Haynesworth Explains Absence

We all have expectations.  When we sign contracts to work at a certain place of employment, we are expected to to abide by rules or goals set by those who employ us. That said, when you are signed to large amounts of money the expectation is larger and more is expected out of you.  Queue Albert Haynesworth.

Mike Shanahan has preached off season conditioning.  Shanahan has expressed that the team’s success is dependent on the work, and quality put into it prior to organized team activity in the summer.  Last week, the Redskins began off season conditioning.  It was reported that several veterans were in attendance, such as: Clinton Portis, Laron Landry, and Jason Campbell.  It was also reported that Albert Haynesworth was also in attendance for Monday’s meeting.  With restricted access by the media to member’s on the team it was discovered that over the weekend that Haynesworth was not among those veterans working out in Ashburn. When asked about why he was not with his team, Haynesworth responded

“Last year, I worked out with the Redskins, and the year that we had and all that stuff wasn’t great, by any means,” Haynesworth said.  “I’m getting back to basics, what got me to be one of the top defensive players in the NFL, and that’s what I plan on doing.”

Haynesworth said that new coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t agree with the approach, but that Shanahan said he respects Haynesworth for being candid about it.  Haynesworth also was very complimentary of the ability to approach and talk to Shanahan.”

It is no secret that the team will be going to a 3-4 format on defense, a scheme that may not be favorable to Haynesworth.  However, to his credit no practice has taken place so far, but condition will be key for him if he wishes to be a disruptive force in the 2010 season.

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