Comments from defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth after his first practice with the Buccaneers today, as told to the Tampa media.
Patriots experience: "I felt like I could still play. I just wanted to prove myself. There, it was a great place. Coach [Bill] Belichick is a great guy and it’s a great system, but I just wanted to play more. 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."
Being in Tampa: "I'm excited, you know. This is where I should have been like three years ago. But I think all good things come to somebody that waits."
Why not getting reps in New England: "Some of it might have been health issues, some of it was that we had a lot of defensive linemen. We would switch different things depending on the team we played. Some teams that we had to play, the scheme we were running that week didn’t really fit me that well."
Playing in a 4-3 defense in Tampa: "It feels great, it feels unbelievable. Just to get off the ball and wreak havoc, that’s awesome. Everybody can say, ‘Oh, you’re in a 4-3 defense.’ But just because you’re in a 4-3 defense doesn’t mean what I did in Tennessee and I had to learn that the hard way [in New England]."
His conditioning: "It’s good. That’s what I wanted. I felt like I was in pretty good shape there but I just needed to get more plays. If I came out of the game to get a breather, maybe a few plays later I’d hope to get back in but there we didn’t do that."
Giving full effort in New England: "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. Why I’m so aggressive is that I never want my kids to see their dad lose. I’m not talking about a game, just doing things that can embarrass you. 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."