Q: What do you expect of DeAngleo now that he's had a full offseason?
A: When a guy has a training camp there's so much more you can do because he understands the verbiage and the language and the subtleties of your defense. We can do a lot more with him. We worked him some at nickel and at corner and you can match him up during games against top receivers if that's an advantage to us. When you hav ea guy who has been around and he knows you and you know him and you have a trust level that develops, that will help because I do trust him. You always hear about people before you get them. I base my feelings on people on how they treat me and how they act once I know them. They come in with a clean slate. This guy has been phenomenal in the time he's been here and I trust him explicitly.
Q: Did Carlos slow down at the end of last year?
A: There was a point in the season early on, around Dallas, that for a few weeks he played as good as any corner in the league. I don't know if it was something physical or he got tired or what, but there was a point where it did take a slide back. But he was playing at a level that was just … I know I don't usually rave a lot and I was raving about the level he was competing at.
Q: Can he get back there?
A: Heck yeah. The worst thing a player can do is show me what you're capable of. Once you show me what you can do that's what I'm expecting from you. I expect it all the time because I know it's there. If you have a family full of kids and some get A's and some get B's and some get C's, if a C is the best they can do then you don't jump them because that's what they're capable of doing. But if they can ge an A you push them to get an A. He showed me last year that he can get A's.
Q: Are there things people don't appreciate about Andre?
A: If you base [his production] on sack numbers alone, but that's not what it's about.
Q: Was he really a half step away from a lot of plays last year?
A: Heck yeah. The thing you have to understand and I'm not defending him, but you have to go back and check this. Our team led the league in three and outs so something was happening. People complain we didn't have many sacks, but we still ended up in the top seven or eight teams in pass defense so something was happening somewhere and the problem is to try and take what's mostly an art and put a science to it. They don't paint the Mona Lisa by numbers. The Sistene Chapel was painted by numbers. Numbers are for the idiots that can't paint. I'm just saying. Some things numbers apply and some things they20don't. In football, numbers don't always apply….The guy is special.
Q: He's hit 30, will that slow him down?
A: You wouldn't know physically. Some guys take care of their bodies so the age number does not become a big deal. He and Phillip Daniels both are really careful about what they put in their body. Their bodies don't age at the same rates as guys that eat at Burger King. And he has the professionalism. He works out like a madman. He has Tae Kwan Do. He has his life in order.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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