Albert Haynesworth Falls Down on the Job

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 27, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins sits on the sidelines during the game against the Denver Broncos at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Broncos 27-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Maybe Albert Haynesworth hates Greg Blache , and maybe he’s exactly right to require a better system by which the Redskins can wreak havoc. And yes, maybe $100 million dollars should buy him a little more input on how to improve a system that is pretty darn good.

But even if the Redskins’ defensive scheme was the worst in the league, is it a stretch to ask one of the best defensive players in the league toiling in it to suck it up and roll with the punches?

I mean, what does he have to lose?

Pride? Nothing he couldn’t rebuild with a couple of Five Guys franchises to his name.

Stats? His is a career not built on numbers, but physically impressive play that game film hugs like his Christmas sweater from 2001.

And if it’s any consolation, it’s something that most of the Redskins defenders are likely used to. They’ve got a non-tackling tongue ring model at safety , and the best defensive end in the last decade echoing Haynesworth’s sentiments.

There’s a lot wrong with the Redskins’ defense, apparently. And yet, they are among the best in the league.

Besides, Haynesworth is about one second-quarter TV timeout from setting the Guinness world record for most feigned injuries in a season .

So, for the preservation of his own personal timeouts, and for the maintenance of a good thing going with the Redskins defense, it might be best that their biggest investment remain a silent partner in the process. If not for the fans, than for the luckiest defensive end in the league, Andre Carter .