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Haynesworth Rumored To Be Down 32 lbs

Tripp Smith, Albert Haynesworth’s personal trainer, said in a phone interview yesterday that Haynesworth has lost 32 pounds since they began their workout regimen on April 5. He said that Haynesworth is committed to getting in top physical shape–albeit away from Redskins Park–for the start of training camp on July 29.

“I think he’s going to open some eyes when he gets to camp.”

Tripp didn’t stop there, however:

“Albert, he’s the type of person that doesn’t want to disappoint anybody, but he’s very business-minded. I think it has motivated him quite a bit, just seeing what his teammates are saying about him and seeing what everybody in the press is saying about him.”

“He told me, ‘I want to go from April all the way through to July, nonstop, and be ready. He kind of set the tone for himself to begin with because I think he knew he had a lot of expectations, not only from teammates but from media and the [new] coaches. I don’t think he wanted to disappoint anybody as far as his [physical] preparation is concerned.”

“I told him, ‘If you show up and are playing like an animal, they’re going to forget about the fact that you didn’t go to a two-day minicamp or whatever happened aside from football. We need to make sure we do what we need to do to basically blow people’s heads off with what we’ve accomplished this summer. I think we’re well on our way to it.”

“If he can have quicker and more powerful hands than the offensive lineman, then he’s going to stand a much better chance of shedding blocks, throwing guys off and getting a quicker punch to them,” Smith said. “We’ve been doing a lot of boxing, and I think he really likes it.”

I still don’t see the connection between wanting to be sharper, lighter, more powerful through a private training schedule — so you can impress your teammates, coaches, and fans and silence critics…. but then in doing so shun the very people you are trying to impress by not cooperating with the rest of the teams plans to go over the new offensive and defensive schemes so everyone is on the same page and can hit the ground running at the start of camp.

Something just does not jive here… and if I could put my money on it, it has to do with Haynesworth’s value to any team that might want him, and nothing else.  It’s not about being able to better himself at shedding blocks for the Redskins, it’s about selling himself.

This ‘interview’ was nothing more than a sales pitch… and I for one am not buying it.  Let this lone car sit out on the pavement, off in the corner by himself – because we all know that if there was nothing wrong with it he’d be with the rest of the lot.  It’s clear Haynesworth, his agent, and his trainer think he’s still the showroom piece that gets wiped with a diaper every night by the front office before they leave for the night, and the fact is they are sorely mistaken, out of touch, and at this point – delusional if they think Haynesworth can just step into the mix without issue and have people be impressed by his selfishness.

Football is a team sport – period. And that’s the mentality it takes to win. End of story.

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