He leads the team in sacks and is second in tackles for loss, but I’ve noticed more than a few comments directed towards Carter, expressing disappointment that he hasn’t been a more disruptive player this season. The problem with that observation is that it’s hard to disrupt the line of scrimmage when you’re being asked to play more in coverage.
“The biggest thing is that he’s become an every-down player,” Smart said. “He’s gotten a little bigger and more physical, and he’s been able to play some in nickel packages. We have moved him around so that he could play field boundary. He can do different things. He can stand up and match patterns. He’s improved that part of his game, and that’s the part that he probably needed to improve the most. I’m glad he came back to do it.”
If Kirby’s happy with him, we probably ought to be, too.