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After taking test, Mike Golic not impressed with Haynesworth

I’m not the only one who took the Redskins conditioning test today.

Mike Golic, the 47-year-old former NFL defensive tackle who’s now an ESPN commentator, took the test on ESPN’s NFL Live. Golic completed the two 300-yard shuttle runs in exactly the allotted time of 70 seconds for the first run and 73 seconds for the second.

ESPN may have given Golic a bit of a break: He actually looked like he took a head start on the first run, and it was inconclusive whether he crossed the finish line in time. But Golic did pass according to the stopwatch being held by his radio co-host Mike Greenberg, and afterward he said he was unimpressed with Albert Haynesworth’s inability to pass the same test.

“Albert Haynesworth should have made this test — he should have made this test,” Golic said. “You have to come in and they have to see if you’re in shape, and he wasn’t able to do it. That’s a big problem.”

I’m not sure how big a problem it really is for a defensive tackle to be too slow to complete two 300-yard shuttle runs, but when people like Golic (and me) are passing the test that Haynesworth can’t, that gives Redskins coach Mike Shanahan ammunition in his public battle with his $100 million defensive tackle.

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39 Responses to “After taking test, Mike Golic not impressed with Haynesworth”
  1. hutch says: Aug 2, 2010 4:51 PM

    All they are doing lately is advertising P90x on their shows, so maybe he can attribute the fact that he can pass it now to that?

  2. habibfromnewdehli says: Aug 2, 2010 4:53 PM

    STOP IT! Mike Golic DID NOT complete the test.
    He only did… TWO… 150 Yard shuttle runs.
    He did six 25-yard runs, took a break, and then did six more 25-yard runs.
    Haynesworth is being required to do six 50-yard runs, take a break, then do six more 50-yard runs.
    Golic…. two shuttle runs of 150 yards.
    Haynesworth… two shuttle runs of 300 yards.

  3. football24-7 says: Aug 2, 2010 4:58 PM

    TRU DAT!! cut him or trade him!! move on washington an stop crying….

  4. jamaicamecrazy says: Aug 2, 2010 5:02 PM

    2 memos to Redskins fans:
    1. Just sit back relax and enjoy the chaos.
    2. Panic now and avoid the rush.

  5. jamaicamecrazy says: Aug 2, 2010 5:04 PM

    2 memos to Redskins fans:
    1. Just sit back relax and enjoy the chaos.
    2. Panic now and avoid the rush.

  6. steelers rule says: Aug 2, 2010 5:07 PM

    Was Golic on roids? By the way, who would want to watch a fat 47 year old man run?

  7. Erdessy says: Aug 2, 2010 5:13 PM

    habibfromnewdehli you’re an idiot.
    Golic did the same test. A shuttle run is up and back so it is 25 yards up and 25 yards back which equals 50 yards for the “loop”. He does the loop 6 times which equals 300 yards (6×50=300).
    What do you think Golic did? A shuttle run where it was 12.5 yards each way thus totalling 25 yards for the loop? You should maybe do a little research before you start making crazy statements using CAPITAL letters.

  8. Flvikesfan says: Aug 2, 2010 5:17 PM

    OK here is my question; if Haynesworth says he hurt his knee trying to complete the required test, is he covered under the injured player by-laws of the collective bargaining agreement? If so doesn’t that give him the balance of power in this stand off? ‘Hey I wanna’ complete that test, practice and play in your crappy 3-4 D, but I’m hurt coach and can’t go. But you just keep on paying me those big dollars while I make life hell at camp.’

  9. bluelion says: Aug 2, 2010 5:31 PM

    When was the last time a DT or any football player had to run down a player for 300 yards?
    And, 3 1/2 minutes later, do it again?
    F-Off Shanny.

  10. merrillhodgestoupee says: Aug 2, 2010 5:34 PM

    The only thing Mike Golic could complete is 30 trips to the buffet line. Screw him and E!(SPN)
    Give ‘em Hell Fat Albert

  11. Anybodyhome says: Aug 2, 2010 5:34 PM

    I did it myself today with a 65/72 on a natural turf field. I’m 54 years old, 6’6″ @ 255lbs, just had my gall bladder removed a few weeks back and have major painful ingrown toenail on my big toe…. oh yeah… I quit smoking in February….

  12. granadafan says: Aug 2, 2010 5:40 PM

    The Skins should test that knee for any “injury”. Ole Albert wouldn’t resort to faking injuries, soccer style, now would he?

  13. Insomniac says: Aug 2, 2010 5:40 PM

    Isn’t the test about endurance more than running a specific distance? They want to be sure he will be able to play snap after snap during a game?

  14. edgy says: Aug 2, 2010 5:46 PM

    habibfromnewdehli says: August 2, 2010 4:53 PM
    STOP IT! Mike Golic DID NOT complete the test.
    He only did… TWO… 150 Yard shuttle runs.
    **********************************
    Ok, this is not 6 x 25 but really 12 x 25. You must run to the other cone and back to complete ONE 50 yard circuit and do it 6 times.
    That being said, Golic started BEFORE (both times) Greenie started the watch and he was short of the cones on both ends on all 12 runs (both times). He gained enough of an advantage to actually make it both times by shaving off actual yardage and starting before the stop watch started.

  15. D.R.Universal says: Aug 2, 2010 5:54 PM

    Golic was also an undersized lineman…
    All you who think its so easy are NOT 6’6″ 330lbs either!! Try lugging that up and down the field for 300 yards…
    HOW IS THAT DRILL EVEN RELEVANT TO WHAT HE WILL DO IN A REAL-LIVE FOOTBALL GAME??? didnt think so…

  16. nutnbutnet says: Aug 2, 2010 6:08 PM

    Everybody is on Haynesworth and rightfully so, but how about a few comments about the numbnuts that PAID the MAN. How long are the Skins gonna pull this? They overpay trying to “buy” an championship. How can you turn around and blame the guy for taking the money? Everyone said this guy was a slacker, he only played when he wanted to get paid, and they went ahead and gave him the biggest contract ever at his position!
    Snyder has screwed Skins fans over for years by not allowing the football people to build a team.

  17. HumanCannonball says: Aug 2, 2010 6:14 PM

    Nutrisystem at work

  18. 1nationraidernation says: Aug 2, 2010 6:21 PM

    BSPN…do we need to say any more.

  19. brasho says: Aug 2, 2010 6:21 PM

    D.R.Universal says:
    August 2, 2010 5:54 PM
    Golic was also an undersized lineman…
    All you who think its so easy are NOT 6’6″ 330lbs either!! Try lugging that up and down the field for 300 yards…
    HOW IS THAT DRILL EVEN RELEVANT TO WHAT HE WILL DO IN A REAL-LIVE FOOTBALL GAME??? didnt think so…
    +++++++++++++++
    Are you freaking retarded? This is not a freaking test of speed, it is a test to determine one’s shape, their ability to get out onto the field and compete…. Yes, Fat Albert might be 6’6 and probably a lot closer to 350 lbs… but is it not his job to play football and to be in the very best shape possible to play football? Freaking couch potatoes and 50+ year old men are going out there and completing something this sorry sack of crap could not and they are not getting paid $100 mil to do it nor do they have any incentive to be in shape for it.
    Quit defending that sorry sack of shit. He wouldn’t do squat for you except maybe run your dumbass over while he’s driving drunk on the freeway.
    Is it relevant to football? To be in shape to play football? HELL, YES, MORON!

  20. mg5075 says: Aug 2, 2010 6:35 PM

    Golic did not pass the test. You can see the video on ESPN. 1st of all a shuttle run requires you to touch the ground every 25 yards, he did not = FAIL. 2nd he started attempt 1 with 3:55 remaining of the clip and finished with 2:44 (71 seconds = FAIL.) Greenie even says “one minute eleven.” Golic started attempt 2 with 1:39 remaining and finished with :22 (77 seconds = FAIL.) So Golic cheated on the test and still failed both attempts… I’m not impressed with him!

  21. jintsfan15 says: Aug 2, 2010 6:40 PM

    To all the skins fans saying the test isn’t relevant to what Albert has to do on the field, you’re right, he’ll never run 300 yards. However, that test is what the staff expects him to be able to compete, stop making excuses for your overpaid, underperforming players. Part of the Skins problem for the last 15 years is that they’ve signed out of shape over the hill stars and let them do whatever they want. (Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Dana Stubblefield, etc..) Don’t be mad at shanny for trying to instill some kind of work ethic at Redskins Park, its be missing since the first gibbs tenure.

  22. robert ethen says: Aug 2, 2010 6:57 PM

    Oh crap, now Golic will be sending the film to teams around the league. Still, he is probably a better prospect than his kids are.

  23. robert ethen says: Aug 2, 2010 7:01 PM

    Shortly thereafter, Greenie timed Golic running a 4:35 40.

  24. damnitall says: Aug 2, 2010 7:02 PM

    # Anybodyhome says: August 2, 2010 5:34 PM
    I did it myself today with a 65/72 on a natural turf field. I’m 54 years old, 6’6″ @ 255lbs, just had my gall bladder removed a few weeks back and have major painful ingrown toenail on my big toe…. oh yeah… I quit smoking in February….
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Pretty impressive times for a guy your age and size, congrats on giving up the smokes.

  25. steelers rule says: Aug 2, 2010 7:05 PM

    I seen this old man run and yes, HE FAILED! He started before the Metrosexual started the clock, never touched the ground, whe he had his 3:30 break, he talked for another 30 seconds so he had a 4 minute break, started again before the time and Metrosexual was yelling 1:13 you did it at the buzzed when on tv the time was 1:16! FAILED! Golic sucked in NFL and now wants to act like he did something when he played.

  26. Suitcasehead Golic says: Aug 2, 2010 7:05 PM

    Yes!!–i knew i could do it–

  27. loganmiller22 says: Aug 2, 2010 7:10 PM

    Wow splitting hairs over the fact that a 47 year old sports anchor cheated on a test that a 100 million dollar athlete couldnt pass. Um, I’m pretty sure Haynesworth didnt pass the test anyways, so whats your guys’ point? My god, just imagine what Bob Golic would have done to that drill! Just another bustout that played great to get a new contract, got paid, and laid an egg. What’s the over/under and Golic calling off work for the next two days to rest his swollen knees?

  28. damnitall says: Aug 2, 2010 7:15 PM

    # D.R.Universal says: August 2, 2010 5:54 PM
    Golic was also an undersized lineman…
    All you who think its so easy are NOT 6’6″ 330lbs either!! Try lugging that up and down the field for 300 yards…
    HOW IS THAT DRILL EVEN RELEVANT TO WHAT HE WILL DO IN A REAL-LIVE FOOTBALL GAME??? didnt think so…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Please get a clue. #1, AH lost 30 pounds during the off season, which was supposed to put him at 300. #2 The test is an endurance test. Defensive players can run up to, and beyond, 150 yards in three plays. Three series can put you at 450. How many plays did AH play last year when he needed a cart and oxygen to haul his fat, out of shape, 100 million dollar ass off the field last year? Get your fat ass in shape AH.

  29. Lionwulf says: Aug 2, 2010 7:25 PM

    The test is relevant bcause it simulates going against a no huddle offense during the two minute drill, where a player will have to set up, run the play, then run to the spotted ball, set up, and go again. You train harder than you play. That’s what the test is about.

  30. allinSTACKme says: Aug 2, 2010 7:32 PM

    @ brasho,
    very well said brochacho

  31. TheWizard says: Aug 2, 2010 7:55 PM

    HOW IS THAT DRILL EVEN RELEVANT TO WHAT HE WILL DO IN A REAL-LIVE FOOTBALL GAME???
    It’s not.
    It’s relevant to discipline, and to being on the team and following the teams’ rules.

  32. DarkHorse81 says: Aug 2, 2010 8:36 PM

    To: brasho
    Thank you for pointing out D.R.Universal dumb ass comments, he just doesn’t get it, players like Albert are lazy and only play when their in contract years just look at the games he’s on the field for 1 to 2 plays per snap he always sub himself out of games

  33. robert ethen says: Aug 2, 2010 8:47 PM

    Golic is considering a comeback. According to the watch Greenburg uses he is 31 years old, not 47.

  34. dcbronco says: Aug 2, 2010 10:21 PM

    Some people are arguing that Golic didn’t really complete the test in time. He also cut the sections short a few times. But big deal. He almost completed it with no working out beforehand. Hanyesworth was supposed to be working out for the last five months. He apparently hasn’t come close to Golic’s performance. And Golic is 18 years older.

  35. CH³NO² says: Aug 2, 2010 10:57 PM

    Maybe the skinz can sign Golic and save a few million?

  36. roscoe says: Aug 2, 2010 11:21 PM

    This just in…..the plastic cones were replaced with waffle cones containing 3 scoops of cookies n’ cream. Fat Albert completed both shuttles in 25 and 32 seconds….

  37. DingyHarry says: Aug 2, 2010 11:29 PM

    Open the fridge door 75 yards down and I bet Golic breaks the record time in the conditioning test!

  38. manofaiki says: Aug 3, 2010 7:03 AM

    Skins paid 20 mil to a guy when they could have cut him earlier this year and now he can’t even move his fat ass long enough to complete this test when a 47 year old out of shape guy who didn’t even train for it can ALMOST pass it?
    EPIC FAIL.

  39. edgy says: Aug 3, 2010 10:15 AM

    dcbronco says:
    ********************
    Well, genius, apparently you haven’t paid attention to what REALLY happened. On the first day, AH PASSED the first section with a LEGITIMATE TIME and then took a 10+ minute bathroom break so MS, the great killer of young careers, made him start over so he was trying to get him to do 900 instead of 600.

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