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Pats will wash stink away

Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:35 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 7:36 am

The car wash is open.

That's what I say whenever the New England Patriots acquire a talent that has all kinds of issues.

There has to be a car wash outside the Patriots facility because the stink is always washed away.

Corey Dillon? Stink washed away. Randy Moss? Stink washed away -- for the most part. On and on it goes.

Now it's time to do  the same with Albert Haynesworth.The Patriots have agreed to trade Haynesworth for a fifth-round pick from the Washington Redskins, a league source confirmed.  When motivated, Haynesworth is one of the best interior players in the NFL.  When he's not, he's a lazy malcontent, which he was in Washington last year.

But look for Patriots coach Bill Belichcik to work his magic again with Haynesworth. 

He jsut might be a force again, which he was at times for the Titans.

"It won't hurt," said one coach when asked if he thought Belichcik would help. "I think he will be fired up for at least one year."

The car wash is open. Want to bet the stink gets washed away?


Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:20 pm

Pats will wash stink away

I think Pete's right.  It's amazing how inspired some lazy players become when put on a winning team.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:47 pm

Pats will wash stink away

SealedWow, sound like you know what you're talking about....but you obviously dont hahaha.  I think that may have been hands down, the biggest waste of my time reading this comment. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:46 pm

Pats will wash stink away

The car wash is open. Want to bet the stink gets washed away?

 Nothing can get the stink away from one of your articles, Prisco.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:43 pm

Pats will wash stink away

half the comments (and the stupidist comments) on here are from Jets fans.. cracks me up, how about worrying about winning something first. I can understand Steeler fans or even Colts fans on here talking smack (at least they've won), but Jets fan.. Please, the last time you were even in the Super Bowl, LBJ was president, The effn Philadelphia Eagles of the AFC, Hell even the Bills have accomplished more then the Jets in the last 30 years (they've actually been to multiple SB's)

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:30 pm

Pats stink anyway

There. Fixed the title for you pete.
Brilliant! They sure do stink. James Harrison and Terrell Suggs know this as does the rest of the NFL world outside of Foxboro.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:06 pm

Pats will wash stink away

SB40Champs  - You write better analysis than Prisco - I say sign you up to write these articels.  I agree on the Dillon anaylsis, but I think Moss would clearly qualify as a malcontent (not playing hard just because your team is not winning).  He was horrible with Raiders and worse during his 3-week stint back with vikings.  Also, I disagree on the 2007 throwing to Moss to please him.  If you remember the 2006 playoffs and how it ended with Indy, Bellichick's motto for 2007 was"play the full 60 minutes" - that is why the Pats refused to bench Brady and appeared to run up scores.  Bill wanted them, literally, to play all 60 minutes.  The Pats do have a defensive leader - Wilfork - but that may not be enough.  I hope the next headline is Seymour coming back to the Pats!

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:05 pm
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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:46 pm

Pats will wash stink away

people forget that he has had repeated injury and conditioning problems. do you really think he has been keeping himself in shape...

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:34 pm

Belichick's "Malcontent Fixing" rep overrated

Belichick's history of "fixing" malcontents is highly over-rated - although I credit him for being a phenomenal coach, the best in the league, the way he is portrayed as both a draft genius and rehabilitating "problem" players is sickeningly inaccurate.

The malcontent nature of Corey Dillon was highly exhaggerated - Dillon was simply tired of playing for the Bengals and their apethetic approach towards competing.   He was not the first and obviously was not the last - Chad Johnson tried to get out and Carson Palmer is retiring rather than play for them any longer.  Dillon was nowhere near the reclamation project that he was painted out to be.

Moss came to the Patriots on the very cheap from the Raiders, perhaps the only team in the league on the same level of ineptitude as the Bengals.  He had a reputation for only playing hard when he was having the ball thrown to him - A LOT.  Perhaps that is the reason the 2007 Patriots set the record in points, because they consistently ran the score up on teams when the game was decided.  The record of TD receptions Moss had in 2007 - was accomplished because the Patriots would continue to throw the ball late in games when generally teams simply try to run out the clock to avoid potential injuries and end the game quicker.  But the Patriots wanted to keep Moss "happy" - because unless he was catching passes, he was not an asset - he won't block for the running game and he won't run hard routes to free up areas when not the primary receiver.  It didn't take Moss long to revert to old habits of only contributing when "he got his."  The reality is Moss simply played at his normal level as he did in Minnesota after a few down years - both the positive and the negative.

Now it's Haynesworth who is the latest - and the reality about Haynesworth is that his reputation is a selfish player that plays hard only when it is good for him.  The Patriots team that he is going to does not have a stong structure of proven veterans who have earned respect in the league - there is not a Mike Vrabel, Teddy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Junior Seau or Rodney Harrison in that locker room - and if you are expecting a self-serving and highly egotistical Haynesworth to automatically fall into line when the defense around him is full of young players - who weren't exactly that good last year as it was (25th in the league in yards).

To be fair/honest, Haynesworth will likely do pretty good this year and may even return to a Pro Bowl level....but do not expect a long-term solution and for him to morph into a great teammate, locker room leader and make the Patriots D elite.   Tigers don't change their stripes - this guy has done multiple wrongs and never learned from any previous experience to make himself better - and that is not going to magically change simply because Bill Belichick is coaching.

The Patriots would have been better off keeping Richard Seymour instead of trading him for a #1 pick that won't reach his potential until after Brady is retired.  And they are still going to have to address the contract issue - maybe not this year based on the conditions of the trade - but after the season - and the Patriots have made a lot of players frustrated to outright angry by low-balling them - Haynesworth will magnify those problems to the 100th degree.

Any benefits from this trade will be short lived and the consequences of it will over-weigh it in the end.  Such is what happens when a team is run by one person rather than a collaberative effort like when Pioli was in New England. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:31 pm

Pats will wash stink away

This move is a no brainer.  The Redskins paid $40 for two years of a malcontent lineman who didn't try.

Meanwhile, the Patriots will pay $7-8 million per year the rest of the way for a guy who could either be a malcontent or the most dominant lineman in football.  If he's a problem, they cut him.  If he's good, they have a legitimate shot to be a dominant defense once again.  The ONLY hole they have on D was a poor pass rush.

Adding Albert Haynesworth and Ty Warren to a strong defensive unit anchored by Vince Wilfork can only help.

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