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Rodney Harrison on D&H: Pats will win

09.16.10 at 1:21 pm ET
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Former Patriots great and current NBC analyst Rodney Harrison joined Dale & Holley to talk about the Pats game with the Jets this Sunday and all the other issues surrounding the team. Harrison also spoke candidly about his suspension for using performance enhancing drugs.

On the game Sunday, “I think the Patriots will win, definitely,” Harrison said. “I’m really impressed with the defense, the youth and the speed. I’m watching the tape and I’m like, ‘Wow, look how fast how these guys are.’ They look like they know exactly where they’re going. [Tom] Brady looks good.”

[To listen to the full conversation, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page]

Here are some more highlights from the conversation:

On Wes Welker’s return

That almost brought tears to my eyes because I know how hard this kid worked. I know how I felt when I had that injury. I basically thought my career was over.

Is Jets week different?

I can sum it up like this: The Patriots hate the Jets, but I still think the Indianapolis Colts [are] the bigger rivalry. You look at the Jets and you go up a couple of notches for Jets week. When you play against the Colts it goes up another notch. The simple fact is: The Patriots respect the Colts. The Patriots hate the Jets.

On Darelle Revis

He’s a terrific young player. He can play off coverage. Tremendous hips. Guy has great ballhawking ability, great awareness, tremendous instincts. Ty Law called me when he Ty played in New York and he told me, ‘We’ve got a kid down here who’s going to be the best cornerback in the National Football League. Might be the best defensive player.’ He said he’s be a young Ty Law with athletic ability. Ty was really high on the guy. I’m really high on the guy. I think he and [Oakland's] Nnamdi Asamoah are the best corners in the league, but I think he has more ballhawking ability than Nnamdi and I think he’s the best cornerback in the National Football League. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welker bracing for a return to full strength

09.16.10 at 12:47 pm ET
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FOXBORO — As much as he can’t stand the feeling of the bulky contraption on his left knee, Wes Welker knows the brace is there for a reason.

And he only has to look at the opponent this week for a reminder as to what can happen if you discard the precautionary device too soon.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins re-injured his left knee last week and was placed on season-ending injured reserve this week. Asked if that provides enough motivation to keep wearing his brace, Welker smiled nervously and said, “Yeah, thanks for that.”

Welker could certainly be forgiven if he’s is playing it cautious with the precautionary brace.

“We’ll see where we’re at,” Welker said. “I’m definitely ready to get rid of it. We’re definitely going to be cautious with it.”

Welker admitted Thursday that he would love to be without the bulky brace on his left knee but that might be wishful thinking at this early point of the season.

Welker caught eight passes for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s 38-24 win over the Bengals at Gillette Stadium. Still, Welker doesn’t feel he’s physically back to where he was before tearing up the knee on Jan. 3 in last year’s regular season finale at Houston.

“It takes a full year until I’m me again, is what they say,” Welker said Thursday.

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Poll: Are Gillette fans lame?

09.16.10 at 12:31 pm ET
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Brady: Give the Jets their props

09.15.10 at 9:46 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Sure, Tom Brady hates the Jets. But he respects them, too.

The all-world quarterback wanted to make that perfectly clear on Wednesday in his weekly gathering with reporters huddled around Bret Lockett’s locker.

“I will say I have respect for the Jets because I think they play extremely hard,” Brady said. “And they are very well-coached. It’s just the way the rivalry is. I don’t think there’re a lot of Boston people who like New York people. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry goes back a long ways. Over the years, there’re have been very competitive football games played between the two of us. Really, we’ve got to go out there. Obviously we all talk, we all feel confident about what we’re doing, but we’ve got to go out there and execute our plays and play well.”

But Brady admitted Wednesday that he has used the ‘H’ word we all try to keep out of the mouths of children to describe the their arch-rivals from Gotham.

“I’ve said it a few times,” the quarterback said with a sinister smile.

Probably most of those times were when he either caught an episode of “Hard Knocks” or was asked about all the trash-talking coming from New York this summer.

“How can you not hear it? Of course we hear it. We just go about our business a different way, and a way that has worked for us,” Brady conceded. “Every coach has their style. And we really take on the style of our head coach, who, as you guys know, doesn’t say much. So we typically don’t say much. And when we do, we get yelled at pretty good. That doesn’t seem that’s the program the Jets are on. That’s the way it is.

And this Sunday afternoon at the New Meadowlands Stadium, a rivalry will be rekindled. Whether it erupts into a raging inferno will depend on the score. One thing is for sure, there’ll be emotion aplenty.

“It gets ratcheted up,” Brady said. “When you are out there playing against these guys, there’s a certain level of intensity that these rivalries bring out. And it’s not just another game for us. They’re a division opponent. We know how hard it is playing a division opponent on the road. We’ve gotten off to a good start last week. Coach [Belichick] said we’ll have to play a better game than we did last week and I agree with him.”

After Revis called Moss “a slouch” last season, will Brady go to Randy Moss early and often to shut up Darrelle Revis once and for all?

“Randy’s a big part of our game plan. He is every week,” Brady said. “I know they feel very good about Revis. I know it’s pretty entertaining for the fans. Ultimately, what it comes down to is our offense against their defense. It’s never one guy against one guy. It’s about can we get the ball in the end zone. Obviously, when a lot of attention goes to Randy or Wes [Welker], we’ve got to go to other guys, and those guys have to be able to make those plays. It’s a team game. That’s what it comes down to. There’s no one keeping score on these one-on-one battles. Really, what we’re keeping score [with is] the scoreboard.”

In an effort to show respect back, Revis offered this up about Moss this week in preparing for the Patriots.

“He’s one of the best receivers in the league today,’’ Revis told Ron Borges of the Boston Herald. “I expect him to get the ball (thrown to him). He wants to make plays. He’s got a lot of things in his game to look out for.’’

Brady said he is prepared to take what the Jets give him and the Patriots offense on Sunday.

“It’s a chess match out there,” Brady said. “There are times when you’re aggressive, and there are times when they’re aggressive. You’re not aggressive on every play because you’ve got to take your shots when they’re there. We’re always expecting the line of scrimmage to go forward whether it’s a run or a pass. Every play is ultimately designed to score a touchdown.”

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What do Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan think of each other?

09.15.10 at 7:57 pm ET
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Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick may approach the game differently, but there's a mutual respect between the head coaches of the Jets and Patriots. (AP)

Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan aren’t BFF’s, but the two do have some things in common, including the fact that they were both raised in a culture of football by fathers who were coaches. While don’t spend a lot of time together in the offseason, they both said Wednesday there’s a mutual respect for what the other has done.

“It’s a great football family — a very successful one,” Belichick said of the Ryan family.

Belichick’s first exposure to the Ryans came in the 1980s — the glory days of the NFC East — when Belichick was the defensive coordinator for the Giants, and he spent his days scheming to beat Rex’s father Buddy, who was head coach of the Eagles from 1986 until 1990. The two went head-to-head in the 1990s when he coached against Buddy when Buddy was with the Cardinals and Belichick was with the Browns.

Now, Belichick is on his second generation: as the Patriots coach, he coached against Rex when he was a defensive coordinator with the Ravens, as well as a pair of games last year in Rex’s inaugural season as head coach of the Jets. In addition, he had Rex’s brother Rob on his staff as New England’s linebackers coach from 2000 until 2003.

Belichick and Ryan clearly have different attitudes on how to run a football team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate what the other has accomplished.

“Everybody has got a different style, so I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” Belichick said yesterday when asked about Ryan’s occasionally blustery approach. “I have a lot of respect for Rex and what he’s done. He’s always been successful as a coach wherever he’s been. Again I know Rob and his father, Buddy. Of course, Buddy and I go back to when we were head coaches in the league together; I was at Cleveland and he was at Arizona. We practiced down there against the Cardinals and Philadelphia and all that.

“They kind of all have their own style, which is similar. I respect that,” he added. “I haven’t spent that much time with Rex, but they’re twin brothers so there are a lot of similarities between those two guys. We get along fine.”

As for Rex, he received an introductory to Belichick through his brother Rob, who moved on to the Raiders, and is currently defensive coordinator for the Browns.

“He thought the world of Bill [Belichick],” Rex said Wednesday of his brother Rob, who won two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Patriots. “What I understand is, my brother said, ‘You think you’re pretty good when you’re a move or two ahead of somebody,’ but he always said this: Belichick was four or five moves ahead of that.

“I have always said that I think he’s the best coach in the league, but again I’m here to beat him. It’s not about my skills against his skills; we’d lose that. It’s about his team and my team, and I have confidence in my team.”

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Video: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick 9/15

09.15.10 at 4:49 pm ET
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FOXBORO- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick speak to the media Wednesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium as the team continues to prepare to take on division rival New York Jets this Sunday.

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Jets practice report for Wednesday

09.15.10 at 4:22 pm ET
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Jets’ Wednesday injury report

Placed on IR
DT Kris Jenkins (knee)

OUT
LB Calvin Pace (foot)

Limited Participation in Practice
S Brodney Pool (ankle)

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