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Andre Carter on M&M: ‘The game is always won in the trenches’

11.14.11 at 12:28 pm ET
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Defensive end Andre Carter stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni Monday morning and said he has not yet come down from his “24-hour adrenaline rush” after setting a Patriots record with 4½ sacks in Sunday’s 37-16 victory over the Jets.

“It was such a great win,” he said. “It was a great performance on all sides of the ball. This was something that we had discussed, coming into this week, what we have to do. I tell everybody there were three [AFC East] teams that were 5-3. Somebody has to win. We just came out there, fought hard, and we were very successful.”

The Patriots defense already had some communication issues before being forced to put some new players into crucial roles due to injuries and cuts. Carter said that was one of the things the team worked on last week.

“I think overall we had a great practice [week],” Carter said. “There were definitely corrections. I can’t say how many. But you’re going to have them. But I think overall that’s one thing that we did. We constantly communicated — during practice, after practice, meetings after the meetings. We are a meeting team. So, I just think overall it was great. The guys that came in, the new faces, they were professional about the situation. They knew their role and handled it well.”

Added Carter: “We’ve worked on this since Day 1, but now everything’s just kind of come together. It’s communication. I tell everybody, [Vince] Wilfork is like the fourth linebacker. If he has an idea, we discuss it and it kind of spreads throughout the whole group. I’ll say my two cents, Gerard Warren, he’ll say his two cents. We just all talk. Pepper [Johnson] is over there, jaw-jacking as always. But I am a firm believer in despite how thin you are, whether it’s in the front end or the back end, the game is always won in the trenches. That’s going to determine the outcome of the game.”

Albert Haynesworth was released by the Patriots last week and picked up by the Buccaneers. He made five tackles in a starting role Sunday, although the Bucs were routed by the Texans, 37-9.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. But from what I heard, he had balled out [Sunday],” Carter said. “I can understand how he may fit into that defense. Because they’re — I don’t know how to describe it — I think when it comes to their big men, their tackles, they just kind of shoot upfield and their ends kind of control everything. ‘€¦ That’s just their style. Our style is unique. We have so many schemes. Every day we’re always learning something new. It’s more of an understanding of how guys fit and everything’s in unison.”

Carter said Haynesworth’s release was not a shock, based on what he’s learned from his 11 years in the league.

“There was no surprise,” Carter said. “At the end of the day, this is the NFL. You’re in it one day and out the next. You can be a starter or a non-starter. This is the nature of the business. You just shake hands and part ways, ‘I’ll text you later, I’ll tweet you.’ That’s just life.”

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