Andre Carter on M&M: ‘It’s all about balance’ on Pats D-line
|11.22.11 at 12:09 pm ET|
Defensive lineman Andre Carter joined the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday morning for his weekly chat about the team.
The Chiefs made it a priority to keep Carter away from inexperience quarterback Tyler Palko, after Carter recorded four sacks vs the Jets the week before.
“They mixed in chipping in with the running back and also the tight end. … The only rush I had was doing my best to get around the corner,” Carter said. “Overall, they had a great game plan. Even the Chiefs offensive linemen talked to me, they were like, ‘There’s no way we’re going to let you get around the corner.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re protecting that well.’
“As a player in general you’re honored, because they look at you, or they look at our D-linemen and say, OK, this is the game plan and we just have to stick to it.”
With teams starting to pay more attention to Carter, fellow defensive lineman Mark Anderson has been taking advantage. Anderson had four tackles and 1½ sacks Monday.
“It’s all about balance,” Carter said. “Especially when teams look at myself and say, OK, we have to use two-on-one or possibly three-on-one. Especially when they just kind of slide, particularly my way, whether it’s Mark Anderson or whether it’s Rob Ninkovich, whoever is rushing on that left end, or just the tackle in general, somebody has to win the one-on-one. That’s something we’ve always harped on.”
Added Carter: “I’m just blessed to play with a great, elite group of men that have a love for the game and love for each other. It’s just been great.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
On wide receiver Julian Edelman filling in for the shorthanded defensive secondary: “Unfortunately, as you know, we’ve been plagued with a little but of injuries. It’s a business, and the next guy has to step up. So, we’re very pleased with his performance, how he came in and contributed when his number was called.”
On tight end Rob Gronkowski: “He’s just so elite because he is physical. If he needs to block, especially on run downs, he’ll get after it. He’ll go get it. … He is a physical specimen. Overall, he is definitely the complete package as a tight end.”
On Sunday’s opponent, the Eagles: “This is a team that knows how to win. We’re going into their environment. The fans are crazy. They’ve got the ‘Rocky’ theme going on during the pregame. Overall, despite whatever they were going through, they have many offensive weapons that we have to be alert for, as well as on either side of the ball, they’ve always been physical, they’ve always been aggressive. They’ve been an aggressive team. So, this is definitely a challenge for us.”
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