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Tyrone Carter knows the 3-4 defense

The Redskins' newest safety actually has more experience playing in Washington's 3-4 defensive scheme than any other safety on the roster. What the Redskins do with their safeties is very similar to what Tyrone Carter did in his six years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It's just like learning how to walk again," Carter said. "It's easy."

Carter signed with the Redskins Monday morning and practiced for the first time in the afternoon. He comes to the Redskins with 10 years of NFL experience, including 53 starts and 151 total games. Last year, he appeared in all 16 games for Pittsburgh, starting 12 in place of an injured Troy Polamalu.

Carter tallied 72 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2009.

He was added to beef up the team's safeties with the loss of Kareem Moore, who injured his knee in Saturday's game against Baltimore. Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Moore, projected to start at free safety this season, underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday and will be out four to six weeks.

"Hopefully, it's sooner rather than later," Shanahan said.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Carter can play both free and strong safety, but will focus on the strong safety position with the Redskins. Reed Doughty and Chris Horton will battle for the starting free safety job.

"He knows the defense," Haslett said of Carter. "He's played in the defense a long time. I might have to pick his brain a little bit."

Playing in the Steelers' 3-4 scheme, Carter appeared in two Super Bowls. "I know what it takes. I've been there, done that, I've seen it," Carter said. "I know what it takes to be a champion. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication. To be a great defense, all 11 guys out on the field got to know their assignment and play to their fullest."

While Monday provided Carter his introduction to the Redskins' defense, he noticed the similarities with Pittsburgh's scheme right away. Asked about the differences, he said: ""Free and strong -- I know in Pittsburgh, it's interchangeable, depending on the formation," he said. "If they motion change, I can be a free, or I can be a strong.

"Here, they tend, I think, they like to lock in. Two digit calls. Change the strength motion, then you go to the next digit, and the free safety comes down.

"So it's got its ins and outs. But the main thing is, it's a great defense. If we all buy into it and communicate back there and play it together, they can't stop you."

By Rick Maese  |  August 23, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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"...But the main thing is, it's a great defense. If we all buy into it and communicate back there and play it together, they can't stop you."

By Rick Maese | August 23, 2010; 3:55 PM ET

By mid-season, this should be a great group to watch..barring injuries of course.

Posted by: TWISI | August 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Tyrone Shoelaces likes the 3-4 defense as well, but he wasn't available due to a 'trip and fall' freak accident that occurred while he was descending a flight of stairs during the offseason.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Doughty may be so called super smart but he is also super slow an super late in pass coverage....They should let Carer start opposite Landry

Posted by: BeatDontStop | August 24, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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