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Andre Carter, Deion Branch on M&M: Tim Tebow wins games, that’s all that matters

12.12.11 at 12:42 pm ET
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Patriots defensive lineman Andre Carter and wide receiver Deion Branch stopped by for their weekly visits with Mut & Merloni at Gillette Stadium Monday. To hear the interviews, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Carter agreed that Sunday’s win over the Redskins was a mixed bag, as the Patriots did not play all that well.

Said Carter: “You put in the time and the effort to prepare for an opponent, and you know or anticipate what they’re trying to do. And then to come out and have the performance you did — like I said, we’re blessed, we’re a talented team, we work our butts off, but it has to carry on in the game. When you give up those big plays, it’s pretty much unnecessary. Not necessary, it’s just disappointing. It’s back to the drawing board again. We’ve got another tough opponent against us in Denver. They’re high and mighty right now, and they’re definitely a threat.”

Asked about the Tom Brady-Bill O’Brien confrontation, Branch said: “That stuff happens. We’re all on the same team. We’re all in it for the same goal. Guys just got a lot of emotions tied up into it. You see how fast it ended. The guys talked about it. I’m sure those two handled it like professionals.”

Carter was called for a penalty in the second quarter for hitting Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman below the knees. The call for roughing the passer negated a Patriots interception. Carter said, “I really don’t know what else to do,” in terms of how to hit a player.

“I went through my head countless times,” he said. “The league has changed so much. I understand, as far as the league trying to protect quarterbacks, or protect players in general. But at the same time, football is football. You’ve got to find a way to make a play that’s legal.”

Carter now needs to focus on hitting Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who likes to run and is tough to bring down.

“He’s very aggressive, and that’s something that we have to keep in mind,” Carter said. “Especially coming into Denver. Everybody knows he loves to scramble. It’s back to the drawing board for this game plan. I’ve got to get my hamstrings ready.”

Branch is impressed with the Denver quarterback’s results.

“Great player, man,” he said. “This is what the game’s about. Everybody harps on what type of quarterback this guy is and what he can’t do. He’s 7-1. He’s 7-1 since he’s been starting, and that’s the only thing that’s important.”

Added Branch: “He deserves [the attention]. Now, we’ve just got to go in there and play our game. We can’t worry about ‘Tebow Week’ and all that other stuff.”

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