Posted October 31, 2013

Mike Shanahan hits back at comments made by ‘lazy’ Albert Haynesworth

NFC East, Washington Redskins
The Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth to a seven-year, $100M deal in 2009, and traded him two years later.

The Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth to a seven-year, $100M deal in 2009, and traded him two years later. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Albert Haynesworth had some choice words for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday. Shanahan hit back Thursday, ripping into the former Redskin for being “lazy” among other things.

“Let me put it this way,” Shanahan began, when asked about Haynesworth, according to the Washington Post, “the only people I really haven’t gotten along with since I’ve been a head coach and an assistant coach is someone that’s lazy, and No. 2, someone that’s lazy and they may lack character, or they’re lazy and lack passion for the game.

“And so the people that I’ve looked at that come back and complain and do some of the things that you do when you don’t get along with someone as a head coach or an assistant coach, usually falls in one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion, and lot of times, a lack of character, and he [Haynesworth] fits all three.

“You usually try to take the high road as much as you can. But I thought [Haynesworth's] been talking quite a bit. I thought I’d be honest.”

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009, one season before Shanahan arrived to take over head coaching duties. Haynesworth then spent the 2010 season clashing with the new staff, eventually leading to a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He finished that season with 2.5 sacks, 16 tackles and no starts for the first time in his career.

The Redskins traded Haynesworth to the Patriots prior to the 2011 season, in exchange for a 2013 fifth-round pick (Washington selected LB Brandon Jenkins). Haynesworth lollygagged his way out of New England, too, prior to finishing that 2011 season — and his career — with the Buccaneers.

The recent sniping between Haynesworth and Shanahan actually began when ex-Redskins tight end Chris Cooley hammered Haynesworth on ESPN 980.

“Every year, every team, someone signs a big contract and then they turn into a piece of dump,” Cooley said, according to the Washington Post. “His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn’t care about the back end of that contract, he didn’t care about making all of that money. His idea was, you paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing.”

Haynesworth responded on Tennessee Sports Radio that Cooley “sounds as stupid as he looks,” before continuing on to target Shanahan.

“I mean, it’s like, you can’t win with that team,” Haynesworth said. “And you think it was just me? I mean, look how he did Donovan. See what’s going on with RGIII [Robert Griffin III]. I met RGIII. He seemed like an extremely nice guy that’s willing to work. Now he’s gonna learn — I mean, I hate to say he’s gonna learn — about [Mike Shanahan], how he’s conniving and everything like that, where he’s not gonna help him out, it’s all about him.”

Haynesworth’s first year in Washington was played under Jim Zorn, who was fired following a 4-12 record in 2009. Haynesworth started and played in 12 games that season, chalking up four sacks and 37 tackles — decent stats, but hardly what Washington had in mind when it handed Haynesworth that blockbuster deal in free agency.

Shanahan’s first Washington team (and Haynesworth’s last Washington team) finished just 6-10. After a 5-11 performance the next year, the Redskins made the dramatic move to trade up in the draft for Griffin, who helped lead them back to the playoffs.

However, Year 2 of the RGIII reign has been far more frustrating — after Year 1 ended with Griffin blowing out his knee in a playoff loss. The Redskins currently sit at 2-5, with a key matchup against San Diego on Sunday.

That game surely has most of Shanahan’s attention … but not all of it. He reserved at least a little room to snap back at Haynesworth.

34 comments
decredico
decredico

haynesworth may not have been a decent player but that does not make him wrong with his opinion of shanahan

coachluera
coachluera

I can somewhat agree with what haynesworth says but he is the very last person who should talk. Coaches utilize the talent that they have and put them in the best positions to have success for the team as a whole. I worked with coaches who have misused talent on HS and FBS levels and did nog adapt to what they were given.

RichardCarter
RichardCarter

Open-ended, nonperformance driven contracts show disrespect for the fans and enable parasites to mock the game.

RD
RD

Haynesworth is just a joke of a person.  He should have to give back all the money he made.  What a horrible team player.

Scott80
Scott80

Albert Haynesworthless...a piece of dump indeed.

ksir127
ksir127

Give that dog a bone !!

Ciscos
Ciscos

Albert Haynesworth should have probably not have "went there" because he's opened himself up to being talked about. But like most train wrecks, he couldn't stop himself before it happened.  The thing about Albert was he had options, such as coming to camp in shape, working within the system he was in, then ask to be traded.

Shanahan isn't the innocent little philly running around FedEx field either. He knew what he got when he inherited Albert (being a 4-4 guy, not a 3-4 player), but rather than develop a way to utilize his skill set - like a coach is supposed to do, Shanahan marginalized him, like he did with Donovan McNabb.

Both men should just be quiet.

SPHeroid
SPHeroid

Albert Haynesworth would never make as a Packer.......

They do not put up with lazy....

kj4027
kj4027

Everyone needs to stop giving HC's so much credit. Shanahan hasn't done anything since Elway retired. Belicheck has his rings because of some guy named Brady. John Fox is winning because of Peyton. Even Barry Switser won a Super Bowl because he had Aikman, Smith, Sanders and Irving. The Colts are winning because of Andrew Luck. Having a HOF QB makes every coach look like a genius. Did Miami win the NBA because of Spoelstra? Did Chicago and LA win because of Phil Jackson? Having the best players always makes a coach look great.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Haynesworth should be embarrassed and ashamed of himself for his total non-performance after signing that big contract. It's mainly the owner's fault because he was throwing around money like he had a mint in his wine cellar. Snyder got (nothing) what he paid for. Haynesworth is a worthless bum.

R3
R3

If there were ever a player you WOULDN'T want on a team, it would be Haynesworth. What a worthless, whining POS.

Ed16
Ed16

There is absolutely nothing to say positive about Haynesworth. Whatever faults Shanahan may have Albert has them in triplicate. He's a piece of dreck.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The only positive thing I can say about Haynesworth is that he scammed Dan Snyder, It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Cool
Cool

Clowney is reading about what his hero is saying and nodding his head...yep he wants to grow up and be just like Haynesworth.

DudeDad
DudeDad

Haynesworth was lazy, out of shape, and a cancer in the locker room.  Besides that, he was a great addition to the team, Danny....

EugeneSaxe
EugeneSaxe

Haynesworth may be a piece of crap, but he was smart enough to get paid big money.

Hola
Hola

LOL...Good for you Haynesworth...Shannahan is a conniving prick.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

Well said. Haynesworthshit is a scam artist.

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

@decredico Yeah.  In this case, they are BOTH correct in their assessments of each other.  Shanahan is selfish and conniving, and Haynesworth is lazy and lacks character!

coachluera
coachluera

not adapt I mean.. fingers too big for my galaxy note keyboard lol

rskins09
rskins09

@Ciscos    Marginalized  ? ..How do you do that  when the player is emotionally unstable ,  a physco on a good day ..All the NFL Scouts , GM said the same thing anonymously ..Most NFL teams wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole ..And McNabb  came to Redskins camp looking like Jackie Gleason with shoulder pads ..If McNabb had anything left in his tank, the Eagles would have kept him ....McNabb had a great career in Philly but was washed up when he hit  DC .... Bill Parcels begged, pleaded with Jerry Jones not to sign Terrell Owens years ago but Jerry Jones would have done it or died ..Terrell was the biggest cancer ever in the locker room ; Haynesworth was a close second ..Shanny's  the coach, not the GM or owner ..

Charles38
Charles38

@kj4027 Whats your answer to the Chiefs this year??   Same team new coach

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@kj4027 What a moronic comment. Elway didn't win squat until Shanahan arrived either. There are plenty of examples of great players in good situations that don't win rings. Of course great players help - but coaches don't play and players don't coach. They need each other - and a little luck. You have zero comprehension of anything but surface optics, obviously.

Cool
Cool

@kj4027 I guess that explains why New Orleans did so well last year.. no stinking coach needed, just let Drew do it.  

ElouannPalen
ElouannPalen

@kj4027 Actually to be fair the Lakers  did not make many personnel changes after Phil Jackson got there. And they were not winning either. Phil Jackson turned a team of good players into perennial title contenders/winners and I bet he would have done it again had he been given a chance to coach Dwight Howard (as he had indicated he wanted to have the chance).

jedi34567
jedi34567

@kj4027 What did Jordan, Pippen, Shaq, and Kobe win before Phil Jackson showed up?  He is the ultimate example of a coach molding superior talent into winners.  You DO need talent, but not just anyone can coach it to victory.  Switzer kept all of the Jimmy Johnson assistants on the staff for just that reason.    

Jamie4
Jamie4

@Ed16 If by 'dreck' you mean '$hlt', then I'm in full agreement.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@jedi34567 @kj4027 Phil will only coach at a place where the talent is already assembled and the team just needs a little more to get over the hump. He didn't win any titles without those megastars. He seemingly cannot take an average  to good team and make them great or make them champions, whereas a guy like Tom Coughlin has coached two average teams to Super Bowl championships.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@EasyGoer @jedi34567 @kj4027 ~ Easy, that's two different coaches, coaching two different sports, utilizing two different types of talent. 

It is harder to coach great talent and mix it with average talent to play together and win, as opposed to lesser talent with good scheming.  Phil does what he does quite well consider both MJ and Shaq/Kobe won nada before he arrived.  Can't dismiss that. Coughlin molded a group of men and by force of will pushed them into SB winners. In both cases, the Giants were not expected to even be there.  Can't ignore that either. 

Two different coaches using two different methods.