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Ex-Cowboy Carpenter not into "throwing mud"

Current Rams and former Cowboys linebacker Bobby Carpenter was raked over the coals by the Dallas media for four years as a first-round pick who couldn’t crack the starting lineup.  Not a bruising hitter, Carpenter proved a poor fit in the Cowboys’ 3-4 system, which requires inside linebackers to stuff the run first and foremost.  

Carpenter only earned playing time in the nickel defense as a coverage linebacker.  He was nicknamed “Barbie” by at least one teammate, and owner Jerry Jones publicly questioned Carpenter’s physicality on HBO’s Hard Knocks program in 2007.
Carpenter took the high road, refusing to lash back at the media, teammates, and front office.  He was asked during Monday’s introductory press conference at Rams Park if the approach was difficult.
“I don’t know if throwing mud at anybody does any good,” said the No. 18 overall pick in the 2006 draft.  “I know I had the respect of a lot of my teammates down there in Dallas, and respect in the locker room, that’s all that matters.  What was said outside of the organization really wasn’t important to me.”
Carpenter also confirmed that he will play outside linebacker in St. Louis, though he isn’t sure if he’ll play the strong or weak side.  It’s expected that Carpenter will end up starting at the latter position, with David Vobora and Na’il Diggs competing opposite him.
Meanwhile, St. Louis is leading the league in former Ohio State Buckeye linebackers.
In addition to Carpenter, current Rams Diggs, Larry Grant, and starting middle linebacker James Laurinaitis all played their college ball in Columbus.
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24 Responses to “Ex-Cowboy Carpenter not into "throwing mud"”
  1. JagMania65 says: May 10, 2010 8:17 PM

    What does a Hoover vacuum cleaner, and Ohio State linebackers in the NFL have in common?

  2. Count Sacula says: May 10, 2010 8:20 PM

    I always liked his play in college. I hope the change of scenery does him som egood.

  3. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 8:21 PM

    That’s just the way some of those Southern boys say “Bobby”. Comes out sounding like “Barbie”. Don’t dis our homie.

  4. bigtrav425 says: May 10, 2010 8:26 PM

    He is a solid player who just never fit in.Hopefully he gets the chance to actually play

  5. Route36West says: May 10, 2010 8:38 PM

    Carpenter was an obvious 4-3 linebacker coming out of college. The Cowboys tried to force it and it obviously didnt work.
    Spags will show them how a lb is suppose to be used.

  6. DoubleHighJeff says: May 10, 2010 8:39 PM

    want another ohio state linebacker? VERNON GHOLSTON.
    But really, nice to see someone not to throw the blame around

  7. BigD88 says: May 10, 2010 8:40 PM

    No, he just sucks.
    A linebacker who can’t tackle doesn’t “fit” in any scheme.

  8. phillyburdzfan says: May 10, 2010 8:50 PM

    He obviously didn’t fit in. Cowboys are required to be assholes (and/or Rhomos)

  9. Beauregard says: May 10, 2010 8:56 PM

    Maybe the Jets could line him up on the outside of a
    3-4 playing next to Antonio Cromartie.
    My mother could run outside with that pair.

  10. mzezulak says: May 10, 2010 8:57 PM

    He can tackle ok just not while shedding 300+ lb guards, he was obviously out of position in Dallas and has more upside than Barron.

  11. Larry David says: May 10, 2010 8:58 PM

    David Vobora was Mr. Irrelevant a couple years ago. Good for him for making an impact.

  12. .Vox Veritas. says: May 10, 2010 9:03 PM

    “Carpenter was an obvious 4-3 linebacker coming out of college. The Cowboys tried to force it and it obviously didnt work.”
    You mean Parcells tried to force it.
    “Spags will show them how a lb is suppose to be used.”
    I’m pretty sure the Cowboys know how to use linebackers. You can ask Donovan McNabb about that. Barbie’s problem is he’s afraid to be physical. That’s not a coaching thing. It’s a courage thing.
    Maybe the Packers will cut AJ Hawk so the Rams can get him, too.

  13. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: May 10, 2010 9:15 PM

    Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

  14. Hordak says: May 10, 2010 9:38 PM

    Larry David says:
    May 10, 2010 8:58 PM
    “David Vobora was Mr. Irrelevant a couple years ago. Good for him for making an impact.”
    If he’s on the Rams, he’s still Mr. Irrelevant.

  15. hazi59 says: May 10, 2010 9:40 PM

    Vernon Gholston didn’t play LB at OSU, he played DE. I will give you Andy Katzenmoyer and Bobbie Carpenter, but AJ Hawk & James Laurinaitis are solid pros. You can’t define an NFL position based off of what college a player goes to. A great example would be Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers both being Cal QB’s. Boller is the epitomy of 1st round QB bust, but Rodgers made every team that passed him up in the 1st round look foolish. Mike Vrabel, Chris Spielman, and Tom Cousineau must all suck too, huh?

  16. JustRay says: May 10, 2010 9:47 PM

    VERNON GHOLSTON was a DE at Ohio State not a LB.

  17. ethan robert says: May 10, 2010 10:14 PM

    Carpenter didn’t really sling any mud, but he did complain about a few “Bratz” in the locker room.

  18. Leroy'sButler says: May 10, 2010 11:25 PM

    JagMania65 says:
    May 10, 2010 8:17 PM
    What does a Hoover vacuum cleaner, and Ohio State linebackers in the NFL have in common?
    Good one.
    You also forgot to mention the Rams in that question.

  19. Kevin-Faulk-an-a says: May 11, 2010 6:33 AM

    I’d have to say that Mike Vrabel turned out pretty well. Sure sucks not having him around anymore.

  20. Science Teacher says: May 11, 2010 7:46 AM

    “throwing mud” of course not! Barbie doesn’t go near the stuff.

  21. AmishCowboy says: May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    Phiilyburdzfan, you and your Super Bowl winless organization are a joke. We have see how well the Eagles Defense played after Jim Johnson died, hope you like all the 8-8 season you have coming

  22. buckifan4life says: May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    @jagmania65…
    FU d0ucheb@g!
    Carpenter was misused in Dallas IMO. He’s not a classic middle LB, he plays best at the weakside.
    BTW, get used to OSU being at least in the top 5 again this year.

  23. gurnblanston says: May 11, 2010 11:26 AM

    No need to throw mud. Sure, by leaving the Cowgirls, he may sacrifice a couple undeserved Pro Bowl appearances and the opportunity to flame in the playoffs, but the likelihood of jail time or STDs has gone down to near zero. Hail!

  24. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: May 11, 2010 11:27 AM

    I guess my comment about Hoover vacuums and OSU linebackers both being from Ohio was censored.
    buckifan4life, as a die hard buckeye fan myself, please shut up. People hate Ohio State fans because of Ohio State fans like you.

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