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Haynesworth the latest personnel miscue by Belichick


We wrote last week how the Patriots have mismanaged their secondary over the last few years.

They have spent a lot of resources there, with very little to show for it.

It’s not like Bill Belichick has been on a roll picking players to help the pass rush either.  Albert Haynesworth’s release highlights how desperate this team has been to get consistent pressure on the quarterback. For a while.

Remember Adalius Thomas? How about Derrick Burgess?  While Haynesworth got most of the attention as a bust this year, he was making a bigger impact than Shaun Ellis this year. Ellis is making $4 million.

Our buddy Tom Curran of goes through the list of recent Belichick personnel blunders. Most of them are on defense. They haven’t been able to find a pass rusher in the draft.

There have been successes too: Free agent pickups Brian Waters and Andre Carter have brought a lot to the team this year. New England’s 2010 draft was a huge success.

In the end, the Patriots have two big weaknesses: Their pass rush and their secondary. The Patriots were always great at fixing problems in the past, but these issues have plagued them for years now.

Belichick has to go back to the drawing board, because signing Haynesworth didn’t solve anything.

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37 Responses to “Haynesworth the latest personnel miscue by Belichick”
  1. greenpacker says: Nov 9, 2011 10:26 AM

    belichick knew the team lacked talent thats why they went on a sorry spending spree for old talent and low character guys at the last minute.

  2. lightofkolob says: Nov 9, 2011 10:29 AM

    Trading Randy Moss didn’t help the Patriots very much either. Moss made big plays for NE last year.

  3. sj39 says: Nov 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    The end.

  4. theslex says: Nov 9, 2011 10:35 AM

    On the topic of pass rush, let’s not forget that the Patriots were in prime position to draft Clay Mathews III but chose instead to trade the pick to Green Bay.

    If, in hindsight, that doesn’t count as a personnel blunder, I don’t know what does…

  5. thetooloftools says: Nov 9, 2011 10:35 AM

    Fat Albertsworth is going to be a Raider.

  6. billinva says: Nov 9, 2011 10:36 AM

    I think poor coaching comes into play as well. Belichick needs to bring some new blood in from outside the organization and introduce some new ideas.

  7. madtolive5 says: Nov 9, 2011 10:40 AM

    This wasn’t a miscue. This was a low risk move.
    Ocho was a miscue, the draft has been a miscue.

    When you pick up someone nobody wants for 1.5 million and a 5th round pick and he doesn’t work. That isn’t a miscue or a mistake. it was a gamble.

  8. turdfurgerson68 says: Nov 9, 2011 10:41 AM

    He’s been about 50/50…just like the rest of the league. Its just more pronounced because everyone loves to dump on New England.

  9. rpmcanes says: Nov 9, 2011 10:51 AM

    Losing Scott Pioli was a huge blow to the Patriots when it comes to personnel. He was the only one with the clout to challenge Belichick on draft & free agent moves.

  10. zoxitic says: Nov 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    Lately, he’s starting to look more like the Cleveland Brown Bill Belichick than the New England Patriot Bill Belichick.

  11. zoxitic says: Nov 9, 2011 10:58 AM

    When I saw the clip of him not being able to figure out how to change the clock in his car the genius thoughts stopped immediately.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    90% of being a successful coach is having a great quarterback. When Brady retires, Belichick will no longer be a good coach.

  13. edge3281 says: Nov 9, 2011 11:08 AM

    The real issue no one seems to notice is that their defense started sucking at the time they were caught cheating. Now that they don’t have an unfair advantage it seems they can’t fix their defense. I doubt this is a coincidence.

  14. test2402 says: Nov 9, 2011 11:11 AM

    Its almost lunch time.

  15. rpiotr01 says: Nov 9, 2011 11:19 AM

    “They haven’t been able to find a pass rusher in the draft.”

    Yes they did. They found Clay Matthews staring them in the face and said, “No thanks, we’d rather have 3 mediocre/ average DBs.”

  16. numberonesteelerhater says: Nov 9, 2011 11:25 AM

    Should have cut Ocho Stinko instead of Haynesworth. Then he could be reunited with his buddies in Oakland. (Housh and Palmer)

  17. citizenstrange says: Nov 9, 2011 11:30 AM

    The Patriots haven’t been the same on defense since trading Seymour.

    He was their best defensive player and he was in his prime. I still don’t get it.

  18. radrntn says: Nov 9, 2011 11:32 AM

    c’m,on now , this is the great belladick you are refering to. You don’t know what the tuck you are talking about. GO REFS!

  19. mondzy805 says: Nov 9, 2011 11:41 AM

    Can’t blame him for going for gold. Credit for cutting his loses. This is from a 49ers fan.

  20. rodgersrules says: Nov 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    their WRs are a problem area too

  21. racerx1225 says: Nov 9, 2011 11:57 AM

    Props to Oakland for landing Pro Bowler Richard Seymour from the Patsys. Hows Moss doing for ya now? Hows that pass rush since you let him go? lol

  22. racerx1225 says: Nov 9, 2011 11:58 AM

    And they’ll regret cutting Bodden too. Stupid.

  23. sharkcatcher says: Nov 9, 2011 12:22 PM

    Didn’t the Patriots have an undefeated season recently…I was out of country ..did they win it all that year?

  24. philrat says: Nov 9, 2011 12:24 PM

    They need to improve the front office. They are missing too often with their high draft picks.

  25. JSpicoli says: Nov 9, 2011 12:28 PM

    But Bellichick is a genius who has feces that smell like mint. Or could it be that he has a HOF QB?

    I’m making an Idiot’s guide to becoming a genius head coach in the NFL. It has one chapter, have a HOF QB, or one performing at that level.

  26. lgwelsh1 says: Nov 9, 2011 12:29 PM

    It was a low risk move that didn’t work out. Big deal, if it was any other team it wouldn’t be such a big deal.

  27. mgp1219 says: Nov 9, 2011 12:46 PM

    So much for BB’s genius status, and a defensive genius, at that. He got lucky to have Brady and a group of very good defensive players a few years back. He’s an arrogant ass whose true meediocrity is showing.

  28. ultimatecardinalwarrior says: Nov 9, 2011 1:18 PM

    Fire Belichick.

  29. portnoychunk says: Nov 9, 2011 1:23 PM

    Yeah, they have the best record in football the past 10 years, have 3 SB titles, went 16-0 during the regular season in 2006-2007 and went 11-5 with a QB who hadn’t played a snap since high school. He will make some bad decisions like anybody in the league. Essentially, since his core defense left, he has needed to rebuild and hasn’t done so yet successfully. In that time he’s not had a losing record and is currently 5-3 and tied for 1st place. Most teams rebuilding constitutes at least 3-4 seasons of terrible football, reaping some high draft picks and starting over from scratch. The man has rebuilt on the fly and people still want to tear him down. It’s comical.

  30. schmokes says: Nov 9, 2011 1:26 PM

    If the NFL would just allow the pats to videotape other teams again, they might do a better job of scouting potential free agents.

  31. goawayeverybody says: Nov 9, 2011 1:33 PM

    It’s time for Patriots fans to be honest with themselves. This team just isn’t the same without all the cheating they did for years. It’s easy to play great defense when you know exactly what the offense is going to throw at you!

  32. footballmaven says: Nov 9, 2011 1:35 PM

    Yeah but we suckered the Jets into taking Vernon Gholston a couple years ago, right fellow Pats fans?

  33. southyank7 says: Nov 9, 2011 1:42 PM

    he’s a super genius (extreme sarcasm) lets trade this draft pick for 2 picks n next yrs draft
    (next draft) hey lets trade this pick for a higher pick next yr & Player 2 be named later, its been working SO WELL…lmao your reign(cheating) is over

  34. sjhesketh says: Nov 9, 2011 1:52 PM

    You people putting all of their success due to Brady’s presence…you do realize they went 11-5 just a couple of years ago while Brady missed the whole year with an ACL?

  35. cowboyhater says: Nov 9, 2011 2:02 PM

    Thanks for that 5th rd pick for Haynesworthless, sincerely Redskins.

  36. mrconnors says: Nov 9, 2011 2:41 PM

    Spygate was them taping the opposing teams defensive signals. I’m not sure how that’s supposed to help the Patriots defense. Oddly enough, the Patriots offense hasn’t fared too badly since 2007. Yep, what a “huge” advantage spygate was.

  37. andyb053 says: Nov 9, 2011 3:08 PM

    As a Skins fan I feel so vindicated by this move. Let’s be honest, we don’t get to relish in making a correct personnel move very often.

    I’m also reminded of how many Pats fans were trashing the Skins for letting big Al go for so cheap, praising it as a low-risk move. You’re right, it was low risk, but it’s not very often where us Skins fans get to celebrate the better end of a trade, even if it’s a late-round pick.

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