Andre Carter: Fans are 'PO'd about Big Al'
Albert Haynesworth isn’t the only player being asked to switch positions in the conversion to the 3-4 defense by the Washington Redskins.
Defensive end Andre Carter has made the move to linebacker, a position he played briefly in San Francisco when the 49ers switched their defense. And Carter has never seen a player put himself above the team when it comes to a change in scheme.
“I haven't experienced a player prioritizing his position on the field over working with the game,” Carter told TheHogs.net. “It's disappointing because Albert could fit in this scheme. All we can say is we wish him the best and we will see what happens in a month. He made his statement that he didn't want to play in this scheme and we are not going to force him to play. He's a grown man. We have moved forward.”
But have the Redskins moved forward? Haynesworth is going go be a big, sticky situation for the organization until a resolution is reached. He’s either going to have to make amends with those at Redskins Park or the team is going to have to find a way to send him on his merry way.
“I can't really speak on (behalf of) Albert,” Carter said. “We have moved on as a team. If he shows up he has to prove to us he is back for the organization and not all about him.
“He would have to leave the BS at the door. Negativity around positive and optimistic people won't work. He will need to work hard and prove himself by showing that he's trustworthy and reliable in the scheme and as a teammate.”
Carter also pointed out that Haynesworth likely will not go over big with fans at the open practices at Redskins Park. In fact, he expects Haynesworth to draw the ire of the die-hards who show up for camp. Haynesworth has released a statement saying he plans to show up for the beginning of training camp after no-showing at minicamp last month.
“I can't really say how they should react. All I know is I have met random fans and they are PO'd about Big Al,” Carter said. “So I wouldn't be shocked if they took those emotions to our open practices.”
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