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Ray Lewis Comments On Haynesworth During Interview

Ray Lewis, the infamous Ravens LB discussed Haynesworth’s decisions to not participate in team activities this off season:

“Your days of long suffering, of pain, of working out and countless hours of suffering, they’re for a reason. To fulfill a legacy, chasing something.  And nowadays, where everything gets this dispute here, and I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do that. See, when I was coming up, we didn’t have that choice, to tell an adult — no matter who it was — what we weren’t gonna do.”

When asked how he would respond in a similar situation, Lewis said:

“I mean, I don’t have to create a response. The response is, whatever you want me to do, coach.  Let’s get it done.  If you want to switch the defense because you think it’ll work better in a 3-4 — I played in a 4-3 my whole life, but we switched up to a 3-4.

“OK, Ray, you’re gonna have to take on more guards, you’re gonna have to do this and that.

“OK, coach, I’ll adjust. Do I like it? Hmm, nah. But I’ll adjust, so let’s do it, you know what I’m saying? And through that process, I won the defensive player of the year in the 4-3 in 2000, and in 2003 I came back and won the defensive player of the year in the 3-4. So it don’t matter. Bottom line. Bottom line. Football is football, man…

“No matter what the scheme is, y’all work together as businessmen to get it done.  Because that’s ultimately what it is, it’s a business, so let’s come to work and let’s work together to figure this out.  OK, what best fits you?  OK, well, let’s go to this sometimes, and then sometimes you don’t like it, then we’ll switch back to a 4-3, so play with that.  But all of this?  No, too much.  Too much.”

Ray Lewis is your perfect example here because he’s played in like 20 different defensive schemes in the past 10 years and the Ravens ALWAYS put together a great defense in the end. Whether or not there is hypocrisy in these statements from Lewis, I’m not necessarily interested in that facet of the interview.

What strikes me most is how every week it seems like another player in the NFL makes a series of comments that demonstrate how totally out of line Haynesworth’s actions really are… particularly when in the face of it all – Big Al has maintained all along that he supports his team in every way that he can.  It’s pure BS and everyone knows it…

So often you’ll get guys who fail to comment, gloss over these stories — but for the umpteenth time now you’ve got someone coming out and loudly saying that overall commitment to teamwork trumps scheme every time.   THAT is what it takes to win… not individual assignments, X’s and O’s — but putting the time in with your team, working hard, and in the end being trusted to do your job by your teammates whatever the call is…. that’s the most important thing.  There is NO WAY to win with a central guy like Haynesworth behaving in this manner.  NONE.

Who will possibly want to take on this train wreck?

[via PFT]


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