Albert Haynesworth says he’s not satisfied with his performance
|10.12.11 at 12:43 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Coming off a game where he played as many snaps (at least from a percentage standpoint) as he has all season, Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth feels optimistic about where he is five games into his career in New England.
That doesn’t mean he’s necessarily happy with his output to this point in the season.
“I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied. If I’m not making every tackle, every sack, every pass defense, I’m not satisfied. I’m OK with it, but I definitely want to increase and get a lot better and I want them to see what I can do,” said Haynesworth, who has two tackles and a quarterback hit this season.
“Ask my Mom,” he added when asked if he was a perfectionist. “I’ve had games when I was with the Titans when I’ve had three sacks, couple tackles for loss and things like that, and she would say, ‘Oh, how’d you play? You played great.’ I was like ‘Yeah, I played OK.’
“I want to be the best at what I do at all times. I never want to slack. If I make a tackle for a one-yard gain, it should have been for a one-yard loss. If I make a sack for a five-yard (loss), I think I should have had a sack, a strip and pick up the fumble.”
Asked how much longer it will be before he feels he’ll be at his best, Haynesworth smiled.
“Only God knows that question,” he answered.
Haynesworth has been slowed by a back problem, which left him sidelined for Weeks Three (against Buffalo) and Four (against Oakland). He returned last Sunday to face the Jets, and was utilized mostly as a third-down option along the defensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, he played 21 of New England’s 54 defensive snaps, or 39 percent — matching his performance in the season opener against the Dolphins, where he was on the field for 30 of a possible 77 snaps.
“The more I play, the more familiar I can get. Coach is not going to rush anything. He wants me to get my feet under me so I can play well,” Haynesworth said. “I feel OK. I’m still trying to shake some things or whatever, but as time goes, I’m feeling better and better and more comfortable in the whole scheme of things that I’m doing.”
Another thing that has Haynesworth optimistic is the state of New England’s defense. He echoes the words of Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, who said before the win over the Jets that the New England defense was headed in the right direction.
“I think we are,” Haynesworth said. “I think we’re starting to gel as a good defense and a defensive line and starting to get a feel for what everybody can do, and we’re just going to keep heading in the right direction.”
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