Yahoo! Sports NFL columnist Jason Cole joined Mike Wise and Holden Kushner on 106.7 The Fan to discuss former Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth’s first few days with the New England Patriots. Haynesworth was traded to the Patriots last week for a 2013 5th-round pick.
When asked how the fans and local media in New England are reacting to Haynesworth, Cole said “They love him. Why wouldn’t they love him? He hasn’t done anything wrong yet. They think he’s the next Randy Moss, the next Cory Dillon and that he’s going to be the guy that leads the Patiots back to a next Super Bowl title.”
“He hasn’t gone to war with the coach yet, he hasn’t laid down on the field”, said Cole. None of the things he became known for by Washington fans.
Cole was asked if the Patriots are taking too much of a chance on Haynesworth. He said it’s more on the player than the organization and says Haynesworth now needs to decide if football is actually important to him and if he wants to continue to be embarrassed by his lack of performance.
Cole went on to say that part of it is also whether or not, as a player, you’re put into a winning environment with the expectation that if you don’t live up to it – it’s on you.
“At this point in time, it’s on Albert. You can’t get to a better organization in terms of how they run the football and how they do business.”
Cole said “The football can’t be any better than it is in New England year in and year out. So now, it’s on Albert to show that he actually can be a good football player in a good organization. He can’t make excuses about why he’s not playing well.”
Cole threw a question back at the guys on the show asking why Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t taken more of the blame for driving Haynesworth to only be worth a 5th round draft pick in 2013. Listen to the answer and the full interview.