I awoke to, "breaking news here on SporsCenter , the Redskins have signed Albert Haynesworth," around 6 a.m. this morning.
Dan Snyder Francis Buxton got his guy for a cool $100 million .
Hold on, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins have signed Albert Haynesworth" (7:14 a.m.). The deal's has $41 million guaranteed in it.
The Redskins done did it again. Offseason Champs 2009. The banner sure will look perrrty in the rafters next to Offseason Champs 2000, Offseason Champs 2003, Offseason Champs 2004 and Offseason Champs 2006.
Championship! Well, only if they sign free-agent wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
When's the parade?
Hold on, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth." (8:21 a.m.)
Here we go again, on our own...
Dan Snyder's Redskins got their red bicycle. All 320 pounds of him. The question most are asking is: will the bike go on cruise control?
I don't care.
Wait, this just in, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth." (8:59 a.m.)
I don't care because it's moot. It's always moot when a franchise continues to build through free agency. Of course he'll be on cruise control. That's what happens to veterans who don't have young guys nipping at their heels. That's what happens when a clubhouse is full of the highest paid players at their positions. That's what happens when you sign people off career years. That's what happens when you operate like the Redskins.
Slow down, Eric, this just in, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth." (9:07 a.m.)
When a franchise decides to use free agency as the means to an ends, simply, it's failing. Not just that, it's lazy. It takes more effort to scout the right college guys. It takes more skill to coach a player into his prime. It takes more, well, character. It takes a philosophy. Type in "Redskins" into your browser and it should redirect you to failblog.org .
Whoa, whoa, Eric, this just in, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth." (9:22 a.m.)
As Pete Prisco likes to say, "Eric, he of luscious hair and dainty breath, football is a young man's game." Free agency is an old man's club. The Redskins continue to refuse to play the game the right way. Going against the grain makes sense if you're say, oven toasting your subs. But there are only so many ways to run a football franchise, and there are no shortcuts. Last year's Falcons and Dolphins? They didn't take shortcuts. They got lean, and mean. They got young, and hence cohesive. The Redskins routinely get older, and fatter. The only saving grace for the franchise is that the Cowboys do it to. But the Giants don't, and the Eagles for the most part, don't either.
Rant pause: Eric, this just in, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth." (10:13 a.m.)
Rant play: We're going to hear victorious quotes from team blundermind Vinny Cerrato like the one he told our Clark Judge :
"It's not natural for a guy of this high caliber to hit the market," Cerrato said, "and when you have someone this talented he will make everyone around him better. He was the most dominant defensive lineman. We had trouble getting to the quarterback last year and getting a push up the middle. He'll make us better where we had trouble, which was sacks and turnovers."
We're going to hear about how Francis Buxton just wants his team to be the best. How he'll do anything year in and out. How he reinvests in the franchise. But like the adulterous husband who comes home with flowers and jewelry, he's buying off Redskins nation to look the other way.
It's ironic that inside the D.C. beltway founding fathers were smart enough to enact term limits on elected officials. It's too bad right outside the beltway in Landover, Md., we can't impeach and elect new owners. Because the policy guiding the Redskins is broken and ...
... oops, gotta take a break because, "breaking news here on SportsCenter , the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth." (10:30 a.m.)