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Albert Haynesworth thinks he "played okay"

After an offseason of turmoil, Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth got on the field for 16 plays Sunday against the Cowboys. So how did he do?

I played okay,” Haynesworth said. “I made a few tackles and did what I was supposed to do.”

Haynesworth’s assessment of his play is more charitable than my assessment of Haynesworth’s play.

I was critical of the anonymous sources within the Redskins’ organization who were telling the Washington Post that Haynesworth looked awful in the preseason finale, and I still think question the motivations of those sources who ripped Haynesworth anonymously. But I’ll also say that from my own observations of Haynesworth Sunday night, he really was awful. When he wasn’t getting blown off the line of scrimmage, he was out of position to make the play. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the only time Haynesworth stayed on the field for a full drive was the drive on which the Cowboys scored their only touchdown.

Even if he thinks he played okay, Haynesworth seems to understand that he’s just a role player on the Redskins’ defense now.

“That’s just the situation that we’re in right now,” Haynesworth said. “But I’m just happy that we beat Dallas.”

They beat Dallas without a lot of help from their highest-paid player.

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  1. pacstud says: Sep 13, 2010 2:21 PM

    Blame the Skins staff for playing a 3/5 tech as a 0/1 tech. Idiots.
    I am glad the MDS thinks he knows his head from his ass when it comes to football analysis.
    One more time boys: REPEAT GOSSIP, END BLOG. No one gives two sh1ts about your “football opinions”.

  2. Richm2257 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:23 PM

    “I played okay”
    Sorry Albert, but the Redskins aren’t paying you a bazillion dollars to play “okay”.
    They’re paying you HUGE money to be a FORCE on the field, to be the kind of dominating presence on a field that teams scheme their entire offenses around.
    “Okay” is worth about 500K a year. Give back the money, you fat lazy slob.

  3. FireJerryJones says: Sep 13, 2010 2:25 PM

    He kept trying to shoot the gap on Gurode…
    Gurode kept slapping him in the face right off the snap. He was out of the play regularly.

  4. Nevisyakker says: Sep 13, 2010 2:25 PM

    Albert thinks he “played OK?” From what I saw he was either pouting on the sidelines or being treated like a hydrant at a dog show.

  5. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Sep 13, 2010 2:26 PM

    hes not motivated, hes beaten by single coverage, he is choosing the WRONG gap (on purpose i think), he isnt hitting holes and blowing up lineman.
    where is the Haynesworth from back in the day? dude is a cry baby now..

  6. seahawkfan says: Sep 13, 2010 2:29 PM

    Maybe you should tie a twinkie to the running backs and the quarterbacks. That should get his attention.

  7. mwcarolina says: Sep 13, 2010 2:30 PM

    that’s part of the problem, he played ok, not good, not great, ok. Anyways, i hope a trade happens soon, the Redskins need some offensive players, i want the Vikings to ask for Haynesworth and hope they give us Gerhart for him, but that’s a wish, not going to happen, i could see a deal with the Titans, but not what i want which is Damian Williams.

  8. Lurch says: Sep 13, 2010 2:31 PM

    Albert is extremely well paid – for a JV player.
    Agents who try to get their clients guaranteed money can really only shrug their shoulders when management brings up two names:
    1. Jamarcus Russell
    2. Albert Haynesworth
    Thanks, guys!!! I’m sure your teammates love ya.
    Giving guaranteed money in the NFL is like guaranteeing non-effort in your former stud turned lard-ass.
    Newest wannabe on the ‘gimmie some luv’ bandwagon:
    Randy Moss.

  9. Deb says: Sep 13, 2010 2:34 PM

    Well, his play may only have been okay, but I thought he put on a wonderful pouty face as he was leaving the field … after a victory. He couldn’t manage a tiny smile?? Geez, this guy really seems like a lot more trouble than he’s worth.

  10. FinFan68 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:35 PM

    they dont pay him that kind of money to play “ok”. To me, it looked like he was in his own little world…doing his own thing on the field and then staying away from the defensive huddle on the sidelines. The video of him is always the same. He stands there and sways back and forth with a disgusted/clueless look on his face. He has talent but his attitude/ego don’t allow him to play like it. He is a waste and they should trade him or deactivate him. Time to flush the turd and hope the stains go away soon

  11. RIPmeast21 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:36 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. I was at the game and watched as Haynesworth stood by himself pouting while the ENTIRE defense met on the sideline. Albert is a JOKE and so is the fact that i bought his jersey last year. Can anyone remove his name for and add mine in its palce.

  12. Bruce says: Sep 13, 2010 2:39 PM

    The whole team looked bad. Outside of Devin Thomas’ kickoff returns, the entire team sucked. Dallas beat themselves. Anytime your defense surrenders 380 yards of “game on the line” offense and your own offense manages 3-13 on third downs and barely 250 yards of offense, that is a bad sign.

  13. PriorKnowledge says: Sep 13, 2010 2:43 PM

    OK – I, too, watched Haynesworth on that drive. He played nose and RDE. On one running play, Albert was playing RDE and was pushed out the way by a single offensive lineman. The running back ran through the spot where Albert lined up for a big gain. I saw him make a tackle on a running play after the back had gained 3 or 4 yards.
    On passing plays he never reached the QB. He was mostly singly blocked.
    He was not a force. He was not a beast this game. He really did not play very well.
    Orakpo, Hall, and Landry were the defensive beasts of this game.
    On offense, Moss, Cooley, Gano were the beasts. And rookie Williams gets props for mostly holding his own against Ware.
    McNabb did not play well and was missing receivers all night.

  14. Bill In DC says: Sep 13, 2010 2:44 PM

    He was awful. He ignored his responsibilities in the scheme, electing to try to shoot a gap to get the the QB on virtually every play – allowing Gurode to control him easily.
    In some cases he looked like a youth football 8 year old defensive lineman trying to run around the blockers instead of maintaining his gap.

  15. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 13, 2010 2:51 PM

    They made the situation worse than it had to be.

  16. ytrain says: Sep 13, 2010 2:59 PM

    MDS is sort of an idiot–the Cowboys scored that TD mostly b/c Josh Bidwell shanked the punt and the drive began on the Washington 32 yard line.

  17. gurnblanston says: Sep 13, 2010 3:05 PM

    Fat Albert is Fat Albert. Give it a rest. The defense played well, the offense struggled, special teams were up and down. It’s Year One of returning actual pro football to DC. We’re gonna enjoy it.
    The real question from the game is how does the Greatest Offense Ever Assembled kickoff its Season of Destiny by scoring one TD for each team?
    Print those Super Bowl tickets, Jerruh!
    Romo postgame: “It’s hard to swallow. It’s hard to take. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.” Cue appropriate jokes here. Hail!

  18. theycallme_iPod says: Sep 13, 2010 3:08 PM

    He didn’t hold his gap and got manhandled by Gurode all night long…

  19. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 13, 2010 3:09 PM

    He must have played another game that the one I watched. He was terrible. they just took him to one side or the other. They OWNED him. Pathetic. Even when he seemed to finally get mad and fight back, he did no good. Unless of course you count getting yourself out of position as “good”. Ask Lavar Arrington about that….

  20. orakpowned says: Sep 13, 2010 3:09 PM

    I wonder if Alex Barron thinks he played okay too

  21. PirateFreedom says: Sep 13, 2010 3:13 PM

    He was just trying to make up with Gurode by letting Gurode walk all over him this time.

  22. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 13, 2010 3:17 PM

    Albert got pushed around all night.

  23. Simon12345 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:19 PM

    Several observations:
    1. If Haynesworth is dogging it because he is unmotivated to play for the Redskins he is stupid. The best way for him to get out is to play like a beast so someone will offer Redskins value for him. Newsflash: Allen does not equal Cerrato. He is not giving the Titans HW for a 5th round pick.
    2. The defense gave up some yards true but they held Dallas, who everyone sees as a Super Bowl favorite, to one touchdown. The defense is not in disarray without Haynesworth. Sorry haters…you are wrong on that one.
    3. Remember when everyone said Shanahan was being so mean he was going to lose the locker room? Guess what, he did not lose the locker room. HW is removing himself from the community of players…this only strenghens their bond with Shanahan and weakens it with HW.
    4. Remember when everyone said that the HW situation was a distraction that woudl make the redskins lose. Guess what, it wasn’t a big enough distraction to mortally wound the defense. The offensive woes have nothing to do with HW.
    5. As a result of #2 – #4, the Redskins are under no pressure to jettison HW right away. Yes, Snyder is an idiot for giving him a chunk of cash. But that money is gone, so long, bye bye. There is no advantage to rush him out the door if the team can function as is. This is TERRIBLE news for other NFL teams and homers of other teams who are waiting for the Redskins to drop HW or trade him for a single low draft pick. Newsflash: Allen is not Cerrato.
    Not saying Shanhan is perfect or hte Redskins are a powerhouse (I still think they finish 7-9 or 8-8), but it does not appear that Shanahan destroyed the team with his handling of HW.
    Sorry guys, the sky didn’t fall.

  24. bob215 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:21 PM

    im not a haynesworth fan at all but i didnt know there were so many people on this site that know what Als gap responsibilities were and the lone sack of the game came as a result of Al opening a whole for rocky to rush through. and watch the game on replay there were several defensive players not in the huddle on the sideline, to me it looked like a linebacker and DB meeting, he a lazy POS but hes better than what else we have, I didnt exactly see Gholston tearing it up out there either. also are there any other skins fans getting sick of Mike Sellers, he drops balls and isnt a good blocker at all. the best thing Fat Al said “im just glad we beat Dallas” thats all i need to hear from that Ahole

  25. football genius says: Sep 13, 2010 3:23 PM

    was he wearing roller skates?

  26. CaptainObvious says: Sep 13, 2010 3:32 PM

    RIPmeast21 says: September 13, 2010 2:36 PM
    “Can anyone remove his name for and add mine in its palce”
    Just do what I did with my old Santonio Holmes #10 jersey – I took a paintbrush and a can of yellow paint, I crossed out “Holmes” and painted “Dixon” under it.

  27. HarrisonHits says: Sep 13, 2010 3:38 PM

    Nice to get paid 20 mil to be just “ok” at your job, especially when you actually sucked bigtime.
    I can smell the reek of this turd here in Rhode Island, it must be an overwhelmingly disgusting stench in Washington.

  28. stadanko says: Sep 13, 2010 3:40 PM

    They beat Dallas without a lot of help from most of their players.

  29. Harm City Homer says: Sep 13, 2010 3:43 PM

    He got pushed around. He needs to forget trying to play one gap and just blow the center up every play. He does not have to worry about a G chopping his knee like the old days.

  30. Black QB White RB says: Sep 13, 2010 3:43 PM

    If he was man enough to admit he stunk, he’d have been man enough to show up all summer and work hard with his teammates.
    He was manhandled like a guy who wants to be bad.

  31. petro says: Sep 13, 2010 3:47 PM

    Haynesworth is why I sorta hope the players don’t get fully guaranteed contracts. It’s easier in football to get out of a bad contarct than basketball. I’m not saying I want the players to be swindled but I don’t want more cases of Haynesworth either.

  32. superb owl says: Sep 13, 2010 3:53 PM

    he has to be better than “ok” for that amount of scratch.

  33. j-wil says: Sep 13, 2010 3:59 PM

    was at the game and clearly Haynesworth was the odd man out……………often standing by himself on the sidelines and not speaking to anyone. He has isolated himself and the the D as a whole has bought in to the new Coach and his regime. He is no longer a distraction because he is no longer relevant.

  34. dabbflappy says: Sep 13, 2010 4:06 PM

    Looked to me like Haynesworth got pushed around, was often out of the play and never made a threatening move or a big play.
    Or maybe he did and I missed it.
    Perhaps most importantly, he wasn’t a brute-force clogger in the middle. The Cowboys punched holes in the line where Albert should have been.
    If they keep him, one hopes he will improve.

  35. The Filth says: Sep 13, 2010 4:07 PM

    Haynesworth was signed because he was a 4-3 tackle that shot the gap.
    In the 3-4 he was trying to shoot the gap again. Just because he was a great 4-3 tackle doesn’t mean he can make the adjustment especially considering he isn’t probably killing himself to do it.
    Again, taking on that constant double team is no joke in the 3-4, that’s why he wants to get back to attacking.

  36. Brad says: Sep 13, 2010 4:26 PM

    He didn’t have a great game, but at least he appeared to be trying. Baby steps.

  37. AlphaQ2 says: Sep 13, 2010 4:52 PM

    Bruce says:
    September 13, 2010 2:39 PM
    The whole team looked bad. Outside of Devin Thomas’ kickoff returns, the entire team sucked. Dallas beat themselves. Anytime your defense surrenders 380 yards of “game on the line” offense and your own offense manages 3-13 on third downs and barely 250 yards of offense, that is a bad sign.
    So what does that say about Dallas? All those yards and very little to show for it. That game was a botched field goal from being out of reach, but you just keep hyping Dallas. They are obviously worthy of it…

  38. Deb says: Sep 13, 2010 5:14 PM

    @Brad …
    That was a joke post, right? You weren’t serious that at least he appeared to be trying and is making baby steps, right?
    The guy is making $21 million. He’s a veteran player, not a trainee.
    In general, my sympathies lie with the NFLPA. But some of this stuff is ridiculous. These guys are employees–and extremely well compensated. For the money they earn, they can get their butts to OTAs, work out with their teams, go to camp, show up at meetings, be on time, and play the position the coach tells them to play. This nonsense about showing up when and where they please and not riding the bus with the other players and so on is idiotic.
    Where is Mike Leach and his closet when you need him?

  39. Tony Dent says: Sep 13, 2010 5:30 PM

    Do you guys ever proof-read before you post? Florio is the worst, but come on, man…

  40. McBleezy says: Sep 13, 2010 5:35 PM

    The 4skins didnt beat dallas. Dallas beat Dallas.

  41. Bruce says: Sep 13, 2010 7:13 PM

    # AlphaQ2 says: September 13, 2010 4:52 PM
    Bruce says:
    September 13, 2010 2:39 PM
    The whole team looked bad. Outside of Devin Thomas’ kickoff returns, the entire team sucked. Dallas beat themselves. Anytime your defense surrenders 380 yards of “game on the line” offense and your own offense manages 3-13 on third downs and barely 250 yards of offense, that is a bad sign.
    ——————– ——-
    So what does that say about Dallas? All those yards and very little to show for it. That game was a botched field goal from being out of reach, but you just keep hyping Dallas. They are obviously worthy of it…
    I’m not hyping Dallas because I am not a Dallas fan. I’m a Redskin fan and besides the final score, the ‘Skins didn’t look very good and that is some cause for concern. Stop accusing everyone who criticizes the ‘Skins as being ‘Skin haters. The game was also one stupid hold from being a Cowboy victory.

  42. DEStewart01 says: Sep 14, 2010 2:03 PM

    That was a secondary and linebacker meeting on the bench, all the Dlinemen are sitting on the bench nowhere near the meeting. Fat Al is standing around fuming because he was pulled out of the game right after completely blowing up the Cowboys line and getting in the backfield. All you Redskins fans posting here should be ashamed of yourselves. Know the situation before you go off on an ignorant rant. Wilson #95 plays LB now. Fat Al wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near that meeting. The media is now just looking for things to trash him for, to aid in destroying our team from the inside out.

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