    Shannahan’s Shenanigans.

  32. davidc45629 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:53 PM

    What’s so hard to understand, Florio? If you make the needed percentage of OTA’s you don’t have to take the conditioning test…Haynesworth was the ONLY player not to make it..right? Did I miss something?

  33. SplitSecondImages says: Jul 29, 2010 11:58 PM

    Whatever Shanahan wishes to do to AH in terms of punishment is ok by me. Let me ask you Mr. Florio: If someone cashed your check for 21 million dollars for services you expected to be fulfilled, and then didn’t show up for important meetings necessary to get the job done, etc., wouldn’t you be just a little bit pissed off? I say ride his ass like Zorro and if he doesn’t like it, return the freakin’ money he basically stole.

  34. dafool99 says: Jul 29, 2010 11:59 PM

    There is a such thing as a “hostile work environment”, and even the NFL are subject the harassment laws. The fact that he has singled out Fat Albert, and putting him through these conditions based upon his feelings toward him.
    He came in weighing less than your other DT’s but he is the only one put to this test. Are you telling me that he is the only fat ass on the team that couldn’t do this. Oh but “weight” he did complete the test, but you decided since he took a bathroom break in between, he took too much time in between sprints so he is disqualified.
    All Fat Albert has to do is say that he is feeling dehydrated and dizzy and then “Mike Czarnahan” would have no option but to leave him alone.
    He doesn’t want the NFLPA coming down on him about the Korey Stringer mishap. Albert owes the Redskins some big time play for the money he got, but Czarnahan is about to get the Skins in a lot of legal trouble.

  35. Roscoe P. Coaltrain says: Jul 30, 2010 12:01 AM

    Shanahan is an a-hole and is going to keep his foot on AH’s one hundred million dollar throat untill he feels better about the circus AH created. But the coach has that right and is going to make an example of AH. I still think that big Al will be a beast yet again because he has so many people against him and he plays best angry. I just wonder when he’s going to spike someones head again when they lose their helmet!

  36. myspaceyourface says: Jul 30, 2010 12:03 AM

    SO WHAT
    GET OVER IT
    HE MADE HIM RUN
    HE DIDN’T RUN VERY GOOD
    HE IS FAT AND OUT OF SHAPE
    THEY ARE MAD AT HIM
    WE GET IT

  37. robert ethen says: Jul 30, 2010 12:07 AM

    “We made a 350 pound guy who has been leading a sedentary lifestyle for the past 8 months run for a couple hours in the middle of the afternoon, at the end of July, on an open field just to make sure he didn’t hurt himself. After all, look what happened to poor Kory Stringer because he wasn’t in shape.”.

  38. RedLeg15 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:10 AM

    I am not a Washington fan. I have seen what has been posted on PFT about Wash. & FatMan/FaceStomper. How many other ‘Skins players missed OTA’s? If FaceStomper is the only one. It would be in the teams best interest that he not end up like Korey Stringer. Would that be a fair assumption?

  39. rooster75 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:14 AM

    “The first-year coach of the team said that Haynesworth spent roughly 40 minutes on a treadmill while the team went through drills. ”
    Translation: Fat Albert spent 3 minutes walking on the treadmill at the 2.5 MPH setting and 37 minutes fiddling with the control panel. But for once, I don’t blame him. With the overwhelming number of settings available on treadmills these days, it takes forever to scroll through all the choices. Fat burn, heart health, cardio test, cool down, intervals, hills, etc., you understand my meaning…

  40. william sizemore says: Jul 30, 2010 12:15 AM

    Do we really need a long story on this over paid cry baby. How about a story about a hard working team player instead of this jerk. Bill

  41. benh999 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:16 AM

    Going about it the wrong way? Give me a break. The guy is the best paid defensive lineman in the history of the game and conducted himself about as poorly as possible up until showing up on time to camp. If the worst he suffers is being singled out for an extra conditioning test, he should be happy. (Naturally, he won’t.)
    For $100 million I would do shuttle runs until I passed out, let them use me as a human tackle sled, and carry every other player’s pads.

  42. robert ethen says: Jul 30, 2010 12:17 AM

    “There were no words, he was gasping for oxygen with this awful rattling sound coming from his chest, and I was laughing like crazy.”.

  43. SeaColt213 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:19 AM

    C’mon Florio— why are you trying to make Shanahan out to be the bad guy for imposing a little authority on a guy who thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants just b/c he’s paid well?
    Frankly all Shanahan would have to say to your stupid retort is that although the players that attended the last camp haven’t been in camp since mid-June, the simple fact that they attended camps illustrates how committed they are to being at the top of their game…
    Florio, you sound like you weren’t much of a sports guy growing up… Yet you run a fanatical football site where people eat, breath, shit and re-consume football.
    When is Perez Hilton joining your staff?

  44. ftball53 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:23 AM

    Of course it was in retaliation for not showing up and for acting the way he did. I guarantee he has the support of the players. Shanahan is making him earn his right to be on the field and they’re putting him on notice that they will do everything in their power to make sure he plays to the level of his contract.

  45. Terry says: Jul 30, 2010 12:24 AM

    I thought the “off season workouts” are voluntary and a player can’t be punished under the CBA?

  46. Sociofan says: Jul 30, 2010 12:24 AM

    Florio, you might just want to back off on this one. Shanahan is doing this the right way. It is important that AH be a part of this team and unless he is…”punished” for not being a part of this team during the offseason, it eats at the rest of the guys who were there. That is a part of team sports. Albert is doing the equivalent of running laps right now. The coach is going to say all the right things to the public about how its important for conditioning and he wants to keep him from injury, blah blah blah. But the truth is that Albert has a lot of catching up to do on the new defense and he will only be a distraction on the field until he learns the terminology and positioning. In the meantime, he can run laps and work with the coaches off the field.
    Chase the right villain. It’s not Coach Shanahan.

  47. FumbleNuts says: Jul 30, 2010 12:30 AM

    “The bottom line is that we’re going to get him in shape,” Shanahan said.
    He hates that TURD!!

  48. HarrisonHits says: Jul 30, 2010 12:31 AM

    “So while Haynesworth’s conduct during the offseason shameful, Shanahan is going about this the wrong way.”
    No he’s not. Haynesworth deserves to have his balls busted in every way possible. He should be held to a different standard than the guys who worked hard all offseason and didn’t make a blatant attempt to steal 21 mil from the team.
    If he didn’t want to deal with things like this he should have been in OTAs and not whining the like the pig he is after taking that 21 mil knowing full well what was expected of him. And doing so after he sucked and didn’t play anywhere near as well as he was getting compensated for.

  49. flsnupe says: Jul 30, 2010 12:35 AM

    This story and the controversy is media created. Haynesworth will pass tomorrow and you guys will have to find another camp to trump something up with. Btw, you are so wrong on your point of view. Football is not a treat everybody the same sport, especially if you did not fall in line as a player. This is SO appropriate to get at him a little, and Haynesworth is not having “words” with the coach either. In the end, he will be on the field, and this will die.

  50. Kevin says: Jul 30, 2010 12:36 AM

    I’m so glad the Almighty and Holy Florio will be there to ride Shanahan about it. Florio knows best… he’s won 2 Super Bowls… oh wait, no that was Shanahan.
    This site is good though… when Florio isn’t preaching on his pulpit!

  51. Topher says: Jul 30, 2010 12:37 AM

    Not as punishment. As preparatory for getting some money back from him if he can’t perform because he isn’t physically fit.

  52. GSH1920 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:37 AM

    Haynesworth deserves everything that comes his way after acting like a PUNK after signing that contract. Kudos to Shanahan!!

  53. The Black Cat says: Jul 30, 2010 12:40 AM

    But certain players named Albert Haynesworth are a lot more likely and willing to get hurt in practice than others, so perhaps the extra precaution is necessary? Of course, with that logic, he’s likely to pull a hamstring running the shuttles too….

  54. pauliesmooth says: Jul 30, 2010 12:45 AM

    “That’s what makes us think that Shanahan imposed the test in retaliation for Haynesworth boycotting the offseason program. In our view, Haynesworth could have eaten lightning and crapped thunder today, and Shanahan still would have found a way to fail him.”
    Damn florio, are you on haynesworths payroll?
    You can tell things in D.C. are going to be good, apparently shanny does have control of the team, because in the past if superstars had a problem with the coach they could just go cry to danny and get their way.

  55. slickzmoney says: Jul 30, 2010 12:56 AM

    What if the thieving turd croaked during his next “test”? Then we’d have something to talk about.

  56. badthing says: Jul 30, 2010 1:01 AM

    I have NEVER been a Ratahan fan, but I agree with him, AH got paid so he should either give back the bonus or deal with it.

  57. rraider says: Jul 30, 2010 1:14 AM

    Good thing it wasnt Dez Bryant or he would have said “i not doing this sh@#, i’m here to play football” I forgot, Albert is a veteran and knows that even he has to kiss some ass to get those millions. Let’s hope shanny has the sense to get off him before he rides to far and Big Al says Fu#$ it and walks off.

  58. RedLeg15 says: Jul 30, 2010 1:21 AM

    I am not a Washington fan. I have seen what has been posted on PFT about Wash. & FatMan/FaceStomper. How many other ‘Skins players missed OTA’s? If FaceStomper is the only one. It would be in the teams best interest that he not end up like Korey Stringer. Would that be a fair assumption?

  59. Rothlestool says: Jul 30, 2010 1:24 AM

    2 Words = Union Involvement. That big fat ass will go crying to the union if he can’t pass the test. Shanahan is being a tool, but this lard ass deserves everything he gets. That poor guy Haynesworth hit in Tennessee should get a front row seat.

  60. Gray Eagle says: Jul 30, 2010 1:27 AM

    Having been a jock in high school and college, and competing after graduation, I know that the endurance and agility drills that Shanahan put the rest of the team through DID increase their conditioning. Endurance is built up slowly over a period of time by working yourself to the point you want to heave. A short layoff won’t destroy that, and it takes only a few days to regain the edge.
    However, if you are working alone, with no one to push you, it really isn’t the same, and it’s damned difficult to reach that peak conditioning plateau necessary to compete.
    The rest of the players didn’t need to pass the conditioning test – – they are already there, and in better condition than Albert. As for Haynesworth, yeah, he lost weight – – and that is delibitating. Did he work his tail to the bone doing “conditioning” by himself? I find it hard to believe. It may take a few weeks of both workouts and proper diet to get him into top playing shape.
    Forgetting conditioning for a moment – – how long will it take him to get up to speed on the new system and learn his assignments?
    IMO, Shanahan has to really lean on him to get him into condition, physically and mentally, to play first team.

  61. robert ethen says: Jul 30, 2010 1:39 AM

    Well if Albert goes postal at some point, the old ferret will be able to legitimately say, “This hurts me more than it hurts you, son.”.

  62. trademcscab says: Jul 30, 2010 2:18 AM

    “And we plan to ride him about it just as hard as we rode Haynesworth. ”
    1-by we do you mean u???
    2-thats what she said

  63. duncanslab says: Jul 30, 2010 2:44 AM

    Coach Shanahan has absolutely every right to make an example out of Haynesworth…the only objection I have is that he should have placed Donovan McNabb right beside him. Oh but that’s right…Donovan would have been excused…he would have just puked his guts out on the field…and made excuses as to why he could not complete the drill, that he does not have skilled players, I under threw my receivers, I over threw my receivers, I did not know about the overtime rules, etc. etc. etc. GOOD LUCK COACH SHANAHAN YOUR GOING TO NEED IT WITH ALL THE PRIMA DONNAS ON THE REDSKINS!!!!

  64. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jul 30, 2010 2:56 AM

    Enjoy the cellar again skins fans

  65. LukePounda says: Jul 30, 2010 4:47 AM

    He’s gotta earn that $100 million!
    I think Shanny wants to cut this guy soooo bad.
    ____________________________________
    God I would be pissed if I had a nick name like Shanny…wth?

  66. bwisnasky says: Jul 30, 2010 5:38 AM

    I think it is comical how you continue to question a Super Bowl winning coach
    —————————————-
    Because that Super Bowl winning coach is a douchebag that has never won a damned thing without Elway and Davis. At that point in Elways career, and after they finally gave him a running game, my wife could have coached him to those two Superbowls. Elway and Davis won those Super Bowls for Denver, all Shanarat did was hold a clipboard. But, the Skins are now his team. And he should be allowed to run it with as much douchebaggery as he wants. I’m not a fan of Haynesworth, and don’t much care if he plays at all this year for the Skins or anyone else. But I find it hilarious that the Skins think their “saviour” is there in the form of Shanahan. Won those 2 Superbowls with Wade Phillip’s team and then won 1 playoff game in 14 years, and had to get a cheap call on the Patsies to win that one.

  67. Steve W. says: Jul 30, 2010 6:02 AM

    The thing to find out would be if anyone else on the team was mostly MIA in the offseason. If there’s a player that was only there for like 10% of the conditioning program, but didn’t have to take the test..then its BS.
    _________________________________
    Actually, jcjets, I remember hearing one of his teammates talking about how Haynesworth should show up for the OTAs and mini-camp. He made a point of saying that every other member of the team was there, and that they were unified in their goal to turn the team around. Haynesworth was the lone hold out, and the player seemed rather upset by that fact.

  68. Steve W. says: Jul 30, 2010 6:16 AM

    JP says: July 29, 2010 11:37 PM
    Hey Florio-
    Quick question….doesn’t Shannahan risk a grievance from the Players Union on this? I mean I thought the offseason program was “optional” …so if coaches can punish players for missing “optional” offseason workouts does that really make them “optional”? ..now I could be wrong…they may have been mandatory….but I don’t think they were……sounds like Shannahan might raise an eyebrow or two from the Union….hmmmmmmmm
    __________________________________
    Your statement is misinformed. To begin with, OTAs are optional, but he also skipped a MANDATORY mini-camp. Also, many teams use the conditioning test as an incentive (so, not technically a punisment) for attending the OTAs. Show up to the OTAs, and you can skip the conditioning test. Don’t and you can’t. So, you call having to take the test a punishment, but the coaches can just as easily say that not having to take the test is a reward.
    Secondly, there is absolutely no provision that requires the coaching staff to treat all players the same. That’s why some players get to wear red shirts that mean “don’t hit me” and others don’t.
    Finally, the Union (and the players themselves) want nothing to do with Haynesworth. In fact, they’ve been lining up to take their own shots at Haynesworth. Why? Because Haynesworth has become the poster boy for why it’s maybe not such a good idea to offer huge mega-contracts to free agents. That’s a potential threat to the future earning power of other players, and that won’t earn him many friends in the league. The only way the Union will step in to defend Haynesworth is if the Redskins try to recoup the money they already paid him. If Haynesworth doesn’t bolt from training camp and they try to recover some of that money, then the NFLPA will step in. Otherwise, not so much. The other players won’t be upset by any of this. If anything, they’ll be chuckling about it. They know full well you don’t publicly challenge a coach like Haynesworth did, especially if that coach has a fair amount of clout with the owner. You will pay for it one way or another.

  69. smiley says: Jul 30, 2010 6:22 AM

    The good news for Redskin fans is – can you picture what this guy can do if he’s in great shape? The guy talked about being great, now we’ve found someone to really push him. About time. Hail!!

  70. clevefan1 says: Jul 30, 2010 6:35 AM

    Florio if you think that Shanahan is going about it in the wrong way, why don’t you tell the Super Bowl winning coach (and all of us while you’re at it) how you’d do it?
    I’m just surprised that “The Reverend” Jessie Jackson hasn’t already made some comment about how Albert is being treated like a slave since, you know, he’s black and Shanahan is white. Maybe it’s Al Sharpton’s turn this time…

  71. daskeenz says: Jul 30, 2010 6:42 AM

    shut up florio….. i hope you ride shanahan about as hard as your boyfriend rides you…….. albert haynesworth made 21 undeserved million dollars on april 1 st and hasnt done a lick of work for that money yet……. If Shanahan tells him to jump through a hula hoop of fire wearing a borat mankini with a hard boiled egg between his butt cheeks he better…… I know everyone who commented behind me including myself would for 21 million dollars……..

  72. antipft says: Jul 30, 2010 6:53 AM

    I can’t believe Florio would make a point about him being required to take the test. They have a rule, you don’t attend off season conditioning, you have to take the test. Now, if someone else who didn’t attend off season conditioning didn’t have to take the test, then that would be an issue.

  73. digitalbath says: Jul 30, 2010 7:35 AM

    lilmidas50 says:
    July 29, 2010 11:41 PM
    someone should read shanahan the KORY STRINGER STORY…what a dick!
    ———————

    pretty sure thats the kind of thing they are trying to avoid by making sure players are conditioned,,dummy

  74. Big J says: Jul 30, 2010 7:55 AM

    Shanahan probably saw the way Haynesworth was so out of shape last year that he had to pull himself out of the game all the time. He may have also seen the way Portis was out of shape because he could get away with it and decided to make sure no one gets a free ride this year. I love it.

  75. OranjelloJones says: Jul 30, 2010 7:55 AM

    “So while Haynesworth’s conduct during the offseason shameful, Shanahan is going about this the wrong way. And we plan to ride him about it just as hard as we rode Haynesworth. ”
    Getting a little full of “yourselfS” there huh Mike?
    I’m sure Shanahan is quakin’ in his boots.

  76. Mangy66 says: Jul 30, 2010 7:59 AM

    Um…Florio…you don’t know the first thing about being a leader (and you’ve shown this on numerous occasions, so what you gleaned from this situation doesn’t surprise me).
    Shanahan HAS TO single out Haynesworth if he’s going to get through to him. Just returning the favor since Haynesworth singled himself out by putting himself above the team this offseason. Shanahan has to show the Baconator who the Alpha Dog is.
    Jimmy Johnson did this all the time. So do a lot of great coaches.
    The problem would only get worse if Haynesworth walked in the door and was treated just like everyone else.
    But, that sounds more like your personality/mentality flaw, Florio.

  77. shea801 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:01 AM

    Sometimes your such a lawyer, Florio. Life isn’t fair. Just because he made Fat Albert run more doesn’t make Shanny a monster. It means Shanny is going to hold the $100 million man to a higher standard for assuming he is above what the teams needs are.
    And I hate Shanahan. I think he’s very overrated, but I have to agree w/ his logic. He’s calling Haynesworth out on his b.s. “You think working out on your own and telling the team to basically go screw is acceptable? Ok, well lets see how in shape you are. Here’s some shuttle runs. Start truck’n fat boy.” (At least that’s what I hope he called him)
    Shanahan was perfectly within his right as a coach to call out one of his players on acting like an ass, and thinking HE dictates what happens, not the coach or the team.

  78. ftball53 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:04 AM

    Of course it was in retaliation for not showing up and for acting the way he did. I guarantee he has the support of the players. Shanahan is making him earn his right to be on the field and they’re putting him on notice that they will do everything in their power to make sure he plays to the level of his contract.

  79. turbodiesel26 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:04 AM

    How is making the one guy who didn’t attend the offseason training program, like the rest of the team did, run a conditioning test to prove he is in good enough shape to step on the field and practice with his teammates? Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t I just read a post about how a Jets rookie running back failed his conditioning test? Should he file a grievance as well? Now, let’s report the whole story. The fact is, he ran the first part of the test, stopped to go to the bathroom and stayed inside longer than what is allowed, came back out and finished the test. However, because he took too much time in between the two tests, allowing him to recover more than is allowed, he failed the test. I do not feel sorry at all for Haynesworth. I am a PT Manager in the military, and we conduct 2 tests per year, with standards such as time between tests, and if you cannot meet the standards, you are put in a remedial program. This is nothing like what happen to Stringer. Educate yourself. Is Haynesworth taking effedrian? Because that is what killed Stringer. Not the workout.

  80. BrokenBallz says: Jul 30, 2010 8:06 AM

    I like it.
    Dat Rat sure can coach!!!

  81. Opie says: Jul 30, 2010 8:16 AM

    Cornflorio says: “And we plan to ride him about it just as hard as we rode Haynesworth.”
    1st: Who is this “we” that you speak of? You got a mouse in your pocket? Oh, my bad, you’re talking about the squirrel sitting lookout on your golden dome.
    2nd: I’ll believe that when I start seeing all kinds of posts that question Shanny’s leadership, methods, common sense. Already seeing couple of posts comparing this to Korey Stringer. Just stop that madness.
    3rd: You will be back on Shanny’s taint in a matter of days. You have to many other grudges to grind….
    taint snuggler

  82. macaw says: Jul 30, 2010 8:17 AM

    Shanahan isn’t the only one who does this. Jack Del Rio said that Rashean Mathis was the only Jag who needed to take the conditioning test, and it was because the team already knew the players who attended OTAs were in condition. Teams probably test the players who show up at the beginning of OTAs.

  83. Florida727 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:17 AM

    Some of you guys are way off-base. Read the story. He was the ONLY guy NOT to show up at the required # of OTAs to avoid having to take this ‘test’. He didn’t run for HOURS… he ran 300 freakin’ yards. Shoukld take about 10 minutes with breaks in-between. He’s also not “out of shape”, he came in 20 pounds LESS than last year’s playing weight. It was the CARDIO part of conditioning that’s being tested. The subliminal test is the coach making sure the player knows who’s in charge. I applaud Shanahan. For a change, a coach that’s not bending over at the whims of a spoiled athlete.
    .
    Learn to read before you type. You’d look less idiotic if you did.

  84. Jack Burton says: Jul 30, 2010 8:18 AM

    For $100mil the team is entitled to a little more in return then most of the other players. It’s sad you can’t motivate someone to go above and beyond for even $100mil.

  85. BCGreg says: Jul 30, 2010 8:24 AM

    @ dafool99
    Shanahan said that it was NOT about his weight. Read the piece again. Bringing up other “fat asses” on the team is irrelevant.
    Also, for those of you bringing up Kory Stringer, you sound like morons. Stringer died because of dehydration because back then the teams denied water when needed. They only had scheduled water breaks. After Stringer died, that changed. A player can now request water whenever he needs it, and he cannot be denied. To bring up Stringer here is ignorant and disrespectful to Stringer and to Shanahan. There’s nothing in the story that says Shanahan denied AH any water.
    He didn’t show up for the off season program, so he had to prove he was in shape. He failed the test. So what? The vitriol should be aimed at AH. For $100 million, he should come to camp ready to go. Shame on him.

  86. Horatio says: Jul 30, 2010 8:29 AM

    Hilarious!!! If Jim Zorn was still the coach (couch?), Haynesworth would have waltzed his big butt in and did what he wanted, and Zorn would have been powerless to discipline him because of the ‘direct line’ that so many star players have to Richie Rich: Dan Snyder.
    Allowing Shanny the authority to ‘smoke’ Haynesworth like this may be a sign that this franchise is heading in the right direction.

  87. BRUTUS9448 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:32 AM

    The jackal has spoken.

  88. Steeler fans are tools says: Jul 30, 2010 8:37 AM

    Under Zorn it was inmates running the asylum, those days are over, AH POS is screwed, and i love it

  89. Playmaker's Dealer says: Jul 30, 2010 8:41 AM

    Greatness! Can’t get enough of this story–all the principals are acting like total morons.
    Silly Skins…playoffs are for men.
    -Dealer

  90. Fletcher4ProBowl says: Jul 30, 2010 8:50 AM

    Florio…
    Your comments are absurd. I am pretty sure that I am not the only reader that would love to hear your insight on to how you would handle this situation. Remember, this is an organization that for the past 10+ years has coddled its star players and let them do what they wanted. This includes the second term of my beloved Joe Jackson Gibbs. Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen are finally running this organization the right way and you haven’t seen or heard from Dan Snyder in months. I believe that Coach Shanahan is only trying to set a precedent for all the others players that will try the same bullshit Haynesworth did while still under contract. Shanahan is going to be here for 5+ years. If you are on this team, you are expected to show up for OTA’s and you had better be there for mini-camp or he is going to run your ass. This is a team sport, not an individual sport. Albert Haynesworth should not be treated any differently than say 3rd year safety Chris Horton. If Chris Horton acted the same way Albert Haynesworth did in the offseason are you even writing this lame ass story? All players, regardless of their tenure in the league, will be treated equally under the new Redskins coaching regime. I applaud Coach for the way he is handling the Haynesworth situation. Like coach said, “once he cashed the check, we expected him to be here for the OTA’s and mini-camp.” Structure and discipline is exactly what this Redskins team needed and now they have it. I doubt any active players under contract will try to skip OTA’s and mini-camps next year.
    With great compensation, comes great responsibility. Albert needs to get with the program quickly or return his $21MM.
    Taste it Florio!!!!

  91. realitypolice says: Jul 30, 2010 8:52 AM

    I think I understand what Shanahan is trying to do here, and I can’t say I blame him. As a coach in his first year with a new team, he needs to assert his authority, and this is certainly one way to do it.
    However, if he thinks this is going to make AH a better or more dedicated or more motivated player, I think he is way off base. I believe that any chance he had of getting AH to buy in to the program he’s selling went out the window yesterday. Right or wrong, players like AH don’t respond to this type of “motivation”.
    This situation will get worse before it gets better.

  92. geo1113 says: Jul 30, 2010 8:58 AM

    If AH showed up for OTAs, he would be practicing with the team today. Shanahan explained it. His explanation made sense (even though I suspect this is a new rule he instituted to bust AH’s nuts).
    And Florio, do you not see a difference in seeing a guy work out a month ago and never having seen a guy work out? Ok. I thought not.

  93. Simon12345 says: Jul 30, 2010 9:04 AM

    Clearly the “right” way to handle this situation would have been to let Haynesworth come back in, not make him run, and then ask him respectively what position he would like to play. After that, have him pull his drawers down on the 50 yard line and have all the coaches line up and kiss his butt. Then all would have been happy-happy in Redskins land. Three cheers for the “right” way to manage a football team!

  94. longestlegs says: Jul 30, 2010 9:07 AM

    I hate the offseason.
    All I care about is if he shows up and plays, as a football fan I could care less ‘what he deserves’ or if pundits and NFL fans ‘think hes a big sloppy whiny baby’. Good night in heaven, just let the season start already. Let the man practice, criticize him if he fails at that.
    Stop comparing professional athletes to regular workaday joes who have to do everything their boss tells them. Its not even in the same ballpark.

  95. D.R.Universal says: Jul 30, 2010 9:18 AM

    People keep talking about Shanny winning a SB..yeah I dont see TD or Elway in that locker room!! How has he done SINCE 98??? Exactly…SB or not…singling a guy out does nothing for team morale…
    He skipped mini camp and hes there now for the real thing…so what? move on..i can tell alot of guys are bitter, bitter men..and its sad
    “gotta earn that money”..stop hating!! its not Haynesworth fault someone overpaid for him, u know all of you would take more $$ too if offered, we’re just not fortunate enough to be NFL players but i still dont hate on the man…GEEEESH

  96. kendog says: Jul 30, 2010 9:31 AM

    If I’m Albert, I never pass the test. You see, if you cut me, I keep the 21 mill, if you trade me, I keep the 21 mill, if you sit me, I keep the 21 mill. I came to camp, if you don’t want me to work out, OK.

  97. Chapnasty. says: Jul 30, 2010 9:41 AM

    If Florio had played any form of football he would have been the guy who quit after the first double session because he had to run too much.

  98. Steve W. says: Jul 30, 2010 10:05 AM

    # robert ethen says: July 30, 2010 12:07 AM
    “We made a 350 pound guy who has been leading a sedentary lifestyle for the past 8 months run for a couple hours in the middle of the afternoon, at the end of July, on an open field just to make sure he didn’t hurt himself. After all, look what happened to poor Kory Stringer because he wasn’t in shape.”.
    _______________________________
    Haynesworth was told to run a 300 yd. shuttle, take five minues off, and then run one more. In between the first and second he went back into the locker room to go to the bathroom and took too long, so he was told to do a third one after another five minute break. You’re really going to compare that to what happened with Stringer? Really? That’s just disgusting. Hey, how about next time you compare a woman who’s getting checked out by a guy to a woman who was brutally raped and murdered. It’s just a little matter of degree right?

  99. Steve W. says: Jul 30, 2010 10:22 AM

    # Terry says: July 30, 2010 12:24 AM
    I thought the “off season workouts” are voluntary and a player can’t be punished under the CBA?
    _______________________________
    1. The OTAs and certain other offseason programs are optional. He also skipped a MANDATORY mini-camp.
    2. Requiring a professional athlete to do a little bit of physical training during training camp hardly classifies as a major punishment under the cba. In fact, the coaches could just as easily say that they weren’t punishing Haynesworth for not being there, they were rewarding every single other player who did show up. By the way, that’s something a lot of teams do. They use it as an incentive for players to show up to OTAs. Did Shanahan use this to let his team know that Haynesworth wasn’t getting off without paying a price after the BS he pulled before? Sure, but he’s doing it in a way that completely falls within his rights as a coach.

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