Every week, Redskins.com chats with a Redskins coach about a hot topic. This week: assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams discusses defensive end Andre Carter:
"Andre is improving in our defense. I have seen a tremendous improvement each week of practice with him, and each game, in his comfort level of playing the run and playing the passing game.
"In the first few weeks of the regular season, Andre went up against a lot of bigger offensive linemen. Those matchups are always going to happen. A lot of times, Andre will counter that with his speed and aggressiveness.
"Early in the season, offenses were choosing to run the ball against us more often. When you have that many rushing attempts against you, you are not able as a defensive end to put your feet together and your tail up in the air and rush the passer when you are playing in a tight, close game. When you are in a tight, tough game, you have to be able to play and minimize explosive plays in the run game."
"But when you get a lead, all of a sudden that split that the defensive end plays with becomes pass rush all the way. It changes the mentality of an offensive tackle.
"I think Andre is one of those guys who can rush the passer but also hold up in the run game. He is one of the most highly conditioned players that we have on our team. His flexibility at playing multiple positions really helps him with some of the things we ask him to do because we ask him to drop quite a bit too in some of the coverage things that we do and we don't have any problems.
"His versatility is very good in what we want to do defensively."