Haynesworth: “I just wanted to play more”

Getty Images

Here’s what Albert Haynesworth had to say in early September after joining the Patriots.

“If God forbid, I got cut from this team, I know I could go out there and play for another team,” Haynesworth said via the Boston Herald. “But, I feel like this is going to be the last place I’m going to play. If it doesn’t work out here, I’m not going to play anywhere else.”

So, yeah. Haynesworth is generally full of it when speaking to the media. He also said New England was a “career-saving place” in part because they would keep him fresh by rotating him more.

So why is Haynesworth no longer on the Patriots?

“Coach [Bill] Belichick is a great guy and it’s a great system, but I just wanted to play more,” Haynesworth said Thursday, via ESPNBoston.com. “I wanted to practice more, get more reps and the more plays I got the better I would get. I just wasn’t getting a lot of reps, so they made the decision and let me go.”

What? Haynesworth acts like it was his decision to leave. The idea that it was somehow because he wanted more practice reps is a joke.

Haynesworth also denied giving up against the Giants.

“To me, any time you’re on the football field you’ve got another guy trying to knock your head off. You’re not going to play? That’s just not me,” Haynesworth said. “That’s why I always play hard because I’m my kids role model and I just want to fight and to show them to always keep fighting no matter what it is.”

So the takeaway here is Haynesworth wants to work harder and remain a role model. Got it.