The Patriots have released Albert Haynesworth. Here is a look at why that might have happened.Greg Bedard, Patriots beat writer for the Boston Globe, put together a string of tweets based on his observation of the Patriots game against the Giants. Here is what @GregABedard had to say:After he drew the holding penalty, Albert Haynesworth put together 3 of the worst plays you will ever see from a DT immediately after.I'm surprised Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson didn't just tell him to go home. It was that bad. Complete lack of a compete levelclaude-ismHe got ragdolled easily down, pancaked and then just fell down with a tiny shove.The thing is, and this has to burn Pepper, if Haynesworth wanted to, he could dominate. He obviously doesn't want to.
It appears that all that was missing from Haynesworths performance here was a flop where stayed on the ground.Bedard said that the sequence he describes came early in the second quarter. Early in the third quarter Haynesworth got easily pushed aside on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs with 9:10 left in the third quarter. Haynesworth did not play another snap the rest of the way. Bill Belichick said that the defensive tackle rotation kept Haynesworth benched, not any particular performance issues.There are reports that there was a heated exchange between Johnson and Haynesworth on the sideline during the game.And as long as were talking about Albert, lets pile on a little bit (even though that is something he rarely does possibly because it requires added effort to play past the whistle). A Forbes.com poll of 1,100 NFL fans found that Haynesworth is the fourth-most disliked player in the league. Forty six percent of those polled had negative feelings towards Haynesworth. He is one of the few part-time players on the list so he carries that rare blend of being both irrelevant and unpopular.