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RE: 3-4 Defense Switch – Haynesworth On Record

NFP recently posted these quotes from Albert Haynesworth about the 3-4 switch, they are enlightening:

Haynesworth loudly let it be known near the end of last season that he felt stunted in the defense Blache preferred, and was not allowed to be a playmaker like he was in Tennessee. Well, playing nose tackle in a 3-4 will make life a whole lot more challenging for Haynesworth, and he’s candid that he isn’t the man for the job. Haynesworth appeared on Sirius NFL Radio today with hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon with the transcription done by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, and it got to the point that the hosts asked Haynesworth if he’s asked for a trade out of D.C.

“I haven’t really had a whole lot of conversations about it to them,” Haynesworth said of the new coaching staff. “I don’t know, I guess whatever. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do or to say. I’m under contract there, so there’s nothing I can really say about it. You look at all the nose tackles in the NFL, they’re all the same type guys. Like me, I’m 6-6, 330, 340 pounds, whatever. Most of those guys are short, stubbier, pretty much stump-type guys. I don’t think I’m built to be a nose tackle, to be honest.”

Haynesworth likened playing end in a 3-4 scheme to being a tackle in a 4-3 scheme but that’s really not the case. The end in a 3-4 is going to be asked to hold up an awful lot of blocks. If Haynesworth was unhappy last season, look, he’s setting himself up in March to be an unhappy camper once again.

“I mean, I wouldn’t really say that (I’m setting myself up to be a distraction),” Haynesworth said. “We’ve got a good coach and all that stuff. Whatever they ask me to do, that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not gonna be a distraction or anything. I’m just gonna do what they ask me to do.”

Then, he was asked about the idea of requesting a trade?

“Nah, I haven’t done anything like that,” Haynesworth said. “Hopefully they put me at end and that’s where I play at. End in 3-4 is the same thing as a defensive tackle in the 4-3, I believe.”

The debate can be had about who you think is the proto-typical nose tackle in the NFL and what they look like — but “short and stumpy” is not how I characterize them.

Especially not this guy:

Jay Ratliff
Height: 6-4
Weight: 303

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