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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: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:48 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!

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:21 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

New England plays a hybrid 3-4 , 4-3 defense. They spend about 55% of their time in the Nickel. On the Pats Haynesworth will play LE in the 3-4 and the off tackle in the 4-3 and Nickel, Vince Woolfork is the NT.

Albert is going to wreak some havoc on this defense.

As far as the Redskins go its obvious that Shanahan has lost his marbles, this will be his last stop in the NFL.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:14 pm

Another reclamation project for Pats

Getting rid of him was something that is wrong with Washington?  What, should they have waited until the Rams asked?  That makes no sense, they're better without him, but they shouldn't have sent him to the Patriots.  What a stupid statement.
It is not the simple getting rid of him that is wrong with Washington, it is the entire situation. Paying big dollars for someone that doesn't fit their team, then unloading him for next to nothing. Compared to the Patriots MO, which is getting troubled stars at low cost and getting maximum effort out of them. Hopefully, you can see the difference between those two scenarios, one that is common for Washington and one that is common for New England. And yes, it does explan some of the differences as to why New England is a top team and Washington is a bottom one.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:10 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

its not a stupid statement at all. they made the best of a terrible situation, but they put themselves in that position. they grossly overpaid the guy, bsaically guaranteeing that unless things went perfectly, they would be put in a really bad position. and, not surprisingly, things were far from perfect. as a pats fan i'm excited. like judge said, this is a low risk, high-upside move for the pats whose biggest weakness in the past several seasons has been the pass rush. hopefully albert can provide some good push on that line.

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:24 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

Getting rid of him was something that is wrong with Washington?  What, should they have waited until the Rams asked?  That makes no sense, they're better without him, but they shouldn't have sent him to the Patriots.  What a stupid statement.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:11 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

I am going to diagree that Haynesworth will workout in New England. The major difference is he received guaranteed money from the Redskins of, I believe, over 40 million dolllars. He is set for life. I know Moss has made a lot of money but I don't think he was near what Haynesworth made in guarantees. And let's not forget the fact that everyone to a man on the Titans said that if and when Haynesworth got the type of money he did from the Redskins he would turn out just the way he has. A lazy spoiled brat.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:11 am

How many chances...

Haynesworth was a bad human being in Washington.. Good Luck NE..  Last year we got 3 good games from him.. He is a weapon of mass destruction if he tries..

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:47 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

Interesting and all these years I though the patriots played a 3-4 too.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:42 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

Should be interesting. I'd imagine that Belichick would have to employ 4-3 to use him, but that's fine. The Patriots line got stronger, and their linebacker core could be Mayo in the middle, Spikes on one side, and Cunningham on the other (or put him at DE and put Fletcher or Ninkovich on the other side)

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:42 am

Another reclamation project for Pats

We all know how the Pats do business: he'll either fall in line and play Patriot football, or he'll be cut. Either way, what's the risk? A fifth-rounder? Belichick will pass off some magic beans and a third-string placekicker to the Raiders or Chiefs for a pair of early-round picks and nobody's gonna care about the loss of a pick in round 5.

A lot of criticism that Fat Albert just plays for the money. But what other motivation was there in Washington? Now he's got a real chance to win it all....players know that Belichick holds the keys to that kingdom probably more than any other coach year-to-year. So, you do what the man says.

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