Donovan McNabb on Albert Haynesworth: We Can't Win Without Him

Josh McCainSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins in action during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One would think that the excitement of opening week of the NFL would be enough of a story on it's own that the media wouldn't have to grab at straws.

Of course that isn't the case. 

In the age of instant media and the need to be the first to break a story, no matter how much a of a non-issue that story is, we are constantly bombarded with tiny mole-hills that the media tries to turn into mountains.

For example, ESPN cut into Monday night's Boise State, Virginia Tech game to inform all of us that Ben Roethlisberger had been "voted out" as a captain for the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers (you can read my opinion on that here http://bleacherreport.com/articles/454127-pittsburgh-steelers-media-over-blowing-this-whole-captain-thing).

Then yesterday from Ashburn, Virginia we get not one, but two media hyped stories.

The first is that Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans are once again in trade talks over Albert Haynesworth.  This of course was never confirmed by either team only given to Chris Mortensen of ESPN and reporters of the Associated Press (AP) by a "source".

Of course I heard on the radio last night these talks are dead.  This is of course if they were ever really alive. 

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However, as I write this Mort was on Mike and Mike in the Morning claiming to have other sources saying the Redskins were calling other teams about Haynesworth.

Again I've got to call B.S. on this.  It's not that I don't think the Redskins would want to move Haynesworth it's just that they just gave this guy $21 million so they're going to want to get something in return for him, otherwise he would have been among those cut on Saturday.

Calling around the league to find a trading buddy shows desperation and no team is going to offer a fair trade in that scenario.

Owner Daniel Snyder may have handed the keys to the car over to general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan, but believe me when I tell you he's not going to allow them to throw away $21 million.

However, if the right deal comes along, I don't know, say Vincent Jackson or another top receiver or high draft pick, then yeah Haynesworth might be on the first flight out of here.

But of course you can't have a media sensation involving the Washington Redskins without throwing the starting quarterback into the mix.

Yesterday on ESPN Radio 980 Donovan McNabb said that the team could not win without big 92.

Can they?

They most certainly can.

So why did McNabb say this?

Because, unlike our last quarterback, McNabb is a leader.  He knows what Haynesworth brings to a defense when motivated.

He wants Haynesworth out there creating havoc and helping get the offense better field position.

But most importantly if Haynesworth is still here Sunday night (and he will be) he wants him to be happy and ready to play not for himself, not for money, but for his teammates.

Less we all forget McNabb was in this situation before with Terrell Owens and for a while he tried to make it work.

He is simply applying what he learned there and using it here.  By saying "We can't win without him," he's stroking Haynesworth's ego and making him feel like part of the team.

Football isn't about one guy, it never has been.  It's about 53 men working together to win. 

Is the defense better with 92 out there and happy?

Yes it is.

Can the Redskins still win if he isn't?

Yes they can.

Also look at it this way, what else was Donovan going to say.  "We don't need him..." "It doesn't matter..." no matter what he said he was going to be scrutinized over it.  So he said probably the best thing he could and he stuck up for his teammate.

To that I say, well played Mr. McNabb, well played indeed. 

Until next time loyal reader, Go Skins and don't forget to check me out on Twitter (@jomac006).