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Andre Carter Conference Call Transcript

Posted Aug 29, 2011

Patriots DE Andre Carter addresses the media during his conference call on Monday, August 29, 2011.

Q: Can you talk about what you guys were able to do today? I know you guys were offsite due to tropical storm Irene; can you talk about what you were still able to do and what was the overall, general idea of your work today?  

AC: What we always do. There was no other difference after the game or after a day of rest. We came in, we worked out, [we] did stretching, got the muscle fatigue out. What we did was we analyzed the game film, critiqued ourselves, and tomorrow is another day. Just the usual routine.  

Q: Where did you end up having to go because of the power outage at Gillette?  

AC: We made some adjustments just more so as far as the facility. We utilized the facility real well. There was definitely some lighting and things of that nature. So we took advantage of [another site] the best way we could and we were able to watch the film, and critique ourselves from the special teams, defensive, and offensive standpoint. So, whatever has happened, especially with the storm, we're very fortunate to have some resources to pretty much do what we need to do and be professional for this team.  

Q: Did you spend a little bit of time at the stadium?  

AC: Yes, that's correct.  

Q: And part of it was off site?  

AC: Yeah.  

Q: I know you are just moved into town, so you are kind of new, but did [the storm] impact where you're currently living right now?  

AC: Well we were located - as far as some of the players that are still kind of waiting to find a place to live unfortunately - in the city that we were located the power is still out. Some decided to stay at the hotel and wait it out, but throughout the day some guys went ahead and decided to go to another city, and just kind of hang out and get something to eat - get some good food and once the storm settled, [we] just went back to the room with no power, no [air conditioning], and no TV. You just gut it out and go to bed and prepare for another day.  

Q: You mentioned watching film and analyzing yourselves. You all didn't seem too happy with the performance after the game. What was it like watching film? Did you feel even worse about it or not as bad? What was your assessment on that?  

AC: Well, I mean it was just one of those games that unfortunately we didn't play to the best of our ability in. We didn't play on a level that we expect to play on. It was just one of those games that you learn from it and just move on. That's something that we've done. Like I said before, we've critiqued ourselves. Whether it's a win or a loss, the most important thing is that you continue to strive for perfection, and where your strengths and weaknesses are, whether it is you're successful or unsuccessful, and just continue to go on from there. Despite the loss that we had - it's a loss. It's a loss, so from a player or from a coaches' perspective all you can really do is say, ‘okay, these are the things we need to work on and continue to grow, and these are the things we should never do again,' and that's the  best way to put it.  

Q: I know you spent most of your life on the west coast and some on the east coast. Have you ever been in a storm situation like this before, either during the season or in the offseason?  

AC: I did witness Hurricane Andrew, not when I was in Miami, but when I was in Fort Lauderdale. So, during that… when that thing went down it was pretty rough. Fort Lauderdale fortunately didn't get hit bad compared to Miami. Miami had it rough, but I just remember that as a kid hurricanes were nothing to play with. They can cause some devastation. The palm trees were uprooted; there were cars that were flipped over. It was definitely one of those storms that was worse. Just kind of reading the news and hearing what cities got hit the worst - it's definitely unfortunate, but it seems like some cities that were hit were prepared and hopefully the power will be restored and people can go back to their normal lives.

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