Quick Haynesworth thoughts; mail
A few quick thoughts on the
In the NFL, the only constant is perpetual change, especially among teams that fail to reach the postseason consistently. How does Haynesworth not realize this?
He's not the first defensive lineman in the NFL who doesn't like playing for a 3-4. Far from it. Defensive lineman in the 3-4 are taught to play off the blockers in front of them and as such the position is not nearly as fun as a 4-3 gap-penetrating scheme in which they just line up between offensive linemen and attempt to wreak havoc in the backfield.
I have had more than a couple elite defensive linemen tell me they would much prefer other schemes but would accept playing in the 3-4 so long as they were compensated handsomely for it, as Haynesworth clearly is. Their concern was that their teams would not pay them what they deserve because their statistical numbers, especially in terms of both tackles for loss and sacks, would be far below their peers as a result of the difference in scheme.
Unfortunately, for a guy like Haynesworth, that won't work. Paying Haynesworth his full salary all season to sit on the bench and eat hot dogs would be a dream come true for a lot of players in the NFL. There is zero risk of injury or increased wear and tear on their body. It is getting paid without having to actually work.
The better idea, if Haynesworth does show up, may be to put his big body at nose tackle and see what happens. Sure, there is the possibility he wouldn't play hard. If that were the case, he would be doing it at his own risk. If he wants to let double teams push him all over the field and beat him up, I guess that's his prerogative.
It happens in the draft all the time. Teams fall in love with the player without doing enough due diligence. Just look at
To be clear, I do not think the Titans should get rid of Young. I do, however, think the Titans shouldn't give a long-term contract extension to Young, who thus far has lacked the emotional stability and maturity needed in a franchise quarterback.
As for Roethlisberger, he clearly is lacking in many areas, with maturity being high on that list. On a personal level, I find his alleged indiscretions to be much more reprehensible than anything Young has done. The biggest difference on the field between the two is the level of success they have achieved. Probably the most eye-opening thing for me is that a person like Roethlisberger, who doesn't appear to know what it means to be a true professional and conduct himself as such, already has two Super Bowl rings.
That is not a bad idea. If that league representative had unlimited access to all of the football operations, he could monitor all sorts of things, ranging from tampering to Spygate-like infractions. I know when I played there were times when a rep from the league would be in town to watch an offseason practice. I can remember at least one time when the coaches intentionally dialed back the intensity of practice and got rid of a couple of drills the league might have deemed questionable.