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Belichick says Haynesworth’s benching was “rotation-related”

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We are so used to Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth barely contributing to the Patriots that it’s almost not a story anymore.

Ocho was targeted five times against the Giants. He didn’t have a catch.

Haynesworth, meanwhile, didn’t get into the box score. He was benched after blowing an assignment on a touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs halfway through the third quarter.

“We had a lot of defensive linemen active, so they played in different rotations,” coach Bill Belichick said Monday when asked about Haynesworth’s disappearance via Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Pressed on the issue, Belichick stuck to the script: “It was rotation-related.”

Haynesworth went to the sideline after Jacobs’ score and talked about his mistake to Belichick, according to Rapoport. Defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and Haynesworth were seen jawing at each other.

Perhaps Haynesworth was just benched for his mediocre play.  He’s consistently seen fewer snaps than guys like Kyle Love. Maybe the Patriots were trying to send Haynesworth a message.

No matter what the reason, Haynesworth is giving Ochocinco a run for his money as the biggest acquisition bust on the team.

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  1. portnoychunk says: Nov 7, 2011 4:02 PM

    Hey, I have an idea. Let’s make a non-story into a story and then put it on the internet! You’re good at that Gregg! He drew at least one holding penalty and a few QB pressures that I saw….but keep sticking to your shoddy journalism!

  2. pskotte says: Nov 7, 2011 4:02 PM

    I hear the Raiders can use another ex-Bengal.

  3. snarkzilla says: Nov 7, 2011 4:05 PM

    He’s rotated from bad to worse.

  4. grpatriot says: Nov 7, 2011 4:07 PM

    Let’s just say he’s no Richard Seymour and leave it at that!

  5. drshakedown74 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:07 PM

    Patriots D is not good at all. Haynesworth is MAYBE a side note that. I have not seen a worse defensive back core in a long long time.

  6. savocabol1 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    I guess I don’t understand because I haven’t watched the Pats play much this year. But why isn’t Ochocinco getting the ball anymore? Is his talent washed up? I have to imagine that he would still be a #1 receiver on a lot of teams right now. I’m just wondering if it is a system related issue why he isn’t playing, or talent related.

  7. donterrelli says: Nov 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    Well, in Ochocinco’s defense, those passes were uncatchable. They were all either overthrown or thrown too far out of bounds.

    /not a Patriots fan

  8. norseyapper says: Nov 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    Rotation like a revolving door. Round and round and OUT you go! Don’t let the door hit your big butt on your way out to pasture.

  9. hobbstweedle says: Nov 7, 2011 4:15 PM

    Sooner or later, Belichek and/or Kraft are going to have to realize that as great as the “Patriot Way” might be for some players, some players are just hard-wired to follow the beat of a different drummer. Free agents are free agents for a reason, and determining which ones will buy into Belichek’s “Patriot Way” and which ones won’t is not much more than a crap-shoot. Be smart and grow your own – it’s the only way to keep knuckleheads like Haynesworth from ruining your team.

  10. homelanddefense says: Nov 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    actually he shows signs of good play. He often blows up his man and causes pressure in teh backfield but doesnt actually get the tackle or the sack but is the cause of it. And I dont think any player on the team has caused more holding penalties than Haynesworth. I really think he is just so old and out of shape that he cant keep it up for any length of time.

  11. lostsok says: Nov 7, 2011 4:16 PM

    How is this a “non-story”? The dynasty is unraveling and horrible acquisitions like this are the reason.

    This is almost as relevant as it is hilarious.

  12. getyourownname says: Nov 7, 2011 4:17 PM

    Call me crazy, but I could swear the former teams of these players had some reason for not keeping them.

    The only issue is whether Belichick gave up more than a wet dishrag to take a chance.

  13. bertilfox says: Nov 7, 2011 4:20 PM

    Albert & Ocho sayonara!

  14. raqaiw says: Nov 7, 2011 4:21 PM

    Brady can’t do it on his own.

  15. rexismybff says: Nov 7, 2011 4:24 PM

    I thought it would be fun watching Ocho and Albert self destruct this year and bring down the evil Pats with them. But those two are so shamefully bad in stealing money from the team, I almost feel sorry for Boston fan.

    Almost. But it’s still just insanely hilarious.

  16. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Nov 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    The Pat’s are also rotating their punching bags between Haynesworth ( also splits time with Edelman for team groper) and Ochostinko.

    Wes Welker against the Giants:
    9 catches, 136 yards, 0 TD.

    Chad Ochocinco for the entire 2011 season:
    9 catches, 136 yards, 0 TD.

  17. dgforreal says: Nov 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    Pepper Johnson? That’s a blast from the past right there.

  18. david7590 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:32 PM

    This is really beginning to look like Miami in the mid 1990′s as the end of Shula neared.

  19. bobhk says: Nov 7, 2011 4:36 PM

    Yet another bad FA signing by Belichick (along with Ochocinco). Can we say that Belichick the personnel man has been messing up.

  20. dohpey28 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:43 PM

    Maybe if Haynesworth took time to listen to someone like Pepper Johnson, who played with more heart in any 1 game he played in then Albert has played with in his entire career, he might not be the joke that he is around the league.

  21. briggsweatbird says: Nov 7, 2011 4:57 PM

    Maybe Haynesworth didn’t play after the touchdown because he has “diminished skills.” Best men play.

  22. nycoccet says: Nov 7, 2011 5:02 PM

    I was watching the Pats ,Giants game nd Ocho’s route running looked bad and at times he looked downright lost. He also didn’t create any seperation at all. Everyone always says that Pats system makes players look better than they are , what does that say for Ocho. I’d like to see this guy do good. He seems like a good guy. He sometimes creates distractions with twitter and stuff like that but not T.O like. Someone mentioned he’d be a number1 somewhere, but that doesn’t seem likely.

  23. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Nov 7, 2011 5:04 PM

    portnoychunk says:
    Nov 7, 2011 4:02 PM

    Hey, I have an idea. Let’s make a non-story into a story and then put it on the internet! You’re good at that Gregg! He drew at least one holding penalty and a few QB pressures that I saw….but keep sticking to your shoddy journalism!
    —————————————————————–

    I’m sure you were having a great time when it was the Jets on an 0-3 streak and all the foot jokes.

    How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot? (get it)

  24. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 7, 2011 5:09 PM

    Actually Hanesworth played well for the short time he was in there. The holding calls he draws from opposing offensive linemen are every bit as good as a sack. That being said the arguement he got in to with Pepper Johnson was minor…but if it got out of hand my money would have been on Pepper!

  25. jakek2 says: Nov 7, 2011 5:14 PM

    The Pats weren’t going to go undefeated at home until the end of time. Can we give all the dynasty-over talk a rest?

  26. mrgroovesd says: Nov 7, 2011 5:21 PM

    Wow, glad I didn’t pick Ochocinco in my fantasy pool. Didn’t know he was still playing.

  27. green41563 says: Nov 7, 2011 5:28 PM

    More anti-patriot stories? UGH.

    How about some positive coverage of some FA pickups who worked out, like Shaun Ellis from the Jets? They got him for only $5 million, and he already has 7 tackles this year.

  28. randomguy9999 says: Nov 7, 2011 5:30 PM

    Haynesworth’s plan is now complete!

    - convince coach I’m sincere: check
    - avoid taking real conditioning test – check
    - make it through preseason only playing for one series – check
    - do the absolute minimum to keep the checks rolling in – check
    - avoid playing the first 4 games except in the most extreme circumstances – check
    - keep on loafing until I’m benched so I can keep getting paid without working – check

    next he’ll be blaming BB for his system not being what Al was promised….

  29. bigjdve says: Nov 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    I think it is interesting that Haynesworth isn’t doing all that well in a place he said that he wanted to be.

    Oh wait, he said that in Washington as well, up until they decided to do something he didn’t like.

    He just doesn’t understand what it takes to truly win in a team sport.

    Chad – I think people might be right that he is too used to be able to do whatever he wants to do.

  30. screamingshovelpass says: Nov 7, 2011 5:36 PM

    Besides the Albert and Ocho debacle for the genius, I couldn’t help but wonder if Leigh Bodden or Meriweather might’ve been able to help on that last Giants drive…

  31. cowboyhater says: Nov 7, 2011 5:43 PM

    I bad as my Redskins have been this year, it gives me great pleasure to see the Pats crap out on Haynesworthless. He should have never been offered a job from any team in the league after the travesty of quitting on a NFL team. Did you honestly think he would change. Shame on the Pats front office for thinking that. I am glad to see Andre Carter having a good season with the Pats. He is a stand up player, and always busted his tail day in day out to be the player his is. Great locker room leader.

  32. ny82jy says: Nov 7, 2011 5:48 PM

    The pats are gonna experience something that they never do this weekend. Thats gonna be they lose 3 in a row and first place. The pats are nowhere near as good this year as they have been in recent years. Brady had a horrible game yesterday and by his standard hasnt had a good last few weeks. The cowboys should have beat them the steelers did beat them bad and the giants beat them in their house without their best rb and wr. This week the jets are taking them out at home and taking first place. The jets are gonna win this division because they are the only team in it that knows what defense is and how to play it. Numbers wise offensivly they are terrible. But they have a ton of talent to on offense and each week its been clicking more and more and getting better. Cant wait for sun night j-e-t-s jets jets jets!!!!! Thumbs down it go for it.

  33. jahbird says: Nov 7, 2011 7:10 PM

    But, but, but, Belicheck is a swaaaaaami (Eric Cartman voice).

    Is it safe yet for skins fans to say I told you so?

    I respect Bill, but nothing was going to change Al. Not the patriot way, not a hall of fame coach, not an incentive based contract. He already got paid. Dude simply doesn’t really care about being a football player.

    Do us all a favor and go race speed boats and chase white women Al.

  34. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 7, 2011 7:21 PM

    screamingshovelpass says:
    Nov 7, 2011 5:36 PM
    Besides the Albert and Ocho debacle for the genius, I couldn’t help but wonder if Leigh Bodden or Meriweather might’ve been able to help on that last Giants drive…
    ————————————
    Hmmm…is that the same Merryweather that was benched soon after being picked up by the Bears.

  35. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 7, 2011 7:51 PM

    Sorry, but didn’t the “Sorry” Patriots defense hold the Giants to 0 points at halftime? Didn’t Brady go like 4 straight drives with a 3 and out??

    At some point the QB has to sustain some drives to give the Defense a break. His defense played well enough to win… they gave Brady 2 short fields off of turnovers, but none of that will get mentioned because then the fault might shift to Brady… and we all know he’s perfect and if they lose, it’s can’t be his fault…

  36. goawayeverybody says: Nov 7, 2011 7:55 PM

    The Patriots defense was way better last year. True, they got abused in their playoff loss, but for the second half of the regular season last year, they were phenomenal. My take is that Belichick panicked following the playoff loss and decided to make a ton of drastic and unnecessary changes and now it is biting him and the team in the butt.

    My prediction is they don’t get things figured out in time to win the division but perhaps the Patriots will win a wildcard spot. I’m just not sure about this team.

  37. mwcarolina says: Nov 7, 2011 8:38 PM

    how is this a non-story???? it’s a non-story for the patroits (it’s not a big deal for them, it’s not like he’s the biggest issue), but considering that this is a guy who used to be paid 100 million dollars and is well known best for getting that big contract and giving up, then it’s always a story. and Albert, i normally want players to do well, well sadly, you arent one of them with the way you treated the Redskins.

  38. bhink73 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:39 PM

    The Pat’s are one Tom Brady injury away from being the Colts

  39. tundey says: Nov 7, 2011 9:31 PM

    lol at Fat Al being shown up as a bum. I don’t know why GMs just don’t read the local papers of free agents they are about to trade for. If the Redskins had, they won’t have given Fat Al so much money. And if the Pats had done the same, he would be out of the league by now (as he should be). Shocked that Haynesworth blew an assignment. Hey at least he didn’t roll around on the floor like he did in DC.

  40. section24 says: Nov 7, 2011 9:51 PM

    Its clear from the comments and the thumbs that the Pats fans come to this site a lot, but most Jets fans don’t bother. They go their forums for football discussion. On a team forum the trolls are easily identified.

  41. goawayeverybody says: Nov 8, 2011 12:53 AM

    tundey says:

    “… at least he didn’t roll around on the floor like he did in DC”

    Ha ha ha how true.

  42. bertilfox says: Nov 8, 2011 7:18 AM

    bhink73 says:
    Nov 7, 2011 8:39 PM
    The Pat’s are one Tom Brady injury away from being the Colts

    The Pats can actually run the ball and stop the run. They just can’t pass outside of the numbers and stop almost ANY pass anywhere! Their Special Teams aren’t all that good either.

  43. dikshuttle says: Nov 8, 2011 8:03 AM

    Stompy’s true colors shine yet again.

    Hail to ‘em.

  44. CKL says: Nov 8, 2011 9:19 AM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says:
    Nov 7, 2011 7:51 PM
    Sorry, but didn’t the “Sorry” Patriots defense hold the Giants to 0 points at halftime? Didn’t Brady go like 4 straight drives with a 3 and out??

    At some point the QB has to sustain some drives to give the Defense a break. His defense played well enough to win… they gave Brady 2 short fields off of turnovers, but none of that will get mentioned because then the fault might shift to Brady… and we all know he’s perfect and if they lose, it’s can’t be his fault…
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Trust me, 90% of the Pats fans I know blame the offense and TB about 60-100% for the loss on Sunday. We know the D is average at best and think they played well enough to win. TB was inaccurate and made some passes you don’t expect to see from veteran QBs. The past 2 losses are squarely on the offense. That’s the difference between us and most Colts fans. We can give blame to the”all everything” QB when he plays poorly even though the defense isn’t that good. ;)

  45. BAMNATION says: Nov 8, 2011 10:51 AM

    Haynesworth is not a bust when he took a huge paycut to sign w NE – his payday was w the Skins.

    He is a rotation guy that has huge upside but he was at least a fill in while Deadrick, Brace were on PuP.

    Pats threw out Bodden who was making more money and a bigger bust after signing a $22m contract and till on the books for $4m in 2011

  46. mauicat1 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:28 AM

    What in the world was Belichick thinking? I doubt that anyone watching the NFL, other than Belichick, would think that either Haynesworthless or Ochostinko still had the talent, or more importantly, the desire, to continue playing. Other than to get paid. Did the Patriots not pay attention to what happened to Albert in Washington? He gets huge money and quits on the ‘Skins. Ocho is just a pain in the butt. Pats got what they deserved.

  47. blowtorch1964 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:26 PM

    Every pass to #85 on Sunday was completely un-catchable. He is also stooopid, so he needs extra help learning the offense. Something the Pat’s coaching staff should get busy on since they have no other deep threat, and this hurts their offense.

    Haynesworth is another story, he is fat and lazy.

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