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Albert Haynesworth says he’s not satisfied with his performance

10.12.11 at 12:43 pm ET
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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.

‘€œI 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.

‘€œAsk my Mom,’€ he added when asked if he was a perfectionist. ‘€œI’€™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.’€™

‘€œI 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.

‘€œOnly 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.

‘€œThe 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. ‘€œI 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.

‘€œI think we are,’€ Haynesworth said. ‘€œI 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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