Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, a force believed to be so dominant and disruptive that he would single-handedly make the Washington defense into an elite unit, isn’t happy with the performance of his teammates.
So Haynesworth is risking potential disruption of a different kind by calling them out.
“Urgency, heart, ‘want-to,’ whatever. I don’t know. We’re lacking a lot of stuff right now,” Haynesworth said after Monday night’s loss to the Eagles, which dropped the Redskins to 2-5 on the season.
And Haynesworth would know about urgency, heart, and ‘want-to,’ given that he only began to display those traits once he had a $100 million carrot dangling in his face come 2007. Before that, he was just a guy. Now that he’s been paid, he’s not the guy he was during two contract-chasing campaigns in Nashville.
“The fans are losing interest,” Haynesworth said. “The more games we play, the fewer fans come. It’s getting bad.”
Actually, it’s already bad. It looks to only be getting worse.
Haynesworth didn’t call out the folks who assembled players lacking urgency, heart, and “want-to,” likely because those same people gave him the money to buy the toys he was showing off on ESPN last night — a rock-crawling vehicle that he seemed to be spilling out of and a catamaran with a top speed of 160 miles per hour.
Still, the deeper message is that the blame for the current mess goes to the top of the organization.
The players, the coaches, the executives. All were hired by Daniel Snyder or other people he hired. And the current result is a pyramid of incompetence that requires a major overhaul.
The real question is whether the person at the top of the pyramid will admit that reality — and then whether he is capable of handing the keys to someone who knows what he’s doing, and stepping aside.