Blache: Haynesworth's not King Kong

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Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache said that All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth isn’t King Kong or Superman.

But Blache wasn’t disappointed that Haynesworth had just four tackles, no sacks and no hurries in the season-opening loss to the New York Giants.

“I thought he played well,” Blache said. “… made some plays in the run game, got some pressure at times in the passing game. They paid a great deal of attention to him, turned the protection to him. He was definitely a factor in the way the game transpired. I was pleased with the way he performed.”

Blache disagreed that Haynesworth was a big factor in middle linebacker London Fletcher being free to run the ball and make 18 tackles.

“That’s London doing London’s job and Albert’s doing Albert’s job,” Blache said. “I don’t think that Albert’s presence gave London more tackles. I don’t buy that. Albert’s a good player, but let’s not make him King Kong. The guys that played there last year [helped] the linebackers [too]. He did his job, a good player. a very, very good player but not Superman.”

- David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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