I’m hearing a whole lot of people suggesting Albert Haynesworth should have been playing the other night because the Redskins would have stopped the run with him… yeah, the Colts would have been the team they are and not run at all. However, Peyton Manning is better than anyone at going simply with the pass, they’ve succeeded at it for years. Manning would use short, quick passes in place of the run. The other problem is, while Albert Haynesworth may very well be in better shape and condition than he was in last year, he wouldn’t have held up with the rate at which Manning and the Colts ran their hurry-up offense.
We would have seen Albert struggling to get back to the line, and we would have seen him rolling on the ground winded while coaches are forced to burn a timeout. There surely would have been plenty of offsides penalties against the Redskins as well.
When Haynesworth proves he’s in well enough shape to play your average game, I can’t believe he’s in good enough shape to handle the task of what Peyton Manning would have done (and did do) the other night. It was evident that even our best-conditioned defensive players were struggling with fatigue, and we went very few downed-linemen because of the problems the quickness of the Colts getting to the line creates.
So yes, while Haynesworth’s presence could have eliminated the threat of the Colts running game, the yards and everything would have still been there through Manning’s short-pass, penalties, and ultimately, we could have buried ourselves with timeouts being spent unnecessarily.