Albert Haynesworth, the bane of our existence

It was the mid-season 2008.  The Redskins jumped out of the gate with a 6-2 record.  Jason Campbell finally appeared to be getting some grasp of what it took to be an NFL quarterback and the defense was top ten in the league.  They skyrocketed to as high as #5 in ESPN’s weekly power rankings and then….the wheels came off.  The Skins offense (Jim Zorn’s supposed specialty) unraveled down the stretch, scoring over 14 points just once in their last 8 games on their way to a 2-6 finish and last place in the NFC East.  The bright spot in the usual Redskins failure, the defense was ranked 4th in the league and added Deangelo Hall in the waning weeks.

Enter Albert, the 6’6” 300+ pound manimal was granted his wish to get into the open market entering the 2009 offseason.   He was only 27 and widely considered to be the most disruptive force in the NFL.  Sure he had his issues, but stomping on a Cowboy’s face was a bonus is the eyes of the Redskins!  In a defense whose only/primary flaw was an inability to create turnovers and quarterback pressure, adding a playmaker along the d-line like Haynesworth would surely propel them to being a top flight defense for years to come.  He made all the right impressions, saying how excited he was to be a Redskin long-term and how he wasn’t going to let the fans down.

You’re not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust or the guy who had the Dallas incident or anything. You will remember him as a great player and that’s what I live for. You know, the money’s awesome. It’s great. But I’m out here, when I line up in front of somebody, when I put the helmet on, it’s to kick butt and it’s to make sure that guy knows that I’m the best player to play against. After the game or something you can think about the money, but during that game. I’m going to make sure he knows that I’m the best player. Any team that faces me, they’re going to have to worry about me.

The rest of the interview included how he was not being pressured by the money.  He wanted to put pressure on himself to be the best and help out his teammates, to take this team from 8-8 to the next level, and start a new chapter in his life (putting his past issues behind him).  Unfortunately for us, Albert was found guilty of awful inaccurate predictions on all counts.

  • He is a bust, the biggest in Redskins free agent signing history (that’s saying a lot).  I can safely say that I, along with the rest of Redskins nation, the media, and possibly the entire NFL are in agreement that Albert Haynesworth is a BUST.
  • He is not a great player and will never be mentioned with the greats.  Wave aspirations of being compared to Reggie White goodbye Albert, you screwed that one up pretty bad with your shockingly childish behavior.
  • He did kick butt, unfortunately it was never on the field, it was when he decided to punch a local driver in the face.
  • Teams don’t have to, and never had to worry about him because he was inevitably on the sideline the majority of the time.
  • The money is awesome, until he eventually loses it all by being thoughtless and having to settle lawsuits all over the place.  Hey Al…people know that you are a millionaire 40 plus times over, how irresponsible must you be to continually put yourself in situations where you give waitresses and drivers grounds to sue you.  Who goes into a place as ritzy as the W hotel and feels up a waitress in broad daylight in front of an entire dining room?  It’s gross enough when you’re in a dark night club but it’s something so idiotic that it should never cross your mind when you’re in public, especially when you’re a professional football player who just made 40 million dollars.  Ever think about maybe starting up a conversation, or does the Black AMEX blouse tuck/massage technique generally work for you?

I’m surprised he is still here.  Innocent or guilty, the ability to continue to put himself in these situations time after time shows a lack of character and extreme lack of judgment that I don’t want on my team.  The constant sulking and complaining about being mistreated continue to be ridiculous.  We gave him 40 million dollars and I struggle to find a moment over the past two years in which I thought that he deserved it.  Brought in to take this team to the next level, he did the opposite by bringing the team to new lows both record wise and perception wise in his two years.  He might have negative trade value at this point; it’s time to amputate before the infection spreads even more.

Take your hall of fame aspirations and go dominate somewhere else, your legacy will still forever be tarnished by what you did here and you deserve it.  Good riddance.

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  • FiretheOwner

    It just goes to show you that paying a disgusting excuse for a human being big money does not (nor will it ever) make him any less disgusting. The ongoing shame is that Danny Dumbass hasn’t parted ways with Haynesworthless yet!

  • Chris Hinkson

    I love the article.. Haynesworth’s name has popped up on different sites under Patriots talk as a guy they should target.. I’ve had my doubts and after being reminded of just how much of a man-child he is, thanks to your article, I’m relieved that this isn’t the type of personality Bill Belichick wants in his club house.

    I feel sorry for Skins fans on the whole.. All those great Joe Gibbs teams (under Kent as owner)and then Danial Snyder comes along and the legacy is blacked out in lieu of the Three Ring Circus known as The Washington Redskins the last decade plus..

    I feel for you and the rest of the Skins fans.. Snyder needs to pack his own bags and take 2/4 of the team with him and allow a new owner to come in, liquidate, and rebuild for a few seasons so you’all can get back to the glory days..

  • Chris Hinkson

    Just wanted to add some Dan Snyder facts to support my claim that he’s a bad owner:

    1. Washington has averaged 7 & 9 for the 12 seasons he’s owned the team (86 & 106)winning only 44.8% of the regular season games!

    2. He’s gone through 7 Head Coaches in 12 seasons (Turner,Robiskie, Schottenheimer, Spurrier, Gibbs, Zorn and Shanahan)!

    3. They Averaged 304 points scored a season (most=359, least=240)!

    4. They Averaged 324 points scored by opposition (most=377, least=269)!

    5. The overall points differential in that time is -24!

    6. Only 3 of the 13 seasons (and 2 separate coaches to boot) have had winning records:

    –> Joe Gibbs in 2007 (9 & 7)
    –> Joe Gibbs in 2005 (10 & 9)
    –> Norv Turner in 1999 (10 & 6)

    7. Never have the Skins broken more than 10 wins since Snyder has been the owner (3 winning campaigns and 3 .500 campaigns to boot).

    It’s pretty obvious that Dan Snyder has no clue how to assemble, and carry, a Professional Football Team… I am sorry to say it as I’ve always liked the Skins (even though Live in New England, Love the Patriots and also Love the AZ Cardinals since Plummer was their QB).

    Sorry to sound so anti-Skins… I blame it all on Snyder.. All the FA’s he brings in are mostly busts.. He needs to build from the Draft and infuse this team with youth instead of paying out the nose under his idiotic assumption of “Winning Now”..

  • BeltwayBoy

    I can’t wait for the day that Albert Haynesworth-less is no longer on the team! I can’t believe the Skins are still holding out hope that any team is going to be as dumb as they are and trade for this guy! We will get absolutely nothing in return for him except continued ridicule for having signed him to such a sweet deal and getting nothing in return!