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Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:12 pm
 
HaynesworthPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With Albert Haynesworth’s first practice complete with his new Buccaneers teammates, he told reporters, including the St. Pete Times, "I’m excited. This is where I should have been like, three, years ago. I think all good things come to somebody who waits."

Forget for a minute that Haynesworth said basically the same thing at the beginning of September when he had just arrived in New England: "To me, it's a career-saving place for me to come. I had no idea it would be like this, but it's unbelievable, and I wish I took two years ago and came here."

The real question is why the Buccaneers -- and, according to PFT, ONLY the Buccaneers -- would put a waiver claim on a guy who’s seemingly still talented but tends also not to give a crap about anything that’s happening around him on the football field.  It’s because, as general manager Mark Dominik told NFL.com, the team was desperate after losing Gerald McCoy for the season with another torn biceps injury.

"If that doesn't happen, this doesn't happen, we don't claim Haynesworth," Dominik said. "The reality, we lost Gerald for the season, we're 4-4 and still in the thick of it, we've lost our last two and we're one game off the wild card. We don't think we're out of it.”

So, the Buccaneers decided to pick up a guy who, as my colleague Ryan Wilson puts it, has “previously shown great skill at lying motionless on the field, and his play in New England rendered him virtually invisible."

Dominik has done his homework on Haynesworth, watching multiple times all 134 of the plays involving Haynesworth this season.

"I saw disruption," Dominik said. "I saw strength, a finisher, a guy with the ability to put a lot of pressure on an offense. He's still able to be a penetrating force. He can hit it and go. I didn't see as much dogging it, but I did see the last play, where he played a 1-gap technique, and I can see why it got them frustrated. He opened up the run lane, and (Brandon) Jacobs walked in the end zone. That said, I didn't see a guy that didn't care. He battled and competed. I think he's worthy of an opportunity."

Apparently, he’s off to a good start. Coach Raheem Morris told reporters that Haynesworth picked up the defensive system quickly. He’s not sure if Haynesworth will play this Sunday, but Morris said Haynesworth could go about 35 plays if need be.

But there’s no doubt Dominik will be watching Haynesworth closely. Because, as we all know, Haynesworth’s previous two places of employment probably wouldn’t give much of a recommendation.

He did have one other interesting comment when speaking to reporters today. He said he didn’t sign with Tampa Bay in 2009 because there was too much water and too much son and he worried he couldn’t focus solely on football after he bought a big boat.
 
It’s a good thing he’s gotten past all those focus issues, eh?



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Comments

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

another slug in the world of highly overpaid athletes, does it surpise anyone?



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

packerfan , I believe Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's contracts are guarenteed ....



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

He really seems to have a great attitude, I think things will be much different in Tampa......for Tampa fans that is, they will have a player to hate watch dog it on the field because he's out shape, and really doesn't ivea s---t.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

This guy is definitely in the top five for most overpaid player's in leaue history.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

it is a typo, let me guess you are perfect and never make mistakes.

It's his job not to make them. 



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

To his defense, a lot of times bug guys up front don;t get the tackle/sack stats because they are hit immeditelyon the snap by the O-line. Thus LB's are more likely to stuff run plays or get an easy match against a RB or TE. Some big guys stuff the middle and that's whatthey need to do. Another note is that Bellicjeck has cut his whole defensive secondary, traded Richard Seymour and drafts all offensive players so his pretty boy Brady can get the stats. I personalythink Bellicheck overreacts anytime someone questions him. The New England defense is pitiful and it showed against NYG and Pit, teams they couldn't manhandle on offense. 



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

it is a typo, let me guess you are perfect and never make mistakes.



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

Basically this guy played really hard and above his skill level for one year because his agent convinced him he would get ridicuosly overpaid, and he was right. Once he got paid he went back to his loafing ways. If he was a horse he would have been put down by now.




Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

because there was too much water and too much son and he worried


Too much water and too much son



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Haynesworth spouting same rhetoric as before

Dude's really just not that good to be honest. He's a big guy, and that's what got him his one really good season. But he's not a great pass rusher, not very fast, so guards adjusted to him. Now he's a pretty average player.


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