Daniel Snyder says he once tried the conditioning test

When ESPN’s Mike Golic, many years and many more Twinkies removed from his playing days, passed the conditioning test that Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth consistently has failed, the notion that Haynesworth is merely being picked on by coach Mike Shanahan took a major hit.

It would have been even worse if owner Daniel Snyder had passed the thing.

In an interview with HogsHaven.com, Snyder says that he once tried — and apparently failed — to demonstrate that he’s in what Shanahan calls “football shape.”

“First of all, it is hard,” Snyder said.  “A couple years back, I tell [linebacker] London Fletcher I am going to run this thing.  He gets me a pair of cleats and I go out
there and try to do it. . . .  I am no athlete. London
was just about peeing his pants he was laughing so hard at me as I
dry-heaved.  I felt like I was going to die.”

Almost as intriguing, in our view, is the fact that the guys who did the interview entered the room with no intention of asking any questions about Haynesworth, and Snyder simply blurted this out.  (Reasonable minds may differ on whether questions should have been asked about Haynesworth, but we can understand why a site that caters to the fans of the Redskins would exercise discretion in a manner that avoids potentially alienating a large chunk of the readership by dredging up stuff that could ultimately make a very bad situation even worse.  Or maybe one of the conditions of the interview was that they couldn’t ask questions about Haynesworth, and that they also had to make it look like it was their idea not to.  Either way, it’s hard to make a plausible case for completely avoiding the hottest-button issue this side of Brett Favre’s maybe, could be, possible Third Annual Retirement.)

So Mike Golic can pass the test.  Dan Snyder can’t.  More importantly, Haynesworth can’t — and he’ll stop trying to do so until his knee is healed.  At which time he likely won’t be in any better shape than he was when he tried unsuccessfully to pass it the first time around.  Meanwhile, coach Mike Shanahan has to decide whether to stick to his guns, to the ongoing detriment of getting Haynesworth ready for Week 1.

Yeah, we can see why the subject isn’t newsworthy.

53 responses to “Daniel Snyder says he once tried the conditioning test

  1. More important question? Can Florio pass the test since he has already failed the journalism test.

  2. Danny-boy is starting to get pissed that his $100 million dollar mistake is not on the field.
    He will start to pressure Rat-face now.

  3. “Daniel Snyder say he once tried the conditioning test”
    I thought you guys hired a couple of proofreaders.

  4. I’d imagine the test is pretty tough to pass with the gait of a small child.
    Try running 12.5 yds up and back… to be fair

  5. Coach Florio,
    This story makes it seem as if Mike Shanahan isn’t the first or only coach to require players to do this exact fitness test. It seems that Dan Snyder tried his fitness test under the tough-as-nails regime of Jim Zorn. I am sure that Haynesworth’s knee would have been fine if he hadn’t had to run the suicide drill that every high school and college player is running right now at two-a-days on every football field in America. Coach Florio, too bad they can’t all play for you.

  6. At this point, what DOES Shanahan do with fata$$?! The longer it drags on, the more complicated things get, don’t they?
    What do you football geniuses at PFT.com say??

  7. Snyder should stick to trying to ruin the NFL, along with Jones and Kraft, end revenue sharing, turn the best pro sports league in the world to another MLB, and continue to still field a pathetic overpaid team of underachievers.
    Then he can use his billion$ to buy the soon to be empty, unused small market football stadiums for pennies on the dollar.
    Then he can burn in hell.
    Now there’s a good story.

  8. So who had August 3rd in the ‘Date that “The Danny” throws off the self imposed restraints and starts meddling’ pool?
    Can Vinny Cerrato be far behind?

  9. Golic didn’t pass the test. Quit saying he did. Anyway, anything that Golic does with Greenburg should be taken with the same grain of salt we take anything Howard Stern says. They are trying to be extra entertaining and compelling in the morning. They are garbage.

  10. This test, or its variations are not new. Other teams are doing it.
    Don’t at all understand the condemning of Shanahan.
    FWIW. Golic just recently ran the test as did others, not in football shape, and passed it.

  11. Snyder thank you for trying to justify your $100 million dollar paper weight by saying that it’s “hard”. Of course it would be hard for some dude that was probably like George McFly in high school while Biff and the rest of the football team gave you the “ookie cookie” to savor slowly. Get real, the foreskins are just your little “Rich Boy Toy”.

  12. First, let me say that Haynesworth should pass this test with all of the money he is getting paid. There is no excuse there. However, there is one thing nobody is pointing out here. All of these people who have tried the test weigh 120-170 and Albert is well over 300 pounds. He weighs twice as much as these folks. Anyone under 190 pounds should pass this test. I’d like to see these people who weigh 150 or less, especially, put on 150 pounds in weighted vests and try this. I’ll bet 1,000 bucks 90 percent of them won’t pass it. This test is not as easy as many people believe it is for a man that big. Again, Albert should still pass this test no matter what if he is truly worth the money they are paying him.

  13. *** THIS JUST IN ***
    “Daniel Snyder passes the Conditions test with 10 seconds to spare after the cones were replaced with change that fell out of fans pockets at Fed-Ex Field.”
    After asking if this was his sole motivation he said “No. They told me that they were going to change the traffic pattern, increase the parking space size, lower the prices of parking, admission, and food. After I ran the numbers in my head I realized I would only lose a penny because more people would come and buy more goods, making up for the loss in me being an asshole. The fans would also get a much bigger benefit and might actually think I was a decent owner. But like I said, I was going to lose a penny, and that is just not worth it.”
    d*ck

  14. I laugh at everyone “passing” the test. The test isn’t hard when you are under 200. Try doing it with a weighted vest (100 lbs) on. It’s the equivalent to taking a soldier’s pack and strapping it to your back and trying to run 300 yards.
    To be fair to Haynesworth, you probably should be doing it 10 seconds faster.
    Having said that, the test is trying to see if Haynesworth is actually in shape or is he a 21 million dollar paper-weight. Right now, he’s looking more like a paper-weight.
    This guy has tanked on teams before and looks like he’s doing it again now that he’s been paid. I hope he continues to fail and is forced by league arbitration to give the money back.

  15. You guys are a bunch of Pansies! You whine about everything…Grammar….Title…Your Tea too Hot.
    Quit your bitching or go to ESPN. The content is football related not MLA Grammar 304.
    Must be a bunch of Patriot fans.

  16. Haynesworth is in perfect shape – the perfect shape to plug the oil leak in the Gulf.

  17. LOL, here is the only test that matters:
    Will the Redskins continue to pay him? or will they cut him.
    The test is not on Albert, the test is on the ‘skins.
    Albert has a fistfull of Snyders and Shanny’s nuts on this.

  18. This org is the biggest joke yr to yr. All you read and hear yr to yr is this star signing etc. and all the drama around it only to finish last place. I love all the people stating too that they are going to go 12-4 and win the nfc east. Smoke another one… Hey losers…How bout winning an nfc east game this yr? 0-6 last yr…how do you not win 1 fing nfc east game? lmao.
    The problem with this org is midget weasel wonder who runs it. Until that cancer is gone last place every yr. We all know this crap with haynesworth is coming down from the midget upstairs. That is the way this dope operates as he would rather make somebodys life a living hell instead of coming together as a team and win something for once.
    Even the Lions or Rams do not have the f’d up drama that this org brings to the table. LMFAO.

  19. I am certainly no fan of Haynesworth, but it is important to recognize two things. First, Golic did not pass the test that was shown on ESPN, where he was timed by Mike Green. He came close, but as the clock on the screen showed, he took a little more than the time allowed for the second leg of the test. Second, did you ever notice that there are not very many participants who weight over 300 pounds in races from sprints to marathons. This is because additional weight causes people to run slower. Haynesworth weighs at least 60 pounds more than Golic, which is great during games, but which hurts him in this test.

  20. He’s been pulling stacks of hundreds from his dads ass in under 70 seconds every day for the past 40 years..

  21. Other skins lineman bigger than AH have done this test already. Its really not as big a deal as it is being made out to be. Happens all the time on a number of teams. Folks act like Shanarat invented it for Al. That would be a wrong. AH is just out of shape and always has been injury prone. Its not advised to practice when you are out of shape considering its not a HS practice.

  22. Daniel Snyder say he once tried the conditioning test
    Mr. Florio are you of african american decent???
    Because I think you just spoke in ebonics…

  23. Donovan McNabb – “What did I get myself into? I thought the T.O. drama was bad.”

  24. prophet of the light says:
    August 4, 2010 9:26 AM
    I laugh at everyone “passing” the test. The test isn’t hard when you are under 200. Try doing it with a weighted vest (100 lbs) on. It’s the equivalent to taking a soldier’s pack and strapping it to your back and trying to run 300 yards.
    ________________________________
    Also, people are forgetting that the guys who weigh under 200 pounds have to pass the test in around 50 seconds give or take, not 70 seconds! It cracks me up when I see these small reporters beating their chest because they passed the test in 70 seconds like the O-line/D-line are required to do, lol

  25. i fixed it. here it is.
    So Mike Golic can pass the test. Dan Snyder can’t. More importantly, Haynesworth won’t try.
    ////////////////
    florio speaks and writes in florionics.

  26. I wonder if the Vikings will get Lord Farve to run the test when he returns…
    naaaaahhh they aren’t as stupid or egotistical as Shanarat…
    Jason LaConFour (sp?) reported on NFL Total Access that Haynesworth had the stomach flu the first day he took the test and nearly passed it…that is why he took a 10 minute break…

  27. You keep saying that Haynesworth can’t pass the test. He’s NOT TAKING THE TEST. He has a “sore knee”. He’s got over $20 million in the bank and he has a legitimate grievance under the labor contract. He’s sitting pretty watching the interest accumulate in his bank account while Shanahan proves nothing beyond the fact that Fat Al has outsmarted him and outmaneuvered him. Can’t force an injured player to take the test and can’t prove that he’s not injured. Not every injury shows up on an x-ray or MRI. He’s collecting still more money and he’s not in breach of his contract because he’s in camp and “injured”. Meanwhile, the Skins are forced to get ready for the season without one of their starters all because the coach is trying to prove a point when he already has lost the battle. Say what you will about Fat Al, he is playing the Skins like a fiddle and laughing all the way to the bank. I hope he gets cut, signs a one year, at veteran’s minimum (face it, he doesn’t need the money) for another NFC East team and just destroys McNabb when he plays Washington. Then the comic tragic opera that is the Washington Redskins under Dan Synder will have reached it’s crescendo. Whenever anyone says that private companies can always do a better job at everything, think about Dan Synder running the FAA.

  28. Has anyone mentioned what would happen if Haynesworth did not pass the conditioning test and then had a heat stroke during practice like Korey Stringer? I know these are necessarily related ailments. The coaching staff and medical staff are responsible to ensure the safety of the players and the team is liable… I thought.

  29. Like Dan Lebatard said: Haynesworth has the upper-hand now. What’s Shanahan gonna do now? If he passes the test, he has to practice, which he doesn’t want to do. If he says he doesn’t have to pass the test, he looks like a fool. If he waves Haynesworth, Haynesworth gets what he wants.
    Your move Coach Shanahan. LOL

  30. Once again, if this guy has a chronic knee condition, which must be the case since it’s still hurt in the offseason, why the heck did the Skins sign him to a long term contract with all that guaranteed money?

  31. AH did not all of the sudden get to be a big guy. He carries that weight every day. Comparing a 180lb dude with a 100lb weight vest is not realistic. You’re trying to take AH’s torso and put it on the legs of an average man. How does that make any sense?
    Your leg strength needs to be be able to support your body weight during athletic stress. Like football.

  32. What a joke…You can just look at Snyder and tell he’s about as athletic as Hellen Keller. I doubt Dan could break 10 minutes if he were to run a mile. He’s the type of guy that got shoved in a locker in high school. Who cares if he couldn’t pass the test.

  33. jw655000 says:
    August 4, 2010 10:36 AM
    Has anyone mentioned what would happen if Haynesworth did not pass the conditioning test and then had a heat stroke during practice like Korey Stringer?
    Nope, no one has mentioned that. Nor has anyone mentioned what would happen if Haynesworth did not pass the conditioning test and a comet crashed to Earth and hit him; or aliens landed at the practice field and abducted him…….
    Hope this helps…..

  34. Haynesworth: “Hey coach, how bout that shark week, huh?” Shanny: “I dunno Albert…how bout that whale week, fat ass. Time doesn’t start until your left foot…”

  35. prophet of the light says:
    August 4, 2010 9:26 AM
    I laugh at everyone “passing” the test. The test isn’t hard when you are under 200. Try doing it with a weighted vest (100 lbs) on. It’s the equivalent to taking a soldier’s pack and strapping it to your back and trying to run 300 yards.
    To be fair to Haynesworth, you probably should be doing it 10 seconds faster.
    Having said that, the test is trying to see if Haynesworth is actually in shape or is he a 21 million dollar paper-weight. Right now, he’s looking more like a paper-weight.
    This guy has tanked on teams before and looks like he’s doing it again now that he’s been paid. I hope he continues to fail and is forced by league arbitration to give the money back.
    ________________________________
    Good point, but Albert Haynesworth’s body is also built to carry the weight. There’s no way a man that weighs 200 lbs could put on a 100 lb vest and do it.

  36. Honestly, who cares?
    Here’s the next news piece.
    Title: President Obama does not deny taking conditioning test.
    Story: Late Wednesday evening, when discussing the state of the US economy, President Obama failed to deny taking the Redskins conditioning test. Of course, he was never asked whether he took it, but we feel that it is quite intriquing that he did not mention it in his speech. This is further indication to us that Shanahan has completely lost the locker room and that riots will soon break out in the Nation’s Capital.
    Typical post on site: HAHAHAH! I love it! The foreskins stink! My team rules! Yeah, we are gonna crush you!

  37. i dont see it as albert outsmarting shanahan.
    cerrato/snyder signed the contract. shanahan inherited the mess.
    shanahan has a lot more tricks up his sleeve. all albert can do is pout and pretend he is injured.
    and if he is, it likely results from being out of shape, which is his own damn fault.
    which would put him at further rick contractually. remember, albert failed to meet contractual requirements once already.
    the skins may have to pay him but they dont have to play him, cut him or give him a microphone.
    the rest of the team apparently wants to work and win. it isnt just shanarat’s program albert is failing to get with.

  38. good one alphaq2..i know somebody that went to HS and they said this little weasel was like waldo from the Van Halen video Hot for your Teacher…..
    great thing about america…even a nerdy weasely midget who got beat up everyday can make it in this country.
    That is probably why he treats people like sh.t in business and his personal life due to all the abuse he endured growing up.
    Once a nerd always a nerd as far as I am concerned.

  39. @ boysroll
    “Once a nerd always a nerd” huh?
    I’m sure you quite the big man…you are sure showing us typing away on that keyboard of yours.

  40. As a former jock, let me offer an observation:
    The overall purpose of this test is to show the player has BOTH the endurance and the speed needed – – over a period of time – – that might be considered what will be required during a two-minute drill, or to be on the field to counter a no-huddle offense that lasts for two or three series.
    Now, Haynesworth clearly has exhibited he doesn’t (and probably never will) have the speed; however, he also has shown he is currently lacking in the endurance needed to complete the test in even a relatively decent off-target time.
    If Albert is to play more than two or three downs before pulling himself out of the game to go on oxygen or get an IV, he’s going to have to increase his endurance level – – plain and simple. At the weight he carries around, endurance is critical.
    I’d like to see endurance first, then speed if possible.

  41. and you expect us to believe that golic passed the test, because bspn said so…gimme a break…get real.
    Snyder is now coming to his senses and is trying to defend his 100 million dollar investment. Sorry although it’s to late, haynesworth wants out of town, and is not going to play again until he is traded.

  42. Golic did NOT pass the test! He started before the clock, did nto touch the ground, did nto go the whole ways and metrosexual knocked 3 seconds off thsi time! GOLIC=FAILED!

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