Much was made of the story last week that Albert Haynesworth didn’t participate in the Redskins’ offseason conditioning program.
On Wednesday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan spoke for the first time on his reaction to Haynesworth’s absence.
“I totally disagree with his decision to not be there,” Shanahan told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting, per The Washington Post. “But I respect him being there the first day and sitting down and talking to me man to man. Any time a person’s willing to do that, you feel good about the communication.”
Haynesworth also reiterated during a radio interview earlier this week his displeasure at playing nose tackle in the Redskins’ new 3-4 defense and his intention to work out individually as he tried to regain his Pro Bowl form. In a conversation with NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Wednesday, Shanahan put a more positive spin on Haynesworth’s training decision and their relationship.
“One thing about Albert is he came in and sat down and talked to me, we had our first meeting and we had a good conversation,” Shanahan said. “I’m just going to let time go by, and hopefully Albert is in great shape and he comes in ready to go full speed. I’m looking for guys who are going to get it done on the field. I think we know what Albert has done. He’s going to have a great offseason conditioning program to stay healthy, and if he does that, it gives us a chance to get better.”