Most of the time, NFL players tend to support fellow players. That doesn’t appear to be the case surrounding Albert Haynesworth in Washington.
I remember when I was younger I attended camp to watch the New York Giants work out when Lawrence Taylor was holding out. Rob Carpenter, a running back on that team, was signing autographs nearby after practice, and as a youngster I worked up some bravado to pipe up.
“Hey Rob, how do you guys feel about L.T.?” I shouted.
He looked up, looked dead at me and said, “He’s a player. And we’re players.”
That was it. That’s all he said.
It meant the Giants gave their full support to Taylor for however he wanted to go about his business. Players don’t typically get involved in the business of other players when it comes to contracts and disputes with team management.
That hasn’t been even close to the case with Haynesworth and the Redskins.
From what I’m hearing, players have been chirping internally about Haynesworth’s ongoing absence. They feel he should be there. When guys go on the record, as they did with NFL.com’s Steve Wyche, it shows the discontent within the locker room under a brand new regime. These guys have hopes of being good, they’ve been bad for a long time, and they want guys who are willing to be involved and ready to play.
I think, more than anything, this type of act starts to wear thin when guys are trying to win. I’m sure the Redskins feel burned by Haynesworth’s actions, and it doesn’t help with the players, either.
There isn’t much good swirling around Haynesworth right now. Once the locker room has a bad feeling about you, that’s worse than anything. For him, that’s a sticking point. The team and management are one thing; usually you get support from your own locker room.
Haynesworth doesn’t appear to have that.
– Charles Davis