I know Albert Haynesworth is immature and hard to coach, but nobody can question that he’s capable of dominating an offensive line like few defensive linemen in the NFL. He can be a monster, an unblockable monster.
I remember playing beside Reggie White and Jerome Brown. They freed up everybody else to make plays because they had to be double-teamed. It put pressure on the offense and forced them into mistakes and turnovers. Teams weren’t able to run or pass without the risk of a turnover.
Haynesworth has ability to create the same type of dominating presence. Adding a focused and motivated Haynesworth to our defensive line could enhance our defense immediately. You would have to double team him on running and passing plays, which would free up our linebackers. Despite double-teams Haynesworth can still get into the offensive backfield.
I don’t care whether Haynesworth does interviews or whether he can complete an endurance test in training camp. I just want him to give me 50 plays per game.
A number of years ago we invested two first round draft picks and one second round draft pick in defensive tackles, Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley and Trevor Laws, but I have yet to see one of them become a dominating presence on our defensive line. You can’t be effective playing a 4-3 defense unless your defensive linemen play like “BEASTS”.
You can mix things up more in a 3-4 because you have more speed on the field with four linebackers rather than four defensive linemen. If you play a 4-3 it’s because you believe your defensive linemen will be tougher to block and therefore create pass rush pressure on the quarterback and improve your pass coverage because of the pass rush pressure.
If your defensive linemen aren’t difference makers, the 4-3 makes no sense. That’s why it’s a must to get dominating players upfront. It’s also the reason why having a failed special teams coach like Rory Segrest coaching your defensive line is so foolish, especially when you invest most of your draft in acquiring defensive line talent.
Back to Haynesworth, the Big Fella had his best years in Tennessee playing for new Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn. Washburn was able to get him focused on creating havoc in the offensive backfield of the opposing teams rather than in the locker room of his own squad.
“Fat Albert” lined up in the three-technique defensive tackle position and dominated. You can’t run the football or throw the football with a 6’6″ 350 pound defensive tackle standing in the middle of your backfield. Haynesworth destroyed everything in his way as the Titans dominated the AFC in the regular season and had a 13-3 record with Kerry Collins as their starting quarterback.
The key to the Titans success was their defense and the most important part of that defense was their defensive line. Washburn gave Haynesworth the freedom to be a big bully and that’s exactly what he was. He pushed people around and abused offensive linemen.
Even this year with the Redskins, there were times when he just singled handedly pushed blockers into the face of the quarterback. If you look closely at the some of the pictures I have attached to this article, you will see Haynesworth pushing around 320-pound offensive linemen.
Our defensive tackles have never been dominant.
The Tennessean newspaper
“I owe Coach Wash pretty much everything. If my deal was $100 million or whatever, then Washburn deserves $90 million,” Haynesworth told the Tennessean. “I have the talent, but he taught me how to let it loose. As a player, once you can get through the (colorful language), get down to the core of what he is saying, the information is more valuable than gold. He’s a great coach, a great teacher. The Titans should have paid a lot of money to keep him from leaving.”
Is that an endorsement or what? Haynesworth also talked about how Washburn put a foot in his butt in his rookie year to get him to produce. The big defensive tackle knows what the Titans rookie defensive linemen are saying.
“I guarantee you some of them are saying to themselves, ‘Gosh, I’m glad that (expletive) is gone.’ Because I felt the same way when I was a young guy with him,” Haynesworth said. “My rookie year he was on my butt, cussing me out. I couldn’t even look up and see sunshine, he was on me so much.”
When Haynesworth signed with the Washington Redskins he left Washburn. He had a decent year in D.C. in 2009 but in 2010 things didn’t workout for him with new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his 3-4 defense. He isn’t a nose tackle and shouldn’t be used as a nose tackle.
If a player dominates the league at a certain position why would you want to change his position. I agree that Haynesworth should have agreed to play the nose tackle position because he was under contract but it’s a stupid move by Shanahan and the Skins to change his position when nobody can block him in the 4-3 at defensive tackle.
You’re doing the offense a favor by putting him at the nose tackle position. I would like to the Eagles to look into bringing Haynesworth to town. He would be making a salary in the $5 to $6 million dollars per year range.
The biggest thing going against the Eagles signing Haynesworth is his age. He’s getting ready to turn 30 and that’s probably why he won’t be coming to Philadelphia.
Could you imagine Haynesworth and Reid grabbing a bite to eat together after practice? They could keep an entire restaurant tied up for hours. You don’t get that big and stay that big without eating a lot of food every day.