Bill Belichick opened his news conference in front of a packed house in the media workroom at Gillette Stadium by addressing the release of Albert Haynesworth:
“I’ll just say this on the Albert situation: both he and myself, speaking for the (coaching) staff – we really tried to make it work. He had a few physical limitations to overcome when he got here, but I thought he really tried to do what we asked him to do. We tried to work with him. In the end, it just didn’t work out. I think the best thing we could do was just move on,” Belichick said.
The first question, of course, was about Haynesworth, but before the reporter could even finish his question, Belichick said, “That’s all we have to say about it. We’ll talk about the guys that are here and move on to the Jets.”
Another question came, about whether what New England gave up was worth the risk, and Belichick replied, “It’s all done with. Onto the Jets.”
A league source said Belichick tried working with Haynesworth but he “didn’t put in any effort on or off the field.”
That point was underscored in the locker room, when one player said players have to produce. When it was noted that Chad Ochocinco hasn’t really produced to this point, the player countered that Ochocinco is putting in the effort and trying to improve.
When Belichick was asked if the strong play of Kyle Love at defensive tackle made it easier to cut ties with Haynesworth, he said that didn’t play a role.
Translation: Belichick had had enough of Haynesworth.