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Haynesworth says “sleeping giant” is about to wake up

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In 2007, Albert Haynesworth became one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the league, primarily because he was chasing a big sack of money.  In 2008, operating under the franchise tag with an addendum that allowed him to avoid a second straight year of franchise money based on certain team or individual factors, Haynesworth continued to play hard, in order to get paid more than handsomely.

Assuming that Haynesworth, who had been average for most of his career pre-2007, would continue to be motivated after losing his financial incentive, the Redskins gave him a six-year, $100 million contract (more like four years, $48 million).  His first year wasn’t dominant, and then his second year became a disaster.

So now that he’s in New England and not (yet) chasing another big sack of money, what will he do?

“It’s time for me, the sleeping giant, to awake and get back out there on the field and play football again,” Haynesworth told reporters Thursday, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.

It’s the closest Haynesworth has ever come to admitting that, figuratively and literally, he laid down on the job after getting paid.

“I read what you guys wrote, nothing personal, but I didn’t do much in D.C.,” Haynesworth said.  “The scheme didn’t fit me and that stuff.  Now I can go out there and play get back to what I used to do.”

He shouldn’t blame it on the scheme.  Though Redskins coach Mike Shanahan erred badly when converting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 when Haynesworth was making it clear that he had no interest in that approach, Haynesworth ultimately should have tried to make the change.  He never did.

This year, it remains to be seen whether he can get back to his 2007-08 form.  If he can, the Patriots will have a much better pass rush than they had in 2010.  (Then again, it couldn’t get much worse.)  But if he plays well and when he is eligible to get paid more than handsomely again, here’s hoping that folks don’t forgot how he responded after getting his first huge free-agent contract.

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89 Responses to “Haynesworth says “sleeping giant” is about to wake up”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 9, 2011 11:39 AM

    I guess “giant” is fitting considering that he is no “beauty.”

  2. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 9, 2011 11:40 AM

    the sleeping giant just woke up, went to the bathroom, then went back to sleep till noon.

  3. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 9, 2011 11:42 AM

    Good, cuz I’m sure he’s about to be late for a meeting…

  4. tjacks7 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:45 AM

    Yea, it’s the schemes fault you dogged it on your team. What a giant POS.

  5. deadeye says: Sep 9, 2011 11:46 AM

    After waking up, the sleeping giant will take a giant dump and then go back to bed.

  6. tjacks7 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:46 AM

    And I think you meant he’s been worthless, post-2007.

  7. keakuamai says: Sep 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    Whatever Al, why you were asleep in the first place is mystifying but hey, glad that you can admit you were doing THAT after you got your big pay day!

  8. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Sep 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    I’ve never heard of a new coach of a team checking with a Defensive Tackle first to make sure it’s OK if he installs a certain defense.

    The Redskins paid Haynesworth $32 million over two years, and he shuts it down because he didn’t like what defense they were going to run. Absolutely pathetic.

  9. sirmixalotalotalot says: Sep 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    the only think giant about Haynesworth is his is weight and size of his belly. Too many jelly beans

  10. jw731 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    And then albert walked back up to the counter at the Dunkin Donuts where the interview was conducted and ordered another dozen…….

  11. snowpea84 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:47 AM

    I need to get to Bodog and get my bets in for Patriots to win the SB this year. It’s not even going to be fair.

  12. ndallasruss says: Sep 9, 2011 11:48 AM

    He’s, by a country mile, the laziest POS ever to put on a football uniform.

  13. 3octaveFart says: Sep 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    Wow, that’s almost as good as “Dream Team”

  14. favreforever says: Sep 9, 2011 11:50 AM

    “Fee..fi…fo…fum!”.

  15. bossyrossy says: Sep 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    This guy is the worst.

  16. seabreezes51 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    Lazy, once it get’s into you, is not easy to shut down. There is a lot of lazy in Albert…….

  17. talkintrashallday says: Sep 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    the sleeping giant will wake up….then hit the “Snooze” button and go back to sleep.

  18. tenotnamedmiller says: Sep 9, 2011 11:52 AM

    He’d better. It’s almost noon.

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 9, 2011 11:52 AM

    I’m just so impressed and eager to see him dominate…… Also waiting to see McNabb throw for 4,000 yard and 30 TD passes this year…..

  20. rexsymbol says: Sep 9, 2011 11:53 AM

    This guy is a turducken……..minus the ucken

  21. monsterscream says: Sep 9, 2011 11:55 AM

    “The scheme didn’t fit me and that stuff.”

    Don’t the Pats run a 3-4 defense??

  22. robertopicadillo says: Sep 9, 2011 11:55 AM

    then lean on some o-lineman and go back to the sideline

  23. Land Snark says: Sep 9, 2011 11:56 AM

    “He shouldn’t blame it on the scheme.”

    No, you’re right.

    He should blame it on a stiff necked pain of a coach who was determined to win a spitting contest to show who is the boss.

    More power to ya Shanny. You deserve every loss. Especially that national de-pantsing at the hands of Vick.

  24. frankrizzo51 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:56 AM

    Must be time to eat.

  25. razorbyrd says: Sep 9, 2011 11:58 AM

    I’m pretty sure after taking that nap in the game against Philly last year, “sleeping giant” is what the Redskins were calling him too…

  26. ssuperkyle says: Sep 9, 2011 11:59 AM

    He probably means a “gassy” giant is about to wake up.

  27. ny82jy says: Sep 9, 2011 12:00 PM

    hahahahaha.. yea ok sure fatboy! go step on somebody elses head that must be what hes talking about.

  28. ovfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:00 PM

    I guess he finally woke up from the nap he took on the field in Philly last season. Unlimited skills very few brain cells!

  29. aintitridiculous says: Sep 9, 2011 12:00 PM

    The useless POS never did anything in Washington because he didn’t want to do anything there. Instead of working for the team, he worked only for his interests.

  30. bozosforall says: Sep 9, 2011 12:01 PM

    GFY, Fat Albert, you steaming pile of horse dung.

  31. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 9, 2011 12:03 PM

    The problem with the idea that he can turn it on at will is that at some point when you try to turn it on, it’s just not there anymore.
    I’m gonna make a guess that he’s either at that stage or will be shortly.

  32. jw731 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:04 PM

    He was supposed to be the final character from the wizard of OZ….Sadly the character looking for Oxygen landed on the cutting room floor……….

  33. southyank7 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:05 PM

    i’m betting by trade deadline Belicheat figures out he made ANOTHER mistake by taking on this overweight lazy BLEEP & NE trades him to AL DAVIS for another high draft pick- i almost feel sorry for Oakland…lmao

  34. richm2256 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:06 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I hope Haynesworth does a 180 and shows what a force he can be.

    That said, I have little regard for a guy who runs a cleat over an opponents face,or literally lays down while cashing huge checks.

    I can’t ever see myself being a Haynesworth fan, no matter what, though.

  35. boswivel says: Sep 9, 2011 12:06 PM

    The Giants play in NY. You’re a sleeping Patriot now, numbskull.

  36. sguy2130 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:08 PM

    Breakfast buffet must be open.

  37. kingjoe1 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:10 PM

    waitresses everywhere are putting on sweaters.

  38. holdthemayo123 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    He certainly would not be the first person in this league to “see the light” and decide to dedicate more effort to his craft, but only time will tell.
    Also, in terms of his weight, he is the perfect place – he looks like Kate Moss next to Vince Wilfork.

  39. jrfrom508 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:17 PM

    Can’t get enough of the fat, lazy, unmotivated jabs at Hanesworth. I’m saying he’s going to be a beast, he might be, he might be just average. Bottom line he’s not the focal point of our defense and he has something to prove. I bet you all will still make fat jokes when the pats D is at the top of league, but you won’t acknowledge Hanesworths contribution. Keep it up, the banter is fun…… watch out for the NE D this year. The offense is a given. WATCH OUT.

  40. steelerfan999 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:20 PM

    it gets cold in new england,so i see the giant hibernating by week 8

  41. robsterny says: Sep 9, 2011 12:22 PM

    “Its time for me to awake and get back out there on the field and play football again”…

    lol…Yes albert …thats what you get paid for.
    You have to be kidding me!!!!!

  42. xli2006 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:24 PM

    It’s not what it sounds like… He was asleep on the Sidelines after eating a rack and a half of Ribs and is about to wake up.

    If you can’t “wake up” for 100 Million Dollars, then what are you going to wake up for?

  43. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    @robsterny

    Use more exclamation points, dude.

  44. phinfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:30 PM

    Well Albert you know what they say about sleeping giants waking up? They have to take A GIANT CRAP!!!

  45. chargerdillon says: Sep 9, 2011 12:32 PM

    Did Eli Manning pass out on your couch again?

  46. redskinsreloaded says: Sep 9, 2011 12:33 PM

    I hope the only giant awoke is the giant case of herpes this no good piece of human dung deserves. Lazy, no good, worthless pile of a so called human. I hope he chokes on the things he puts in his pathetic mouth. I only hope Shanahans game plan when they play the Skins is to double chop block his career to end.

  47. mikep363839 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:33 PM

    Haynesworth didn’t lay down on the job, his coach wouldnt let him play then used the media to try to embarrass him.
    A man likes to know his bosses have his back.

  48. sojumaster says: Sep 9, 2011 12:38 PM

    He woke up because the Krispy Kreme delivery truck drove past his house.

  49. sojumaster says: Sep 9, 2011 12:41 PM

    Now that Alberrt has for all intents has admitted to sleeping on the job with the Redskins, I wonder if the Redskins can sue Albert for frauduantly acting like a professional football player.

  50. vbar119 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:41 PM

    He must have taken a lot of Lunesta the past couple years because he’s been irrelevant on the field.

  51. flboyindallas says: Sep 9, 2011 12:42 PM

    “Haynesworth says “sleeping giant” is about to wake up”

    Why…is it time for a snack?

  52. patriotinvasion says: Sep 9, 2011 12:46 PM

    Who knows how this will turn out for Haynesworth, but if Corey Dillon and Randy Moss are any indication…all you fans of other teams should be very concerned.

    Let’s see…Dillon in 2004: 1,600 yards and a Super Bowl championship

    Moss in 2007: Sets the record for TD receptions in a season…16-0…catches the go ahead score with 2 minutes left in the Super Bowl.

    Haynesworth in 2011: Time will tell…

  53. houmas says: Sep 9, 2011 12:47 PM

    Where was Haynesworth when he played under Zorn’s 4-3 scheme in DC prior to Shanahan? He slept then as well.

  54. m2karateman says: Sep 9, 2011 12:47 PM

    Didn’t Jack climb the beanstalk and slay that giant a long time ago?

  55. weneedlinemen42 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:59 PM

    The sleeping giant realises it is a contract year. Pity everyone else now realises that money acts like a general anaesthetic on this turd mountain.

  56. rushmatic says: Sep 9, 2011 1:00 PM

    As a Pats fan, I have to laugh at these comments. I was probably a hater before he came on my team, too. I just hope he proves everyone wrong this year and DESTROYS.

  57. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:01 PM

    If a 100 mill. contract with 41 Mill guaranteed didnt wake him up,nothing will! Just because the Patriots have a good coach and have been a model franchise for years,it doesnt mean that Shamesworth is going to turn it around.This guy blows!!!

  58. dolfan34 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:03 PM

    Whatever, he’s lazy. It’s not a switch you can turn on and off. The ‘Skins gave him a $100 million contract and he didn’t show up in shape. Some commitment! The guys all talk and no action. Looking forward towatching him breakdown part way through the year. He is what he is.

  59. jimr10 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:05 PM

    I wondered how many negative posts there would be about this guy but i did not realize all of them would be. sad. he is a better than average player.

  60. redskinsreloaded says: Sep 9, 2011 1:09 PM

    This last comment was stupid and without merit @mikep363839

  61. ocho says: Sep 9, 2011 1:12 PM

    This guy is a joke. Plain and simple. this guy has had 2 good seaons in 9 yrs in the NFL…and the fact is the Titans defensive line didnt miss a beat when he got injured in ’08 (his best season)…dont get too excited by these comments Pats fans, hes made these same comments in Tennessee and DC

  62. realdraftgm says: Sep 9, 2011 1:12 PM

    That last statement about heres hoping people remember about what happened about last time he got paid was wrong. Quit hating. If he has a monster year this year then he has earned the right to get paid. The NFL is a what have you done lately league. Last time he got paid he thought he was coming into a 4-3 defense and before he could even play in it the team changed to a 3-4. Snyder made that mistake he should of made Shanahan stick with the 4-3 as a prequisite to being hired. Then Shanahan disrespected the owners investement with cruelty that could of got the big man injured all so he could push the big man to do something rash so they could claim detrimental conduct and not pay the man Shanahan is basically a phycopath and he showed it last year, and he is sociopathic. But back to Haynsworth no matter what you write if he gets back to his dominant form as the best D tackle in the league then of course he should be paid like it. Do not get me wrong I think Suh is the best now and will continue to be regardless of what Haynsworth does but number two is still not bad considering Suh may be the best of all time at that position.

  63. maddog111 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:19 PM

    jrfrom508 says:
    Sep 9, 2011 12:17 PM
    Can’t get enough of the fat, lazy, unmotivated jabs at Hanesworth. I’m saying he’s going to be a beast, he might be, he might be just average. Bottom line he’s not the focal point of our defense and he has something to prove. I bet you all will still make fat jokes when the pats D is at the top of league, but you won’t acknowledge Hanesworths contribution. Keep it up, the banter is fun…… watch out for the NE D this year. The offense is a given. WATCH OUT.
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    Yeah, I’m sure that Fat F is going to turn last year’s 25th ranked defense into this year’s number 1.

  64. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 9, 2011 1:43 PM

    Will this “sleeping giant” pass a conditioning test?

  65. whatwouldlombardido says: Sep 9, 2011 1:47 PM

    Wow, a Haynesworth story following a Plaxico story. What is it, “Whiney Player Day”?

  66. jrfrom508 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    maddog111- you moron, did you read ANY of what you just copy and pasted? Hanesworth = NOT THE FOCAL POINT OF OUR D.
    How can you be so stupid, it’s right there?!!?!
    Do you honestly think the Pats D won’t be top 5?
    Then you’re dumber than I thought.
    Hooked up phonics bro, check it out.

  67. rushmatic says: Sep 9, 2011 1:49 PM

    dolfan34 says:
    Whatever, he’s lazy. It’s not a switch you can turn on and off. The ‘Skins gave him a $100 million contract and he didn’t show up in shape. Some commitment! The guys all talk and no action. Looking forward towatching him breakdown part way through the year. He is what he is.

    _______________________

    I wonder if Henne is as confident as some pissant fan who can’t possibly know what’s going on in someone else’s head.

  68. gcsuk says: Sep 9, 2011 2:00 PM

    realdraftgm says: Sep 9, 2011 1:12 PM
    Do not get me wrong I think Suh is the best now and will continue to be regardless of what Haynsworth does but number two is still not bad considering Suh may be the best of all time at that position.
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    I think most people consider Albert Haynesworth “Number 2″ right about now.

  69. frankfordyellowjackets says: Sep 9, 2011 2:04 PM

    Whatever, Albert.

  70. cliffleesbeard says: Sep 9, 2011 2:16 PM

    A wild Snorlax appears!!

  71. ninjapleazee says: Sep 9, 2011 2:20 PM

    woke up… realized Old Country Buffet is still closed and went back to bed

  72. jackfnburton says: Sep 9, 2011 2:39 PM

    Wake up and what, grab a cheeseburger? After what happened in DC I’ll believe it when I see it.

  73. suckafree67 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:42 PM

    wake up a sleeping giant…

    translation=he has been hibernating all of this time! Now that makes sense…too bad Redskins didn’t know that…

  74. rudster69 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:47 PM

    I want everyone who commented on how AH is gonna be a flop remember my name and by mid season I want all you couch coaches to comeback and say whats happen from now til then OK?????

  75. rajbais says: Sep 9, 2011 2:52 PM

    Yes, and after it gets up it’ll leave the game because “I gotta tummy ache and need to go the ‘bath woom’! Please Coach”!!!

  76. nannymcsack says: Sep 9, 2011 2:56 PM

    big help even if he has an average season. win win situation

  77. noodlecbs says: Sep 9, 2011 3:03 PM

    Complete waste of sperm and egg.

  78. Match Point Floppy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:04 PM

    I should say “Who he thinks don’t give enough effort,” since it’s still a matter of speculation. But why doesn’t he hold Snyder and Shanahan responsible for signing a player to a huge deal and then trying to play him out of position?

  79. descendency says: Sep 9, 2011 3:13 PM

    @ndallasruss

    Have you ever heard of JaMarcus Russell???

  80. oldhamletman says: Sep 9, 2011 3:21 PM

    I would place a significant bet that:

    1- he still cant pass a regular conditioning test
    2- that his lay back attitude, arrogance, and fitness in spite of his good fortune are already annoying some on the Pats
    3- that the first time he needs to put up a few plays in a row, he will say to himself “wow this line stuff is hard work…. gotta rest the next play or two”

    wrong guy for the wrong organization…. hell, for any organization

  81. ny82jy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:26 PM

    @realdraftgm

    You honestly believe this lazy turd has the potential to be the second best dt in the league? What a joke, off the top of my head i can think of 5 guys that are way better. He wont even be the best on his team cause Wilfork is way better. How bout Raji of GB, Suh, Hampton on Pitt, Cullen Jenkins etc i could go on and on. That piece of crap will NEVER be close to any of those guys. He will never even he close to top ten.

  82. ny82jy says: Sep 9, 2011 3:31 PM

    @ realdraftgm

    Also how could i forget Ngata, Dockett and Ratliff. All of which id also take in a sec over fat Al.

  83. rcali says: Sep 9, 2011 3:53 PM

    In this case, perception is reality.

  84. polishkingski says: Sep 9, 2011 4:52 PM

    know what? i am happy he stiffed snyder. i think it is absolutely excellent. plus skins fans are a-holes.

  85. noairman says: Sep 9, 2011 6:25 PM

    I’m looking for for the day I can earn millions. Give me a million pennies, I’ll sit on your couch all day.

  86. dawkattack says: Sep 9, 2011 7:03 PM

    3-4 To A 3-4 Yeah It’s The Scheme What A Bum

  87. backindasaddle says: Sep 9, 2011 8:23 PM

    Haynesworth will NEVER get a big contract again. His deals from here on out will always be almost entirely incentive based. That’s what he has right now with the Pats and Pats have virtually no risk. It’s the only way to structure him based on his experience. I expect he’ll have a very good year because he’s on a mission to restore his reputation and he’s glad to be with a team that always has a chance to win it all. After this year….who knows if he’ll even want to get out of bed.

  88. gibbsandflair says: Sep 10, 2011 7:16 AM

    That is the same thing he said to the waitress in D.C.

  89. boysrolll says: Sep 10, 2011 2:09 PM

    polishkingski says:Sep 9, 2011 4:52 PM

    know what? i am happy he stiffed snyder. i think it is absolutely excellent. plus skins fans are a-holes.
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    Every time you think, you weaken the nation.

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