Haynesworth says Patriots saved his career
To borrow the old McDonald's slogan, Albert Haynesworth is loving it, when it comes to the New England Patriots.
The defensive tackle, who sign a $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins in 2009, then stayed in out of both trouble and Mike Shanahan's doghouse, before finally being shipped to the Patriots just after the lockout ended.
“Everyone’s here for you. I really enjoy that,” Haynesworth told the Boston Herald. “I know my head coach is for me. I know my owner’s for me. My players are for me. I feel relaxed. I’m having fun again. I’m having fun playing football again.”
A happy and motivated Haynesworth is a potentially dominant player, as he was his final two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, wreaking havoc as perhaps the best defensive tackle in the NFL.
On the other hand, a moody and unhappy Haynesworth is what we all saw with the Redskins.
Look for Haynesworth to be on his best behavior for a couple of reasons: First, Bill Belichick won't put up with anything less than Haynesworth's best efforts, and has a track record of getting the most out of other team's malcontents (Corey Dillon, Randy Moss).
Second, even when Haynesworth was a Tennessee Titans, he openly spoke of how much he liked the Patriots and respected the way they handled their business. Now, he's getting a first-hand look at the Pats' operation and so far, apparently, so good.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com