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Tony Dungy wouldn’t touch Albert Haynesworth

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When Tony Dungy was coach of the Colts and Albert Haynesworth played for the Titans, they saw each other twice a year for seven seasons. And Dungy saw enough to know he wouldn’t want to be Haynesworth’s coach.

Dungy said on The Dan Patrick Show that he’d want no part of a player who doesn’t hustle unless he’s playing for a new contract.

“I would not, no,” Dungy said when asked if he’d sign off on his team acquiring Haynesworth. “I’ve seen Albert Haynesworth, and I’ve seen those great years he has when he’s got something to prove and he’s trying to make money. But I’ve also — we played against Albert Haynesworth in Indianapolis when he really wasn’t playing hard.”

Dungy isn’t prepared to say Haynesworth can’t succeed in New England, mostly because Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a knack for bringing in problem players and getting them to work. But Dungy says he personally wouldn’t want the headache.

“They have a great track record of doing that with Corey Dillon and Randy Moss and getting years out of guys when no one else could,” Dungy said of the Patriots. “So we’ll see. I would bet on Belichick with Haynesworth . . . but I guess I’ve seen enough of Albert where I would not sign off on him.”

Dungy is more favorably inclined toward the Patriots’ other big-name acquisition, Chad Ochocinco, whom Dungy believes can be a good fit in New England.

“I think Chad in the right spot can be very, very productive,” Dungy said. “We had Chad in the Pro Bowl. He practices hard and loves the game. If he will buy into the Patriot way like Randy did, he can go out there and be productive.”

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  1. jessieboom says: Aug 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    Haynesworth was going to be cut, but Belichick is a genius because he traded for him? What gives?

  2. billinva says: Aug 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    Hey Tony,

    No one cares anymore.

  3. mightymightylafootball says: Aug 2, 2011 10:33 AM

    As a ‘Skin fan, it pains me to say this, but:

    Haynesworth will be a beast for NE. The reason? He’ll be motivated (just as Dungey describes). Motivated to prove that he’s still one of the best.

    That attitude will last about…a year. After that, it’s just gonna be more of Albert being Albert.

    Old dog, new tricks, yadda yadda….

  4. vahawker says: Aug 2, 2011 10:33 AM

    Pretty much this one on the head. Haynesworth is a self absorbed selfish turd who only put in good years when it was contract time.

    Not a Chad Johnson fan, but he does work hard, and think he will be very successful NE.

  5. terrellochouno says: Aug 2, 2011 10:34 AM

    Dear media,

    Will you PLEASE stop asking this guy’s opinion on things? Thanks.

    Sincerely,
    Terrell Ocho Uno

  6. t16rich says: Aug 2, 2011 10:38 AM

    Hmmm. Yet if Albert had spent 2 years in jail, Dungy would be all over helping him get another shot in the league.

  7. ryry007 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:38 AM

    Tony,
    You ain’t coaching him Who cares….

  8. nothingman20 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:38 AM

    I saw just the title of this article on the Twitter feed and was very confused for a moment.

  9. egls7 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:38 AM

    I wouldn’t tap that either

  10. patriotsdefense says: Aug 2, 2011 10:38 AM

    Tony Dungy has Belichick penis envy. he always acts like jerk when it’s patriots related. oh well, bb is the bigger better man. yeah thats right.

  11. jpb12 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:39 AM

    Belichick gets credit for Dillon and Moss. He also brought in Adalius Thomas and Shawn Springs. Those guys did not respect him.

  12. powderedme says: Aug 2, 2011 10:40 AM

    I don’t think it’s a good idea for anyone to touch Haynesworth…

    He might eat you.

  13. steelcity09 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:42 AM

    I thought Tony retired to relax and spend time with his family?

  14. bhester1906 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:43 AM

    Whoever thinks Albert is gonna be a beast be cuz he has something to prove is an idiot. He had something to prove after the big contract. He had something to prove after a bad first year in dc. All he has proved is that he is a fat turd. Ol Ted Washington lookin mutha fugue

  15. coutre says: Aug 2, 2011 10:44 AM

    Tony – You also had a GM who, as one of the most influential members of the competition committee, changed all the offensive rule to protect and exploit P. Manning. You couldn’t beat Belichick until Polian had all the rules tipped on your favor.

  16. asublimeday says: Aug 2, 2011 10:44 AM

    Sociopathic dog murderers are cool, but dungy stays the hell away from bad attitudes.

    What a joke

  17. newyorkgmen says: Aug 2, 2011 10:45 AM

    Tony Dungy is such a joke. He retires and all of a sudden becomes a mentor and thinks he can trash everyone at the same time. Nobody cares what you have to say unless your contributing to an NFL team.

  18. ottomanismydog says: Aug 2, 2011 10:45 AM

    Dungy is the man – come back to Pittsburgh and coach with Tomlin once Lebeau retires!

  19. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 2, 2011 10:46 AM

    Most people wouldn’t touch Albert Haynesworth.

  20. clownsfan says: Aug 2, 2011 10:48 AM

    And that’s why Dungy has one ring. No balls. You gotta take chances if you want to win.

  21. conwayjames says: Aug 2, 2011 10:48 AM

    Tony supported Vick through his killing dogs thing, but a little hustle and he’s off the band wagon? Said the same thing about moss. Everyone admires dungy, but really he just sounds bitter.

  22. unclehilroy says: Aug 2, 2011 10:49 AM

    Albert Haynesworth would touch Tony… if he had boobs.

  23. ezmac58 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:50 AM

    jessieboom says:Aug 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    Haynesworth was going to be cut, but Belichick is a genius because he traded for him? What gives?

    __________________________________

    Whether it’s a genius move or won’t be determined until after the season. He made a move that NOBODY was willing to make, gave up nearly nothing, and received an All-Pro caliber (player when his heads on straight). No risk….EXTREMELY high reward. At this point I’d call it a savvy move at the very least.

    Everyone wishes Belicheck was their coach. And if they say they dont…their lying.

  24. riverhorsey says: Aug 2, 2011 10:55 AM

    Tony’s seen the guy up close and he’s saying Haynesworth is lazy and only plays hard when he’s in a contract year.

    If he doesn’t have the desire to even compete I doubt he will make it even in New England.

  25. jsrdc says: Aug 2, 2011 10:58 AM

    I guess Tony only says positive things about guys AFTER they go to jail. I am still wondering why this guy is still sought after for his opinion when nobody actually wants to hear it. Like Brett Favre, Tony should also absolutely hang it up and never be heard from again.

  26. gosox2673 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:59 AM

    As a Patriot’s fan, I’m not thrilled with the Hayneworth signing, although I am cautiously optimistic, but let’s be honest here…Dungy couldn’t carry Belichick’s jock and has no business comparing what he would do to what Belichick can and will do.

  27. thepatriotway says: Aug 2, 2011 10:59 AM

    I will meet everyone on this message board in 4-5 months and we can discuss Haynesworth boom or bust season.

    I am confident this was a great aquisition, yet and I am prepared to eat crow if I am wrong!

  28. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 2, 2011 10:59 AM

    I hope Albert can handle Bill. He will also be playing in a 3-4 defense.

  29. rc33 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:00 AM

    The question should have been “would you roll the dice and take a shot at Haynesworth?”
    If NE didn’t trade for him, rest assured, plenty of these otherwise self-righteous GM’s and coaches would swallow their pride and make a bid in for him, possibly resulting in a flat-out bidding war.
    For crying out loud, Pac Man Jones is still collecting a paycheck in the NFL.

  30. dragonlee29 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:05 AM

    Wow…Dungy is really hating on the Patriots by saying that he wouldn’t go after Haynesworth. He knows how the guy plays and made his views known. Didn’t bash Belichick at all….said he does a great job getting the most out of players. I’m sure Dan Patrick will be calling you guys for your opinions real soon so stay by the phone.

  31. vahawker says: Aug 2, 2011 11:07 AM

    ezmac58 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:50 AM

    jessieboom says:Aug 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    Haynesworth was going to be cut, but Belichick is a genius because he traded for him? What gives?
    ***************************************
    If he gets cut, you maybe don’t get him as FA. As it is, BB threw the Deadskins a bone and may end up with a high return. If not, cut him, no great loss.

  32. pongonfl says: Aug 2, 2011 11:08 AM

    Pats fans are so bitter that their 4 year window of “the league will ignore pass interference for the patriots” ended and they haven’t won a super bowl since.

  33. mightymightylafootball says: Aug 2, 2011 11:09 AM

    bhester1906 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 10:43 AM

    Whoever thinks Albert is gonna be a beast be cuz he has something to prove is an idiot. He had something to prove after the big contract. He had something to prove after a bad first year in dc. All he has proved is that he is a fat turd. Ol Ted Washington lookin mutha fugue

    *~*~*~*~*~*

    “Whoever thinks Albert is gonna be a beast be cuz he has something to prove is an idiot”

    Thanks – I think your nice, too.

    “He had something to prove after the big contract”

    How could you possibly come to that conclusion?

    “He had something to prove after a bad first year in dc”

    Maybe – but at that point, the Disciplinarian Shanahan vs. FatLazy Al fight was in full effect, which basicly involved Fat Al refusing to play by Shanny’s rules to ‘prove’ he could win a battle of wills.

    He didn’t open season two in WASH being thought of league-wide as a world class, team killing pariah. Now, he is. And NE is his last chance.

  34. bozosforall says: Aug 2, 2011 11:14 AM

    ezmac58 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 10:50 AM
    jessieboom says:Aug 2, 2011 10:27 AM

    Haynesworth was going to be cut, but Belichick is a genius because he traded for him? What gives?

    __________________________________

    Whether it’s a genius move or won’t be determined until after the season. He made a move that NOBODY was willing to make, gave up nearly nothing, and received an All-Pro caliber (player when his heads on straight). No risk….EXTREMELY high reward. At this point I’d call it a savvy move at the very least.

    Everyone wishes Belicheck was their coach. And if they say they dont…their lying.

    __
    Actually, I wish that Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi, Ge0rge Halas, Curly Lambeau, Guy Chamberlain, Chuck Noll or Bill Walsh were my coaches over that smug turd in New England that needed to film signals to win titles. And if anyone says otherwise, THEY’RE lying.

    I’m betting that no one wishes that they were your spelling and grammar coach though. Get your GED, ezmuck.

  35. mornelithe says: Aug 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    @ Eaglesfootballfan:

    “I hope Albert can handle Bill. He will also be playing in a 3-4 defense.”

    Apparently you missed Ty Warren’s interview after he was cut, where he stated they’d be focusing more on 4-3 this year. That’s ok, hater’s typically don’t pay attention to annoying things like facts, and reality.

  36. richm2256 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    eaglesfootballfan says:
    Aug 2, 2011 10:59 AM
    I hope Albert can handle Bill. He will also be playing in a 3-4 defense.

    —————————————————————

    Wake up, moron. That issue has already been talked to death and you’re just gettin’ on the bus????

  37. richm2256 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:19 AM

    pongonfl says:
    Pats fans are so bitter that their 4 year window of “the league will ignore pass interference for the patriots” ended and they haven’t won a super bowl since.
    —————————————————————
    Yeah, because they haven’t been much of a force these past six seasons, with their 18-1 and 14-2 records, right?

    Your team should suck this bad.

  38. jessieboom says: Aug 2, 2011 11:28 AM

    No no no no no. He gave up SOMETHING he could have had for NOTHING. You can turn my turds into fertilizer for your garden but do you wanna pay for my poop?

  39. Davo says: Aug 2, 2011 11:30 AM

    To be fair, Tony Dungy doesn’t like bad language, so it’s not a stretch to say he wouldn’t go near Haynesworth.

  40. thetooloftools says: Aug 2, 2011 11:35 AM

    Something tells me that in Washington… Mike Shanahan is the problem. I don’t think players respect him or want to go to war for him because of his ego. Fat Albertsworth may just tear is up in N.E.

  41. captainobvious1 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:40 AM

    He’ll be a beast this year b/c he wants to show that Shanahan was the issue and he’s got no more guaranteed money left on his contract. He won’t want to play next year w/o some guaranteed cash, so his deal gets ripped up. He’ll then come back to NE for short money or get a big money deal elsewhere. Sooner or later he’ll revert back to being a jackass.

  42. bowlhounds says: Aug 2, 2011 11:40 AM

    All the haters have BB Patriot way envy so bad it turns some into Bozo (oops I mean clowns) the way they piss and moan and refuse to accept the reality tat Mangenius in his own BB penis envy actually only brought out into the open what Knoll and Johnson and other successful coaches were doing long before BB came along. Get over it already he still kicking all your A33es every Sunday. As far as the super bowl drought he fielded a super young team last year and still kicked A##, can’t wait for a years worth of seasoning with a touch of Ochohanesworth thrown into the mix. Get your whining towels ready ladies.

  43. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Aug 2, 2011 11:46 AM

    Tony would also not touch a beer.

  44. cincycoltsfan says: Aug 2, 2011 11:50 AM

    I don’t get how his comments about whether he would want Haynesworth on his team have anything to do with his relationship with Vick. DP asked him a question and he answered it. He’s seen enough on tape and in-person of Fat Albert to make up his mind and state an opinion on whether he’d want him playing for a team he coached. That said, I also think it’s a good, relatively low-risk pick up for the Pats. Dungy and BB are different coaches for sure. But if you think Dungy was a crappy coach you are an idiot.

  45. massappeal12345 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:53 AM

    Can you imagine Belichick sending out the punt team and Brady waving them off of the field.

    How embarrassing that Manning did that to Dungy, and he just stood there. Who ran that team?

  46. belicheckisgod says: Aug 2, 2011 11:53 AM

    This coming from a guy who is a mentor for a convicted dog killer? Who or what has Haynesworth killed? Hypocrite. I remember him saying when Vick was trying to get back in the league how everyone deserves second chances… he should come down of his high morale religious soap box and realize he sounds like a moron.

  47. jasonculhane says: Aug 2, 2011 12:01 PM

    Coach, this just in….They need you back in Indianapolis because their coach sucks, I’m sure you foreseen that as well.

  48. hscorpio says: Aug 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    mightymightylafootball says: Aug 2, 2011 10:33 AM

    As a ‘Skin fan, it pains me to say this, but:

    Haynesworth will be a beast for NE. The reason? He’ll be motivated (just as Dungey describes). Motivated to prove that he’s still one of the best.
    ===============================

    Albert Haynesworth has never cared about proving he’s one of the best in the past. He’s only cared about playing well the season before he’s set to get a new contract. I see no reason to believe he’ll change now.

  49. pape27 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    tony dungy ragging on a move made by the Pats… go figure.

    Tony, ya got to let go of the hate man, you are out of the game now. The Patriots cant cause you any more nightmares. If you dont let go the hate, it will eat you up on the inside.

  50. bonecity7 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:11 PM

    pongonfl says:
    Aug 2, 2011 11:08 AM
    Pats fans are so bitter that their 4 year window of “the league will ignore pass interference for the patriots” ended and they haven’t won a super bowl since.

    ———————————————–

    Actually Pong, you’ll be disappointed to learn that our (NE fans) Super Bowl drought has been tempered by World Championships won by the Sox, Celtics and Bruins since the Pats’ last SuperBowl victory!! We’re doing alright, thank you very much!!! How’re your teams doing?

  51. achap39 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:12 PM

    So Dungy will stick his neck out for a guy accused of shooting someone at his car wash, a convicted dog killer felon, mentors a guy who’s been in prison on a gun conviction for the past two years…but has a problem with “bad attitude guys.” In the words of Tina Fey, what the what?

  52. all4patriots says: Aug 2, 2011 12:13 PM

    Trust me, even die-hard Patriots fans (like me) know that Albert has been a lazy turd and that there is a decent chance that this will not work out. But if it doesn’t, we can cut him immediately and merely lose a 5th round pick in two years, nothing of reliably huge value.

    It’s good that Saint Dungy recognizes that Chad and Albert are different.

    Chad is a self-promoter. That’s an issue. It’s nowhere near the issue of being lazy, out of shape, a poor teammate, and whining about how you are used. That fanous clip where Albert lies on the ground while a play is going on- Chad wouldn’t do that.

    Chad is low risk, high reward, and low price

    Albert is high risk, high reward, and even lower price

    Both deals were worth doing, considering risk/reward, and neither is a lock to pan out, particularly Albert

  53. cliverush says: Aug 2, 2011 12:20 PM

    BB and Tony are both very good coaches but each has a different approach. Both win. Both have the respect of the players. One comment here states that A. Thomas did not respect BB. There is almost no one in New England or Baltimore who respects that locker room lawyer Adalius Thomas. When Ray Lewis calls you out then you deserve it.

  54. CKL says: Aug 2, 2011 12:22 PM

    I DESPISE Dungy…flat out loathe him…but even I can’t see what he said wrong here. It’s actually pretty true.

  55. glac1 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:22 PM

    Tony who??????????? Why is the media so much in love with this one guy and his opinion?????????????

  56. achap39 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:50 PM

    Why is Dungy suddenly considered the “wise old sage” of football coaches? Because he managed to get a single title out of a franchise that put NINE probable HOFers on the field in his time in Indy?

    What’s next, his push for Rae Carruth to get early release and make a comeback?

  57. footballfan22 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:55 PM

    By the way, after watching that Paties get they’re lunch handed to them by the Jets after they told them they were gonna do it–PRICELESS–I walked away losing alot of respect for Bady who was scared as a pink pantied 5 year old who just wanted to go home.

    Anyone who thinks this guy is close to Rogers is out of his mind.

    BTW, hockey no longer qualifies as a big time sport

  58. marima07 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:00 PM

    I don’t think Belichick would ever have to actually touch him.

  59. bturner032002 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:01 PM

    belicheat is just like all the big home run hitters who were doping on roids. They have the best numbers but it doesnt mean crap cause they cheated to get them!

  60. melonvoxveritas says: Aug 2, 2011 1:11 PM

    Albert wouldn’t touch Tony either.

  61. radrntn says: Aug 2, 2011 1:18 PM

    makes no sense that he was pissed the skins are playing a 3-4, so he gets traded to the pats and same bs….he does not give a crap what belladick thinks, his money is 100% guaranteed, and he makes more than the coach…..so he will tell him the same stuff he told shanahan.

  62. patsfiend says: Aug 2, 2011 1:19 PM

    Man, I’m sick of Dungy. Since when did he become the NFL’s moral bell weather. And, is Haynesworth a worse guy than Vick?

    I guess the angel (Dungy) devil (Harrison) thing works for NBC, though.

  63. Deb says: Aug 2, 2011 1:22 PM

    patriotsdefense says:

    Tony Dungy has Belichick penis envy. he always acts like jerk when it’s patriots related. oh well, bb is the bigger better man. yeah thats right.
    ———————————————–

    Did you even read Dungy’s comments before posting this stupidity? Dungy was very complimentary of Belichick and how he’s able to get something out of players no one else can. You’re just being an idiot. :roll:

    And for all the people comparing this to Vick, Dungy worked with Vick to try and help him get his personal life on track. He’s saying in answer to an interview question that as a coach he wouldn’t have wanted Haynesworth because he’s a selfish, lazy player on the field. The two things have nothing to do with one another.

  64. mornelithe says: Aug 2, 2011 1:24 PM

    @ Radrntn: If you’re going to comment on the goings on in football, you may want to research the situation a bit more. I’m pretty sure _Everyone_ in the world, now knows that the Patriots will be employing more 4-3 than last year (and even last year they were like 50-50% split).

    Strange how everyone suddenly thinks BB doesn’t know what he’s doing. I mean, sure, he hasn’t been to the SB in a few years, but he’s still spearheaded some of the best, if not THE best regular season records during that SB absence.

  65. zeussuperman says: Aug 2, 2011 1:39 PM

    “We weren’t cheating! Everyone else was doing it!”

    Doesn’t fly in 3rd grade math class. Why do you think it flies in the NFL?

    Now try and tell us that since EVERYONE was taking steroids in baseball, so the Red Sox World Series Wins aren’t tainted.

  66. fran021 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:51 PM

    I wouldn’t touch Tony Dungy.

  67. thumper00 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:51 PM

    This belacheat and patriot cheaters stuff shows that these people have no understanding of football, I laugh at the maturity level of these morons THEY STILL DON’T understand, the patriots got fined for filming defensive signals from the SIDELINE. It was then and still is today OK to film from other places and all teams do it today . You people sound like six year old girls on mommys computer, find out the real facts before you comment…..

  68. flash1283 says: Aug 2, 2011 1:59 PM

    footballfan22 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 12:55 PM
    By the way, after watching that Paties get they’re lunch handed to them by the Jets after they told them they were gonna do it–PRICELESS–I walked away losing alot of respect for Bady who was scared as a pink pantied 5 year old who just wanted to go home.

    Anyone who thinks this guy is close to Rogers is out of his mind.

    BTW, hockey no longer qualifies as a big time sport
    ———
    What a lame ass post!!!
    Really , Brady isn’t close to Rogers

    Waite, you’re correct Brady is better.

  69. 1historian says: Aug 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    To me Dungy is admitting that he realized that Belichik is a better coach than he is/was.

  70. pongonfl says: Aug 2, 2011 4:20 PM

    “Yeah, because they haven’t been much of a force these past six seasons, with their 18-1 and 14-2 records, right?

    Your team should suck this bad.”

    when other teams had great records but no rings, they were losers who couldn’t finish. When the Patriots do it they are a force.
    Patriot fans just cannot decide what the objective is.
    Do the Boston colleges run night classes in being a Patriots internet homer? You clowns all sound the same.

    But you can relax I was responding to you homer buddy whining that the rules got changed to allow others to beat the Patriots. Tackling wide receivers before the ball gets there has been against the rules for a long time. For some reason the Pats were allowed to do it, along with a host of other ridiculous rulings and allowances until their 9 point dynasty was complete. Then the NFL turned the rules back on.

  71. backindasaddle says: Aug 2, 2011 8:39 PM

    Tony Sanctimony is at it again. Yo Tony!….most of us don’t like your over-the-top sanctimonious opinions being cast down upon us from high up there in moral high ground. You retired right??? Go away and keep your snooty opinions to yourself.

  72. ndgoose says: Aug 3, 2011 6:08 PM

    Tony was right on in his feelings about Hayneworth. Haynesworth only cares about himself and no one else.

    Redskins got the better of the deal in this one.

    GO SKINS!

  73. bozosforall says: Aug 3, 2011 6:22 PM

    pongonfl,

    It’s the Boston GED program that runs those night classes, not the colleges. Most Bostonians can’t even get into any of those colleges, unless it’s to be the janitor.

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