Sirius soundbites from Carter

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Andre Carter vs. the Steelers.Patriots defensive end Andre Carter was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday night, speaking with the "Late Hits" program hosted by Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt.

A few soundbites of note:

What he's learned about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. "With Tom Brady, what can I say about the guy? The man is definitely the best in the business. A professional, and off the field he's actually a funny guy. He's a leader in the locker room and when he talks, people listen. I respect him not only as a football player but as a person. Coach Belichick, he's a man that's true to his word. He's hard-nosed, kind of like my coach at Cal back in the day. He's old-school. One thing people say is that old-school is too hard. No it's not. Old-school coaches just keep it real. When you do poor, you're going to get called out. That's how it should be. When you do well, you don't necessarily need the pat on the back because your level of fulfillment is 'Hey, I did my job. That's what I'm supposed to do.' That's what I like about him."

Mental preparation at all-time high vs. Jets. "As the week was progressing, mentally we were just so in it. We watched film, and then watched film after that film. We had meetings, and then we had meetings after those meetings. I just think the mental preparation was at an all-time high."

Thoughts on why the Patriots avoid "trap" games. "I think it just starts with the coaches. They definitely humble us, regardless of how successful you are. One thing I admire about this organization, you may do well, but they're always going to pinpoint the things you could have done a lot better. Which is good, because as a professional and individual, you want to take your game to the next level. ... We're always on that even-level keel. Nobody is too high, nobody is too low."