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Sit Down Haynesworth—You’re Blocking the Light from the Real Stars!

Sometimes the best news is no news.  In an off-season dominated by reports about Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb, and Albert Haynesworth, the rest of the team can get a little tough to spot. And maybe a few of them are hiding, since they’re still haunted by that 4-12 record. 

But as the season is about to get under way, the big boys need to step aside and let the rest of the team shine.  And we’re all looking for Andre Carter to bring some good ole’ California sunshine to Fed-Ex field this Sunday. 

Not that the opposing teams’ offensive line will be able to feel it when they’re sitting underneath big #99.  And they’ll be doing a lot of that on Sunday.  After Sean Taylor (RIP), Andre Carter is the best tackle on the team, set to break 400 this week alone!!  (although I look for London Fletcher, Reed Doughty, and Chris Horton to give him a run for his money this year).  And that’s not just in terms of numbers.  These guys are some of the hardest hitters in the league. 

In case you forgot, and it seems like most of the NFL has, Carter logged a record 11 sacks and 14 assists in 2009!  Yes, 11 sacks.  That’s just a half short of DeMarcus Ware’s record for the same period of time, and who isn’t sick of hearing about him?  That’s also better than ANYONE in the entire league (okay, okay, except for the Steeler’s LaMarr Det finnes mange forskjellige typer roulette satsinger. Woodley). 

That’s on top of 14 assists and 4 pass deflections, important numbers for quarterbacks who get rattled and throw like interceptions, like, hm, I don’t know, Tony Romo!  Anybody with a fantasy team that doesn’t have Carter and Orakpo on OLB is setting himself up online casino for failure.  I’m looking for at least two sacks on Sunday night, and hoping for more.

Oh, and the switch to 3-4—not a problem.  He ran it with Mike Nolan in San Francisco.  He can play outside linebaker, defensive end, and before the end of the season, you’ll probably see him working the inside of the package—just a hunch. 

And it’s not just his size and his athleticism and his positive attitude and his serious “come here so I can kick your ass” stare working for him.  He’s also got the know-how.  While he was still in college, he worked with his father, Rubin Carter (DE for the Broncos), to coach the Skins’ defensive line.  And that was the last time we won the NFC East. 

Best of all, in the midst of this whole stupid media frenzy over the big names on the team, Carter has kept his mouth shut and his shoulder to the grindstone.  He’s not even worried about the so-called competition with Lorenzo Alexander, who was named (one of several) team captain for the home opener.  Okay, so Carter missed practice on Thursday.  I’m still expecting to see him come out and start his fifth straight opening game with our hometown pride.  And come Sunday night, his star will be shining bright!!

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