Albert Haynesworth passes conditioning test, ready to practice

AP

We won’t have a second consecutive summer full of stories about Albert Haynesworth’s inability to pass a conditioning test.

Haynesworth, whose inability to pass coach Mike Shanahan’s conditioning test last year was a major distraction for the Redskins, has now passed Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s conditioning test and is ready to practice.

Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Haynesworth passed the test on his first attempt today. He didn’t try the conditioning test yesterday.

With that, Haynesworth is ready to practice. And Belichick is ready to get his new defensive tackle to work, rather than following Shanahan’s method of spending all of training camp in a battle of wills.

51 responses to “Albert Haynesworth passes conditioning test, ready to practice

  1. BB tweaked the test. It required haynesworth to maintain a mean look on his face while he shifted his weight from leg to leg for 15 seconds

  2. Mike Shanahan was trying to teach Albert a lesson, instead of trying to win football games. That’s the difference from Shanahan and Belichick. Belichick wants to win games and Shanahan is all about his own ego. I am not a Haynesworth fan but watch him get double digit sacks. Why? Because of coaching.

  3. He couldn’t get fitter after one day, BB dropped his limitations so that AH could start work and not be a distraction. If he was cut, AH would have nowhere to go and BB didn’t want to look foolish.

  4. Bb knows all about the knee problem Albert has had since his days with the titans. I’ll bet he brings him along slow, knowing that he’ll take the fake cartilage injection just b4 the season starts and play like a man.

  5. With Albert passing his conditioning test and Plaxico signing with the J-E-T-S Rex and the Hooded One can now issue the battle cry, “My malcontents can beat your malcontents! Let the churlishness begin.

  6. Sources tell me that Haynesworth is in amazing shape and graded highest of all defensive linemen on Belichick’s stringent conditioning test. It comprises three sets of 10 40-yard dashes, with 30-second rest between each dash and three-minute rest between each set. Each dash had to be completed in under 7 seconds. Pretty damn impressive.

  7. FinFan …………. Before you speak , i just wanted to remind you that the dolphins have Matt Moore and Chad Henne has potential starters , and reggie bush as your projected carry leader , all i can say is ……. Enjoy finishing under .500 again lol

  8. I think Shanahan handled Haynesworth incredibly badly. The contract and the fat one’s personality (think massive 5-year-old) meant that a hardline stance was never, ever going to work.

    That said, the previous regime had allowed a “star” culture to develop. Star players like Haynesworth and Portis, with massive contracts and strong links to Cerrato and Snyder, were effectively allowed to practice when they felt like it, which turned out to be not a lot. Shanahan had to change that culture if the Redskins are ever going to return to competitiveness.

    Did he go about it the right way? Well, the whole Haynesworth situation made last season worse than it could have been. That said, in the long term, I like the marker he has set down to every Redskin player. If you want to play you have to practice and the starting spot goes to the best player. Not the most talented player, not the the highest paid player but the one who is producing at the highest level now.

    Belichick has already got the culture of his team sorted out, and Albert has no leverage. With no cap implications to save him, if he doesn’t do what he’s told, he is going to get cut, with even more damage done to his reputation. Belichick will have a much easier time dealing with Haynesworth

  9. I will be laughing at most of you when he and Wilfork are dominating and BB is being praised for taking a chance on this guy. He’s almost TWENTY LBS lighter than he was w/Washington last season.

    Keep takin the bait kids

  10. FinFan68 says:
    Jul 31, 2011 9:51 AM
    BB tweaked the test. It required haynesworth to maintain a mean look on his face while he shifted his weight from leg to leg for 15 seconds

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    Game, set, match!

    Nicely played sir.

  11. Damn, good luck trying to run the ball up the gut on the Pats. They now Have over 600+ pounds of MEAT in the middle. They WILL switch to a primary 4-3 with a little taste 0f the 3-4 hybrid and be much tougher to run on! Still lack the pass rush though!

  12. finfan,

    Instead of making dumb comments on Patriots posts you should be spending your time figuring out if Andrew Luck is the correct player for the Dolphins to select with the first pick in the 2012 draft since it looks like a 3 win season is the best Miami can hope for.

  13. Haynesworth has/had talent.

    With the Pats now going to use the 4/3 and 3/4 mix, he should fit in just fine in NE.

    The Pats organization will keep him in line, along with Ocho.

    It worked before when they brought in that RB from Cincy, right?

    Could be a smart move for the Pats. Only time will tell.

  14. the fat ass wants to save his career. what a worm. I don’t like shanahan’s defense so I’m gonna pout and whine about it. baby.

  15. tunescribe says:
    Jul 31, 2011 10:10 AM
    Sources tell me that Haynesworth is in amazing shape and graded highest of all defensive linemen on Belichick’s stringent conditioning test. It comprises three sets of 10 40-yard dashes, with 30-second rest between each dash and three-minute rest between each set. Each dash had to be completed in under 7 seconds. Pretty damn impressive.
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    I know you are a level headed type who doesn’t make stuff up so I hope you’re not joking!
    Color me shocked if your source is right.

  16. I love how PFT commenters have sources……Please……If he was in amazing shape, wouldn’t the people who actually cover the NFL report this?..I’m not saying he didn’t pass the test, but give the sources crap a rest…

  17. weneedlineman,

    So this is Shanahan’s fault? Shanny had a job to do (get Fat Al in shape, and that was no small task) and the guy is now complaining because he now has to be in shape?) If Fat Al and Portis were allowed to practice on occasion, then hired Shanny and handed him the reins, Fat Al needs to toe the line. The guy then refuses to play in the new defensive scheme after taking a 21 million bonus on April First? Happy April Fools Day, Snyder and Shanahan. You both got fooled by one Fat fool himself. When you sign a contract for 100 million, you play FB if they ask you to do so. Fat Al didn’t sign a contract saying he would only play in a 4-3 Defense, and would only practice a % of the time. You play what you are asked to play when you are asked to play it. What you are failing to mention is his behavior was ALL about him, and not about the team!

    Belichick will have all the leverage, and Fat Al better damn well do what he is told. If he does that, things will be alright. If not, like you said, he gets cut and further tarnishes his filthy reputation. Time will tell, but the guy is, and always will be, a POS in my opinion.

  18. AH is bad news in any capacity to any organization.

    You watch, the other players will watch their words as to not offend, and they will watch the coaches handle him with tender loving gloves as to not be taken out of context.

    He could have played for whatever team he wanted to. Washington was ready to release him if he wanted his release. He took the money and then proceeded to stab them in the back. Come on…reading the newspaper in meetings.

    The guy at a whim will masticize into the largest cancerous tumor your organization will ever experience.

    At age 30, not sure he can dominate. He guy does a better job of groping waitresses than sacking quarterbacks.

    Then again with NE’s history of cheating maybe this will be part of the continued curse of not winning championships irregardless of who they field.

  19. I was never a Shanahan fan, though Bellichick likes him. I think that Shanahan mishandled the TC fiasco last season. It probably could have been mitigated if not entirely avoided, but there was plenty of blame to go around on both sides. Albert is a dick and Shanahan hung him out to dry. Not a good combination

    But as some Redskin fan pointed out that Shanahan had to change an entire culture in the lockerroom. So perhaps in the long run, it was something that had to be done. Still, the what was a necessity for the Skins, MIGHT prove to be a huge win fall for the Pats.

    At the very worst, if Albert doesn’t embrace the Patriot way, then he’ll make a great object lesson for the rest of the lockerroom.

  20. Bottom line is that if Haynesworth doesn’t play well the Pats will cut him, and lose only a fifth round draft choice in 2013. Belichick probably has about 4 of them stockpiled anyways.

    Low risk……potentially high reward.

  21. Guy is going to beast this year , especially if this 4-3 scheme that is being talked about is really going to happen , anyone who compares what he did in that trash of an organisation in Washington that Shanny ran into the ground to Foxboro is smokin something better then Ryan Mallett . He will respect the players in that locker room , proven winners , and one of the smartest coaches in the history of the NFL .

  22. Knowing Belichick, he probably only signed Haynesworth to milk him for information on the Pats week 14 game against the Redskins and will cut him in a few hours after he debriefs him.

  23. BTW- If you happen to cross paths with Ron Borges, tread lightly. He’s going to be really pissed when he finds out Albert passed the fitness test. You know how he hated to hear anything positive happening to the Pats. 🙄

  24. jsrdc says:
    Jul 31, 2011 11:45 AM

    So this is Shanahan’s fault?
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    That we signed Haynesworth, no. That we signed him to a rediculous contract that completely hamstrung the organisation’s ability to exert pressure, no. Should he have tailored his defence to suit Albert, no. [Though I would argue switching straight to a 3-4 on a team loaded for 4-3 was a huge mistake. I’d also argue that it is probably better to design your defense around the roster that you have. I am talking to you Greg Blache. Trying to use Jason Taylor in the same way as you used Phillip Daniels was mental. ]

    Where Shanahan went wrong, in my opinion, was attempting to exert his authority over Haynesworth in such a public manner. It was never going to work. I believe Haynesworth could have been handled better with more subtle psychological manipulations. Haynesworth acts like a big kid and there is more way’s to get child to do what you want than saying, “Do what you’re told or I wont let you out to play.” Especially when that child is 300lb multi-millionaire.

    It wouldn’t have been the most honourable way to act, but I believe there are ways the Haynesworth could have been manipulated in to believing that he was in control, whilst he was in fact doing what the coaches wanted. It would never have worked in the long-term but a different approach might at least have avoided the media circus that dogged the Redskins all year whilst also maintaining a higher trade value than a 5th in 2013.

  25. duncanthecat says: Jul 31, 2011 11:48 AM

    AH is bad news in any capacity to any organization.

    You watch, the other players will watch their words as to not offend, and they will watch the coaches handle him with tender loving gloves as to not be taken out of context.

    He could have played for whatever team he wanted to. Washington was ready to release him if he wanted his release. He took the money and then proceeded to stab them in the back. Come on…reading the newspaper in meetings.

    The guy at a whim will masticize into the largest cancerous tumor your organization will ever experience.

    At age 30, not sure he can dominate. He guy does a better job of groping waitresses than sacking quarterbacks.

    Then again with NE’s history of cheating maybe this will be part of the continued curse of not winning championships irregardless of who they field.
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    Not a fan of the Pats, eh? AH will surprise you. BTW that “cheating ” stuff is old news. Stop living in the past.

  26. FinFan68 says:
    Jul 31, 2011 11:35 AM
    @ Pats fans: The above comment was a dig at Haynesworth, not at the Patriots. Lighten up
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    I laughed at that comment, FinFan even though I took it as a little towards BB making an exception for a vet. You’re a good, level headed poster and I know you don’t take cheapshots. 🙂
    In fact I joked elsewhere myself that I wondered if his “conditioning test” was timing the walk from his car to the meeting room.
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    duncanthecat says:
    Jul 31, 2011 11:48 AM

    Then again with NE’s history of cheating maybe this will be part of the continued curse of not winning championships irregardless of who they field.
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    You know what’s even worse than cheaters? People who make up words, for example “irregardless”.

  27. @Waxxx4321 says:
    Jul 31, 2011 9:55 AM
    hahahhaha lmaoooooooooo…Good 1 Fat A$$ we dont miss you in DC…suddenly that 5th round pic is looking like a steal…..
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    Waxxx4321, that is a very convincing argument. I like all the facts that you backed it up with and the repeated hahas are very convincing. I want you on my debate team! No need to even wait for the season and see how it does.

  28. we know you have it in for shanahan but he was right in dealing with haynesworth the way he did. belichick does not have the investement that shanahan did in the punk. he doesn’t like what he sees he can say goodbye no problem. the guy got his money in d.c. and felt he was entitled to do whatever he wanted. it was shanahan’s job to show him otherwise. if he had listened to you he would have gotten nothing in return for him while the punk would have gotten away with getting his mil;lions with no consequences. another example of why you just write about football instead of actually working in it.

  29. I still say its worth a shot with Albert for a 5th rounder. If he is motivated instant pass rush and with him and vince wilfork running up the middle will be tough.

    If it doesnt work Bill churns out 5th round picks pretty fast so I think shouldnt be to big a loss.

    I wouldnt want to get between Vince and Albert in the chow line. 🙂

  30. Shanahan is the one who needs a conditioning test. Billicheck and Haynesworth will make his actions at last year’s camp look, well, dumb.

  31. I think he only had to bench press his new paycheck two or three times. But, what the heck, lets move on and see what happens on the field.

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