Bill Belichick strayed from principles

Failed attempt to turn around Albert Haynesworth could serve as important reminder

Updated: November 9, 2011, 4:22 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Even the best football coaches need a jolt at times so they don't stray too far from their core principles. The failed Albert Haynesworth experiment should be one for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a reminder to return closer to his more successful team-building roots.

If that turns out to be the case, it will be the greatest impact Haynesworth had during his brief, disappointing stay in New England.

It's easy to pile on Belichick now, his personnel missteps ...

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