Is Andre Carter seeing a lot more double-teams? ‘You know it!’
|12.07.11 at 2:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The question had to be asked.
With his sudden falloff in sack and tackle numbers against the Eagles and Colts, has Andre Carter been seeing a lot more double-team coverage from opposing offensive lines?
“Yep,” Carter said in a response so fast and affirmative that he clearly knew the subject would eventually be addressed. “You know it! You know the answer to that question. As a player, you try to find a way to make those adjustments but I can’t get frustrated. I’m just happy to see other guys playing well and that’s what you do, you celebrate with your teammates because it’s a team sport.”
In his first 10 games, Carter had nine sacks and was tied for fourth in the NFL in that category. He came within 1/2 sack of setting the new franchise single-game record before a league statistician reviewed the film and determined that he “only” had 4.0 sacks against the Jets on Nov. 13.
Looking beyond just the sacks, Carter has also been held in checks in the tackle column as well, collecting just one solo tackle in each of the last two games after averaging six in his previous five.
But that didn’t keep Bill Belichick from raving on Wednesday about his veteran defensive end, who along with Brian Waters, has turned out to be one of the most valuable new additions to the 2011 Patriots roster.
“We need players that can play and he’s done a good job of that,” Belichick said. “Certainly, bringing a professional approach to the game, that’s great too. He’s done a good job at everything. He’s very attentive. He’s in excellent physical condition, he’s out there, he takes a lot of plays, he plays them hard in practice and the games. He’s very professional in his approach. We’ve asked him to do some different things, he’s embraced those and tried the things that he knows how to do, do; the things that are a little bit new or different for him, he’s tried hard to learn and understand how we want those things done.
“Very unselfish player that works hard [and] is consistent. You get the same effort out of him every day, seven days a week, whatever this is,  games or however many we’ve played. He’s really the same dependable player on a daily basis with a lot of consistency. All those are strengths. I don’t know how you rank them, but they’re all important. He does a great job at all of them. He’s been such a pleasure to have on this team and he’s added a lot to our football team in a lot of different ways.”