Andre Carter's tale of the tape
Andre Carter was disappointed with his performance in 2008 and, rather than watch his game go into slow decline, he decided to do something about it. He studied tape of every down he played, consulted his father, Rubin Carter, and, with his longtime trainer, went back to work. Rick Maese writes today about Carter's offseason.
The results are tough to question. Ten games into the 2009 season -- Carter's ninth in the league -- he has doubled his sack total from last season. Entering Sunday's game at Philadelphia, he's two sacks shy of the third double-digit season of his career. He leads all NFL defensive linemen with 45 tackles -- including a team-best eight tackles for loss -- and has already forced three fumbles, fourth most in the league.
When Carter reviewed tape of his 2008 season, he knew change was in order. At 30 years old, he needed to play younger, which meant he needed to train younger. And that meant that after nearly a decade in the league, Carter had to go all the way back to the beginning.
Albert Haynesworth will not play today in Philadelphia. Jeremiah Trotter, via @Jeff_McLane's tweet, is warming up and is expected to play.
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