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The reviews are in: Albert Haynesworth is a hit

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Albert Hanyesworth’s performance against Chicago is not only the “best he’s played this season” but “the best game he’s played since he’s been” in Washington.

(Shanahan watched each of last year’s games on film when he got the job.)

Haynesworth “only” had three tackles and a sack, but he disrupted the interior of the Bears offensive line all day.  It was Haynesworth’s play that led to Lovie Smith’s bone-headed non-challenge of a Jay Cutler fumble.

“The first thing I look for is someone who plays 100 percent,” Shanahan
said via Jason Reid of the Washington Post. “…I was pleased with his effort. I was pleased with his
adjustments.”

Mike Wise of the Washington Post gives credit to the Redskins coaching staff for essentially taking away Haynesworth’s run game responsibilities.  (Haynesworth now essentially just tries to get to the quarterback, like he wanted all along.) 

“When the big fella plays the way he did, it’s just great for our whole
defense
,” linebacker London Fletcher told Reid.

Haynesworth told Wise that this has been the worst year of his life personally and professionally and he just wants to get through it. He thought of his fallen brother before Sunday’s game started.

“Like before, when we were warming up and stuff. . . . I was crying a
little bit and stuff and I could hear my little brother like, ‘You’re
crying over me?’ ” Haynesworth said.

The Redskins and Haynesworth have been through a lot and their marriage is almost certainly going to end after the season.  Sunday’s effort gave hope that they may finally have some fun together while it lasts.

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36 Responses to “The reviews are in: Albert Haynesworth is a hit”
  1. stunzeed2 says: Oct 25, 2010 6:52 PM

    Simply DOMINANT yesterday.

  2. Moss_Back_Home says: Oct 25, 2010 6:59 PM

    He is a monster. Awesome player!

  3. parasonic says: Oct 25, 2010 7:00 PM

    really showed his true dominance yesterday. Hopefully he keeps it up bc these luckbox wins won’t last forever. Skins could easily be 0-7 right now.
    1. Dallas freak fumble
    2. Jason Avant drop in the endzone at the gun
    3. Mason Crosby bonks the upright
    4. Jay cutler no-TD fumble call, and one of D-Hall’s picks (the one where he jumped Hester’s route and made a diving catch) shouldn’t have been a pick. Only had one hand on the ball and lost control on the ground.
    But hey, as a huge skins fan, I’ll take being on the other side of the whoring for once in a long while.

  4. Christmas Ape says: Oct 25, 2010 7:04 PM

    It’s quite typical of the media (Washington D.C.’s especially) to spew hyperbole.
    This is the Bears offensive line we’re talking about here. They’ve been getting blown up all season. Haynesworth is a good DT, but it’s not like yesterday’s game should have been a shock to anyone.

  5. PriorKnowledge says: Oct 25, 2010 7:05 PM

    I have been saying it all along – The beast is back! Maybe I was a little premature a few times. He got his sack when he drove the offensive left guard into Cutler. Literally, running the offensive guard backward into Cutler so hard it knocked Cutler down. Like a HS player playing against elementary school children. Unbelievable.

  6. VASeahawk says: Oct 25, 2010 7:05 PM

    Dominating against the Bears Horrific O-Line is not a big accomplishment. He could have stood still and been a beast against that line.

  7. HAILSKINS says: Oct 25, 2010 7:11 PM

    One game does not a hall of fame career make. Do it every week then we will talk.

  8. ejtowne says: Oct 25, 2010 7:26 PM

    Don’t the Bears have one of the league’s worst Offensive lines? Now if he was to do that in GB or NY, then I’d be bragging. Sick of all the hype on Albert Big Mouth Haynesworth, I’d rather hear more about Brett Favre’s nasty doings.

  9. robbie774 says: Oct 25, 2010 7:30 PM

    let’s hope he can keep it up for the rest of the season. he’s got a lot of catching up too do if he wants to legitimately earn that bonus

  10. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 25, 2010 7:33 PM

    or, let’s say he gives washington 120 games or so of his 110% effort to earn all the money they paid him, rather than have one game where he shows his actual talent amidst a maelstrom of being a total douchebag.

  11. obxfannings says: Oct 25, 2010 7:34 PM

    In my best Ben Stein voice, “Boysroll? Boysroll?” Hmm…. must not be lurking on the NFC East’s teams with WINNING RECORDS. Got a great idea for BoysTroll…. check out a team with a losing record!!! Let me see…. Oh ! That’s right!! Check out your own team of losers – they play tonight!! LMFB&GAO – Laughing My F——- Burgundy and Gold Ass Off!!

  12. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Oct 25, 2010 7:38 PM

    parasonic – freak dallas fumble? really? You talking about Hall yanking that ball from Choice like he was trained to do?
    maybe you should check the expiration date on that fan card because you seem to be due for a checkup.

  13. XLI says: Oct 25, 2010 7:42 PM

    Opening bit for my stand-up at the Comedy Cellar… “Haynesworth looked great against the Bears O-Line.” Ha, you can’t make that stuff up. Hee hee woah, the Bears O-line… hilarious.
    So I guess that settles it then, Money well spent Dan Snyder. $100 Mill for a good afternoon against the Bears O-Line. Done and done, Haynesworth paid for himself.
    Yeah big game by Haynesworth and all, that’s just swell, by the way HALL HAD 4 INTS which seems noteworthy, but I guess Haynesworth-Watch continues on.

  14. Kisstherings says: Oct 25, 2010 7:47 PM

    Florio will be sucking his thumb in a corner when he hears you gave any credit to Mike Wise

  15. zoinks says: Oct 25, 2010 8:06 PM

    This cracks me up.
    Two days ago, Redskin fans wanted nothing more than to be rid of this guy. Now they’re putting him in Canton.
    News flash, people: he’s the same guy. In fact, he’s the exact same guy he was in Tennessee.
    He’s a spoiled brat with a near-infinite sense of entitlement….but on gameday, he’s a ridiculously talented athlete, and as dominant as any player in the league.
    But only when he wants to be. The rest of the time, he’s just a self-important jerk.

  16. lurch's nyquil says: Oct 25, 2010 8:11 PM

    and Mike Wise is a douche… He knows nothing about football so why is he even quoted here. I hate him. I wish his stupid dog would run away so he would cry again on air. Friggin baby.

  17. Invisman52 says: Oct 25, 2010 8:14 PM

    @parsonic: Those kind of “should” arguments are futile. I mean, if we played that game we could also say the following:
    1. The ‘Skins “should” have beat the Texans, if they hold a 17 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. OR! If Gano makes his kick in overtime.
    2. Jason Avant “should” have never had the opportunity to make that catch IF Carlos Rogers holds on to an INT Kolb threw to him 4 or so passes previous.
    3. I was at the Bears game and there is no way to say what would have happened “if” those things happened that you point out. “If” McNabb doesn’t throw that pick 6 and just take a sack, the ‘Skins “should” roll. Remember, by the end of the first quarter, the ‘Skins had 160+ yards to -5 of the Bears.
    There are so many other holes in your argument, it is pointless to go through them. Simply put, the “ifs” and “shoulds” are pointless.
    Also, Mike Wise is wrong. Haynesworth was NOT taken out of the game during all run plays. Yes, on 1st downs when the Bears might run he was taken out. But two of his biggest plays–the Cutler goal-line stuff and stopping Chester Taylor on 3rd and 1–took place ON RUNNING DOWNS AND FORMATIONS. He came in the game when the ‘Skins went big to stop the run. (I was there at the game and made a note of it.) He played on passing downs and special RUN plays. His run responsibilities were NOT “essentially tak[en] away.”
    Sheesh–too many pundits, not enough facts, observation, and common sense.

  18. juggernautjay says: Oct 25, 2010 8:18 PM

    The new coaching strategy: Give Haynesworth 3 weeks off and he’ll dominate!

  19. Buffaloblues says: Oct 25, 2010 8:18 PM

    blah blah who cares, still a dirtbag on a mediocre team in the NFC. And before that black lady from first take calls me racist, i want her to realize i did not consider his color, only his actions before i said this

  20. Katmanduu says: Oct 25, 2010 8:32 PM

    End of the regular season = Deadskins last in NFC East.
    Bank on it!

  21. rdenney18 says: Oct 25, 2010 8:37 PM

    This guy has obvious mental issues. He is not right in the head.

  22. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 25, 2010 8:37 PM

    shanhan is a fool….haynesworth is the best player on the team……….how i was wishing his ego would have got in the way, and big albert ended up in oaktown

  23. winslow says: Oct 25, 2010 8:38 PM

    On those rare occasions when he feels like exerting himself, Haynesworth is quite good. I look forward to the one game during the second half of the season when he will play hard.

  24. The Hogster says: Oct 25, 2010 8:38 PM

    He used an offensive lineman as a baseball bat, and hit a double on Cutler. Beast.

  25. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Oct 25, 2010 8:43 PM

    Lets hope he is a part of the Skins for some time to come. Simply because hey are getting along. You could see a difference yesterday in Albert. Celebrating after that BIG sack, and his team mates happy for him. This team is coming around and the Skins need to make sure that they hold onto Albert so that strides can be made.

  26. skinsblowpoles says: Oct 25, 2010 8:48 PM

    parasonic you summed it bro…….we all know the 4skins have been lucky up to this pt…more luck than talent that is for sure.
    mcchoke sucks and the smoke is mirrors is going to stop…i still predict a 4-12 season for this half ass team.
    watch a real team tonight mther fing htrs….we are going on a roll and i am so pumped up i could deck every 4skin loser on this site……
    as i am typing we just rammed it down their throats for a td…pro bowler romo and witten connect baby td….eat that!!!!

  27. chudezee says: Oct 25, 2010 9:01 PM

    obxfannings I thought that meant laughing my f…..g black & Gay Ass off….Haynesworth sucks who hasn’t dominated the Bears O-line….It’s yellow not gold

  28. RION21 says: Oct 25, 2010 9:52 PM

    BigMikeSkinsFan says:
    October 25, 2010 7:38 PM
    parasonic – freak dallas fumble? really? You talking about Hall yanking that ball from Choice like he was trained to do?
    maybe you should check the expiration date on that fan card because you seem to be due for a checkup.
    ————————————————-
    well put sir…….very well put
    on top of that i dont know how a non coverted hail mary is a fluke play or a missed 52 yard field goal…..oh and that hall pick was a pick cause the ball is aloud to hit the ground if you have both hands on the ball and it doesnt move in your hands

  29. smiley says: Oct 25, 2010 10:12 PM

    He played a very good game yesterday. I want to see it again against Detroit. Hail!

  30. CHIEF ZEE says: Oct 25, 2010 10:18 PM

    Great, now keep upping your trade value big fella.

  31. Franchise says: Oct 25, 2010 10:27 PM

    3 tackles and 1 sack, and he is back?
    He makes how many million per game, and you only get 3 tackles and 1 sack?
    Maybe when he pulls a Derrick Thomas we can collectively clap for the fat bastard.

  32. jstewart455 says: Oct 26, 2010 10:53 AM

    Skinsblowpoles is an idiot. Romo in the Pro Bowl haha! You think so huh! Nice job running your mouth after a couple cheap int’s inside the 20. Cowboys are over rated again just like they are every year.

  33. F_Dallas! says: Oct 26, 2010 11:24 AM

    skinsblowpoles says:
    October 25, 2010 8:48 PM
    parasonic you summed it bro…….we all know the 4skins have been lucky up to this pt…more luck than talent that is for sure.
    mcchoke sucks and the smoke is mirrors is going to stop…i still predict a 4-12 season for this half ass team.
    watch a real team tonight mther fing htrs….we are going on a roll and i am so pumped up i could deck every 4skin loser on this site……
    as i am typing we just rammed it down their throats for a td…pro bowler romo and witten connect baby td….eat that!!!!
    Man this is the funniest comment ever. As this Dumb F*** was typing this, Tony Homo is going down within the hour!!! You still pumped up DMF. How is the roll going for you. You FN Cowgirls fans are all the same. All talk, You couldnt beat your way out of a paper bag. Good luck on that roll dumbass.

  34. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Oct 26, 2010 11:40 AM

    Franchise says:
    October 25, 2010 10:27 PM
    3 tackles and 1 sack, and he is back?
    He makes how many million per game, and you only get 3 tackles and 1 sack?
    Maybe when he pulls a Derrick Thomas we can collectively clap for the fat bastard
    ___________________________________
    you obviously dont know the difference between a pass rushing LB/DE hybrid and a DT clogging up the middle. when you learn the difference we can talk

  35. AlphaQ2 says: Oct 26, 2010 12:24 PM

    skinsblowpoles says:
    October 25, 2010 8:48 PM
    parasonic you summed it bro…….we all know the 4skins have been lucky up to this pt…more luck than talent that is for sure.
    mcchoke sucks and the smoke is mirrors is going to stop…i still predict a 4-12 season for this half ass team.
    watch a real team tonight mther fing htrs….we are going on a roll and i am so pumped up i could deck every 4skin loser on this site……
    as i am typing we just rammed it down their throats for a td…pro bowler romo and witten connect baby td….eat that!!!!
    ——————————————-
    Bwahahahah…The Skins just handed you the keys to the NFC East cellar. There is a nice comfy cot for Romo. Enjoy your stay.

  36. DaBeast says: Oct 26, 2010 3:29 PM

    Shanahan is a great coach! But I think he blew it on the big fellow handling. He should have found a way to gain peace over the summer. Big Al was wrong and so was the coach for making this a public embarrassment issue. Let’s face it! They paid Haynesworth a ton of money to play like he did last Sunday. He is capable of doing this every week. It was Shanhan’s job to find a way to motivate him to do it. And Haynesworth’s integrity should have forced him to meet the coach half way. It’s in both of their interests to bury the hatchet for the rest of the year and let this work for the good of the team. Meaning, Big Al plays every single down, keeps his big mouth shut, plays hard, and give his coach props for knowing how to do his job.

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