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Carter: Defense Feels Good about Its Potential

From Jason Reid:

After struggling defensively in the first half of their season-opening loss to the New York Giants, the Redskins have impressed in a three-game winning streak against New Orleans, Arizona and Dallas.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache continued to make the right moves in Sunday's 26-24 victory over the Cowboys, who were leading the NFL in total offense (they dropped to second behind Denver). Even without injured Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor, the Redskins had another strong showing in defeating their biggest NFC East rival.

"We really don't talk about how things are going," defensive end Andre Carter said today at Redskins Park. "We really just focus on the week that's at hand and preparing for each opponent. You're only as good as your last game, so everything is about making progress.

"You just want to keep growing as an individual, as a [position] group and as a defense as a whole. We're just continuing to play hungry and continuing to play strong, but we definitely feel good about the results and about the potential we have as a defense to do great things."

Before facing Washington, Dallas had a league-leading average of 440 yards per game. The Cowboys totaled 344 yards against the Redskins. In the first four games, Washington has given up an average of 315.2 yards, ranking 14th in the NFL.

"We don't really think about the stats and those things," Carter said. "What we focus on is just executing and trying to improve each week. But when you see some of the results, yeah, we think we can definitely get to a higher level."

Although they recorded no sacks against the Cowboys, the Redskins applied enough pressure to disrupt the timing of quarterback Tony Romo. Cornerback Shawn Springs's outstanding press-man coverage against wide receiver Terrell Owens set the tone in the first half, helping Washington take a 17-10 halftime lead.

Versatile defensive lineman Demetric Evans performed well in place of Taylor at left end, Redskins coaches and players said, and second-year end Chris Wilson and rookie end Rob Jackson also contributed in a rotation with Evans and Carter.

"It worked great," Carter said. "Demetric, in his first start for the 2008 season, did what we expected him to do. He's been working his tail off and he's solid. But he's not just a solid end, he's a great end.

"He's a great versatile player that can play end and play tackle, so we just need him in a lot of places. It's good to have that versatility on our team, and we've got some younger guys who came into the rotation and helped us out."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 30, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

Here we go... to 250k and beyond!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 30, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Look, Jason Campbell is playing very well. I can admit that. However, this is only a few games, and the season is long. I want him to continue his success, but I also want us to make sure that we don't get too excited over these past few games.

However, if you were thinking trade...now would be the BEST time!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks,

Cindy for getting a new thread up so quickly, the talk of children dying is not something I come here for.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

SG, honestly that's not cute. it's getting annoying now. first it was cute now it's a bit too much.

Posted by: dealer1 | September 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Spors_DuDu is a loser

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 30, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

oops!!! yes, thank you cindy for the thread...it made the debate "mute"...

Posted by: dealer1 | September 30, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"...but I also want us to make sure that we don't get too excited over these past few games."

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Sports_Guru, for being the boss of everyone's excitement. You're the best sports guru ever!

Posted by: EpsteinsMothersDoctor | September 30, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Look, Jason Campbell is playing very well. I can admit that. However, this is only a few games, and the season is long. I want him to continue his success, but I also want us to make sure that we don't get too excited over these past few games.

However, if you were thinking trade...now would be the BEST time!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 1:22 PM

You have lost all credibilty in the JC discussion, move on to a new topic, or better yet just move on.

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 30, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"...but I also want us to make sure that we don't get too excited over these past few games."

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Sports_Guru, for being the boss of everyone's excitement. You're the best sports guru ever!

Posted by: EpsteinsMothersDoctor

LOL! Thanks!

Seriously though, we went 7-1 before and missed the playoffs. I just want to stay realistic. At this point we dont know if New Orleans, Arizona and Dallas will finish with winning records, or be the goats of the conference....OR they could all be playoff teams and we could go 15-1.

See, my point is this. I wanted to judge Jason as mediocre based on my information from 22 NFL starts, and I was told that wasn't enough time to make a judgement.

Now he has strung together a few good games, can we really say he's the best thing since sliced bread after 3 games.

To me it seems hypocritical if you cant call him mediocre after 22 games, because it was such a small number, yet call him great after a miniscule number of games like 3.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

At least sports guru is sticking to his guns. I do agree with him that JC and the offense in general need to sustain their current level of production. 1 reason their production has been so impressive over the last 3 games is that opposing teams don't have much game film to study on Zorns play calling tendencies. Zorn alluded to this in his presser yesterday. They need to keep progressing and stay "ahead of the curve". If they can do this... We all should be thoroughly impressed. But Sports guru, you counted your chickens before they hatched with JC. Give him time in an offense that fits him. Maybe this is it. Sure as hell looks like it so far.

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | September 30, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Can we trade Sports Guru for someone else with some sense, please. NOW would be the best time!

formerly the Anti-Colt

Posted by: Predator48 | September 30, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Latest GAllup Poll:

Obama 49% McShame 43%

November 4th we get our country back!!!

Redskins 24 Eagles 17

11-5 babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!


Posted by: BarackObama | September 30, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

At least sports guru is sticking to his guns. I do agree with him that JC and the offense in general need to sustain their current level of production. 1 reason their production has been so impressive over the last 3 games is that opposing teams don't have much game film to study on Zorns play calling tendencies. Zorn alluded to this in his presser yesterday. They need to keep progressing and stay "ahead of the curve". If they can do this... We all should be thoroughly impressed. But Sports guru, you counted your chickens before they hatched with JC. Give him time in an offense that fits him. Maybe this is it. Sure as hell looks like it so far.

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | September 30, 2008 1:37 PM


You can't change the mind of a man who's already got his mind made up.

Posted by: Predator48 | September 30, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Why am I bothering I don't know. You don't know how long it takes for a QB to develop. You don't know what to look for in a QB maturation process. You dont know what mistakes are fixable and what mistakes are not. You dont know what losses and wins are attributable to the QB. You don't know who is capable of learning what offense and then executing it.

I think a lot of teams are making a mistake and dumping QBs way too soon this year. Smith and Lienhart should have gotten this year to show if they can mature and are not getting that chance.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

9th!!

I'm glad the team has the "continue to improve" mindset.

I think over the past few years we've learned that if you execute well, you can beat the Eagles.

Hopefully, they'll finish their blocks, make the right calls before the snap, and pressure McNabb....

Posted by: redskins91 | September 30, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins Offense is looking so good becaseu they have slipped the surly bonds of St Joe's conservative play calling mantra dictated to Big Al. Zorn has trained and unleashed the hounds... they love it and are responding. Zorn has one goal on offense for any posession that can't end with the 4th quarter clock reaching zero after kneeling down: Score A Touchdown.

Redskins are gonna put up 45 or 50 on one of the traid losers who follow after the Iggles.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 30, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse


Latest GAllup Poll:

Obama 49% McShame 43%

November 4th we get our country back!!!

Redskins 24 Eagles 17

11-5 babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!


Posted by: BarackObama | September 30, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse


Unfortunately what BArackObama does not understand is that if McCain is within even 10% in ratings leading up to the election he will win.
Most americans dont have the balls to tell someone on the phone doing polls that they would never vote for a black/islamic democrat. But when it comes time to vote in that private little cube!!! They will vote how they should.

McCain will save us all from islamic socialism!!!

Go Skins

Posted by: brownvb | September 30, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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