Andre Carter on the Patriots: 'It's fun, man'

Andre Carter on the Patriots: 'It's fun, man'
December 9, 2011, 5:08 pm
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The Redskins and defensive end Andre Carter had an amicable parting of ways last February. When the Redskins moved to the 3-4 defense, Carter was a player without a position with the Redskins and he had a pricey contract to boot. Unlike some who have left the team in recent years, Carter has taken the high road out of Redskins Park. After the lockout ended he had a tryout with the Giants and after that didnt land him a contract the Patriots came calling. He signed with them on August 8. Although New England was one of the teams that popularized the 3-4 defense, they run a lot of four-man fronts, especially in passing situations. That made it a good spot for Carter, a player who is all about getting to the passer. He is in his 11th NFL season and his last sack, recorded last month against Kansas City, was the 75th of his career. Of those, 34 came in his five seasons in Washington. Hes a very professional guy whos smart, is well conditioned athlete, really works hard at football and things have really fallen into place for him here, said Patriots coach Bill Belichick of the 32-year-old Carter. Carter leads New England in sacks with nine, including four and half in a nationally televised win over the Jets. But he has brought more than just pass rushing skills to his new team. Hes had several outstanding games and its not all about sacks, its about doing his job and playing his responsibility, said Belichick. Hes been very consistent doing that for us. Quarterback Tom Brady likes some of the intangibles that Carter brings. Hes got a great attitudereally professional, he said. You see the way he takes care of himself before practice, after practice. He's always out there doing extra conditioning. Although Carter kept a positive attitude throughout the failed attempt to turn him into a standup outside linebacker in the 3-4, he could not have been enjoying himself. That has changed. Its fun, man. This is something Ive done for a long period of time, Carter said of playing as a 4-3 end. Just for Coach Belichick and the Patriots organization to take the chance on me to go out there and just try my best to be productive or just to try my best to play a great game with great teammates. In going to the Patriots, Carter joined a team with a Brady-led offense that can score a lot of points in a hurry. That is in stark contrast to the Redskins teams he played for, which were offensively challenged. But Carter said that he plays the same way regardless of the score. Definitely the game can change or the game situation can change when youre playing ahead or behind, but in general, whatever the score is, youve just got to go out there and play your best game, play by play, he said. He found it easy to adjust for playing under Belichick after playing a year with Mike Shanahan. He said that both coaches make it easy. Do your job. Come to work on time. Work hard. Study your film. Know your plays. Go home, rest up, and do it all over again. Those are pretty much the simple answers to stay out of trouble. Thats pretty much it. In other words, just do what comes naturally for Andre Carter.