I’ve heard of Matt Mosley, but admittedly, I know nothing about the guy other than the fact that he writes the NFC East blog for ESPN.com. Oh, and hey, according to his bio he was an “award-winning writer for The Dallas Morning News.” Cool. He must be a big Skins nut then.
Today, Mosley wrote a post titled “NFC East Underachiever: Albert Haynesworth“. Sigh. Let’s get FJM on this shit:
Unfortunately, there are plenty of candidates in what was once (three weeks ago) regarded as the top division in the league.
And still should be. The NFC East has 13 total wins, tied with the NFC North for most in the NFL. Also: Brandon Jacobs.
But Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth receives the dubious distinction based on the insane amount of money he’s receiving. For $41 million guaranteed, I think you’d like to see him make more of a difference.
Fine. He makes more money than anyone else, he should be held to a higher standard. Now explain how he’s not making a difference.
I don’t really care about his numbers — 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks — because his presence alone was supposed to strike fear in the hearts of offensive coordinators.
Correct: You cannot judge Haynesworth’s effectiveness based purely, or even partially, on his statistics.
So far, Haynesworth appears to wear down in the second half of games and he appears to have the injury bug.
In other words, he’s doing exactly what he’s always done. This does not constitute underachievement.
I don’t even notice him that much on the Redskins.
Yet you noticed that he wears down throughout the course of the game?
Carter and Orakpo are on pace for a combined 24 sacks. Last season, the entire defense had 24 sacks. Carter is currently sixth in the league with 5.5 sacks. Last year — you know, when Hayneworth wasn’t next to him occupying blockers — he had 4 sacks in the entire season. Of all the possible points to make in favor of your argument, you managed to pick the single worst one. Well done.
He’s capable of disrupting an offense
And he has, see: the above evidence.
but I’d like to see him force a fumble or blow up several plays.
He’s blown up many plays, but by now it’s clear you haven’t actually watched him play. And Andre Carter has two forced fumbles thanks to Haynesworth.
Right now, his most impressive stat is three pass deflections.
“I don’t really care about his numbers.” It’s right there, in the second paragraph of your piece. I remember it because it was the one part we agreed upon. Quite the 180 over the course of about 200 words.
It’s impossible to defend his play right now.
He’s being paid like the best defender in the game, but I can name three Redskins players who are having better years than him.
You fail to name any of the three you have in mind, but I guarantee all of them are having better statistical years than him because of him, which is exactly what he is here to do — as you said yourself earlier in the piece.
Every team has an underachiever or two — but Haynesworth is the poster child for underachieving this season. And I think he would admit that if you asked him.
And Matt Mosley has not watched one single Redskins game this season. I think he would admit that if you asked him.