Q: What do you think of the signing?
A: Honestly, this is just another addition to a great defense, a player that will come help us out. We've talked about having a push in the middle. Having a big tackle that can do that will definitely help us out in the long run as far as not only on the line, but in the backfield. It will force turnovers and get interceptions that we need and bring that momentum.
Q: How much have you seen him play?
A: All I've seen are highlights and I've admired him. He's been playing his butt off. From what I know is he's very respected. I heard he intimidated offensive linemen and the offensive side of the ball. He's a great addition.
Q: How does this free you up?
A: It does provide the one on one, not only for myself but for Jason and whoever is lined up next to Haynesworth at the other tackle position. I've seen time in and time out where he's double and triple teamed. Someone has to win, no doubt about it. The man is taking up two or three guys. It helps me and Jason because there were times during the season last year=2
0where I'm double teamed to the point where I'm going against a tackle and all of a sudden a guard comes out of nowhere blasts me good. That can be kind of frustrating.
Q: That must be very frustrating.
A: You're like I'm so close, but when the other guy comes in it makes things difficult for you and the opportunities are so slim. You want to do inside moves but you know this guard or the running back is protecting that side so taking chances is limited. But with Albert there and Jason and the other guys coming back it makes things more open. The level of communication, as far as chances we can take and the tackles blasting up field and we're coming underneath, those are more available.
Q: What about Shawn Springs leaving?
A: I had a few great years with him. It's the nature of the business. I wish him well. I hope he gets picked up and continues to play hard. He's a great guy; I'm sure his presence will be missed. The other one was Marcus because you can't replace a guy like that. Not only in football, but in life itself. His level of energy…When I came here he helped me stay relaxed. He taught me to live in the moment. That's one of the guys I'll truly miss. He gave me a second chance of playing this game and looking at football in a different perspective.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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