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Andre Carter winning the outside linebacker battle -- for now

Andre Carter begins the preseason schedule ahead of Lorenzo Alexander in their outside linebacker competition.

Carter is listed as a starter for the opener Friday night against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. Alexander, who also has multiple roles in special defensive packages and on special teams, will be Carter's primary backup in the game.

"We put Andre in with the first team this week. Lorenzo was in with the first team last week," said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. "We're alternating some things. Andre's [going to] start the game. But that doesn't mean that he's the starter. We're going to put the best guys out there. Obviously, I feel good about Andre.

"He's a great pass rusher. He's still got to learn the coverages. He missed the offseason [because of biceps surgery], so that kind of put him behind a little bit. But he's a very intelligent guy, he's powerful, he's got long arms. He's adequate in coverage, good enough for this team, and I think he's going to get better and better in that aspect with more time."

Carter, beginning his 10th season, is coming off his best year. In addition to ranking seventh in the league with 11 sacks, Carter was fourth among NFL linemen in tackles, third in tackles for loss and sixth in forced fumbles. He also played the most snaps among Redskins defensive linemen.

But that was as a hand-down end in a 4-3. He struggled as a stand-up outside linebacker for one season with the San Francisco 49ers and was miserable in the role.

Carter, who has a no-trade clause for the length of his contract, was paid a $3.2 million bonus in July. He has a base salary of $1.3 million this season.

"You just have to keep working," Carter said. "You just keep working and you see what happens, but I like what we're doing. I can honestly say that."

By Jason Reid  |  August 11, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Andre Carter , training camp  
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Comments

Yawn.

Posted by: DoomsDayD | August 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Coverage is not what guys like Carter, Osack-po and Alexander do best. This has been my biggest concern with the switch to a 3-4 "hybrid," whether our converted 4-3 d-linemen can cover RBs and TEs. Hopefully, Haslett can scheme it so that Rocky Mac and ths safeties do more of this.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | August 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

rogers still sucks....nickel, dime, slot, safety, double move that you can't do nothing about, he sucks....thats not up for debate...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

you are in disagreement with me, gibbs, shannahan, etc, etc.

you suck, also not up for debate, judgemental HATER

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 11, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse


Would it have been the worst thing to stick with a 4-3 defense since it appears that our personnel is best suited to that defense? I'm officially skeptical of Carter's and Haynesworth's position changes.

Posted by: Skinz4Lyfe | August 11, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I hate the way the Skins always try to make Defensive Ends into linebackers, Right defensive ends into left defensive ends, guards into tackles, punters into QB's, etc. Play them where they've had success.

Posted by: trezmartin | August 11, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about it Skinz4life
we will need 2 years to make the full swap.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Cowboy forums do not have any references to Redskins and I wonder why?

Posted by: SportsWriter | August 11, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

HATERS!

Colt Brennan will save this league.

Posted by: shanahanman | August 11, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Haslett can scheme it so that Rocky Mac and ths safeties do more of this.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly

yep, that would be optimal.

The 3-4 asks a lot of its linebackers, they have to cover, rush the passer, stop the run, and be the brains of the dfense. I hope we can get our guys up to par on all of this and for now it seems Lo is the player I would say is athletically more versatile. carter is so valuable when blitzing that we are blessed with plenty of options at that position, though.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 11, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The value in Carter is his ability to play a ton of snaps. He had a good year as a pass rusher last year and has always made a good number of tackles.

But while most teams need to give their DE's a lot of snaps off, Carter is the rare lineman that doesn't need to rotate in and out a lot. He has an exceptional motor.

Since Carter gives you about 20 more plays a game than the average DE, he allows others to be better rested and the DL rotation doesn't need to go as deep. That is a significant benefit.

So Haslett, by moving Carter to LB, is negating a major part of Andre Carter's value to the team. And he's putting Carter in an area where he needs to learn a major new skill -- coverage in a 3-4.

I like Carter, but I'm not thrilled with his move to LB

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 11, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Cowboy forums do not have any references to Redskins and I wonder why?"

Two reasons. First, we were 4-12 last year. People in other NFL cities usually don't spend a lot of time talking about 4-12 teams. Second, unlike the pathetic Cowboys trolls who sometimes pollute this forum with their verbal droppings, most of us have actual lives and jobs, which means that we don't need to waste our time talking about the 'Skins on a forum devoted to another team.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | August 11, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I love the 'Skins, you guys have seen that.
Yet, there is no way I believe Andre Carter is going to be a good OLB in pass coverage.
He is a straight ahead Rush the QB DE in a 4-3.

Go ahead, get excited reading how well he is doing, but don't believe it. He will be chasing RB around after they have made catches this season in his zones.

Boy, do I hope I am wrong, but if Carter stunk as OLB in SF, why will it be different now after 4 years of DE here in DC?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | August 11, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... take a look at the Steelers defense. Do their OLB's go much further than 5 yards deep in coverage? Those guys are huge OLB's and their main job is to stop the run and rush the passer. The ILB's drop in coverage and cover the middle of the field. McIntosh and Fletcher will be doing that. The front 3 downlineman will clog/crash the middle on running plays and with pass rush.

It won't be a perfect transition, but look how the Packers did. I just hope our secondary (corners) can do their part.

Posted by: darth_rnc | August 12, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I honestly hope you are dead on right, darth!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | August 12, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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