|10.29.10 at 5:37 pm ET|
Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light joined The Big Show on Friday to talk about Halloween, the challenges faced by linemen, and the upcoming game against the Vikings. The Pats offensive line had a rough game last week in San Diego and Light joined the program to explain just what went wrong: ‘You know a win’s a win’¦We went on the road and got a win against a good team. ‘¦The rest of it needs a little work.’
Following are some of the highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit The Big Show audio-on-demand page here.
What are you going as for Halloween?
I’ll be wearing my princess outfit. I’m a cross-dresser at heart.
On last week’s game:
We obviously didn’t get off to a real fast start, like you want to when you play on the road. We talked about that last week. ‘¦You know, a win’s a win. However you look at it, saying they gave it to us, or we tried to give it to them. However you want to build it. We went on the road and got a win against a good team. So that’s the best part of the whole thing. The rest of it needs a little work.
Was there a breakdown in communication in the protection?
I think it was more just on an individual basis. Like myself, I got beat a couple of times. It should have never happened. It comes down to technique and doing everything right, and being able to stay focused and do those things on an individual basis. Versus some scheme thing they did, really they line up and play the way that they play; they don’t really disguise it too much. Yeah, they are going to press you in, they are going to bring some things at you like any other team does, but really it came down to the individual matchups.
What exactly are the lapses?
It’s just not doing the right things. For offensive linemen, that’s a multitude of things. You’ve got to have good footwork, you’ve got to have good hand placement. You’ve got to be quick off the ball and you can’t let guys run off the edge, like what happened to me early in that game. Sometimes when those things happen, it becomes a mental thing. Now you start over guessing things, whereas had you gone out and played your game and done what you needed to do, you wouldn’t have put yourself in the position. Really it’s not ever just one thing. There’s usually just a number of things that happen when you’re not having success and that’s kind of what we fell into, especially early on. Read the rest of this entry »
|10.29.10 at 5:27 pm ET|
Patriots guard Stephen Neal stopped by The Dale and Holley Show this Friday to talk about returning to San Diego, facing the Vikings defense, and Halloween. The Patriots play the Vikings this week in Randy Moss‘ return to Gillette Stadium and he brings a fearsome defensive line with him: ‘We’ve worked hard this week and hopefully we’ll be ready. You got to pack a big lunch and bring it to work that day, that’s for sure.’
Following are some highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview visit The Dale and Holley Show audio-on-demand page here.
We dropped the ball last weekend: Didn’t you go to high school in San Diego? What was it like going back to your hometown?
I did. It was really nice. The best two high school teams, they play in that stadium. Unfortunately, we never got close. So to get to play in that stadium as a professional and in front of all my family’¦I mean, I got probably about 60 family members down there.
How many tickets did you come up with?
I came up with 45 tickets and a whole bunch of other people were able to purchase some.
Did you have to cash in some favors? Did you twist some arms?
You know what I did. I think the thing that helped me out the most is that I’m one of the oldest guys on the team so I have a little bit more seniority than I used to six, seven years ago.
It sounds like the bully taking the lunch money away from the kids in school. Did you just go take the tickets away from Devin McCourty?
There are just a lot of guys who aren’t from the west coast. I put in the order and they had the amount. I think everybody got the tickets they were requesting. I think Chung beat me out, I think he might have had like fifty tickets or something. He’s from the L.A. area also so he had a big amount too.
Steve, you’ve got to stop playing the game for nothing. You’re playing the game for free if you’re up in those numbers:
I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to have my family watch me compete. It’s something special, especially my hometown. It was neat to get back there so it was awesome.
It was a strange game: As a lineman, is it difficult to realize what’s going on behind you and that there is a live ball on the field?
We were watching the hockey game last night. You can tell by how the crowd reacts what’s kind of going on. It’s similar to football. You sit there and you hear the crowd gasp a little bit. When you’re at home or on the road it means two different things, either there’s going to be a sack or it’s a long ball; someone’s about to score a touchdown or something. It’s kind of weird, you hear a little lull in the crowd and I always look around. I try to find a referee. If they didn’t blow the whistle and looking at the ball or something, finish that play, try to get on it. I mean, that’s a possession that can be challenged. Just try to finish the play no matter what. That’s something we try to work on situational football in every situation. No matter what, if the ball’s laying on the ground, you pick that up because you never know what could’ve happened behind you or anything. Just secure that ball whenever you can. Read the rest of this entry »
|10.29.10 at 5:16 pm ET|
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been officially ruled questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Favre suffered two breaks in his ankle during last Sunday night’s 28-24 loss at Green Bay. He returned to the field on Friday for the first time this week, doing away with the walking boot he had been wearing to protect his left ankle, opting instead to just wear protective tape over it.
Vikings injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Participate
S Jamarca Sanford (not injury related) Probable
QB Brett Favre (foot/ankle) Questionable
T Chris DeGeare (ankle) Questionable
CB Lito Sheppard (hamstring) Questionable
DT Letroy Guion (hamstring) Probable
G Steve Hutchinson (quadriceps) Probable
C John Sullivan (calf) Probable
DT Pat Williams (quadriceps) Probable
S Husain Abdullah (concussion) Probable
CB Chris Cook (knee) Probable
|10.29.10 at 5:07 pm ET|
Moss was notorious in New England for not talking during the week and not being available when reporters would approach him to speak. His only media availability would come immediately after a game. His most infamous moment of the season came when he addressed the media for 15 minutes in the wake of New England’s 38-24 win over Cincinnati on opening day.
He criticized the media for the way they portrayed his comments and feelings about the Patriots.
|10.29.10 at 5:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Despite making progress off the field to heal an injured toe, running back Fred Taylor will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday against Minnesota after he was ruled out for this weekend. Also missing the game will be safety Jarrad Page, who suffered an injured calf last Sunday in San Diego.
Patriots Injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Participate
S Jarrad Page (calf) OUT
RB Fred Taylor (toe) OUT
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) Probable
|10.29.10 at 3:09 pm ET|
FOXBORO — On the heels of his coach Bill Belichick announcing he would be “ghost” for Halloween on Sunday, Patriots star receiver Wes Welker went the Jersey Shore route, saying he would dress up as one of their characters.
“I do, I’ve got a little something,” Welker hinted. “I don’t think we really have a party to go to or anything like that. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it. I may be just walking around the streets of Boston in my outfit.
Will it be a Randy Moss mask to honor his former teammate he’ll be seeing on Sunday at Gillette?
“That’s too predicatble so I’m not going that route. It’s going to be a “Jersey Shore” character. I’m going that route.”
“No, that’s my girlfriend, that’s what she’s wearing.”
What about Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino?
“One of those,” was the only hint Welker would provide.
The Patriots welcome back Moss to Foxboro. Last year, thousands of fans wore Moss masks in the crowd, much to Moss’ delight when they were shown on the video board during the game against Jacksonville.
|10.29.10 at 2:36 pm ET|
* – If you thought that there were lots of points being scored last weekend, you were right. There was an average of 26.32 points per team last week, the second highest average since at least 1970:
27.18 – Week 7, 1983
26.32 – Week 7, 2010
26.29 – Week 6, 1987
Dolphins at Bengals
* – The 22 points in the third quarter last week by the Bengals was the most in the NFL since 2003 and the most ever by the Bengals.
* – Over the last four weeks, the Bengals have allowed 13-of-14 conversions on third down and three yards or fewer (93 percent; ranked last). In that same span, Miami’s offense has converted just 46 percent of those tries (28th).
* – 63 percent of the Dolphins pass plays from inside their opponents’ 30-yard-line have been either incomplete, intercepted, or resulted in a sack. In other words, they’ve ended badly. That’s the highest percentage in the league.
* – Miami remains the only team without a touchdown pass of more than 21 air yards this season.
* – The Dolphins have been hit with the fewest penalties in the league (24). Shoot, the Raiders have more penalties than that on both their offense AND their defense. Miami is on pace for 64 penalties for the season, which is within shouting distance of New England’s post-1982 record of just 58 flags in 2008.
Buccaneers at Cardinals
* – Tampa Bay has scored a touchdown in the first quarter in just one of their last 12 games. Which leads to…
* – The Bucs have trailed at the half in seven of their last eight wins, dating back to 2008.
* – Arizona is averaging 14.2 first downs per game, last in the league.
* – The Cardinals have more fumbles (19) than any team in the league and their 11 lost fumbles ranks second (San Diego, 12).
* – Tampa Bay has allowed only two first downs via penalty this season, fewest in the league. Arizona has ALLOWED a whopping 19 such first downs, tied with Detroit for the most.
* – The Bucs have allowed six touchdowns on passes of 21 or more air yards this season, tied for the most in the NFL. But Arizona has completed only three such passes (touchdown or not) all season (31st).
Jaguars at Cowboys
* – Last Monday, Dallas became the first team in the last 46 NFL weeks (Week 11, 2007) to lose a game despite receiving five turnovers (or more). It was the first time since 2002 that Dallas has lost despite that many takeaways.
* – Jacksonville has allowed 14 or more points in their last 40 games, by far the longest current streak in the league:
40 – Jaguars
17 – Raiders
11 – Broncos
* – The Jags opponents have scored in the second quarter in their last 27 straight games.
* – Jacksonville has gone for it a league-high 13 times on fourth down this season, but Dallas’ opponents have tried on fourth down just twice, tied for the fewest in the NFL.
* – The Jaguars have allowed an NFL-high 28 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Can John Kitna exploit this? (He’s a man. He’s forty-ish.)
* – These two seem like strange bedfellows: Dallas’ rushers have been stuffed (lost yardage) only nine times, the fewest in the league. But only 41 percent of their rushing yardage has come following contact, ranked 27th. Sounds like there’s a fine line.
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