Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth likens himself to a basketball center who likes to launch 3-pointers. He wants to make the big plays. And to do so, he has to do it his way.
Or at least that was an analogy Haynesworth dropped when talking to Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on Sirius NFL Radio on Monday. Haynesworth touched on his refusal to attend voluntary team workouts, the difference between Mike Shanahan and Jim Zorn‘s coaching philosophy and his desire to move to defensive end.
Haynesworth wants to become the dominating player the Redskins expected when they signed him to a seven-year, $100 million contract before the 2009 season. But Haynesworth wants to work out with his own trainer to get into top shape, saying that last season was a disappointment.
Shanahan wants Haynesworth working out at the facility with his teammates. But Haynesworth doesn’t see it as a big deal as long as he can produce.
“They pay me to play football,” Haynesworth said. “As long as I am dominating and being a great player, that’s all that matter. No matter how I get there.”
And he also doesn’t want to play nose tackle in the Redskins’ new 3-4 defense. Haynesworth said he isn’t built like a nose tackle, saying those guys are “stumpy.” But he did say that he would line up wherever the Redskins asked him, but he did prefer defensive end, which is more like being a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
Despite missing the workouts, Haynesworth said he knows there’s a distinct difference in the coaching styles of Shanahan and Zorn. The biggest difference, according to Haynesworth, is that there were too many chiefs and not enough Indians under Zorn, but there is only one chief under Shanahan.
“I have never been on a team where the head coach is calling the plays, you have an offensive coordinator and he doesn’t call any plays,” Haynesworth said. “Then you bring in another guy to observe, and then a couple of weeks later, he’s calling the plays. That was real strange to us.”