Fat Albert Haynesworth was quite a disappointment this season.
He came to the New England Patriots with high expectations despite what was one of the worst two-year stretches in the history of the NFL in 2009 and 2010 with the Washington Redskins. For someone with a $100 million contract, Haynesworth was playing like he didn't owe the Skins' a damn thing.
He was lazy, unmotivated, overweight, and hated by every Redskin fan with a brain.
In New England, he seemed motivated, but he was still out of shape. His potential, however, is what blinded all the experts. People expected Big Al to miraculously transform back to his 2008 self. They expected him to team up with Vince Wilfork and wreak havoc on every offensive line they faced together.
Well, obviously, none of that happened.
He never even started, with unheralded defensive tackle Kyle Love stealing most of the snaps, and could never really build on the momentum he had after a terrific opening game against the Miami Dolphins.
Haynesworth wasn't all bad. He was a force against the run, and constantly demanded double-teams. The problem was that he didn't mesh well with the coaching staff (earth shattering revelation) and he had trouble staying healthy.
On Sunday's game against the New York Giants, Haynesworth played one second half snap before being benched. He ended up feuding with assistant coach Pepper Johnson on the sideline, and Patriots fans everywhere knew it was only a matter of time before dictator Bill Belichick released his wayward warrior.
Haynesworth's key 2011 stats
6 games, 3 tackles, 0 sacks