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Trotter's Take
Jim Trotter
October 15, 2007
Albert Haynesworth's reputation certainly has turned. In '06 the Titans defensive tackle (right) was a pariah after he stomped on Cowboys center Andre Gurode; soon he could be the NFL's highest-paid defender. In his final contract year he's dominating for the 3--1 Titans, who are fifth in the NFL in run defense.... Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith can expect calls before the trade deadline from teams in need of a frontline runner. Michael Turner gained 147 yards on 10 carries at Denver and has averaged 6.2 yards per rush over four seasons. Smith insists he won't deal Turner, who'll be an unrestricted free agent after the season, but will some club (the Bucs? the Pack?) make him an offer he can't refuse? ... Niners fans might want to cover their eyes when the team comes off its bye and visits the Giants on Oct. 21. San Francisco had an October bye each of the past two years, and the subsequent games were losses of 52--17 at Washington and 41--10 at Chicago.
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October 15, 2007

Trotter's Take

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Albert Haynesworth's reputation certainly has turned. In '06 the Titans defensive tackle (right) was a pariah after he stomped on Cowboys center Andre Gurode; soon he could be the NFL's highest-paid defender. In his final contract year he's dominating for the 3--1 Titans, who are fifth in the NFL in run defense.... Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith can expect calls before the trade deadline from teams in need of a frontline runner. Michael Turner gained 147 yards on 10 carries at Denver and has averaged 6.2 yards per rush over four seasons. Smith insists he won't deal Turner, who'll be an unrestricted free agent after the season, but will some club (the Bucs? the Pack?) make him an offer he can't refuse? ... Niners fans might want to cover their eyes when the team comes off its bye and visits the Giants on Oct. 21. San Francisco had an October bye each of the past two years, and the subsequent games were losses of 52--17 at Washington and 41--10 at Chicago.

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