I know, I know: another post involving Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall. Sorry. But I still found this line that Hall said on ESPN 980 earlier today kind of interesting.
Via TBD's Mike Jones, who transcribed the whole interview here:
"It's, it's an ongoing saga. From Albert being banged up to not holding up his end of the bargain. I think people had refrained from really commenting on the situation because we really wanted to get him in here and wanted him to buy into what we're doing here and be a part of the process. It's still up in the air as to if he has bought in. We still can't get a feel for his mindset. We see him out there in practice and he goes pretty hard in practice. ... I went the bat for him a couple times and, uh, I'm still trying to find the strike zone."
Hall later admitted that "it's definitely taking a little longer than a lot of us wish it did" for Haynesworth to shape up. Yes, he did express confidence that he'll eventually "suit up and get the most out of it," but this is a pretty significant development because Hall had previously been in Haynesworth's corner.
Back in training camp, when Haynesworth was failing conditioning tests, it was Hall who had his back the most. Here's what he said on the very first day of training camp.
"I don't think a lot of us guys that were even here 100-percent could have even passed it," he said. "That's what conditioning tests are, that's what conditioning tests are for. Some of them are unattainable."
Other players expressed hope in Haynesworth, but nobody else was as emphatic about the "test" as Hall. Now, a month and a half later, Hall is admitted he's "still trying to find the strike zone" when discussing Haynesworth. That's certainly not a good sign at all for Haynesworth's ability to get back in everyone's good graces.