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Mike Shanahan fires back at Albert Haynesworth

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The Redskins' head coach had some choice words in response to those of former free-agency bust Albert Haynesworth.

Patrick Smith

In the latest development resulting from shots fired over the airwaves between former Redskins Chris Cooley and Albert Haynesworth, coach Mike Shanahan entered the fray on Thursday.

In a response to Cooley calling Haynesworth an “awful human being,” among other things, Haynesworth responded by calling him “as stupid as he looks,” as well as labeling Shanahan as “conniving.” As a result, Shanahan took to the podium and unloaded in a way that has not been seen during his tenure in Washington.

"Let’s put it this way. I think I’ve been a head coach and an assistant coach for about 40 years, and when you look back on those days and you take a look at the people that you get along with or people that – for one reason or another – that you may not get along with, Albert was one of the few guys that…

Let me start this over again because I want to be pretty specific on this since you asked me that question…

The only people I really haven’t gotten along with since I’ve been a coach – as head coach, an assistant coach – is someone that’s lazy and number two, when somebody is lazy and they may lack character, or they’re lazy and they lack passion for the game, those are the only people I haven’t gotten along with as a head coach or as an assistant coach. And so that’s what you’re looking for.

When I take a look through my years at people that have been lazy or have lacked passion for their job, they don’t go into the next year. When they do, they don’t last the next year.

So the people that I look at that come back and complain or do some of those things that you do when you don’t get along with somebody as a head coach or an assistant coach, it usually falls into one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion, and a lot of times, a lack of character. And he fits all three…

You usually take the high road as much as you can. I usually do, but I thought that he’s been talking quite a bit over the last couple years, so I thought at least I’d be honest with you guys and kind of tell you how I feel.”

h/t transcription from 106.7 the Fan