The Mike Shanahan/ Albert Haynesworth Feud


Fat, Lazy, and Overpaid.  When these three characteristics come up for Redskins fans many immediately associate the words with former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.  Haynesworth received one of the richest contracts in the NFL back in 2009 and played just 12 games with the Redskins.  In his one year under head coach Mike Shanahan, Haynesworth failed multiple condition tests, and was later suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.  Once the season ended, the Redskins opted to trade Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a fifth round pick, a far fall for the once dominant interior lineman.

Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches from the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Haynesworth, however, is not done talking about the franchise that hurt his professional career.  Specifically, Haynesworth has taken several shots at the Redskins head ball coach Shanahan.  Haynesworth claims Shanahan, who has won two super bowls with the Denver Broncos, is a selfish coach citing that he will not help his players.  He also talked in length about the failed partnership between Donovan McNabb and Shanahan.

Finally after a few days, it was Shanahan’s turn to shoot back calling Haynesworth lazy and criticizing his work ethic saying, “When you don’t get along with someone as a head coach or assistant coach, it usually falls under one of those couple areas: Lazy, lack of passion, and a lot of times lack of character.  And he, uh, fits all three.”

If I were Albert Haynesworth, I’d consider keeping my mouth shut right about now.  It’s simple Albert Haynesworth was a bust.  He failed to produce in the Washington Redskins system and since then has become upset with entire situation.  Haynesworth needs to simply take the money run because no matter what he does he will forever be known as one of the largest busts in NFL history.