There have been a lot of comparisons between Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth finished fourth in the balloting for Defensive Player of the Year behind Pittsburgh outside linebacker James Harrison, Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Ravens safety Ed Reed.
Both Ngata and Haynesworth are great run stoppers but what makes Haynesworth better is what separates former Ravens DT Sam Adams from Ngata. Both Adams and Haynesworth could collapse a pocket during pass rush. They didn't always make a sack, but they provided consistent pressure up the middle. Both Adams and Haynesworth had great "get offs" on the snap of the ball, and got penetration which caused a lot of problems.
For Ngata to take the next step, he has to have more impact on the opposition's passing game.
Editor's note: A previous version of this blog post incorrectly stated Haynesworth's finish in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.