Albert Haynesworth excels vs. Bears after nearly a season and a half of struggles

DeAngelo Hall has four interceptions in a victory at Soldier Field.
By Mike Wise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 24, 2010; 11:07 PM

CHICAGO We're so sorry, Uncle Albert,

We're so sorry if we caused you any pain

- Paul McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

If Mike Shanahan or anybody else wants to co-opt those lyrics today, feel free. If anyone wants to take back what was said about Everybody's Favorite Lug to Pick On, now is your chance to issue a mea culpa to No. 92.

Yes, it took being a part of the NFL's Gaffe of the Year, a 60-minute, mistake-laden slop featuring eight total fumbles and six interceptions. But Albert Haynesworth finally arrived as the awesome playmaker he promised Washington in February 2009.

Sixteen games and 18 months into his ridiculed Redskins career, Mr. Maligned earned his keep - and then some.

In the defining moment of this bizarre game of nine turnovers and general offensive ineptitude, Haynesworth hurdled the Bears' offensive line at the exact moment of the snap, devoured Jay Cutler at the 1-yard line and held the scrawny quarterback hostage in his meat-hook arms until the ball could be knocked free and recovered by London Fletcher.

Three minutes into a second half Chicago was about to lead by two scores, Big Al saved a sure touchdown in one of the most unsightly victories in recent Redskins memory.

"Obviously the difference in the game," Shanahan began, "anytime you make a play like that inside the 1-yard line."

Believe this?

Seven weeks into the season, Washington has the same number of wins it took the Redskins 16 games to amass in 2009.

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