For the most part, Albert Haynesworth's teammates haven't been overly critical of his decision to remain in Nashville while everyone else at Redskins Park learns Jim Haslett's new defense. I've spoken to Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher at length over the past couple of weeks and they were measured in their responses to Haynesworth-related questions.
But apparently a few players have had enough of Haynesworth's unwillingness to even give the Mike Shanahan administration a chance. Mike Wise of the Washington Post has a column today basically suggesting that the former All-Pro defensive tackle is a "bad teammate." And fellow defensive tackle Phillip Daniels didn't hold anything back.
"From what I'm told, he can play the end spot," Daniels said. "I've called him and told him that. The thing is, we have 100 percent participation if he is here. It's now 99. He's got to be here."
"There is no room for negotiation at 4-12," Daniels added, referring to the '09 season. "I'm here, [London] Fletcher's here, everybody's here," Daniels added. "He's got to understand that. We need him to come here, be here and show these young guys that the veterans have bought in and that we want to win games."
Daniels said he's called Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb has sent him an e-mail. But so far, the pleas haven't had much effect on Haynesworth. I assume he'll attend the mandatory minicamp next month because he doesn't want to be fined. That is, if the Redskins aren't able to move him in a trade.
That's what Haynesworth wants more than anything. The thought of having to adjust to a 3-4 scheme is just too much for him to bear. The funny thing is that he spent last year's Christmas holidays complaining about Greg Blache's 4-3 scheme. Here's what Wise said to Haynesworth in his column:
"Albert, the people you play with think you're a bad teammate. Oh, many like you as a person, love going out and eating dinner with you, laughing, talking. They think the world of your bull-rushing talent and your competitive drive once you get on the field. But most don't respect you as a professional.
"That's not a media-driven thought; they, too, see you as petulant, a big baby when it comes to change and authority, and are almost dumbfounded that the No. 1 free agent in the NFL a year ago has somehow morphed into the top-ranked malcontent in pro football."
So are there any Haynesworth defenders left among Redskins fans? Does anyone think Mike Shanahan could've done something to prevent this standoff?
Can Haynesworth still have a highly productive season after skipping all of the "voluntary" workouts? Let's discuss in the comments section.