WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — About a year and a half ago, Albert Haynesworth unloaded some pent up ill-will he’d kept lingering for the Redskins organization.
Mike Shanahan, then in his fourth and final year as Redskins head coach, took a rare moment to fire back, saying the seven-year, $100 million man was lazy, and lacked character and passion for the game.
Approaching his four-year anniversary of being traded to New England — with 6.5 sacks and 53 tackles for his efforts in Washington in tow — surely, now, Haynesworth has let his Redskins animosity go.
On Wednesday, Haynesworth appeared on Nashville sports radio’s ‘The Greg Pogue and Big Joe Show’ on 94.9 The Game.
Speaking over the phone while on a snowmobiling trip in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, Haynesworth was asked for any advice he could offer Ndamukong Suh — as he prepares to hit the free agency market — when the inevitable comparison was drawn between he and the Lions defender.
“He needs to really study, like who he’s thinking about going to,” Haynesworth advised. “Also, you need to kind of look at the track record of the coach, if he’s going to stay; talk to some former players, just to get the inside scoop about it; and make sure that they’re playing the exact same defense as Detroit.”
Let’s take a look back at an interview with Haynesworth on Tennessee Sports Radio in Oct. 2013, via Dan Steinberg:
“The first day I get to Washington, that morning before, they’re like yeah, we’re gonna design our defense just like Tennessee, because we want you to let loose,” Haynesworth said, mentioning the proposed personnel moves. “So I was like ok, that’s great. And then the very first practice, we started doing all this different stuff that we hadn’t done. After that practice, I asked the D coordinator, hey, do you know are we gonna do some of [the Tennessee] stuff? And the guy was like no, we’re not doing none of that.”
“That was one thing that was totally different when I went to Washington,” Haynesworth said in 2015. “They said on the phone that we were gonna do that same exact things, but it didn’t even come out being close to that. You got to look at the track record of the team, before [Suh] goes and signs.”
Haynesworth was asked to share his experience leaving the Tennessee Titans, going to a new team, and then playing with new teammates in a new position.
“Well, I mean, it wasn’t fun,” he said. “To be honest, after like a year or so of doing that, it really just got old. It was not, not fun. At Washington, it took my love away from the game.”
Haynesworth then fondly reminisced of his days playing alongside Kyle Vanden Bosch under then-Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
“And then when I went to Washington, it almost became like politics,” he said. “Almost. It wasn’t 100 percent about football. It was like maybe 50 percent about football, and then 50 percent about just getting the name out there. Like, how many times could you mention ‘Washington Redskins’? It was just so different.”
Later, Haynesworth was asked if he’d thought at all about what may have happened with his career if he’d re-signed with the Titans, rather than inking a mega deal with the Redskins.
“Oh, I think about it every day,” he said. “I wish I did.”
Haynesworth then returned to his snowmobile in New Hampshire.