Carter called out Haynesworth with Redskins

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Carter called out Haynesworth with Redskins

By Jimmy Toscano
CSNNE.com

You've undoubtedly seen Albert Haynesworth's lengthy rap sheet dating back to his college days, but unless you've played with him before -- and we're guessing you haven't -- you really don't know what he's like as a teammate.

Cue the Patriots' latest addition, defensive end Andre Carter.

Carter played on the Redskins from 2006-2010 and was a teammate of Haynesworth's from 2009-2010. Like Hayneswoth, Carter had to make the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4, but unlike Haynesworth, he didn't make a stink about it.

If you're hoping Carter had great things to say about Haynesworth entering the 2010 season, stop reading . . . here.

From PFT:

He would have to leave the BS at the door, Carter said of Haynesworth, per TheHogs.net back on July 1, 2010. Negativity around positive and optimistic people wont work. He will need to work hard and prove himself by showing that hes trustworthy and reliable in the scheme and as a teammate.

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I havent experienced a player prioritizing his position on the field over working with the game, Carter said. Its disappointing because Albert could fit in this scheme. All we can say is we wish him the best and we will see what happens in a month. He made his statement that he didnt want to play in this scheme and we are not going to force him to play. Hes a grown man. We have moved forward.

Hard to believe Carter was that impressed with Haynesworth after his return to the team, as it took Haynesworth ten times to pass the conditioning test. Eventually, coach Mike Shanahan suspended him for the last four games of the season.

But even so, if Haynesworth was that bad of a teammate and that much of a locker room cancer, Carter probably wouldn't have chose New England, right?

Not quite.

In the end, Carter is going to the team that fits him best and pays him best. That seems to be the Patriots. He also knows that Haynesworth doesn't have the power to pull some of the stunts he pulled in Washington.

Carter can play both the 3-4 and the 4-3, having done both in Washington over the last two seasons. Based on the players that coach Bill Belichick has brought on so far, it seems that Belichick will show both schemes this season.

One thing is certain though, if Haynesworth is up to his old tricks, there's a player on the Patriots that will know it . . . and won't be afraid to say something.

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Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

It came against a rookie quarterback. It came against an offense that averages a league-worst 15.0 points per game. It came against an offense that has fewer yards than any other. 

Still there are signs that Bill Belichick is pretty pleased with where his defense is after beating the Rams 26-10 on Sunday. One came on Wednesday when Patriots.com published its "Belichick Breakdown" for a closer look at a handful of plays from the team's most recent win.

Belichick called his team's third-and-eight stop with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter "probably one of the best good, team defensive plays we've had all year."

The Patriots show a five-man front, but linebacker Kyle Van Noy feigns a rush only to drop into coverage.

"Van Noy in here does a good job on the rush," Belichick said, "and also on the coverage on the back. Just good team defense. Good pass coverage down the field. The quarterback really doesn't end up having a lot of time, but there's no one to throw it to right away."

Belichick noted that all four rushers -- Chris Long, Trey Flowers, Dont'a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich -- all are able to pressure Jared Goff on the play. Combined with strong coverage in the secondary, the Rams nver really had a chance.

Belichick said it looked like a "tidal wave" of defenders bearing down on the quarterback.

"Long wins here . . . on the inside spin," Belichick said, "and Trey Flowers and Hightower both win on the little twist game inside. Then that's Rob with good speed-to-power on [Rams tackle Rob] Havenstein on the outside. Four good rushers. Plus a fifth guy...Van Noy getting that two-for-one on the guard and the back.

"Good team defense. That's great to see. A lot of hard work an execution on the practice field to make that happen."

Harbaugh on Belichick: 'I feel like we have a good relationship'

Harbaugh on Belichick: 'I feel like we have a good relationship'

FOXBORO -- They sounded like a couple of old pals. 

First it was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who spoke of Ravens coach John Harbaugh during a conference call like one of his favorite fellow lacrosse dads.

"John and I saw a game a couple of years ago, a [Johns] Hopkins vs. Maryland game," Belichick said, adding that Harbaugh's love for the sport is just starting to blossom. "Yeah, I think John is seeing the light."

Belichick added that the two might be closer if they weren't competing so often, both in-season on the field and for free agents in the offseason. 

"As you know, we get into a situation like we’re in now where they have a good team, we have a good team, we’re playing a big game on Monday night," Belichick said. "Both teams are going to do everything they can to compete as hard as they can on Monday night. That’s what it is and that’s what we all signed up for. We all know that’s a part of it.

"When we’re not going head-to-head, which isn’t very often because we compete against each other in the offseason, we compete against each other to build our team and so forth, it just puts things in a little bit of a different situation."

During his press conference with reporters on Wednesday, Harbaugh echoed Belichick's sentiments. Belichick was famously one of Harbaugh's biggest supporters earlier in his career, calling the Ravens on Harbaugh's behalf when the franchise was looking for a new head coach. And if only they weren't so frequently competing against each other, they might be even closer, Harbaugh indicated. 

"I feel like we have a good relationship," Harbaugh said. "Like you said, we're probably not socializing that much, but I don't know how many coaches really do. We're all so busy. I'll see him or any coach at the Combine or at the owner's meetings, and we have a chance to talk. It's always good. I have a ton of respect for him. I really like him as a person. I think he's a great coach -- greatest coach of this generation. He's earned that title.

"And I study him. I've always studied him. I've always studied coach Belichick from when I first met him when I was an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, and he came in and just was great to be around.  [We have a] similar background with the special teams and that sort of thing. All of that kind of goes out the window when you compete against one another. It's like anything else, you want to win. I'm sure he feels the same way."

The recent history between their respective franchises is rife with emotion: There was Baltimore's irate reaction to Belichick's unusual formations in the AFC Divisional Round two seasons ago; there was the Ravens' supposed involvement in sparking Deflategate; and there was Harbaugh's subsequent denial. But Belichick and Harbaugh made it sound on Wednesday as if all's good between them.