Back in December Hogs Haven happily welcomed Andre Carter to this defense after a series of dominating performances. By season's end the facts were:
- Andre Carter led defensive linemen in tackles.
- Andre Carter led the team in sacks, and had twice as many as Phillip Daniels who finished 2nd.
- Andre Carter led the defense in tackles for a loss; he had over twice as many as everyone else.
- Andre Carter was the best defensive linemen we had.
Over his last five games, Carter recorded 27 solo tackles, six assists and four sacks. Included in that run were games of 9/2/1, 7/1/1 and 8/0/1.
I'm not a big believer in "projected" stats, but just for grins: over the course of a full season, Carter's numbers over the stretch noted above project out to 86 solo tackles, 19 assists and 12.8 sacks. To put that in some kind of context, here are the tackle/assist/sack totals for the four starting DE's in last years Pro Bowl:
Julius Peppers, CAR (48/9/13)
Will Smith, NO (31/18/10.5)
Jason Taylor, MIA (40/20/13.5)
Aaron Schobel, BUF (35/18/14)
Beyond that, Om and I are on the same page and I'll leave him with the final words, which mirror my own regarding Andre Carter (because it partially projects an animosity and belligerence I happily imagine AC as having):