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Andre Carter on M&M: Patriots’ fourth-quarter performance ‘unacceptable’

12.05.11 at 1:01 pm ET
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Andre Carter

Patriots defensive lineman Andre Carter stopped by for a visit with the Mut & Merloni show Monday at Gillette Stadium. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

The Patriots took a big lead against the Colts Sunday before settling for a 31-24 decision.

“Granted, it was a win, but overall we just didn’t finish strong,” Carter said. “Having 21 unanswered points defensively is just unacceptable.”

The Patriots have turned heads by turning receivers into part-time defensive backs. The latest is Matthew Slater, who helped out on defense Sunday.

“I never experienced anything like this throughout my career,” Carter said. “This is actually a first for me, seeing guys that probably weren’t even on an NFL team end up getting signed and starting, to having guys on special teams, guys on the offensive side of the ball trying to help out or contribute. That’s just something that the coaches have faith in each individual and we just know that whoever’s back there, the front four or the seven-man in general, we’ve got to get there to help the guys out.”

Added Carter: “[Slater] was a professional about it. I’m sure he was out of his comfort zone.”

Next up for the Patriots is Carter’s former team, the Redskins. Carter spent the past five seasons in Washington before signing with the Patriots as a free agent.

“It will be a little bit weird,” he acknowledged. “But like I tell everybody, this is a business. … There’s no revenge or get-back or nothing like that. When I left Washington, we parted on good terms. We shook hands and parted ways. They were headed in a different direction and I knew I was headed in a different direction.”

Added Carter: “I had great years. The chapter is closed. A new chapter begins. I’m a Patriot now. So, you’ve just got to prepare and find a way to put out the best performance.”

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