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Andre Carter on M&M: We’re going to get the Jets’ best effort

10.07.11 at 11:39 am ET
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Patriots defensive end Andre Carter joined Mut & Merloni Friday morning to discuss New England’s looming game against the rival Jets this Sunday.

While New York struggled in its loss to Baltimore last weekend, Carter said he knows the Jets will be at the top of their game for the much-anticipated AFC East showdown on Sunday.

“We take into consideration last weekend was one of those games that unfortunately some teams have them, it was just a bad game,” Carter said. “But we know they have a lot of offensive weapons, defensive weapons, as well as special teams. So we know we’re going to get they’re best from them and vice versa.”

In what has become typical in the week leading up to a Jets-Patriots matchup, there has been a lot of chatter from the New York locker room. Jets receiver Santonio Holmes took a dig at the New England defense when he said, “The numbers speak for themselves about how well they’re not playing.” Carter did not bristle at the comments, instead choosing to focus on the game at hand.

“We can’t really pay attention to that,” Carter said. “I think what’s most important is what we do on Sunday and what they do on Sunday. I think it comes down to: comments are comments and I respect the man’s opinion, but at the end of the day, it’s all about preparation and going forth and out-executing your opponent.”

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

On the Patriots’ lack of sacks so far this season: “The pressure is there. As far as getting to a quarterback and either sacking them or knocking them down, it’s been a little bit inconsistent. But once we watch the film, we go, ‘OK, we’re one step closer here, one step closer there.’ So, the intensity is there, the will and determination is there. We just have to get there a little bit faster.

“If you can get a quarterback pressure the whole game as far as pressures and knockdowns, then that takes a toll on the quarterback.”

On Rolando McClain calling Patriots a “finesse team” before last Sunday’s game: “We didn’t really pay no mind to it. The most important thing coming into Oakland was how we were going to be and how we were going to be successful. Offensively, our offense ran the ball well, was successful to make big plays. Defensively, unfortunately we did give up big plays but overall we played a decent game.”

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