Shanahan's first D.C. minicamp marred by three absences

As Redskins coach Mike Shanahan officially commences the on-field portion of his new job with a voluntary minicamp, the biggest news comes from a trio of players who have not volunteered to show up.

The absence of quarterback Jason Campbell, who signed his restricted free agent tender to facilitate a trade five days ago, isn’t a surprise — but unless the team has decided to cut him if they can’t trade him, it makes sense for him to be learning the new offense and contributing to the pass-throwing efforts to the various receivers, tight ends, and running backs.

And while not welcome, the decision of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth to stay away isn’t a surprise, either.  Still, with the Redskins installing a new 3-4 defense and Haynesworth having played his entire career in a 4-3, the absence of Haynesworth from the increasingly important offseason drills, during which much of the offensive and defensive installation occurs, will make it much harder for him to make a meaningful contribution come September, if he isn’t traded.

Most recently came word that linebacker Rocky McIntosh is staying away, too, and that he possibly could be on the trade block.

The good news is that the rest of the team is present, led by new quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Still, Shanahan won’t be happy about the absences — and that could be the specific emotion that each player hoped to evoke.

33 responses to “Shanahan's first D.C. minicamp marred by three absences

  1. Over / under for McNabb telling reporters that “I’m the leader of this team” over minicamp?
    Line is 2,675.5
    Because leaders aways have to remind people they’re the leader. Churchill, Brady, Manning, Jeter, Kobe, etc, etc, etc.

  2. Marred? Way to overhype things. Campbell will essentially have been told to stay home. The team wants to trade him. They don’t want him to get injured and they don’t want him distracting anyone from the transition to McNabb. Sure, it’s the best thing for Campbell as well, but I bet if Shanahan thought it best for the team he would have encouraged Campbell to come, and JC is too nice a bloke to have told him to go swivel.
    Haynesworth and McIntosh are both malcontents and the camp is better for them not being there. Haynesworth is a tool, but to some extent I can understand his reaction to Shanahan demanding everyone treat voluntary workouts as mandatory.
    McIntosh though has got a bee in his bonnet because he thinks the team is disrespecting him by using an RFA tender. He should be pissed with his union. He should be pissed with himself that his play has not merrited a multi-year extension.

  3. Maybe Haynsworth gets traded to Denver for Ryan Clady, a player Shanahan wants. Maybe they trade QB’s also. Stay tuned. . .

  4. @ milehiclown
    The only thing sadder than the Burgundy & Gold hate.. is the 4 letter morning show reference…

  5. Since when does a football player, especially one who gets handed more money than one person needs in 50 lifetimes to be the suckiest suck that ever sucked, get to whimper and cry about what scheme he’s asked to play in? Haynesworth needs to check his massive ego at the door of minicamp and start asking how he can make a contribution to the team that handed him an entire bank full of money in exchange for not much of anything so far.

  6. “Simple Jason”, if not traded for mid picks, would serve as a descent back-up.
    Rocky has not been a stand out or played above average ball since being drafted. He wants more money..TRADE THE BASTARD! No “I” in team, just another average player who thinks the world owes him something more! greedy f*ck!!
    As far as Fat Albert is concerned, as much as he is a “tub o’ lard”, he does a great job disrupting the line and I would like to see what he could do under the new coaching staff. That being said though, ShanaAllen are trying to build a solid team, built to work as a unit.
    Not a bunch of over-paid, whiny, me first players that we have been so accustomed to in DC.

  7. Rocky deserves to get paid and the other two will be back for “mandatory training.” Why is everybody instigating moves and transactions that would not benefit the team. Coach Shanahan and GM Allen are professionals, as are the players on the team. All three of these players mentioned are capable of contributing at their respective positions and hopefully on the team after the draft. Every “TEAM” needs depth at almost every position. Let’s see what happens on Draft Day and go from there, there’s more speculation here than there was in the housing market.

  8. Rocky who? He’s not even a stand-out special teams player.
    If I were to ask my employer for more money because I’m average at best, nothing notable on my resume, and now a disruption, they would have me escorted out of the building. Which is what I hope Coach and Mr. Allen are doing right now with Sucky McIntosh.

  9. talk about a revolution and disconnect on this dysfunctional team. i predect 3-13 this yr…LMFAO.
    Tigers family is in better shape this this org..lmao.

  10. @21Skinzfan
    Agree…We would not get FMV for the players…But I think JC should go…We have no reason to keep him…Especially if we could get a third round pick…Fat Al and Rock should sit tight

  11. Jason Campbell told Shanahan- – ahead of time – – that he would not be at the first minicamp. He took the “playbook” for the first minicamp home to study it, so he would be up to speed if he isn’t traded and stays a Redskin. Also, he promised Shanahan that iof he isn’t traded by draft day, he will report for ALL the unscheduled strength sessions, minicamps, etc.
    Get your facts straight, please.

  12. Other examples of the word “marred” being misused:
    The Saints’ Super Bowl victory celebration was marred by dirty fingerprints all over the Lombardi trophy.
    The Vikings’ loveboat cruise was marred by the mole on one of the strippers’ right thigh.
    An example of the word “marred” being used correctly:
    Levi Jones’ trip to the casino was marred by Joey Porter kicking his ass.

  13. No surprise, Campbell wants out, Haynesworth is an overpaid douche and McIntosh thinks he’s better than he is. I don’t think there is a whole lot of interest around the league in any of them.

  14. Boysroll your name is a joke u homo, and so is ur sorry team and ur sorry qb. We will crush ur team this year,,,

  15. That drunk chicks visit to the club was “marred” by Ben pulling down his pants and having sex with her…

  16. You have to wonder if 100M down the drain is a large enough amount for The Danny to realize that overpaying for FA’s only makes your team worse in the long run. I can only hope he understands that this team can’t be fixed overnight. If not he will probly run shanny and bruce out of town and re hire his BFF vinny. /facepalm

  17. Actually, they should resign those 3. They may need them to play OL. DMc’s gonna be running for his life so he’ll lose weight either way.

  18. God you people are retarded. Three people don’t show up for voluntary camp ” WHAT A DISFUNKSHINAL TEEM!!” Look around the league, only three not showing up is a good turnout. And the name Redskins refers to noble braves with blood on their face in battle. Not racist. Let’s go skins. 10-6, suck my d*ck.

  19. trust me, this will be DNabb’s team.
    He has always been a leader and his work ethic and good guy persona is just what this team needed.
    I promise you Andy Reid didn’t want to let him go but he will not say so publicly.
    I not an Eagles or Skins fans (in fact I don’t really care who wins or loses as long as the games are good)
    but I would rather go into this season with DNabb then Corn on the Qb and Vick as my trigger man.
    DNabb has better numbers in Philly’s Super Bowl loss then Rothlisraper did in his win.
    The O line will finally have a reason to step up and defend someone who can actually read a pass defense.
    They say the toughest thing in sports is to hit a mlb baseball, i beg to differ, reading an NFL pass defense is tougher. you can’t score on defense in baseball.

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