Perhaps it says something about the Bucs defense that DT Albert Haynesworth, on the roster for all of four days, was one of the team’s defensive standouts on Sunday.
As poorly as the defense played collectively, Haynesworth was one of its bright spots, stepping into the starting lineup at under tackle and creating consistent disruption in the Texans’ backfield. He finished with five tackles and a blocked extra point.
And it’s also telling that Haynesworth was a needed voice of reason in the Bucs’ huddle. He said that, at one point in the game, he tried to refocus his young teammates.
“(The mood) might have felt down or whatever,” said Haynesworth, 30. “But this is the NFL. You play for 60 minutes no matter what. I kind of said a little something and from there on we went on and played. We played hard and tried to finish the game.”
Haynesworth learned this is an area in which his new teammates need some work.
“I see the talent we have,” he said. “But what we do is, we’re a young team. I