Archive for September, 2010

Redskins should not trade Haynesworth because they need better pass rush

September 20, 2010

Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins should compromise so that Albert can put on his helmet and play. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Although it’s tempting, the Redskins shouldn’t trade Albert Haynesworth.  I make the case in an article on Examiner.com.  If Sunday’s 30-27 overtime loss to the Houston Texans showed anything, it’s that the Redskins could use another pass rusher besides Brian Orakpo.  True the Skins got 5 sacks, but the Texans threw the ball 52 times, and Matt Schaub had time to throw.

And although Haynesworth is not a pure pass rusher, he can line up at defensive end sometimes and also create space for the other players like Andre Carter and Adam Carriker.

Haynesworth didn’t play against the Texans because of a sprained ankle.  It’s possible that the Redskins didn’t want him to reinjure the ankle since they’re trying to trade him.  Or maybe Shanahan was showing Albert who is the boss and punished him by not only not starting him, but not playing him.  Or maybe Albert refused to play.  Of course, this is speculation, but something about the situation doesn’t seem right.

Both sides probably want a trade, but there’s a very real chance it won’t happen if the Skins can’t get enough.  So my point is that everyone should make the best of the situation and Haynesworth should try to have the best year possible.  Line him up at nose tackle, defensive end, and alternate between the two.  Shanahan is trying to change the culture at Redskins Park, but talent is talent, and a motivated Haynesworth can make a huge difference.

To read the article on Examiner.com, click here.

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Redskins should sign former Seattle and Cincinnati receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, cut by Seahawks

September 5, 2010

I just wrote an article on Examiner.com urging the Redskins to sign former Seahawks and Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was cut by Seattle Saturday.   The Redskins are thin at starting wide receiver.  After Santana Moss, they’ve got 38-year old Joey Galloway starting.  T.J. would help out Donovan McNabb, who could use another receiver. (Has any good quarterback ever had worse luck with receivers than McNabb?)

The Skins have an average running back corps, solid but three-fifths new offensive line, and Chris Cooley and Moss are the only sure things.  And Moss has been known to miss a few games here and there because of injury.

As recently as 2007, “Houshmazilli” had 112 catches and 12 TDs. Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan should forget about critics who would say signing Houshmandzadeh would be another free agent who is past his prime, and sign T.J. because it is best for the team.  The Skins have a tough schedule, but a shot at the playoffs because of a solid defense.  Now it’s time to shore up the offense while they still can.  They missed out on the opportunity to get Brian Westbrook.  Don’t blow this one.