Once again an ESPN writer, in this case their NFC East blogger Matt Mosley, is piling on the Redskins. I’d take him to task, but ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ already did so. What is it with some of these guys? I’m telling you, some of it has to be their personal (or professional) disdain for Dan Snyder. There’s just been too much negativity toward the Redskins this season, almost straight out of the gate.
Mosley stated that Albert Haynesworth is an underachiever. Chris Mottram did a masterful and thorough job of dissecting Mosley’s argument, piece by piece: (http://www.yardbarker.com/author/article_external/1409166?widget=true) Say what you want, but Mottram’s logic is hard to argue with in my book. The bottom line on Haynesworth is that you can’t measure his effectiveness strictly in terms of tackles and sacks. You have to look at his role and ask “Is he tying up two blockers and freeing up the defensive ends and linebackers to make plays?” I agree with Mottram that he is doing precisely that.
The fact is, there are plenty of negative storylines to cover in regard to the Washington Redskins. And, there’s no shortage of talking heads covering them. Maybe Mosley wanted to write something unique. Maybe he has no imagination. Maybe Greg Blache wouldn’t agree with his assessment anymore than Mottram does or I do. Later in the season, if the empirical and visual evidence supports the idea that Haynesworth isn’t playing at the level expected, dump on him. For now, I don’t think Mosley has an argument, and I don’t think his analysis is worth the paper on which it isn’t written.