In this week’s round of Leftovers, Andre talks about how the team has changed over the season, if there’s any competition between him Orakpo for the team’s sack title and more.
This week’s version of leftovers feature Andre Carter discussing whether the Redskins are cursed, how Marquis Cooper’s passing has motivated the Raiders this year and how Raiders fans compare to Eagles fans plus more!
In this week’s round of Leftovers, Andre talks about his impressions of Devin Thomas, the Cowboys new stadium and gives his opinion on Jerry Gray as a potential head coach. The questions were answered on Tuesday, for those of you concerned with a timeline.
Here is this week’s fullfilling Leftover’s this THN Weekly with Andre Carter!
THN: How much did having Monday off help you and the team?
AC: To be honest with you, we still had to come in lift and watch film on our own. The Monday off is just an underline statement.
THN: The crowd noise during the end of the fourth quarter was undoubtedly the loudest it’s been all season. How much did the team feed off of that? How great did it feel to hear that as opposed to boos or a quiet stadium?
AC: It was a great feeling at FedEx. It’s the type of noise that you enjoy especially on defense. By hearing that noise we knew we had the momentum of the game. No one wants to hear boos or silence. You want to hear cheers and screams. I enjoyed every moment of the crowd.
THN: How would you assess Levi Jones’ performance and his impact on the offensive line? Do you think he would be a solid replacement at left tackle if Chris Samuels decides to retire after the season?
AC: Levi has always been a great player. We had a few battles in college. I hope he can remain with the team next year. I feel he can be great asset to the offensive linemen but that decision will be made upstairs.
THN: Along with the Redskins, Denver was the other team in contention to sign you as a free agent in 2006 and was the team your father played for. Is there any sense of vindication or different kind of excitement when you get the chance to play the Broncos?
AC: There was no hidden emotion for this past game. It was a team that I prepared for to win and that’s it.
THN: Do you think the new guys on the team understand the meaning of Dallas Week? What have they said about it so far?
AC: I don’t know yet. They have a little bit of an idea. When I first arrived in ‘06, I had no clue how much of rivalry [there was] between the Cowboys and Skins. I found out when I had first set foot in the stadium. In my mind I was like, ‘Oh, I get it.’
THN: Dallas has been up and down this year. This week they are coming off of a down point after losing to Green Bay. Dallas is still in the division lead but why are they so inconsistent?
AC: I really don’t know. Each team has there ups and downs. Regardless, the Cowboys have a lot of weapons and the matchups are going to be great.
THN: Does the fact that Dallas and Philadelphia lost after the victory over the Broncos give the team even more hope and a renewed energy heading into next week?
AC: We never thought about that. It’s a good analysis but what we did is just a start. How we utilize this momentum is up to us.
THN: Does it feel strange to you to face a division rival for the first time so late in the season?
AC: It’s not strange. In my career I have experienced playing division opponents later during the season. It’s life.
This week’s leftovers from THN Weekly with Andre Carter include how Andre spent his bye week, what it’s going to take to turn things around with the Redskins, the big plays given up to opposing offenses and Albert Haynesworth’s assessment following the team’s loss to the Eagles stating that the fans are losing interest and the team needs to find its “want-to.”
THN: It was written on the Washington Post’s Redskins Insider blog that Coach Blache said Albert Haynesworth isn’t the reason for your improved performance but you’ve said several times that he makes the people around him better, especially you. Why does what Blache says contradict with what you have said? http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/jason-reid/a-helping-and-from-haynesworth.html#more
AC: I couldn’t even tell you. I do know that the sacks I have is God’s gift. How I am playing is God’s gift. I have always worked hard and prepared my mind and body for the season. My faith and focus has grown from 2001 as a rookie to 2009 as a vet. Haynsworth has been a great addition but the other men on the field have done their part as well. I have worked with [Cornelius] Griffin, [Brian] Orakpo, [Kedric] Golston, when Haynsworth needed a blow. I thank all my teammates first and foremost.
THN: What, in your opinion, is it going to take to turn this ship around?
AC: Faith and believing that we can get this turned around.
THN: Is the team getting frustrated losing to division opponents (especially on national TV)?
AC: I think the team hates losing period no matter who we play. The division opponents hurt the worse because it puts you in a bind when you are trying to make a playoff run.
THN: How did you spend your bye week?
AC: I spent a lot of quality time with the family. Took my son on the merry go round and took many naps, during the day. I am well rested now.
THN: “Urgency, heart, ‘want-to,’ whatever. I don’t know. We’re lacking a lot of stuff right now. The fans are losing interest. The more games we play, the fewer fans come. It’s getting bad.” That was a quote from Albert Haynesworth by the Associated Press after the Eagles game. Is Albert correct and does he have a point? How does the team find its “want-to”?
AC: It’s about making a choice. We can choose to play hard and win or chose to be inconsistent. It’s the matter of having the want to.
THN: It seems as the defensive line improves and applies more pressure to the quarterback, the secondary gives up more big plays. Do you believe that assessment and if so, what will it take for the defense to come to a happy medium and be able to provide blanket coverage in the secondary to go along with pressuring the quarterback consistently?
AC: I feel as a defense we are getting better. There are many things we need to work on. Tackling, controlling our gaps, etc. One thing we do well is play hard, fast and together. As a defensive line we continue to communicate and focus on stopping the run and rushing the passer.
THN: Is the defense blitzing enough?
AC: Greg Blache makes the call and we go out and play. We haven’t blitzed as much I think due to the success of our four man rush.
THN: Clinton Portis only had 43 yards and was the team’s leading rusher against Philly. What is the reason for his lack of production (for his standards, at least)? Is it because of a decline on his end or the troubles with the offensive line?
AC: I really don’t know. It’s really hard to say.
THN: What do you do to handle the stress of a single loss or even a losing season? What do you do to get your mind right and do you think your teammates are taking to correct measures to appropriately handle the team’s current situation?
AC: My faith, my family and the great men and coaches that I work with gets me through the day. In life, if it’s good or bad, you always have to have a positive perspective.
So it’s a bye week, and for Redskin fans, that seems to mean a whole lot of people walking around with their heads down. Who can blame them? It’s been a tough first seven games.
Since the bye week is almost at the half-way point, I thought I’d take a look at the things that were ‘good’ for the Redskins in the first half of 2009. Read the rest of this entry »
As Redskin fans try to come together and unify, presumably so that they can commiserate with others, I thought I’d blog about one of the few bright spots of 2009 – Albert Haynesworth. Read the rest of this entry »
Here are this week’s leftovers from THN Weekly with Andre Carter.
THN: Haynesworth apparently left to go to the locker room with about 25 seconds left in the game but he was also the one guy to make his voice heard and try to motivate guys and get them to step their game up after the game. Is that true? If so, why did he leave so early and what did he say? Read the rest of this entry »
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Ladies and gentlemen, I apologize for the delay with the Leftovers from Week 5’s edition of THN Weekly with Andre Carter. They are posted below along with Week 6’s Leftovers. Read the rest of this entry »
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This week’s exclusive THN Weekly with Andre Carter is now posted and can be found here.
Here are some quotes not included in this week’s edition: Read the rest of this entry »