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Charlie Weis: Harbaugh’s comments were ‘a joke’

05.04.12 at 6:31 pm ET
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Charlie Weis doesn’t care for John Harbaugh‘s insinuation that the Patriots three Super Bowls might have been “stained.” Speaking on ‘€œSiriusXM’€™s Mad Dog Radio’€ channel with hosts Evan Cohen and Steve Phillips on Friday morning, Weis said the allegations were a “joke.”

‘€œThat’€™s a joke,” said Weis, the former Patriots offensive coordinator who is now the head coach at the University of Kansas. “That’€™s really, that’€™s a joke. Not even worth commenting on. It’€™s a joke. When people win championships, people win championships.  Every time somebody wins they are looking for a reason why the team won. We won because we were the best team in those years. We might not have had the best players but we always had the best team, including 2001 when we beat the Rams when we weren’€™t supposed to have a chance.’€

Harbaugh, who made those comments Tuesday, has since issued a statement trying to clarify what he said, saying that he believes the Patriots “earned every victory.”

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The latest edition of the ‘It Is What It Is’ podcast looks back at the Patriots’ draft

05.04.12 at 10:12 am ET
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In the latest edition of the “It Is What It Is” podcast,’s Christopher Price and DJ Bean take a look back at the NFL draft and break down each one of the Patriots’ seven picks — including first-rounders Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower — and ask how soon they’ll be able to contribute on a regular basis. Price and Bean also examine a few players the Patriots passed on and why. To listen, CLICK HERE.

Mayock: Addition of Jones and Hightower to Patriots’ defense ‘a huge win’

05.04.12 at 8:36 am ET
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Mike Mayock of the NFL Network weighed in on the Patriots’ draft in the latest edition of “The Rich Eisen Podcast.” Saying that New England’s ability to get two starters for the front seven in Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower was a “huge win,” he was effusive in his praise of Bill Belichick and what he did to help the Patriots’ defense, particularly in the first round.

‘€œI love those two moves and part of the reason is I love the two players they got. If I didn’€™t love them, I’€™d probably be killing [the Patriots]. Atypical of Bill Belichick, everybody assumes he’€™s moving down and out. If you look at that offense, it is obviously Super Bowl-ready; it carried them to one last year. That offense is ready to go; there’€™s not a whole lot more necessary even with the retirement of their left tackle. Defensively is what they had to augment and I went on the record before the draft in saying I thought that the defensive end from Syracuse, Chandler Jones, who was number nine on my board ‘€“ three years from now he might be the best defensive end in football. I believe that strongly: he might be the best defensive player that comes out of this draft. I love that pick and the [Dont’€™a] Hightower thing was a no-brainer. You want to talk about somebody who is right up Bill Belichick’€™s alley it’€™s this kid. Anytime you can get two starters in your front seven on a defense that needs help, that’€™s a huge win.’€

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Why did Trevor Scott pick the Patriots? They’re ‘natural-born winners’

05.03.12 at 11:35 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Trevor Scott has a good memory.

Asked Thursday about his 2008 game against the Patriots as a rookie with the Raiders, he allowed himself a small smile. That was a contest where he brought down New England quarterback Matt Cassel twice in a game that was a muddy mess out in Oakland.

‘€œI was just reminded of that the other day. It was my rookie year,’€ he said. ‘€œPretty disastrous game — the weather was just awful. I remember that.’€

And the sacks?

‘€œYeah, too bad it wasn’€™t [Tom] Brady,’€ he added with a laugh.

A 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end/outside linebacker who was taken by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Buffalo, Scott spent the last four seasons with Oakland before signing a one-year deal with the Patriots as a free agent in March.

His best season came in 2009 when he had 43 tackles (38 solo) and seven sacks for the Raiders. In all, the converted tight end has 13.5 sacks in four seasons with Oakland.

In between workouts Thursday at Gillette Stadium, Scott sounded like a guy who was targeted by the Patriots early on in the free-agent process. Asked if there was an opportunity to take visits with other teams, he shrugged.

‘€œNot really,’€ said the 27-year-old. ‘€œI was just glad things ended up the way they did, right off the bat, so I could put it behind me and what better way to start than to come to an organization like this.

‘€œYou just know what to expect when you come here. Natural-born winners. They want to compete for the Super Bowl every year. To come in here, I’€™m going to have big shoes to fill.’€

Scott will likely be filling the shoes of Mark Anderson, who finished last season with 10 sacks, but departed as a free agent. He could also provide some support as a pass rusher, depending on whether or not veteran Andre Carter does return. Regardless, he would love to return to his 2009 form — a torn ACL in 2010 left him on IR, and he has struggled to regain his pre-injury state, saying he ‘€œdefinitely’€ plans on returning to his pre-injury level of production.

‘€œI mean, it was what it was. That’€™s the name of the game,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™ve seen a lot of different things in he league, and like I said, I’€™m just glad to be here and to start over.’€

He said the transition from Oakland to New England has been ‘€œpretty good, so far,’€ said Scott, helped out by the fact that former Raiders’€™ offensive lineman Robert Gallery was also picked up by the Patriots this offseason.

‘€œI mean, there’€™s a great atmosphere here, don’€™t get me wrong. There’€™s also a great atmosphere in Oakland. I’€™m just glad for the new opportunity,’€ he said. ‘€œ[Gallery and I are] just hanging together as we get to know all of the guys, but all the guys are really nice and pretty cool and guys are taking me under their wing and showing me the ropes and stuff.

‘€œWe’€™ve just been working. Just different position stuff. That’€™s been cool. Getting to meet the coaches, on and off the field. We’€™ve definitely been working hard, that’€™s for sure,’€ he added. ‘€œThey just play the game the way the game is supposed to be played — hard and tough football. You can tell that through their play. They’€™re great leaders on and off the field.’€

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Wes Welker reveals what it takes to win a game ball with the Patriots

05.03.12 at 4:49 pm ET
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Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined ESPN’s “Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable” on Wednesday for what might best be described as a wide-ranging interview. It included his thoughts on when he believed he could be a consistent part of an NFL offense, how “brutal” a Super Bowl loss is, Tom Brady‘s house, and what former teammate Larry Izzo may or may not have done on the sidelines during a Patriots game:

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Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich recall Junior Seau’s impact on the game

05.03.12 at 4:07 pm ET
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Both Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich issued statements through the Patriots on Thursday afternoon regarding the death of former New England linebacker Junior Seau:

Mayo: ‘€œI was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard the news about Junior. I spent my first two years in the NFL with him. He was so approachable and welcoming and really worked with me to help me to adjust to life in the NFL. He was a true mentor and teammate. He had a legendary NFL career and had a passion for the game that I try to emulate. This is a sad day for me. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his many friends. ‘€œ

Ninkovich: ‘€œI grew up watching Junior Seau play linebacker. He defined the position and I try to emulate my play on the field after his. It was an honor to play with an NFL legend. 2009 was my first year with the Patriots and when Junior came in, our lockers were right next to each other. As a veteran, he shared valuable advice with me and was a true teammate. I am deeply saddened by the loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.’€

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Matt Slater remembers Junior Seau as a passionate leader and icon of the game of football

05.03.12 at 12:53 pm ET
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FOXBORO — As a football-loving kid growing up in Southern California, Matt Slater had two categories of football hero: his father Jackie, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Rams and Junior Seau. Then, there was everyone else.

‘€œJunior Seau was a legend,’€ Slater said Thursday during a break between workouts at Gillette Stadium. ‘€œBack to his time at USC, to his time with the Chargers. I grew up idolizing Junior.

‘€œIf you were a kid who loved football in Southern California, Junior Seau was right at the top of the list. He meant so much to the NFL in general, but to Southern California, he had a huge impact on that region.’€

Slater had the unique opportunity to live out a dream — after he was drafted out of UCLA by the Patriots in 2008, he spent part of two seasons as a teammate of Seau.

‘€œAnd then having a chance to play with him for two years and seeing how he was off the field — the type of man he was,’€ Slater said. ‘€œHe was a leader that was second to none.’€

Seau was found dead on Wednesday, a shocking and sad end to football life that touched thousands of people, particularly for those who knew him like Slater.

‘€œHe was so full of life and it just comes as a total shock,’€ Slater said. ‘€œYour heart really goes out to his family. You know, you saw his mom’€™s response. No mother should have to bury her son, so I just think we’€™re all in a state of shock right now.

‘€œIn here this morning, we’€™re just kind of … the guys who knew Junior and played with him are just sharing our experiences and memories of him. I know some of the Southern California guys, we’€™re just remembering his time at USC, and at the Chargers.’€
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