New England Patriots Links 9/09/11 - Haynesworth Talks a Good Game, Now He Has To Play One

Monique Walker reports Albert Haynesworth said he is ready to reintroduce himself to the NFL.

"Last year, I didn’t think I was going to play because I was playing a lot of scout team,’’ he said. "Now I’m in the system and I’m playing and practicing. I think it’s time for me - I guess, the sleeping giant - to awaken and go back out there on the field and play football again.’’

"I like everything, we’re just getting after it,’’ Haynesworth said. "Coach [Bill] Belichick is a great coach and he uses what he has.’’

"Everybody’s for you, no matter what happens,’’ he said. "If a guy does something or whatever, it doesn’t matter, we’re all behind him and we’re not going to pass judgment or anything like that. It’s all about everybody being for you and everybody having your back. "All you’ve got to do is play football.’’

Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss break down Patriots vs. Dolphins Monday night.

Tedy: This is why the Dolphins brought [offensive coordinator Brian Daboll] in. It's about having success against this Patriots defense, and he's had some in the past. Expect some of the same things you saw in Cleveland last season, as Daboll was the Browns' offensive coordinator the past two years. Multiple shifts. Multiple motions. Make the Patriots adjust. The Patriots have been the big boys of this division, beating up on the Dolphins. The Dolphins know they need to score points to keep up with the Patriots, and what the Browns did last season against New England had to catch their eye. Daboll also has them throwing it down the field more. So look out for jump balls to Brandon Marshall. Big receivers have had success against this Patriots secondary in the past.

Tedy: The Dolphins have two good corners, so you figure they'll be matched up against the receivers, and can those receivers get open? If not, you're looking to the inside, where Gronkowski and Hernandez do some of their best work. They could have some opportunities in this game, matched up against a safety or linebacker, which should be a win for the Patriots most of the time. Look for the Patriots' tight ends to make an impact Monday night.

Jim Lazar says the league is surrounded by ex-Patriots this year.

In fact, as the NFL kicks off full time on Sunday, there may be a former New England Patriot on every team in the league, thanks to the crumbs of Bill Belichick being pecked up like a seagull scavenging outside Kelly’s Roast Beef at Revere Beach.

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