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Another reclamation project for Pats

Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:13 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 8:39 am
Corey Dillon. Randy Moss. Albert Haynesworth.

Quick now, what do they all have in common? Uh-huh, they were "character concerns" that someone wanted to dump, and the New England Patriots were only too willing to take on. Dillon was part of a Super Bowl team. So was Moss. Now Haynesworth, who was one of the top defensive players in the NFL three years ago, moves to the Patriots in a move that has a lot more upside than it does risk.

First of all, Haynesworth was in the wrong defense. One year after the Redskins signed the defensive tackle the club switched to a 3-4, moved him to defensive end and the fireworks began. He never fit in, and Washington was determined to straighten him out or move him out.

It really wasn't much of a choice.

Second, the Patriots have nothing to lose here. If Haynesworth is a jerk here, the club just cuts him and moves on, sacrificing ... what? A fifth-rounder for 2013? Big deal. People wonder if Haynesworth will be motivated -- especially since he's pulling down the big bucks -- and my response is simple: If he isn't, Bill Belichick gets rid of him, no questions asked. Simple as that.

Last, let's look at the upside: The Patriots could have a lot to gain. Look what happened with Dillon. He gave them a running game. Moss was the deep threat that Tom Brady didn't have. And Haynesworth? He can be a premier player in the right situation. All I know is that Dillon and Moss knuckled under when they had a second chance, and I have a feeling Haynesworth will, too. Like Donovan McNabb, whom Washington also dumped, he has a lot to prove.

Now he's in the right spot -- more importantly, the right defense -- to do it. The Patriots flex in and out of four-man fronts, and they'll make sure to put Haynesworth in a position where he can make plays.

"I don't know," said an NFC exec Thursday. "They play the 3-4, so they (Redskins) still were able to give him the middle finger. But New England will know how to get the best from him."

Exactly. Haynsworth made a lot of plays in Tennessee when he was happy, and just a hunch, but New England makes him happy here. The Pats have every reason: Their pass defense stunk last season, and Haynesworth -- if productive -- helps a young secondary with a big push up the middle.

When I addressed the Haynesworth situation a couple of days ago, a former GM told me not only would Washington dump him but would give him away "for a ham sandwich." Reason: The Redskins wanted to keep from cutting him and having him sign with Philadelphia, where former defensive line coach JimWashburn works.

So the Redskins accomplished something here. They cut their losses and moved on, and good for them. Only it's hard not to see this as just another example of what's wrong with Washington. They paid a fortune for someone who didn't produce, and now they give him away. And they give him to the club that was the league's best during the 2010 regular season.

Yes, Washington is better without the Haynesworth distraction, but New England is better with his addition. My feeling: He does for the Pats what Dillon and Moss did ... namely, fall into line, be productive and make the club stronger. Sorry, Rex. 

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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:30 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

So according to Judge, Fat Albert wasn't happy, so he didn't try ???? Yeah, that's the kind of lazy ass I want on my team.
But of course Belicheck is GOD to Judge, so he can't do wrong.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:39 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

great article, till the last 2 words... the heck with oddball rex..

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:50 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

As a skins fan I'm ecstatic to have him gone not because he's a jerk or a waste of space to my team but because he's some other teams issue. Addition by subtraction in this instance. The Pats and Belichick will likely get much more out of him and while I'd hate to see him in the pro bowl this season, it wouldn't surprise me. The fact is haynesworth didn't want to do what the skins wanted/needed him to do and that was evident from the word "jump". Point is that this isnt about haynesworth being put in the right system (N.E. Is still technically a 3-4 D) it's about whether or not he wants to play. If he does it's not about the system he was in but what he felt like doing, right or wrong as it may be.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:03 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

I am guessing by about game 6 this comment will look absurd.  Look for a much more aggressive D this year, with Wiklfork and Co providing a complete road block up the middle and more blitzing from the outside.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:09 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

Albert's fat ass had to go, plain and simple.  But to call this a sign of the continued organizational stupidity is wrong.  Albert (and McNabb to a lesser extent) were classic earmarks of the GM-less Snyder run 'Skins.  Shannahan may not be the coach he once was (or was thought to be maybe) but he is a solid talent evaluator and a good coach.  Jettisoning an under performing, lazy, malcontented, molesting pig is the first sign that common sense is now a part of the WAS front office for the first time since they brought back Joe Gibbs.  Haynesworth may have success and McNabb the same in Minny, but they showed exactly nothing in DC and ABSOLUTELY had to go.  The future has arrived in DC and kets just hope it is enough to keep guys like Cooley and Orakpo in burgandy and gold.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:59 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

If he doesn't want to play in a 34 defense, this move doesn't make any sense.  OK, so the Pats want him to play DE not NG.  Big deal!  The DE's in a 34 are asked to eat up blockers so the LB's can make plays.  Haynesworth wants to penetrate and blow plays up.  Not the same thing.  If Hayneworth is flying up field and creating run lanes while the OL is blocking the LB's, it won't work.  Good luck Patriots.  You got yourself a me first player who doesn't fit your scheme.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:51 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

Consistency is how they get troubled players to perform. There is no question whatsoever as to who stands atop the Patriots heirarchy. Haynesworth has no choice but to play nice.

No downside to this at all.

Sanchez is blowing through "Depends" like crazy now thinking of Wilfork, Warren, and Haynesworth bearing down on him. 

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:37 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

Pats strike again! How does Bill do it? This is a crazy good signing for the Pats, virtually no down-side for what was only three short years ago, the best defensive lineman in the league. I'm sick of seeing the Patriots in the playoffs every year, with this signing they look to keep there winning ways intact.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:27 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

The big difference between the Pats 3-4 and the Redskins 3-4: Vince Wilfork. Haynesworth will be asked to eat up blockers against the run and beat an OT going for the quarterback against the pass, in the 3-4. In the nickel, he'll be asked to beat centers/guards and get to the QB.

That's the stuff he wants to be doing anyway.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:49 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

I really like this move.  I was hoping that the Patriots were going to get him last year.  I think he will have a better relationship with Belichick and the staff in NE than what he dealt with in Washington last year with Shanny and his system.  I have to agree I see nothing but good things in a Pats uniform for Haynesworth.  He is on his last football legs, so to say, and my guess is he wants to prove that the last few years have been a wash.  He will be able to prove himself in a big football market.  With a defence that sorely needs a veteran to take a stand and help Jerod Mayo out.  Really if you think about it if he doesn't pan out there where then?  My prediction he makes Belichick look brilliant and the defence will stop a nose bleed this year, Mr. Scott.  GO PATS.  Whoooaaa!

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