As the Washington Redskins' Albert Haynesworth saga continues, some people have tried to compare the wrath of hostility directed towards Haynesworth to the disappointing season the Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs had in 2009 right after signing his $60+ million contract in the off season. However, I see it having nothing in common and respond accordingly.
Here is the email with links I received from our buddy, Kevin, lead writer over at SB Nations' Redskins' site, Hogs Haven:
Interesting piece...what's your thought on Suggs and if he's like Haynesworth?? He looked good against Skins but did fans and/or players ever sour on him over the last year?
Everybody's fixating on the $32 million the Redskins have paid Albert Haynesworth the past year in return for nothing. How come Terrell Suggs is getting a free ride from the media? Last summer, Suggs, a pass-rush specialist, signed a deal with $39 million guaranteed -- and he already has the $39 million, as it was a rare front-loaded deal. What does Baltimore have? Suggs registered 4.5 sacks in 2009, or $8.7 million per sack. Last summer, Suggs celebrated his megadeal by reporting out of shape. This winter, with the $39 million already banked, he celebrated by skipping minicamp. Suggs has been nearly as much of a disappointment as Haynesworth.
You can disregard...I found a nice rebuttal of Eastwood here...
This was my response:
My thoughts: The difference is that Suggs reported to camp in July in great shape with a great attitude and easily passed his conditioning test. In Baltimore, and especially here on Baltimore Beatdown, Suggs took a beating for his lackluster performance in 2009, reporting to camp that summer out of shape whch probably added to his injury early on in camp. His stats weren't good at all, but I still defend him saying he had zero help on the pass rush so opponents constantly double-teamed him. This year, he is a vocal leader, fun-loving teasing guy, who is making the plays and the efforts needed to improve on last year, for which Ravens fans are behind him and very excited to see what he can do in 2010.
Good enough? Peace,