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Andre Carter on M&M: ‘Never thought in a million years’ I’d get signed by Pats

09.23.11 at 12:04 pm ET
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Andre Carter

Patriots defensive end Andre Carter joined Mut & Merloni Friday morning to discuss how things are progressing with New England’s new 4-3 defense, as well as what he thought of the Patriots when he was competing against them.

“Playing against them and seeing them on film, it was just an organization that just does things the right way and when I mention that, I mean they play hard together, they play as a unit, it seems like they always emphasize perfection on each and every play,” Carter said. “It’s guys that love the game of football.”

Carter played with the Redskins for five seasons before coming to New England. He had enjoyed a lot of success in Washington, but when Mike Shanahan changed the defense to a 3-4 in 2010-11 season, Carter was forced to switch for linebacker. This past offseason Carter asked to be released, even though he wasn’t sure if any other team was interested in picking him up.

“I really didn’t know who was interested at the time,” Carter said. “People had asked me, ‘Why did you ask for the release?’ It just unfortunately wasn’t going to fit. I had full faith in God and faith in my abilities and knew that I was going to get picked up. I never thought in a million years that it was going to be the New England Patriots.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

On Albert Haynesworth: “This is a new chapter, for himself and for myself as well. Whatever had happened in Washington was in the past and its just a new beginning. … He’s a new man, he just wants to show his skill and show what he can do. You know what he can do and know his potential, so seeing him in practice and seeing him on the field, he’s definitely disruptive and that’s something that we’re trying to make consistent throughout this year.”

On transition to 4-3 defense being a work in progress: “Every game and every season is always a work in progress. Unfortunately with the lockout, you don’t want to make any excuses, myself, [Shaun] Ellis, Haynesworth, just everybody in general, when the lockout ended and the season started, it was definitely such a big rush of information coming at you all at once. … This was just hundreds of pages we covered at one time. As far as leadership, yes, we do have a lot of leadership. As far as work ethic, that’s definitely there. As far as jelling, it’s slowly coming together.”

On his questionable roughing the passer penalty against San Diego: “I thought it was a great hit. I just don’t know how to hit the quarterback any other way. … I call it poetry in motion [laughs]. The game has evolved from the beginning to now, the game has changed so much. But it’s football. Football is football. You can’t just hold up and be like, ‘OK, I can’t hit this guy.’ Because if you do that, then you kind of look like an idiot and whoever you’re tackling, whether its quarterback, running back, receiver, they can go out for a big gain. At the end of the day, you do your job and play.”

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