Albert “Bare Minimum” Haynesworth

According to a report from Jason Reid at The Post, Albert Haynesworth is confirmed to be attending mandatory off-season conditioning programs with the rest of his teammates.  However, what was pointed out is that he is only specifically working out with the rest of the Redskins for the absolutely mandatory sessions:

The standoff between Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins is about much more than defensive schemes and positions. What’s really at play here is Coach Mike Shanahan’s need to exert his will over the football operation — and Haynesworth providing an obstacle to that end. Shanahan has repeatedly expressed his displeasure with Haynesworth for his decision to train on his own rather than participate in the Redskins’ voluntary offseason conditioning program at Redskins Park. And earlier Wednesday, it was learned Haynesworth probably will not attend Washington’s first voluntary minicamp that begins April 16. Haynesworth plans to participate in all mandatory offseason team events under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, two people with knowledge of the situation said. But Haynesworth would not face disciplinary action for skipping non-mandatory activities at the park.

And what’s more Reid feels strongly that the missed mini-camp, should it come to pass without Haynesworth participating that is, will be the last straw and will seal the deal on Big Al’s departure from D.C.:

It’s one thing for Haynesworth to train on his own, which irritated Shanahan. But for Haynesworth, the Redskins’ highest-paid player and arguably their most talented, to be elsewhere during a minicamp, well, I imagine that would simply be unacceptable to Shanahan.

I’d like to think that football this day in age is not simply about participating in what the league and players union, essentially a bunch of lawyers and bureaucrats, have collectively decided is the bare minumum or what one’s agent slyly got into the players contract.  But here we all are, glaring at the reason for Jerry McGuire’s infamous “mission statement” right in the chops.

Need it be said that these are not the attitudes that win championships?   Must it be underscored that extra effort during the offseason is what truly prepares a team for victory?  How long is Shanahan going to stretch his patience here over a guy that may not even fit in his defensive scheme because he likely will not apply himself to the task for the betterment of the team?

Well, not much more that can be said about this I guess. Actions speak louder than words.  So to end on a light note, let me leave you all with a quote from another great movie that has nothing to do with sports, but if fits perfectly here – see if you can guess the movie:

“What do you think of a person who only does the bare minimum?”

Here’s a hint – this guy said it:


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