Cooley says if Haynesworth arrives in shape, all will be good

Finally, we have a Washington Redskin thinking positive thoughts when it comes to Albert Haynesworth.

Is Chris Cooley dreamined? Well, we’ll know soon enough. But visiting on the Mike Wise Show on 106.7 The Fan in D.C., Cooley expressed optimism that Haynesworth would show up for training camp and not be, you know, Fat Albert.

Haynesworth’s trainer has publicly stated that the defensive tackle has dropped more than 30 pounds in their workouts since April. As we’ve pointed out all along, it’s a matter of where Haynesworth was at when they started working out that will determine what kind of shape he is in when he actually shows up for camp.

“Everyone was so worried about Albert,” Cooley said, as transcribed by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “First of all, he's doing what he wants to do, or what he thinks he needs to do. I just think the guy's got to come back in unbelievable shape, because if he comes back out of shape, looks bad, I mean, he's just gonna get murdered. But I felt like if he came back in shape, ready to play football, he'll be there two days and everyone will forget what happened.

“I'll bet that he'll show up and just start working. I don't know if he needs to sit down with guys or not, but if he shows up in shape all he's got to say is, `Look, I was doing what was best for me, I'm here, I'm ready to play.’ That was a weird situation. The whole thing was a little bit strange, but hopefully he wants to play with us and he's ready to play with us.”

If that happens, and if Haynesworth is comfortable playing nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme, the Redskins might just be able to make it work. But if Haynesworth shows up and complains about his annually irritable knee, well, you know what direction this is headed in.

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