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Redskins Have NFL's Most Dominant Defender


(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


I know this has been mentioned a few times, but I wanted to put the full poll results from this week's Sports Illustrated up here.

The magazine asked 296 NFL players who the league's most dominant defensive player is, and Albert Haynesworth won fairly easily. Three of the top five defenders play in this media market, if you define it broadly. Only 17 players received multiple votes. The leaders:

1. Albert Haynesworth, 19 percent
2. Ed Reed, 14 percent
3. DeMarcus Ware, 13 percent
4. James Harrison, 10 percent
5. Ray Lewis, 8 percent

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 7, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
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Comments

I would imagine we would have 2 of the top 5 if Sean Taylor were still alive.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

We'd have numbers one and two.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

you guys are crazy. taylor was on his way to stardom, but he was no ed reed. surprised not to see polamalu on that list....

Posted by: putnam23 | October 7, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the Steelers Troy Polamalu is not listed in that top 5, I'm not a Steelers fan but he just might be the best defender in the league.

Posted by: zxhoya | October 7, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I heard a stat on ESPN that was very surprising to me. I may have the numbers slightly off but in 2008-2009 *with* Haynesworth in the lineup over 12 games, Tennessee gave up something like 12 ppg. Without Haynesworth, over 8 games, it was something like 26 ppg. Hard to believe an interior lineman can make that kind of difference but the numbers support his dominance.

Posted by: jksesq1 | October 7, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised at all. All I do is watch him when he's in and dude is impressive. Thas even without all the big numbers.

Posted by: sire1 | October 7, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

you guys are crazy. taylor was on his way to stardom, but he was no ed reed. surprised not to see polamalu on that list....

Posted by: putnam23 | October 7, 2009 2:18 PM

You are crazy. Taylor was an absolute beast. He could hit, cover, good hands, intimidator, size, strength, speed...total package for what you want in a safety. Go to youtube and see how many highlight films people made just on his short career. Ed Reed covers great and is amazing after he picks off a pass, but nowhere NEAR the hitter or intimidator that Taylor was. Taylor was definitely more the total package. RIP Sean Taylor

Posted by: Alvin_Walton | October 7, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"you guys are crazy. taylor was on his way to stardom, but he was no ed reed."

I'm assuming you're either twelve years old, related to Ed Reed, or never saw Sean Taylor play. Reed's nice, but there's no comparison. Not even close. Any GM in the league would rather want ST back there. The dude redefined the position.

Posted by: RIP-21 | October 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I love Troy Polamalu, but the reason he's not on this list is that he runs himself out of position more often than a "dominant" defender should.

And I was as big a Sean Taylor fan as anybody, but you could make a fair argument that Ed Reed is the best pure football player in the world. Taylor was a freak of nature: at the time of his death, he was only beginning to tap into his full potential, and if he'd lived, I have no doubt he'd have become the greatest safety in NFL history. But Ed Reed has scored eleven TDs and has 44 interceptions in only slightly more than seven seasons, and is probably the only defensive player in the NFL who can flat-out win a game by himself when Baltimore's offense doesn't show up. His responsibilities are only slightly less than those of a quarterback, and he's deadly once he gets the ball in his hands.

Posted by: manalive | October 7, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I am almost sixty years old and i have seen some great defenders in my time before the leagues merged the old AFL had some serious as you young folks like to say "ballers" but Sean Taylor was one of kind size,speed,great tackler, and a great attitude about the game and it's legacy.I think the word great is overused in sports today but Sean Taylor was right there ask Brett Frave about Taylor,i think that game they lost to GB was Sean's last as a Redskin and Farve will tell you he was reluctant to throw deep against Taylor and this comming from a future HOF'er.Albert Haynesworth is as good as advertised and will get better if he adhere's to Blache's scheme, but man Sean Taylor....... man do i miss that kid.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 7, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Taylor was a pretty rare one: a franchise safety. Akin to a franchise QB for the defense.

His death appears to have precipitated quite a number of followup catastrophes: the loss of Gibbs and Grilliams leading to the current state of the team. What would things be like if Gibbs and Grilliams were still here and he was leading the defense?

Posted by: periculum | October 7, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

They must be basing this on last year's performance. This year, Fat Albert has been a big steaming pile of crap.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 7, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

They must be basing this on last year's performance. This year, Fat Albert has been a big steaming pile of crap.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins
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Are you serious? You just proved you know absolutely NOTHING about football to make that statement. Last year Haynesworth had a career high 8.5 sacks. That's about 1/2 sack a game. What are you expecting from him, to lead the league in sacks? He's clogged the middle and collapsed the pocket repeatedly while taking on double and triple teams and allowed Fletcher to lead the league in tackles. If you had half a clue you'd know that.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster | October 7, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Jared Allen looked pretty good Monday night

Posted by: fitzfacts | October 8, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Fat Albert has been a great addition to Redskin Defense. Really what games have you been watching? Yeah fat Albert was worth what Danny is paying him. He earned his pay check every time he went to the side lines. Fat Albert needs a conditioning program. Playing rugby in the off season would improve his stamina. Oh wait real football players dont have the conditioning or the physical skills to play rugby almost non stop for 45 minutes!

Fat Albert where is Bill with some Jello when you need him!

Posted by: vaherder | October 8, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Just further proof that crack is the drug of choice for the 296 player polled!

Posted by: rlomax67 | October 13, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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