Demands on Carter won't be complicated

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Demands on Carter won't be complicated

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - You've seen those media scrums where a player stands in the middle then is surrounded in a semi-circle by reporters, microphone caddies and cameramen? They go five people deep sometimes and while the player doesn't enjoy them, believe me, neither does the media. Believe it or not, the best location is sometimes behind the player. Nobody else is there and - with a tilt of your ear - you can hear clearly everything he's saying. On Monday, I went backside on the media scrum enveloping newly-signed Patriot Andre Carter. There, I was met with, well, Andre Carter's backside. I make mention of this for one simple reason. He is 6-foot-4. I am 5-10. Yet his butt was level with my ribs. That should not be. But it was. Carter is what you would call a "high-cut" athlete. His legs and arms are absurdly long. His frame - rock-solid at 252 - was cut. What does this mean football-wise? His long legs will give him an explosive first step. His long arms will help him reach around blockers to get a grip on ballcarriers and quarterbacks. And the athleticism obvious in a frame like that will make him standout among a crop of defensive linemen who look like they could singlehanded destroy a Country Buffet. The vogue comparison for Carter coming out of Cal in 2001 was to Jevon Kearse. Carter has managed to stay relevant longer than The Freak. Part of that may be the professionalism and work ethic Carter is reputed to bring. Bill Belichick described Carter as "a high-quality individual who's very professional, who works hard."A polished Carter did nothing in a short meeting with the media to dispel that description. And his role in New England as he relayed it being told to him, "It was just simple you put your hand in the dirt and go."That message, delivered by Bill Belichick, will capitalize on Carter's attributes and the Patriots could capitalize on Carter's attitude. He is a leader."This was a team that was headed in the right direction, Carter said when askedwhy he chose New England.They had a great group of guys, coming from veteran leadership, to youth, and it was all about one team, and one goal. And that was just to go out there and grind day by day and week by week. Granted, the journey is never easy, but you just have to find a way to get it done.Carter was productive two seasons ago operating under the "hand in the dirt and go" style with Washington. But, with a glut of linemen, he'll need to make a fast impression that he can play at a high level still. He's certainly built to do so.
Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability. 
 

McDaniels: 'Best for my family and myself' to remain with Patriots

McDaniels: 'Best for my family and myself' to remain with Patriots

Josh McDaniels will be staying put in New England, he said on Monday, because that's what's best for him and his family at this point in time. 

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The Patriots offensive coordinator was a front-runner for the open head-coaching job in San Francisco but has removed his name from consideration.

"I was really impressed with [Niners owner and CEO] Jed York and [Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of Football Operations] Praag [Marathe] and [Director of Football Administration and Analytics] Brian [Hampton] and the people that came from the 49ers organization. They did a great job with their presentation. Again, humbled to be included in that process.

"At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

Next season will be McDaniels' sixth full season back with the Patriots since returning during the playoffs of the 2011 season.

"I've always said how grateful I am to have this opportunity to work here with Mr. Kraft and his family, and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff, and to have the privilege to get to work with the players that we work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm very thankful to be here, and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."