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Albert Haynesworth looking familiar to Lions' coach

When Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz served as the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator, he designed a 4-3 scheme to feature the talents of a young three-technique tackle named Albert Haynesworth.

Essentially, Schwartz permitted Haynesworth to freelance while other interior lineman maintained gap responsibilities, giving Haynesworth almost unheard of freedom at his position. Haynesworth was selected first-team all-pro during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and the Redskins in February of 2009 lured Haynesworth from Tennessee with a record-setting contract that included $41 million in guaranteed money.

While reviewing film of the Redskins' most recent game, Schwartz saw something familiar to him, he said Wednesday in a phone interview.

"It's him playing in a 4-3. It's him being disruptive, attacking blockers, knocking them back, affecting the run and the pass," Schwartz said of Haynesworth's dominant performance in the Redskins' 17-14 victory over the Chicago Bears. "I mean, he was hard to handle one-on-one. Those are the things I remember about Albert. He affected that game.

"Any time you're a defensive lineman, and you can point to not just the behind-the-scenes contribution to a win, but you can point to plays that were big plays in your defense, it is [impressive]. ... Generally, defensive tackles are sort of the unsung heroes. You don't notice them a lot, but they clog up the run or they do a good job pressuring the passer inside. When you can make impact plays at those positions, it's not only obvious, but it's a big contribution to the win."

The nine-year veteran played Sunday at a level he had shown previously only for the Titans. Haynesworth had his first sack of the season and repeatedly collapsed the pocket in his first game since the Week 4 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, often while occupying multiple blockers. Haynesworth was in the Bears' backfield throughout the game and had two tackles for losses and two quarterback hits.

"That's one of the reasons the Redskins paid him so much money," Schwartz said. "When he gets moving, he's very difficult to block. He is a guy that's a very good athlete, he's a very smart football player, and he's tremendously big. And you combine all three of those, and it's very difficult to block him.

"That's one of the reasons, like I said, that he had so much success. That's one of the reasons he had so much success last week. And again, it's one of the reasons he was in such demand as a draft pick and also a free agent."

The Lions and Titans were reportedly among the teams that had the most interest in Haynesworth, who requested to be traded in June. Schwartz did not deny having interest in being reunited with Haynesworth.

"Well, we're interested in about any player who can help us," Schwartz said. "We're always going to look for players we think that can fit our scheme that can help us. ... I think I'll just leave it at that."

By Jason Reid  | October 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense, Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

Biggest game of the season. Win gives us a winning record first half of season, momentum into the bye, confidence, and we can go .500 on out and get into the show.

Losing would be bad.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 27, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh goodie...a Haynesworth post...and a long one at that.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Regrading all the QB chatter -- it's also worth noting the Bears have the #5 defense.

Posted by: siris | October 27, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Another beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 27, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is for the posters last week who said i was delussional for putting up an argument for Haynesworth..That I don't get it..That Haney is considered a dog in the lockeroom..all i can say to that is stop believing everything you read and hear on ESPN, WPL, WaPo RI blog, etc...The mans a beast and we need him to win..Shanny will never admit this but he's never wrong so that's that...Haney for defensive player of the year...yah i said it!

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to dress as a Raven fan this year for Halloween only I don't have a mullet, a pressed-in stache', any black heavy metal concert t-shirts or skin-tight acid washed jeans.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 27, 2010 11:43 AM

Don't forget to try and throw in some purple, black and white camouflage or Zubaz pants to go along with your tucked in Elvis Grbac jersey.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 12:03 PM |

Agreed. Since the IROC is in the shop again, they can ride their purple BMX bike to the stadium with their 45 year old, unemployed buddy sporting Oakley Gargoule sunglasses (purple, of course) standing on the back of the foot pegs, mullets flapping in the wind as they cross Russell St. against traffic.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to dress as a Raven fan this year for Halloween only I don't have a mullet, a pressed-in stache', any black heavy metal concert t-shirts or skin-tight acid washed jeans.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 27, 2010 11:43 AM

Don't forget to try and throw in some purple, black and white camouflage or Zubaz pants to go along with your tucked in Elvis Grbac jersey.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 12:03 PM |

Agreed. Since the IROC is in the shop again, they can ride their purple BMX bike to the stadium with their 45 year old, unemployed buddy sporting Oakley Gargoyle sunglasses (purple, of course) standing on the back of the foot pegs, mullets flapping in the wind as they cross Russell St. against traffic.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@ Personal_Fowl and Play Action.....

Freakin' HILARIOUS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | October 27, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

.....they can ride their purple BMX bike to the stadium with their 45 year old, unemployed buddy sporting Oakley Gargoyle sunglasses (purple, of course) standing on the back of the foot pegs, mullets flapping in the wind as they cross Russell St. against traffic......

Thanks for the lunchtime humor!! More posts like this and less from doomsayers/mcnabb haters/pessimists

Posted by: kirkoman | October 27, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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