Wednesday, November 17, 2010
VY and CJ ready to face Haynesworth
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans know Albert Haynesworth awfully well.
Both Vince Young and Chris Johnson were asked about taking on the giant and controversial defensive tackle on Sunday at LP Field.
“That’s going to be fun,” Young said of his former teammate. “I’m going to try to draw the big boy offside a little bit.”
And if Haynesworth tries the leapfrog move he used with great success for the Titans against the Falcons and for the Redskins against the Bears, Young said: “I’m going to stiff arm him if he tries that stuff on me.”
Johnson could also encounter Haynesworth at the line of scrimmage. He said he likes a big challenge but at the same time wouldn’t say he looks forward to encountering such a player.
“He’s a beast, he makes plays,” Johnson said. “It’s just a thing where we’re going to have to execute our own plays. I can’t worry about one defensive lineman. I’ve got to worry about their whole defense. But at the end of the day he’s a great player and he’s going to make great plays.”
The latest installment of the Haynesworth debate is over a play in the Redskins' blowout loss to Philadelphia where he penetrated well early, wound up on the ground and stayed there as the play continued to unfold.
But the Titans know his ability to make explosive, game-changing plays firsthand, as he was their first-round draft pick in 2002 and he played with them for seven years.
“You’re going to have to be aware of where he is and you’re going to have to maybe give somebody help sometimes with the center,” Jeff Fisher said. “They move him all over the place and they affect the protection, so we’re going to have to be on our toes with our adjustments.”