Albert Haynesworth embraces backup role

October, 29, 2010
10/29/10
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In case you missed it, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was fined $7,500 by the league for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb during Sunday's 17-14 win against the Bears, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan had praised Haynesworth for his effort on the play in question, but the league thought he took an unnecessary shot at Webb while DeAngelo Hall was returning an interception 92 yards for a touchdown. On Thursday, Haynesworth held court with the media, which has been a rare occurence this season. He made the following curious statement about defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme:

"I'm not good enough to play the 3-4," Haynesworth told reporters.

I don't think anyone at Redskins Park agrees with Haynesworth's assesment, but Haslett and coach Shanahan finally agreed to let the player focus on what he does best.

"We just kept working at the Okie, and I wasn't coming along to be able to be the starter in that stuff," said Haynesworth. "And I was like, 'Hey, let's focus on the stuff that I know and you'll see a lot more production out of me.'"

Obviously Haynesworth and Shanahan are two of the most stubborn men in the league, but it appears they've reached a compromise. And if Haynesworth keeps playing like he did Sunday against the Bears, I don't think Haslett will worry about him not lining up in the "Okie" packages, which are designed to stop the run in the 3-4.

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