The Saga of Big Al continues.
Reports are now coming out that poor Albert Haynesworth feels "deceived" by the Redskins. Oh, the injustice…Cry me a river.
Haynesworth has now been paid $32 million by the Redskins for one average season. For the $32 million, the Redskins received a whole year of watching Big Al roll around on the field in false agony after a few plays.
Haynesworth doesn't want to work out with his teammates. Since he is obviously a legend in his own mind, he believes he is above the rest of the team.
He doesn't want to play in Shanahan's new 3-4 defensive scheme, and he wants no part of playing nose tackle. Why? That position requires a lot of work, and little glory.
And now, the deception by the Redskins. How dare they change their philosophy so drastically after a pathetic 4-12 season. After all, they should be catering to superstars such as Haynesworth, rather than making the necessary changes to become a winner.
So goes the thinking processes of Big Al. He doesn't care about the Washington Redskins; he only cares about himself.
The Washington Redskins are trying to change the entire culture of the organization this year. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen are getting rid of the faulty pieces of the old regime, and building for a consistent, winning future.
Albert Haynesworth and his super-sized bad attitude do not fit into the total overhaul that the Redskins are now undergoing. He is everything the organization does not need right now: a distraction, a challenge to authority, and a headache.
So, for the sake of the long-term best interests of the team, it's time to give Big Al the Big Boot. Mike Shanahan needs team players, and men who are willing to sacrifice individual glory for the sake of the team. In other words, the opposite of Haynesworth.
It will be a huge financial loss, but the Redskins will play addition by subtraction in this case. Mike Shanahan needs to send a loud and clear message to the team about who is really in charge of the Washington Redskins.