Jim Haslett, the Redskins’ defensive coordinator, made two things clear in a recent radio interview: he doesn’t dislike Albert Haynesworth and it’s really frustrating to be Haynesworth’s coach.
“He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn’t want to do anything. To me that’s the issue,” Haslett said on the “Zach and the Coach Show” on 101 ESPN in St. Louis, where Haslett’s family stayed while his son, Chase, completed high school. “He’s one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, ‘Put down the phone.’ The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.
“You tell him, ‘Don’t read the newspaper in meetings.’ The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn’t stick; it’s an every-day thing.”
(Don’t read the newspaper??? Hey, wait a minute ...)
Haslett said that finding a scheme that was to Haynesworth’s liking was no easy task, either.
“He just didn’t want to play in this scheme. He didn’t want to play in the 3-4. He didn’t want to do the things we wanted. Then we said, ‘Okay, if you’re not going to do it, let’s not do it. Let’s play nickel, play the 3-technique.’
“Then, it got to the point where he said, ‘I don’t want to play first- and second-down nickel. I just want to play third-down nickel.’ Oh my God, you’re relegating yourself to 10-15 snaps a game. Then after that he didn’t want to do the blitzes, he just wanted to rush.”