Haynesworth: "They're gonna remember the Redskins"
With the clock running down and the Redskins driving to go ahead of the undefeated Saints by two possessions, some of the burgundy and gold types stood and cheered on the muddy sidelines. Albert Haynesworth didn't join them.
"I didn't say anything, because you don't know what could happen in three minutes, so I was just silent and tried to keep playing my game," he said. "You don't start cheering until that clock has hit zero....I've been in this game a long time, and I know things can happen. And so that's what I didn't cheer or anything like that. I don't fault anybody for anything. They were just showing their emotion."
After that drive ended in a botched chip shot, and after the Saints scored, and then recovered a fumble in overtime, a lot of Redskins were left to reflect on the bizarre nature of their loss. Someone asked Haynesworth whether he had been a part of a similarly wacky loss in his career; "not really," he said.
"And hopefully it don't ever happen again," he added, "because I don't think I can take that much."
Some Redskins were also saying the better team on this day hadn't won, but on that point Haynesworth disagreed, saying the Saints showed "why they're 12-0 now." Still, he had some positive words about Washington's performance.
"We played pretty good," he said. "We went toe to toe with I guess the best team in the NFL, and I guess we lost by a decision. I won't say it's a knockout, but a decision. I mean, I think they're gonna remember the Redskins. They're not gonna think this is no cakewalk. I heard people say, 'Oh, as long as y'all keep it close it'll be a morale victory,' but I don't think about it that way. A victory is we winning, not keeping it close....
"This team has heart and this team's gonna continue to fight. I mean, you can honestly say that we're not in the playoff hunt, not gonna make the playoffs or anything, so we're just playing for ourselves. And for us to go out there and to keep fighting no matter what, I mean, that shows a great deal of character."
Haynesworth was also asked whether this loss hurt worse than some of the other recent heartbreakers.
"It's tough, but all of 'em are tough, you know?" he said. "I guess it hurts a little worse, because they're the best team in the NFL, and we had 'em, and then we let 'em go."
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