Brian Baldinger on D&C: ‘Nobody collapses an offensive line better than Albert Haynesworth’
|08.01.11 at 10:19 am ET|
NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger spoke with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning to discuss the Patriots (and Eagles). To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Baldinger said that when motivated and in shape, “Nobody collapses an offensive line better than Albert Haynesworth. If it doesn’t work it’s a sixth-round pick and he’s out the door and they move on. But if it does work, if they can get 25 or 30 plays from him a game, you line up with him and Vince Wilfork inside, and good luck trying to gain an inch against those two big bodies inside.”
Baldinger also said the best way to use Haynesworth is to use him at right end.
“I think Bill Belichick is looking at what the Green Bay Packers did, which is basically play two defensive linemen all game,” Baldinger said, adding: “I think you’ll see them play a lot more nickel, like I said, with Wilfork and if Haynesworth can get himself in shape.”
Baldinger said that Haynesworth will not be allowed to misbehave in Foxboro. Said Baldinger: “If he pulls the stunts that he pulled in Washington, then he’ll be gone. Simple.”
Added Baldinger: “There is something about an Albert Haynesworth that knows this isn’t the Washington Redskins anymore with a completely disarrayed front office and a coaching staff that really doesn’t have it together. He knows he’s going to a preeminent organization. And if he screws up and acts up there, he knows that he’s done. This is like the ultimate test for these guys when they come there.” Baldinger wasn’t sure what Chad Ochocinco would bring to the Patriots, as the receiver has been worn down by playing in Cincinnati for years.
“There are just some places in this league, you go to work every day and you know you have no chance of winning a championship,” Baldinger said. “It wears on you after awhile. And if you’re spending any time in Cincinnati, you know it’s an undisciplined place.”
Baldinger added that he Patriots are a “good fit for him, if he really wants to play.” Baldinger also said that Ochocinco would have a better season than Plaxico Burress, whose signing without any physical tests surprised Baldinger.
Baldinger also said he did not buy into the “Dream Team” title adopted by the 2011 Eagles.
“It’s nonsense,” Baldinger said, adding: “They filled some real glaring weaknesses, but they’re talking about a team that’s in complete transition.”
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