The talented but troubled mountain of a man, Albert Haynesworth, is very likely to be released today. It could happen tomorrow, but I wouldn’t bet on the pain continuing past mid-day today. I use the word ‘pain’, because everyone around this ordeal is feeling the discomfort.
We the fans have watched this year’s edition of our beloved but underachieving Washington Redskins try to walk the balance beam in its handling of Big Al. We’ve watched Mr. Haynesworth ride what appears to be a predominantly self-constructed emotional roller coaster. To this day, I believe firmly that some health condition such as bi-polar disorder is a factor in Big Al’s reasoning. It sure sounds as if that’s the case, though I’m no doctor and have no inside information on his medical history. Regardless, what’s done is done. To borrow a term from that famous American philosopher Donovan McNabb, this chapter in the book of Albert Haynesworth is closed. That’s what the tea leaves tell us, that’s what ESPN’s Mike and Mike tell us, and later today, that’s what Shanny will tell us.
Usually, when you finally resolve a lingering personnel problem, you feel as if it’s a new day. It may feel that way to the other players, I don’t know. To the Redskins’ front office and many of the team’s faithful fans, it will just feel like another debacle. That’s because we have no idea where the ‘Skins will go from here. They may show some heart on the field, but the roster still reads like a MASH unit, the offense is still not in sync, and the defense looks downright confused.
I doubt seriously that Haynesworth will be the last domino to fall. I’d be very surprised if Jim Haslett is retained after this year. Maybe once he is released and an accomplished Defensive Coordinator is hired, we’ll all feel like it’s a new day. As for Shanny and Son – they need a do-over.
What will become of Mr. Haynesworth? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he and Jeff Fisher or he and Chuck Cecil have discussed this. I’m not alleging tampering by the Titans, though some form of that wouldn’t shock me. Doesn’t matter, because nothing they could say would have caused or prevented this outcome.
The 2010 chapter in the book of the Washington Redskins will come to a merciful close on January 2nd. I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter, be it 2011 or 2012. In the meantime, bring on the 2011 draft. Go Skins!
P.S. By the way, former Cowboys’ quarterback and Monday Night Football Announcer Don Meredith died. Hmmm, what’s for breakfast?