It’s almost hard imagine that DT Albert Haynesworth‘s stock could fall any lower after all of issues that have transpired over the course of the last three years but Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett may managed to do just that.
Haslett expressed his frustration regarding the matter with 101 ESPN radio in St. Louis.
“He can do almost anything he wants,” said Haslett. “He doesn’t want to do anything. To me that’s the issue He’s one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, ‘Put down the phone.’ The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.
“You tell him, ‘Don’t read the newspaper in meetings.’ The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn’t stick; it’s an every-day thing.
“He just didn’t want to play in this scheme. He didn’t want to play in the 3-4. He didn’t want to do the things we wanted. Then we said, ‘OK, if you’re not going to do it, let’s not do it. Let’s play nickel, play the 3-technique.’
“Then, it got to the point where he said, ‘I don’t want to play first- and second-down nickel. I just want to play third-down nickel.’ Oh my God, you’re relegating yourself to 10 or 15 snaps a game. Then after that he didn’t want to do the blitzes, he just wanted to rush.”
This isn’t all that surprisingly because it more or less confirms what many have already believed to be the case but it can’t help his chances of finding another that willing to take a chance on him.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports writes that Haslett’s frustration is more than warranted.
“I’ve watched enough 2010 Redskins film to know that Haslett isn’t overstating his willingness to work around Haynesworth’s self-imposed limitations,” Farrar writes. “[The] defense wound up playing more four-man nickel fronts than personnel really allowed, in part to make it work with a guy who was supposed to be unblockable when he signed a ridiculous $100 million contract (over $40 million guaranteed) in February of 2009.”
Farrar also notes that the Redskins will only be on the hook for $5.4 million next season which would allow them to finally rid themselves of Haynesworth.