|After failing his second conditioning test, a dejected Albert Haynesworth was not allowed to practice with the Redskins. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)|
Ryan gets extension from Jets
Another stumble for Haynesworth
Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum will be together at least five more years, hoping to deliver the New York Jets a Super Bowl.
The Jets signed the bold and brash Ryan to a two-year contract extension yesterday, and gave the wheeling-and-dealing Tannenbaum a five-year extension — keeping the coach and general manager with the franchise through the 2014 season.
The team announced both deals two days before it reports for training camp in Cortland, N.Y., although Tannenbaum’s was signed last month.
“Our franchise is heading in the right direction and I believe that continuity is important,’’ owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “Mike and Rex have demonstrated the passion, commitment, and expertise to get us to our ultimate goal: winning a Super Bowl.’’
Ryan received his extension after one season as coach, leading the Jets to a 9-7 regular-season record and within one game of the Super Bowl. When Johnson hired Ryan in January 2009, it was with the hope that he could bring a new identity to a franchise lacking one.
Tannenbaum has earned a reputation as one of the most active GMs, bringing in stars such as Brett Favre, LaDainian Tomlinson, Thomas Jones, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, and Antonio Cromartie.
The team also announced that wide receiver Laveranues Coles is back for a third stint, signing a one-year contract. The 32-year-old Coles, drafted by the Jets in 2000, spent last season with Cincinnati after leaving New York as a free agent. He struggled after signing a four-year, $28 million deal with the Bengals, catching 43 passes for 514 yards and five touchdowns.
He clocked 71.
Another failed effort. Once again, the two-time All-Pro defensive tackle was not allowed to participate in practice at Redskins training camp.
And so the Haynesworth saga drags on. By now, some coaches or organizations would have worked out some sort of a behind-the-scenes compromise in the name of team harmony and good publicity, especially with one second hanging in the balance. Not Mike Shanahan. The rules are the rules for the Redskins’ new coach, no matter who the player is.
“Either you play by the rules, you’re gone or you’ll get fined, one of the two,’’ fullback Mike Sellers said. “He’s a no-nonsense guy. A lot of the vets around here who are pretty much old-school guys appreciate it.’’
Haynesworth has learned the hard way that going toe-to-toe with Shanahan is not a good idea: Shanahan is going to win.
“He wants to come in and put a lot of discipline in this thing,’’ defensive end Phillip Daniels said. “Discipline is the key.’’
So, for Haynesworth, the second day of training camp was much like the first. After failing the test, he was sent inside to do treadmill and agility work while the rest of the team practiced. After practice, Haynesworth spent 15 minutes walking through some plays with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in order to learn the playbook.
Haynesworth was the only player required to take the test because he was the only player not to attend 50 percent of the team’s offseason workouts.
The test consists of 300 yards of sprints — called a “shuttle’’ — back and forth 25 yards at a time. It has to be run twice, with only a 3 1/2-minute break in between. The short break demonstrates that the player can recover quickly. Linemen have to run the first shuttle in 70 seconds, the second one in 73 seconds.
Haynesworth clocked 70 seconds on the first shuttle when he tried to pass the test — but he then violated the test’s rules by taking an extended potty break.
“He had to use the restroom,’’ conditioning coach Ray Wright said. “You get 3 1/2 minutes. He was gone close to 10.’’
The Redskins signed No. 4 overall pick Trent Williams to a six-year, $60 million contract that includes $36.75 million in guaranteed money. The signing ends a one-day holdout after the offensive lineman missed the first day of camp.
Other first-rounders to sign deals yesterday were: Chiefs safety Eric Berry (fifth overall); 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis (11th) and left guard Mike Iupati (17th); Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey (18th); Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (20th); Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (23d); Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (24th); Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (32)
A notable second-round signing was former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart inking a deal with the Vikings.
Bryant became entangled with cornerback Orlando Scandrick while trying to catch a pass from backup quarterback Jon Kitna that was thrown behind him.
Bryant didn’t immediately get up, and when he finally did get to his feet while taking his helmet off, he took only a step before falling back to the turf. Bryant was reaching for his ankle and grimacing in pain. Two trainers helped him off the field.
Though the Cowboys have an extended camp with five preseason games because of their game in Canton, Ohio, next weekend, the injury could keep Bryant from playing until the regular season. The season opener is Sept. 12 at Washington.
Coach Wade Phillips said Scandrick did nothing wrong on the play.
“[Scandrick] made a play on the ball. That’s what we expect,’’ Phillips said. “The ball was thrown behind the guy.’’