Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is ready to put last year’s drama-filled season far behind him and simply focus on winning this year. The third-year outside linebacker spoke rather passionately about his desire for the Albert Haynesworth soap opera to quickly end this season, in some way or another.
“This year we’re not going through all that Albert nonsense, if he’s here, if he’s not. I love Albert to death, and I wish him the best,” Orakpo said Tuesday after going through a conditioning session and brief meeting with his coaches at Redskins Park. “If he’s here, let’s roll. If he’s not, wish him the best and we gotta move on without him and forget all this saga -- Albert, McNabb, you name it. We just gotta start winning some ball games around here and forget all the drama we go through each and every year.
“If we don’t trade him, like I’ve said since day one, I would love to play with Albert. I would love to play with Big 92. We did great things our first year together. He’s a great person and phenomenal athlete when he’s on the field and ready to go. If we go our separate directions, then I wish him the best. But if not, then we’ll do some great things.”
Orakpo conceded that if the Redskins do intend to trade Haynesworth, they need to do it quickly rather than keep him on the roster — and not play him — just to make a point.
“Yeah, it wears you down,” Orakpo said. “We try to say it don’t, but it does. Albert don’t want to talk about it, we don’t want to talk about it. We just want to focus on us as a team. I thought last year and the year’s past, we talked too much about individuals that have problems with the organization instead of going out there and trying to perform well.
“It just harps on you and it’s something we need to do this year: Forget about all the nonsense and negativity and just focus as a team. That’s how it’s supposed to be done. That’s what the great teams do. And we need to stop talking about being a great team and do it and preparing as a great team.”