Friday, July 29, 2011
Patriots snag Haynesworth, Ochocinco
Once again, Bill Belicheck looks like a freakin' genius! In an unexpected series of events today, The New England Patriots trade for two superstars, former Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, and former Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Oh yeah, and just one little detail i forgot to mention in the middle of all this, THE. LOCKOUT. IS. OVER. Yep, finito. So what does this mean for the Pats? Well it definetley fills up some big holes on both the offensive and defensive side of the football. The Pats have been without a major defensive end since they traded away Richard Seymour to Oakland back in 2009, Haynseworth could defenitley be the guy to fill that whole. there are some questions as to whether or not he can fit in with the Patriots system, he flourished playing in a 4-3 defense with the Titans but with the Redskins the past few years he's been playing in a 3-4 defensive set and has voiced his displeasure. I don't see too much of a concern though, as the pats like to use multiple defensive fronts, and knowing Bellicheck, he likes to bring out the best in his players and im sure he wont have a problem doing that with Haynesworth. Now on to Ochocinco. The Patriots got both of these guys for late round draft picks over the next two years by the way (classic Bellicheck, low risk, high reward). The other big move of the day was acquiring wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Ochocinco isn't just another weapon for Tom Brady, he can be used, along with Deion Branch, as a deep threat and someone who can stretch the field. They've needed a legitimate deep threat ever since the Randy Moss fallout last season. This was most exposed in that AFC division game in the playoffs against the Jets last year. If you've been following these two players over the years then you know that they have some character issues which makes this trade questionable to some people. Honestly though I just think of this as another Bill Bellicheck renovation project. Look what what he did with Corey Dillion and Moss, he took from scrub nobodies to superstars who helped lead the Patriots to multiple Super bowls, winning two of them. a lot of people (including me) are making them the favorites to win it all now after these deals, and why not? One thing is for sure though I can't wait for even the preseason to get started, because this is going to be one of the best football seasons league wide we've seen in a long time!