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On Albert Haynesworth And The Nose Tackle Position

Posted by Matt Terl on March 22, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Well, Albert Haynesworth‘s certainly become something of a hot topic. First there was Kelli Johnson’s breathless Twitter report over the weekend that Haynesworth had not been at workouts after Monday. Then Jason Reid at the Washington Post countered by reporting that the team had been made aware of Haynesworth’s absence in advance. And now Haynesworth himself has turned up on Sirius NFL Radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, talking about exactly WHY he wants to use his own trainer.

Dan Steinberg has done the heavy lifting of transcribing the quotes, and you can see Haynesworth’s reasoning there. (My two cents: I see his point and don’t totally agree right now, but it’s the kind of thing where it’s all going to depend on hindsight. If he has a great season and stays healthy, then it was a great move. If he struggles, everyone can point at this as a mistake. Honestly, I’m not sure it contributes either way.)

ANYHOW, that wasn’t the part of the interview that intrigued me the most. Read more »

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Peter King Is Skeptical Of The Sean Taylor Draft Pick

Posted by Matt Terl on March 22, 2010 – 10:53 am

There was a while on this blog where it seemed like I was really poking a lot of fun at SI.com’s Peter King, and — honestly — I kind of felt bad about it. He’s an easy target, and he was a genuinely nice and accommodating guy the times I’ve met him, so I tried to dial it back a bit and, I don’t know, write about Fred Smoot being goofy instead.

Still, this was a bit much. For everything that’s gone wrong for the Redskins in the last decade, you would think that the on-field performance of Sean Taylor would be the one thing that’s pretty much beyond reproach. In his tragically shortened three-and-a-half year career, Taylor made two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. (The second Pro Bowl was announced posthumously, but Taylor was tied for the NFC interception lead when he was injured and also had 42 tackles.)

Among NFL safeties for his entire career — so for the 2004 through 2007 seasons — Taylor finished twelfth in tackles, tied for fifth in forced fumbles, third in passes defensed, and tied for fifth in interceptions.

For Peter King, though, none of that is really enough to justify Taylor’s selection at fifth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Or, at least, that’s what I’m inferring from what he’s written the last two weeks. Read more »

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