|'He’s not a guy we were absolutely concerned with,' Ryan said of Haynesworth (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
It certainly doesn't speak well of John McCargo's NFL prospect when some 18 hours after the Buccaneers signed him, they released him for ... Albert Haynesworth. Comments Wednesday by Jets head coach Rex Ryan, whose team lost to the Patriots in Week 5 and faces them again Sunday night, won't make McCargo feel any better. And they should trouble the Bucs, too.
”To be honest with you, our concern wasn’t Albert Haynesworth,” Ryan said, via the Boston Herald. ”Whether you believe it or not, they got a lot of big guys. Vince Wilfork is the bell cow in that front. Andre Carter is a pick up they had. I think he’s playing well. Getting (Jerod) Mayo back. I don’t think he played in our first game. He’s a tremendous player.
”But Haynesworth, specifically, it’s not like we had to know where he’s at,” Ryan went on. ”He’s just a big guy. But they got a lot of good ones. Vince Wilfork’s the guy. i think that Kyle Love kid is underrated. And they got the big kid from Boston College (Ron Brace) back. Haynesworth does have some good ability and things like that. But he’s not a guy we were absolutely concerned with.”
These comments rank pretty low on the list of incendiary things to come out of Ryan's mouth, but just because he didn't make mention of Super Bowl rings or post-meeting snacks doesn't make them any less true. The Redskins gave Haynesworth a $100 million contract before the 2009 season because he had the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage.
The Pats only wasted a fifth-rounder to kick the tires on Haynesworth, but presumably they were hoping for something more than a guy who was so unimpressive that opposing teams barely noticed him.
Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik told Buccaneers.com that he watched "all 134 of Haynesworth's plays with NE twice before putting in a claim" so maybe he sees something that the other 31 teams missed.
Haynesworth's previously shown great skill at lying motionless on the field, and his play in New England rendered him virtually invisible. Maybe Dominik has some thoughts on how to turn that perceived weakness -- disappearing for large stretches -- into a strength. Like, say...
The Invisi-Sacker: he's invisible ... and he sacks quarterbacks.
Worst football-playing superhero? Without a doubt. But at this point in the proceedings, that might be Haynesworth's best chance at salvaging what's left of his NFL career.
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