This morning I'd like to start things off with a little off-color humor.
Back in the 90's, during the WWE's Attitude Era, there was a feud between Shawn Michaels and Bret the Hit-man Hart.
Michaels beat the Hitman in what would become notoriously known as the "Montreal Screw-Job."
This would be Hart's last WWE match as he left for rival WCW. The next night on RAW, Michaels came out bragging about how he had vanquished Hart from the WWE, but one Hart still remained.
That Hart was Bret's little brother Owen.
Michaels so colorfully described Owen as a little poo-nugget that just wouldn't flush down the toilet.
Well that's how I feel about Albert Haynesworth.
Vinny Cerrato was the big steamy pile of crap that was flushed last season, and his last mistake, Albert Haynesworth, is that little poo-nugget that refuses to go down on the first flush.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is Big Al is a piece of s##t.
Last night, Haynesworth was on the Kevin and Rock Show on 106.7 The Fan here in Washington D.C., where in his nearly thirty minute interview, he talked about all the "haters" and of course, himself.
Of all the self-pitty and egocentric rhetoric spewed by Haynesworth, my favorite quote was this: "I've never had an issue with playing. I always play hard. I play hurt. I'd blow out something before I'd quit playing. I'm still the same player I was when I left Tennessee. And if they could put me on the field and let me prove that I would. Getting 14 snaps a game is not helping anything."
Ask anyone who has watched a Redskins game the past two seasons and they'll tell you just how hard Albert has played.
Has he had moments? Yes he has, but they are too few and way too far between.
Haynesworth went on to talk about the "haters" in the organization, claiming he doesn't know who they are, that they could be coaches, players, or personnel.
Honestly, I think it's all of the above.
The guy is so much about himself I don't know how anyone on the team could like him.
Haynesworth went on to describe himself in the third person: "We're not putting the highest-paid guy, and a guy I think is one of the best defensive tackles in the game, on the field to try to help us win games," Haynesworth said. "They've got me sitting on the bench. So they're just trying to slander my name to say whatever they want, but we all know what the real truth is."
He has no idea what it's like to be a team player. Almost every word out of his mouth was either "me" or "I".
This is opposition to when Phillip Daniels spoke about the whole situation. Daniels used a lot of "we" when he spoke.
Daniels spoke of the team, where Haynesworth spoke of himself and his stats.
He talks about the "haters." He talks about his "skills" (which we haven't seen much of in DC), and he talks about money, but what he fails to realize is his benchings and the controversy that surrounds them has nothing to do with any of that.
It has to do with his attitude.
Unlike us fans, I don't think Mike Shanahan had much hope for this season. He said the right things about his team in the beginning probably as more of a P.R. move than actually meaning them.
He knew he wasn't able to get all the pieces he needed in the off-season due to the lack of unrestricted free-agents in the uncapped year, so his primary focus was on changing the attitude of this franchise.
For too long, the inmates had run the asylum.
The first thing Shanahan had to do was let every player know that there was a new sheriff in town and he wasn't going to stand for any diva issues.
And when Big Al took the signing bonus and didn't report to OTAs and mini-camp he gave Shanny exactly what he wanted, an example.
Now I would have preferred them to have traded Haynesworth by now, but in a lost season, (or one we the fans really shouldn't have expected much from) what better way to say to your players that character and heart mean more than salary and Pro-Bowls.
Shanahan doesn't just want to build a winner, but wants to build a winner with character. That's how you become one of the rare teams that repeat as champions.
Think about this for a second. In 2000, when Bill Belichick took over the New England Patriots his first season ended at 5-11.
No one thought in a million years that he'd turn them into a winner. We're 10 years removed from that season and look at that organization.
They've won three of four Super Bowls and their only losing season was that first year.
Belichick changed the culture of the Patriots, who for the most part were door-mats for most of their existence.
That's exactly what Shanahan is trying to accomplish here. He wants team guys like Belichick has in New England and what he had in Denver.
He doesn't want nuggets like Haynesworth mucking things up.
Although I'd like to get at least some sort of compensation for Haynesworth in the off-season, I won't be upset if the team finally flushes the big nugget down the toilet by week's end.
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