Thursday, February 25, 2010
Ex-Titans DC talks Haynesworth
By Dan Graziano
INDIANAPOLIS -- I just spent about 45 minutes visiting with 49ers coach Mike Singletary and Lions coach Jim Schwartz. You'll recall that Schwartz was the defensive coordinator with the Titans when Albert Haynesworth emerged as an All-Pro defensive tackle.
Haynesworth has flourished in a 4-3 scheme in the past, but pretty much everyone believes he'll be able to adjust to Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme in Washington. But to be sure, Schwartz does think there will be an adjustment period.
"There are a lot of different types of 3-4s," Schwartz told a group of reporters at the combine this morning. "[Haynesworth] has played over the nose [in Tennessee] and he's played head up on offensive tackles."
Schwartz then patiently explained the difference between 2-gap "guys' and "penetrating, attacking" players. He believes that Haynesworth has to be in a position where he's an "attacking player." And if you recall, that was part of Haynesworth's complaint about former Skins defensive coordinator Greg Blache. He didn't believe he was being turned loose to create havoc for opponents.
"I'm sure it will be an adjustment for him," Schwartz said of Haynesworth.
But the general thought is that Haynesworth is talented enough to succeed in any scheme. He might be more comfortable in a 4-3 scheme, but Haslett realizes that and will try to put him in winning situations.
OK, I'm off to visit with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland about several topics.