Albert Haynesworth on Redskins' 3-4 Defense: 'I'm Just Not That Good at It'
Haynesworth, who was deactivated for Sunday's game against the New York Giants by coach Mike Shanahan when he followed a lackluster practice last Thursday by showing up late the next day, said he won't go to Redskins Park on Tuesday to meet with the coach. After all, it's the players' day off and Haynesworth's still reeling from having to watch as his teammates were pounded 31-7 by their NFC East rivals to fall to 5-7 and virtually out of contention for the playoffs.
"I'm not going into the office tomorrow," Haynesworth said. "I'm still heated over this. I've gotten sick of it."
That's sure to go over big with Coach Iron Mike, the man who made him run conditioning drills for days to get on the field in training camp after Haynesworth blew off the offseason program in a snit over being asked to switch from 4-3 defensive tackle to 3-4 nose tackle.
As for being a distraction to such committed teammates as 15th-year defensive end Phillip Daniels, Haynesworth said, "OK I was a minute late. ... I'm not a distraction. If I didn't have a good practice, OK, sue me. That doesn't mean I can't play on Sunday."
Haynesworth -- who left the Tennessee Titans, for whom he had been an All-Pro defensive tackle in 2007 and 2008, for Snyder's seven-year, $100 million largesse ($41 million guaranteed) 10 months before Shanahan took command in Washington -- said the problem is that the coaches don't let him play on his terms, not theirs.
"I'm still the same player I was when I left Tennessee and if they could put me on the field and let me prove that I would," Haynesworth said. "I want to play every down, but what we play here is a 3-4 defense. ... I'm just not that good at it. Let me be great. Let me accomplish my goals. Let me be the best DT to ever play the game. There would be no other DT in the league who can outplay me.
"All I want to do is play for the football. All you gotta do is let the leash off and let me go."
More likely, Shanahan will let Haynesworth go home for the rest of the season and then rid himself of the talented but troublesome albatross, who's still owed $9 million guaranteed, over the winter.