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Vonnie Holliday: Most Of What You Hear About Albert Is True

Vonnie Hollidaywas our guest on Pickled Hogs Radio Thursday night and he proved to attack our interview like he does opposing QB’s. The Redskins defensive end and player rep shared with us some information on the inside workings of the CBA and weighed in on Albert Haynesworth. I suggest clicking on the link and listening to the entire interview…other highlights include Dick Vermeil’s crying problems, the Redskins nose tackle situation and a date with Vonnie to sack Kevin or I while we wear a Tony Romo jersey. Thanks again to Vonnie, he’s a great guy…I’m hoping he breaks Kevin’s collar bone.

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Here’s a couple highlights:

On keeping teammates aware of the CBA negotiations and if they’re in the dark (via Kevin):

Well you know it gets all up in the legal stuff. And I sit on the board cuz I’m a rep and I’m privy to a little more than the other guys are. And that’s just because we have to maintain an edge if you will. And it’s negotiations and the whole process. I try to be as upfront and honest with the guys as I can be, or as possible. But at the same time there’s alot of stuff that’s just uncertain – it’s uncharted territory for us. And so we just don’t know what’s going to happen. And on one hand the owner tell us we have these “private meetings being held, and on the other hand and you know their preparing for an 18 game season. So there’s alot of mixed messages sent out there. Not only thru the media but as far as the info we receive as reps. So its very difficult at times because I know there’s alot of people, our players don’t understand whats going on. Alot of times I’m a player advocate trying to answer questions for these guys and encouraging them to call up their reps. If I dont’ have the answer then I’m gonna call up our player advocate.

On what goes on in those private meetings and if the information trickles down to the players (via Kevin):

We have selected an exec committee and that’s why you see these guys. Jeff Saturday and Vrabel, Brees and those guys – you see them alot and hear about them alot because they are actually in the meetings and going to negotiations and talks with the owners and the legal team there. We don’t even get all that information from those guys. So about once every 2 weeks or whenever something significant happens in a meeting then we get a call or I get a text at 7 in the morning saying “call this person or call that player advocate quote, unquote because there is something to discuss, this may happen or that may happen. Are we prepared to accept this or not this. That’s kind of what goes on. And to be honest there’s not alot going on. And yes we are having conversations but nothing significant yet has been passed down to the board for us to vote on, for us to say yay or nay.

On the 18 game season leaked out – is that a power move by the league (via Kevin)

Personally, my personal opinion, I think it’s the 18 game season – you know it’s more of a distraction out there, it’s to cause confusion to rattle our guys, to get us stirred up and possible cause some kind of distension – we don’t know. Like I said on one hand we are negotiating. We got big-wigs coming to these meetings – these quote, unquote private meetings that aren’t so private, that everyone is aware of. And on the other hand you have talks of an 18 game season, so we felt confident, hopeful, and we were called and said we were gonna be meeting and told these meetings were going to be taking place in private, but at the same time we have to be prepared too. Because you know, in the same week you hear about the 18 game season, so like I said there’s alot of uncertainty. and its unfortunate and theres alot of guys out there that don’t understand. We encourage them to please when they have these questions and they feel like they are in the dark to call up and as much as I can because alot of times I feel like I’m in the dark. Out of nowhere we were having the private talks, then I turn on ESPN and on twitter and there is talk about an 18 game season. So that’s totally out of left field for me.

On Haslett’s comments about Haynesworth and Hollidays feelings about AH (via Doug):

You know I did get a chance to see that and I was a little surprised by that. I know there’s not alot of talk going on in football right now, but to have that candid of a conversation,by the defensive coordinator, I was a little surprised. I know we’ve had those conversations before. I was certainly surprised that he went on and was that frank about things. We all know what kind of guy Albert is. And problems that he’s had with the Redskins. You know alot of stuff unfortunately that you hear is true, it is. Here’s a guy Albert Hanesworth, the disappointing part of Albert is…this guy could be one of the most dominating defensive players to play the game. And it’s unfortunate that all of this side-stuff distracted him from, not only to be the most highest paid defensive player, he’s a high-profile guy. And it’s mostly because of negative stuff, bad stuff, it’s not about what he’s doing on the field. When this guy makes up his mind to do so, he can dominate a game. You know you saw it last year in the Chicago game, he got mad, he went out, they put him in some good situations and he played the way you expect a guy you paid that kind of money to play. You know as a player you don’t want to get caught up in…as a teammate, I could careless. Yeah, Monday thru Friday when we are down on the field your talking to the media, your talking to the coaches, you are talking to the owner, yeah you know handle your business. Do your business, but when you go on the field I just need to know that I’m going to get your best effort. You are going to give me 100%. And I can depend on you and you are going to be accountable and I’m going to give the same – that’s all I can ask. And that’s been my only problem with Albert, cause that has not been the case.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Friday, June 10, 2011

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Albert Haynesworth Is A 74′ Olds

With all this “high motor” talk concerning Ryan Kerrigan(I picture him being a Chevy Duramax) it got me thinking about what kind of motor Albert Haynesworth would be. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the Howard Sternshow actually has sound bites of AH’s engine running…or trying to get started. I do warn you that the link contains potty humor so don’t click on it if you don’t find humor in that stuff, I apparently do.

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Friday, April 29, 2011

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Shanahan Should Share Blame in Haynesworth Debacle

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Let me first start by saying this, I don’t condone Albert Haynesworth‘s actions over the course of the season. In fact, Haynesworth is a lazy and selfish player. He’s about himself #1, which makes him a poor teammate as well. That being said, there are people that are paid very handsomely to get the most out of their players and to get them to buy into the team’s concepts, those people are called head coaches. Mike Shanahan F’d the Haynesworth situation up six ways from Sunday from the beginning.

Everyone’s heard the story of the time when Joe Gibbs was first hired as the head coach of the Redskins and he went to visit John Riggins at his farm in Kentucky. Riggins greeted the coach in the early morning, beer in hand. Riggins had sat out the previous year in a contract dispute. Gibbs was there to get Riggins to buy into his coaching philosophy and to open the lines of communication with his star player. Hangovers, showing up late to meetings and excess drinking…oh yeah, Riggo had those issues. John Riggins once attended a Gibbs meeting, not hungover…but drunk, literally piss drunk. HE PISSED ON THE FLOOR OF THE MEETING ROOM WHILE THE MEETING WAS HAPPENING! But, Gibbs got the most out of Riggins on the field and they’re both in the Hall of Fame.

I don’t know what attempts were made by Shanahan to open his lines of communication with Haynesworth early on, but I have serious doubts that he tried to at all. Not letting him practice with the team and making an example of him during training camp with the conditioning test was over the top and degrading. I’m all for making examples but he took it too far. Making a Pro Bowl player play every play of a pre-season game? That’s a coach with an ego driven agenda. Again, Haynesworth is as much to blame with his laziness, not attending off-season workouts and missing nearly of a week of training camp with a hangover headache.

But why did Haynesworth regress? Why didn’t Shanahan and his coaching staff get him to buy into the new defensive philosophy? Why could he not get on the field when he played at such a high level when he was actually on it? Why won’t he talk to the head coach anymore? Why did Shanahan not communicate with Devin Thomas, nor give Thomas a chance to play on offense?

I’ll tell you why…Shanahan isn’t doing his job. Or maybe he’s doing the job he’s always done, because without John Elway and Terrell Davis he’s basically a .500 coach who hasn’t won anything in 13 years.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Breaking News: Haynesworth Visits Mayo Clinic

Who would have thought that this little piss ant blog would be the first to get a huge news breaking story like this one, but I’ve found out thru several sources that I consider to be very solid that Albert Haynesworth is at the Mayo Clinic undergoing a battery of tests. Initial tests have revealed no confirmation that Haynseworth is suffering from rhabdomyolysis, as previous reports have indicated.

The Redskins earlier today denied reports that Haynesworth suffered from rhabdomyolysis, and asked Haynesworth’s agent to provide them with medical data confirming such a condition. Redskins team doctor Kenneth Noisewater examined Haynesworth and found nothing wrong with him, although I’m sure it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The Redskins then asked Haynesworth to be examined by an independent doctor from the Mayo Clinic. The independent examination found that Haynesworth is indeed suffering from an ailment, although it is not rhabdomyolysis, as initially reported. Haynesworth was found to be suffering from this ailment, which could lead to him being placed on the IR or his outright release.

Seriously though, it’s time shit or get off the pot with with this situation. Every relationship you have in life is based off of communication, whether it be a personal relationship or a business relationship. Without good communication, the relationship will not be healthy. The Redskins and Albert are obviously in a bad place in their relationship…they need to sit down and work things out, or move on. One way or another it needs to be decided, so everyone (including the fans) can just move forward.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

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