After a week of warring with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan — and failing multiple conditioning tests — defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth told a television station in Washington: "I'm tired of this B.S. I just want to get out on the field and play football."
The whole affair has become
a major distraction, which comes as no surprise to some people.
Former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, for one, predicted this type of mess a few weeks ago.
" Jeff Fisher is a smart football coach," Edwards said, referring to the coach who allowed Haynesworth to leave the Titans. "The Titans did not want Albert Haynesworth back. There's a reason for that.
"He dealt with this guy for so many years and said, 'You know what? Enough is enough. I'm tired of a guy who's a good player for about 10 games.' Doesn't play all 16 — hurt, something's going to happen, he's going to be disgruntled …"
Edwards said it's easy to pile the blame on Haynesworth, but only if you ignored all of the buyer-beware warning signs.
"You get a choice: Do you want this guy?" he said. "Because when you pick him on your football team, that's the baggage he brings.
"We can get mad at the player all we want. But the problem is, when you keep paying the player for acting that way, and you don't do anything to make him understand that we don't operate that way, guess what? He thinks he's entitled to do it."
— Sam Farmer