Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn't hold back when asked to respond to former Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's remarks where he called Shanahan “conniving.”
Haynesworth was dumped by the Redskins, traded to the New England Patriots for a late-round draft pick after a disappointing tenure in Washington.
“Let me put it this way, 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,” Shanahan told Washington reporters. “Those are really the only people I haven’t gotten along with as a head coach or as an assistant coach. And so that’s what you’re looking for.
“And through my years,people that are lazy and have lacked passion for their job, they don’t go into the next year of their job, and if they do, they don’t last the next year. 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 fits all three.”
Why didn't Shanahan mince words? Lets just say he has a special level of contempt for Haynesworth.
“You usually take the high road as much as you can, but I thought that he’s been talking quite a bit, I thought, over the last couple years,” Shanahan said. “So, I thought I’d at least be honest with you guys and kind of tell you how I feel.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.