Mike Shanahan has made it clear that he’s grown tired of the speculation surrounding the whereabouts of Albert Haynesworth for this coming season, so naturally it is Bruce Allen’s turn to speak on the matter.
The Washington Redskins general manager, making an appearance on ESPN 980-AM in Washington, said the difficult part is that Haynesworth chooses to prepare for the season away from the team and his teammates after the he’s been paid so much money by the organization.
“We do hope Albert has a good season for the Redsins; it helps us win,” Allen said, according to Rick Maese of the Washington Post. “That's no different than many positions. The only frustrating part is talking about people who aren't here versus the great work ethic that 99 percent of this team has shown during the offseason.
“It is a voluntary program. There are a lot of players who do work out on their own during offseason. Some do it better than others. We're just counting on him to be in great shape when he shows up.”
The problem is that Haynesworth has no desire to play in the 3-4 scheme the Redskins are installing on defense. None. It’s a scheme that will make him more miserable than the worst assignments he ever had from Greg Blache, the defensive coordinator last season. So, to think that Haynesworth and the Redskins are going to come together and find a way to work it out this season, well, that might be wishful thinking.
It certainly appears unlikely right now that the team will be able to successfully deal the veteran. But we’ll believe this pairing can work when he’s on the field with the team on the second Sunday of September.
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