ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Usually he doesn’t do things like this. Usually.
But Mike Shanahan chose Thursday, Halloween of all days, to blast back at a man widely considered to be one of the biggest busts in franchise history. Finally, enough was enough.
Albert Haynesworth recently described the Washington Redskins head coach as “conniving” during an appearance on a sports radio program in Tennessee. He followed up with a stern warning for quarterback Robert Griffin III, saying Shanahan would run him “into the ground.”
Haynesworth hardly bit his tongue during his tension-filled tenure in Washington. Neither he, nor Shanahan, could do much to conceal their disdain for each other while butting heads at Redskins Park. The $100 million defensive lineman was just a little more vocal about it.
Haynesworth’s comments this week were the last straw.
If you haven’t watched Shanahan yet, the video is above.
The following is a transcript of his response to Haynesworth:
“Let’s put it this way. I think I’ve been a head coach and an assistant coach for about 40 years, and when you look back on those days and you take a look at the people that you get along with or people that – for one reason or another – that you may not get along with, Albert was one of the few guys that…
Let me start this over again because I want to be pretty specific on this since you asked me that question…
The only people I really haven’t gotten along with since I’ve been a coach – as head coach, an assistant coach – is someone that’s lazy and number two, when somebody is lazy and they may lack character, or they’re lazy and they lack passion for the game, those are the only people I haven’t gotten along with as a head coach or as an assistant coach. And so that’s what you’re looking for.
When I take a look through my years at people that have been lazy or have lacked passion for their job, they don’t go into the next year. When they do, they don’t last the next year.
So the people that I look at that come back and complain or do some of those things that you do when you don’t get along with somebody as a head coach or an assistant coach, it usually falls into one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion, and a lot of times, a lack of character. And he fits all three…
You usually take the high road as much as you can. I usually do, but I thought that he’s been talking quite a bit over the last couple years, so I thought at least I’d be honest with you guys and kind of tell you how I feel.”
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