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  • Leftovers – Week 7

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    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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    Leftovers – Weeks 5 and 6

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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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    Leftovers – Week 4

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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 »

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    Leftovers – Week 3

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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 »

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    Leftovers from THN Weekly: Week 2

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    This week’s THN Weekly with Andre Carter is now posted and can be found here.

    Here are extra quotes from Andre that were not included in Week Two’s article.
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    By the Numbers – Week 1

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    By The Numbers

    Here is a look at some of the ‘numbers’ from the Redskins 23-17 loss to the Giants on Sunday afternoon: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Leftovers From THN Weekly: Week 1

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    Here are extra quotes from Andre Carter that were not included in this week’s article.

    THN: What will be YOUR main focus Sunday? Run stopping, pass rushing, batting down passes, whatever situation you can take advantage of, or all of the above?

    AC: As a defensive end, my main objective is all the above. I play the defensive call that London Fletcher gives and I execute the best way I know how.

    THN: What is the difference between a preseason game and a regular season game? Is it that in a preseason game, you play to see how your talent will perform in certain situations and in a regular season game you play to win?

    AC: Preseason is [for] toning your skills for the regular season and establishing an identity as an individual, a group, and as a team. Preseason is used to work on certain plays called by the coaches in order to see if it’s effective or not. Of course it allows younger players to try out and make the squad and if they are cut other NFL organizations can pick them up because they have evaluated the film from previous games during the preseason. The regular season is do or die. There are no second chances. Either you are in or out.

    THN: What is your opinion of the preseason as a whole? Should it be shortened?

    AC: My opinion of the preseason is so back and forth. I understand why we need it. However, the chances of having a season ending injury are high. It’s unfortunate that misfortunes of that magnitude occur but that’s the NFL. Maybe instead of having four it should be cut down to three. But what do I know?

    THN: The starting defense (or what was out there in the preseason) still showed the “bend but don’t break” performance on the field but with the extra tools added, should the defense be more aggressive and not having to bend at this point?

    AC: We control our fate. We have all the talent in the world. Talent doesn’t mean anything if you don’t play together. We must play together and for each other.

    THN: What do you look for in a preseason game? Is there a difference between how you evaluate the preseason and regular season?

    AC: One thing I look for in the preseason is my technique on the run and pass. I am very critical on technique because it’s important for a defensive line to have good foot work and great hands. If those two are out of whack then you are not going to be successful.

    THN: Were there any surprises when it came to final cuts this weekend? Any surprises on who left and was brought back to the practice squad?

    AC: There were no surprises during the final cuts. I am happy that Mr. Mason was on the team. He deserves it. I have always enjoyed watching him play and I would love for him to dress up for the games and use that athletic ability to create movement on the ball.

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    THN Weekly With Andre Carter

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    It’s Dallas Week and Redskins fans know what that means: having to face the NFL’s top ranked offense, led by quarterback Tony Romo.

    The Cowboys are averaging 440 yards a game, with 289.3 of them coming through the air. A crucial element to stopping the Cowboys aerial assault is containing tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Terrell Owens. The pair scorched the Redskins defense, more specifically cornerback Shawn Springs, for four touchdowns last season in a heartbreaking loss in Dallas.

    “I can sum up all the players in one word. They are great. They play well as individuals and well as a group. On the offensive side of the ball they know when to use their air attack as well as run the ball,” said defensive end Andre Carter, who had four tackles and a half sack against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

    The Redskins are coming off of a victory in which they dealt with two of the games best wide receivers in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Despite both scoring touchdowns, they were held in check for most of the game. Boldin only caught three passes for 25 yards while 62 of Fitzgerald’s 109 yards came on his third quarter touchdown.

    The Redskins defense forced the Cardinals to rely on running back Edgerrin James for most of the game, something that is not an everyday occurrence considering the weapons they have to catch the ball.

    “It all started with practice. Greg Blache challenged us to be physical and be keen with our assignments play-by-play. Carlos Rogers and the rest of the secondary knew that they had their hands full when it came to the air attack, but they answered and had a great game,” Carter said.

    While the Redskins 13th-ranked secondary is focused on Dallas’s aerial trio, the defensive line and linebackers have to be equally worried about their ground attack.

    Along with Romo, Owens, and Witten, their offense features running backs Felix Jones and Marion Barber. Jones became the first rookie in Cowboys history to score a touchdown in each of his first three games. Last season, Barber proved to be a true workhorse, leading the NFL in broken tackles. The Redskins defense has faced different types of running backs such as Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister, Edgerrin James, and Brandon Jacobs but has not been challenged with such an effective duo this season.

    “Like [stopping] any good offensive back, it is important to have 11 men around the ball. Gang tackle. That is the success of stopping the run game. It is one of the key emphases of being a great run-stopping defense. You see it in Tampa Bay, Baltimore, etc.,” Carter said.

    The last time these two teams met, the Redskins defense held the Cowboys to just one yard rushing in a 27-6 victory during the regular season finale at FedEx Field. That memory will be fresh in the mind of Barber.

    The challenge will be even more interesting for the defense considering defensive end Jason Taylor will miss his first game since the 1999 season. His absence will give former Cowboy Demetric Evans his first start since week 2 of last season. Evans can play defensive end and defensive tackle at any given time and seems to make a play anytime he is given a chance.

    “No individual can replace another individual in this business. Everyone brings something to the table. Jason Taylor is a great, versatile pass rusher on the edge. I have seen him play linebacker and often defensive end when he was with the Dolphins. Demetric is versatile as well, in a different way. He can play end and tackle. I am excited for him this week because I know he will do well for us. He has passion for the game and knows when to make a play. He has been hungry to play more and now this is his time,” Carter said.

    On the other side of the ball, it appears 10th-year veteran Jon Jansen is set to make his first start this season in place of the injured Stephon Heyer, who assumed the role of starting right tackle following Jansen’s demotion.

    Jansen, along with the rest of the offensive line, faces a tough Dallas defensive line, led by speedy bull-rushing end DeMarcus Ware. Their performance is very important, with their priority being to protect quarterback Jason Campbell.

    Campbell, who struggled in the season opener against the New York Giants, has appeared more comfortable in Coach Jim Zorn’s West Coast offense. Campbell also seems to be more polished as well, throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions through three games. He has an opportunity to exploit Dallas’ secondary, which, as shown in their matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago, can be vulnerable to deep passes.

    “Jason Campbell is developing quite well as a QB, especially in the West Coast offensive scheme. Looking from the outside in, it is a tough offense to learn. Once a QB gets into a rhythm, from what I heard, he can be very effective week-by-week. It just takes time,” Carter said.

    This matchup, barring a postseason meeting, will be the last between these two enemies at Texas Stadium. For the past three seasons, the Redskins have had the upper hand against the Cowboys, winning four of the last six games and winning the last three at FedEx Field.

    Under the Helmet:

    THN: What is your favorite movie?

    AC: My favorite movie is ‘The Protector.’ It’s a martial arts movie. Bone-breaking action. It’s super-sweet.

    THN: Who is your favorite actor/actress?

    AC: My favorite actor is Tony Ja. He is martial arts expert in the movie ‘The Protector.’ He does his own stunts and fight scenes.

    THN: What person most influenced your life?

    AC: My parents influenced my life big time. Besides my parents, I had a good friend from Berkeley, who some-what mentored me when I was an incoming freshman at Cal. His name was Bejan Esmaili. We would have deep conversations about life and he always helped me relax when I was so uptight about life. We are good friends to this day.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Jake Russell

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    THN Weekly With Andre Carter

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    The Redskins, coming off of an exciting come-from-behind victory over the New Orleans Saints, face a tough challenge against the 2-0 Arizona Cardinals this Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field. The Redskins are familiar with their former NFC East rivals, having faced them twice in the last three seasons.

    The last meeting came at home last season, with the Redskins squeaking by with a 21-19 victory in Week 7. The Cardinals proved to be a tough challenge, displaying an overlooked and hungry defense along with an aggressive offense. This season doesn’t appear to be any different.

    “Arizona is the real deal. When I played them last year, I knew they were going to be a great team. Their offensive line coach is Russ Grimm (former Washington Redskins guard and member of “The Hogs”). At first, I didn’t know who he was until someone told me and that explained why Arizona plays the way they do on offense. They have much respect from me,” said Andre Carter, who had four tackles in Sunday’s victory over the Saints.

    “The Cardinals offensive line is big and strong. They have great feet and are good at the point of attack. I have seen players get pummeled because they play too high. The o-line knows how to finish plays and [they] never take any plays off,” said Carter.

    Last season, the Cardinals showed a lot of tenacity on defense in their match-up against the Redskins offense. For the last couple of years, the Cardinals have collected young talent through the draft that includes the likes of cornerback Antrell Rolle, linebacker Karlos Dansby, defensive tackles Gabe Watson and Alan Branch, to go along with veteran hard-hitting safety Adrian Wilson. The team also added defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in this year’s draft.

    “I feel that the Cardinals defense is underrated. They run hard to the ball and are a physical, young group. They play well together and can play even better when they are behind. What impressed me is their speed and their point of attack when the ball is snapped,” Carter said.

    To combat this defense, it is important that Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell keeps his level of confidence up following such an impressive fourth quarter performance against the Saints.

    “Jason, in my mind, is a hard worker and I give him a lot of [credit] for constantly working hard and [for] him loving the game. Most people don’t take into consideration that he has had three-to-four [offensive] coordinators. And being a quarterback with so many changes can be tough. We have all the faith in JC. He gets the job done and that’s all we ask,” said Carter.

    Another Redskin who got the job done last Sunday was rookie safety Chris Horton, who started his first NFL game in place of Reed Doughty, who sat out of the game because of a stomach virus. Horton’s two interceptions and fumble recovery were enough to earn him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors — pretty impressive for a little-known 7th rounder.

    “Phillip Daniels, Marcus Washington, and I, along with some other players, knew that Chris Horton was special and knew that he was going to bring something to the table on defense. It started in OTA’s and continued during training camp and so on. He is physical and can run. His performance was superb and I hope he can make more plays for us in the future,” said Carter.

    Early on, the Redskins offense and special teams had put the defense in some tough positions with missed field goals, missed touchdown opportunities that led only to field goals, and a punt that was returned for a touchdown by Saints running back Reggie Bush.

    “When those situations, that you had mentioned, had happened in the game, as a defense we kept our poise. In games we have to expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything that comes our way. So we spoke and executed accordingly,” Carter said.

    The defense as a whole performed admirably, consistently pressuring quarterback Drew Brees and holding Bush to 63 receiving yards and 28 rushing yards with no touchdowns.

    For the second consecutive week, the defense must face an explosive offense with big play capabilities. In their 31-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Cardinals were very pass happy, with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald catching six passes for 153 yards and fellow receiver Anquan Boldin hauling in six receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns.

    The tandem was guided by veteran Kurt Warner, who wasn’t expected to start this season but was named the number one man because of a lackluster preseason performance by their “franchise” quarterback Matt Leinart.

    Warner must have had flashbacks of his days with the St. Louis Rams and the “Greatest Show on Turf” with his performance against the Dolphins. His 361 passing yards and three touchdowns were second amongst quarterbacks in Week 2.

    It appears the former two-time NFL Most Valuable Player hasn’t lost his touch and will present a challenge to the Redskins secondary, especially with the arsenal of weapons their offense possesses.

    “Kurt Warner, despite what people say about his age, is a great quarterback. His timing is accurate and somehow finds a way to make a play. That’s all I can say about him. I have had my experience playing against him when he was with the Rams. To me, he is the same guy, just on a different team,” said Carter, who used to face him twice a year as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

    “It’s hard to decide who is their most dangerous player because each player brings something to the table when the game is on the line. From the players that you had mentioned in your questions (Boldin, Fitzgerald, Warner, Wilson, etc.) those are the guys that can affect the outcome of the game,” Carter said.

    As far as the rest of the offense goes, don’t forget about Edgerrin James. Despite the lack of publicity and success he obtained as an Indianapolis Colt, Carter says that nothing is stopping James from being the force he once was.

    “Nothing is holding Edgerrin back. He is by far one of the best backs I have ever played against. He may not make as many big plays like he did in Indy, however, he is still dangerous and is very effective,” Carter said.

    Under The Helmet:

    THN: – Last week you mentioned that, despite your father being a former NFL player, you never wanted to be a football player as kid. Why not?

    AC: I never envisioned myself playing football. It just wasn’t in my DNA. Or so I thought when I was younger. I loved basketball but London Fletcher told me that I probably sucked. He was right. All I could do was rebound and dunk. What can I say, I was a Dennis Rodman.

    THN: – What is your favorite food?

    AC: My favorite food is pasta. My wife cooks a mean plate of pasta. She adds her own personal ingredients with some sausage. You can’t go wrong with that.

    THN: What is your favorite activity outside of football?

    AC: My favorite activity outside of football is music. I love playing my piano or listening to music on my iTunes. I love reading spiritual books from well-known pastors or just emotional enlightenment. I just finished reading the book “Ways of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman, who is also a Cal grad. Go Bears. And yes, even though I spoke some trash [before the California-Maryland football game this past Saturday] about Maryland losing, I am still going to support my Bears.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Jake Russell

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    THN Weekly With Andre Carter: Week 2

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    The Redskins make their 2008 regular season debut at FedEx Field this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints following a disheartening loss to the division rival New York Giants.

    The loss brought about many questions regarding the team, specifically the offense and Jason Campbell’s grasp of the offense. While Campbell appeared indecisive and uncomfortable with the West Coast offense, the Redskins receivers failed to position themselves past the first down line to catch the ball during crucial third down conversions on many occasions. Another concern was the lack of urgency displayed by Campbell and the offense while trailing by nine points with just a few minutes remaining in the game.

    The offense didn’t seem to adjust well, but the defensive unit was another story. The defense started off very slowly, allowing Giants quarterback Eli Manning to run for a touchdown on the Giants first offensive drive. The defense shifted gears by halftime and began to hold their ground, allowing zero points in the second half.

    In the first half, Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress seemed to have a field day with the Redskins secondary. Specifically, cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot, who appeared to be playing in loose zone coverage, leading to solid gains for the Giants. Following halftime, the defense stiffened up and did not allow any big plays to lead to points for the Giants.

    “The reason we adjusted so well from the first half to the second half was based on [our] level of execution. As a defensive unit, we didn’t play with proper technique when it came to gap control in the run and the Giants took advantage of it. So that in itself was in our head. Play-by-play, we would have 10 players in the right spot and one guy misaligned or we would have seven players in the right place and four players misaligned. It was hit or miss. However we made less errors in the second half and were successful, but unsuccessful due to the outcome of the game,” Carter said.

    Despite the defense’s second half turnaround, the overall performance of the unit was not what the team wanted.

    “We didn’t play up to standards as a defense. We knew we were much better than that. As a team, day in and day out, we go on the field with the mentality to win. Now winning is hard in the NFL. You have to scratch, claw, and fight for every down and distance and as Joe Gibbs would say: ‘Earn every play.’ We didn’t win. The good side is, there are 15 more games to play,” Carter said.

    This week, the Redskins face a dangerous New Orleans Saints team who will be without four starters including talented wide receiver Marques Colston and linebacker Scott Fujita. Despite the injuries, there is much to be worried about from a defensive standpoint having to face such an explosive offense that includes the likes of Brees, Bush, and newcomer Jeremy Shockey, the former New York Giants tight end.

    “New Orleans is a new and improved team. They had a great battle against the Bucs this past Sunday, which was a good game by the way. Their defense is physical. They have a great linebacking core. The New Orleans offense is strong, with their quarterback who controlled the flow of the game this past Sunday, as well as Bush and Shockey making plays. This is a fast team,” Carter said.

    Of the Saints explosive running back, Carter said, “The only way to stop Bush is by having 11 guys run to him when he has the ball [and] prevent him from making big plays because he is capable of creating opportunities for the New Orleans offense.”

    The starting right defensive end further commented on the Saints offensive play makers: “[Brees] makes plays by staying in the pocket so, as a defensive line, the best way to get after him is through our pass rush. That’s the only level of success [the team can have] against him.”

    Lastly, Carter commented on a dangerous playmaker Redskins fans know all to well.

    “What makes [Shockey] dangerous to a defense is his ability to catch the ball at any given place or time. He is always hungry for the ball, so it’s important that we keep an eye out on him,” Carter said.

    In order to get to New Orleans’ playmakers, Andre has to get past the New Orleans Saints offensive line, more specifically left tackle Jamaal Brown.

    “The Saints offensive line is by far the best conditioned [in the NFL]. They have been known and seen to run downfield on screen plays and finishing opponents. They are fast and physical. Jamal Brown is a solid-body offensive tackle. He never stops his feet and is physical on the point of attack. It’s going to be a great battle,” Carter said, using the experience he and the rest of the defensive line had against the Saints in their Week 15 matchup in the 2006 season as a reference.

    Following such a tough loss, the team is relieved to be playing in front of the home crowd for the first time this season.

    “The team is looking positive and excited about playing at home. I love it. The die-hard fans screaming their lungs out, the cheers, the ‘awws, the ‘ohs’, and the ‘Smmooooooooooootttttttttttttttttts.’ I had to put that in. I have never played in a stadium that is as loud as FedExField. It’s home,” Carter said.

    What does the team need to do in order to get their first victory of the season?

    “This Sunday, we need to play Redskin football. That’s all that needs to be said,” Carter said.

    Under The Helmet:

    THN: Which do you prefer? MySpace or Facebook?

    AC: I prefer Facebook. I think Facebook is more for family and friends. MySpace is more for networking. But what do I know? I don’t have an account with either. (Laughing)

    THN: Who (besides your father) was your favorite football player growing up and why?

    AC: I never watched football as a kid. There was no one that I really watched growing up or admired. I didn’t start actually watching pro football religiously till I left college.

    THN: Did you want to be a football player when you were a kid? If not, what did you want to be and why?

    AC: I had aspirations of being a basketball player, but since my sorry butt didn’t know how to shoot, I guess football was the next option. I guess I was considered more of a dunker/rebounder. Oh well. At least I tried.

    THN: What career do you plan to pursue after your football career is over?

    AC: I would like to be involved with my church, providing community outreach programs for troubled kids who need mentors to help guide them on the right path. Whatever the Lord tells me to do, then I will do when this game is over.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Jake Russell

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