Shanahan "totally disagrees" with Haynesworth
At best, they will agree to disagree from the get-go.
That is where new Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth are at right now. Haynesworth showed up on March 15, the first day of the Redskins (voluntary) offseason workout program and had a sit down with the coach in which he explained he would not be volunteering.
"I totally disagree with his decision to not be there," Shanahan told reporters this morning during the NFL owners meeting. "But I respect him being there the first day and sitting down and talking to me man to man. Any time a person's willing to do that, you feel good about the communication."
Whatever is a little cooler than lukewarm would describe Haynesworth’s attitude about playing nose tackle in the new 3-4 defense. We suspect when he gets a handle on exactly what the ends are asked to do in the scheme, well, Haynesworth won’t be happy there either. Not after he expressed his displeasure with Greg Blache’s defense a year ago. Hey, at least he hasn’t said anything negative about the contract to this point.
"We want him to come in in great shape and give us a chance to win," Shanahan said. "You want a guy to come in in great shape. We're going to have a system. We're going to evaluate where he influences us, influences our defense the most, where he gives us the best chance to win. Obviously, he's a dominating player. And when the time comes, we'll evaluate where he should play and what gives us the best chance to win."
Stay tuned to find out where the Redskins deem Haynesworth should play.
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