Rocky McIntosh: 'A lot of guys are tired with the shenanigans'
Rocky McIntosh is the most recent member of the Washington Redskins to step to the plate and take his cuts when it comes to Albert Haynesworth, the not so popular defensive tackle that remains on the roster and has pledged to show up for training camp.
McIntosh, who was upset himself earlier this offseason in his bid for a new contract, took to the airwaves on the show hosted by former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington and had a few choice comments regarding the $100 million man. Of course, Haynesworth has only pocketed $32 million so far from the Redskins and the reason he didn’t show up for mandatory minicamp last month wasn’t the dough, but the 3-4 defense the Redskins switched to under Jim Haslett. That would be the same defensive scheme that might not fit McIntosh best. He still showed up, and even participated in portions of the voluntary offseason program.
Once again, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, the man tirelessly working to monitor all things Haynesworth, found the McIntosh interview. McIntosh referred to Haynesworth as “the one that hasn’t been around that needs to be around.
“I mean, it's cool," McIntosh said of Haynesworth. “It's up to him. It's his decision. Team-wise, we would like him to show up every once in a while to kind of get some things down and participate. But the way I see it, the year before he came we were No. 4 (in total defense), and when he came we were No. 10. With or without him we're still gonna be pretty good.”
What’s fascinating about this situation is it’s taboo for players to talk about other players’ issues. Yet it’s happening in Washington and it’s happening with regularity. Haynesworth may be in a position where it is difficult for some teammates – those who worked an entire offseason to learn a new system under new coaches – to really accept him. That is where the real problem lies for coach Mike Shanahan and Co. Never mind all the money owner Daniel Snyder has thrown away on the guy.
So, if and when Haynesworth does arrive, how will things go down?
“It all depends on his performance," McIntosh said. "If he does good, I think everything will go by smoothly. But if things don't turn out, I guess there's gonna be some turmoil in there, because a lot of guys are tired with the shenanigans that he brings along.”
There you have it. Haynesworth has maintained he’s been working out on his own this offseason, you know, when he hasn’t been fending off various lawsuits. Stay tuned. Another Redskin should be checking in any day now. You know it’s going to happen, especially when you have Jammal Brown, the one of the newest Redskins, grabbing a bat.
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