|Poll: Who should get majority of blame for Patriots’ blowout loss to Chiefs?||09.29.14 at 11:25 pm ET|
The Patriots were absolutely manhandled in dropping a 41-14 decision to the Chiefs Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
There was plenty of blame to go around. Exactly how should it be distributed?
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|Week 4 Fantasy Football live chat with Pete Davidson, 11 a.m.||09.28.14 at 8:43 am ET|
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|Video: ’4th & Goal’ previews Patriots-Chiefs||09.26.14 at 2:24 pm ET|
WEEI.com’s Patriots writer Chris Price previews the Week 4 Monday Night Football match-up between the Patriots and Chiefs. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ score prediction.
|Christian Fauria on Dave DeGuglielmo: ‘There are some issues with his personality, there’s some issues with the way he coaches’||09.24.14 at 4:08 pm ET|
During Wednesday’s Middays with MFB show, Christian Fauria discussed the concerns about the Patriots offensive line and questioned whether Dave DeGuglielmo is the right fit for the team based on what he’s hearing about the positional coach’s relationship with the linemen. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
“I have heard things,” Fauria said. “I haven’t heard from the Patriots players, per se, but I have heard that there are some issues with him as being the coach. There are some issues with his personality, there’s some issues with the way he coaches, with the technique that he teaches.”
Fauria said he’s researched DeGuglielmo’s background. The Boston University product is in his 10th season as an assistant in the NFL.
“He seems like a nice guy,” Fauria said. “Big guy, funny guy, loud, boisterous, engaging. But listen, he’s not Dante Scarnecchia. So, I think there’s some personality issues there. We talked after the Miami game, after the offensive line had so many issues, you started thinking if it’s not the players, then it’s got to be the technique. Because [Sebastian] Vollmer just didn’t automatically just get bad. [Nate] Solder didn’t just wake up in the morning and get bad. Solder’s been struggling since the beginning of preseason — the beginning of preseason.
“And the other guys that have been playing, they’ve been up and down. [Marcus] Cannon’s been up and down. Is it just that he’s just stiff and he’s lacking athleticism? I think that’s part of it. So, each guy’s got to be coached differently. And coach Gug, if he’s coaching the way Dante Scarnecchia used to coach, well, then he’s doing himself a disservice. Because he’s got to coach the way he needs to coach. He need to teach his technique, not take what Scarnecchia did and flip it around and try to use it himself.”
Added Fauria: “There might be some pushback on the technique that they choose. It’s hard. When you have success doing it one way for the long period of time that they have done it here — just offensive line technique-wise — if somebody else comes in and they say, ‘You know what? I want you to try it this way,’ there’s a trust element that just isn’t there. If you don’t trust him, if you haven’t had success with his technique, you don’t want to use it.
“And then sure enough, if you go out there and use it and it fails you, then what are you going to do right away? You’re going to go right back to the technique that gave you success. But you haven’t practiced it, so you’re not good at it. Next thing you know you’re going to get beat again. Now you’re going to go back and forth with each technique, and then you’re going to be right in the middle and you’re just going to get killed. And I think that has a lot to do with what’s happening to Solder, what’s happening to Cannon, what’s happening to Vollmer. I think all these guys, there are technique issues.
“Now, you will get beat just because somebody else is better than you. They’re going to have a huge challenge this week [Monday night against the Chiefs]. Huge. Huge. You won’t be able to hear anything. And that front seven is really good. Both on the bookends, on the edges and in the middle they’re good.”
|Tedy Bruschi on D&H: ‘Roger Goodell’s integrity has been compromised’||09.22.14 at 3:57 pm ET|
Making his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show, ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi reiterated his stance that Roger Goodell should be replaced as commissioner of the National Football League. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
“It was just all about me saying what I believed in, what I felt,” Bruschi said regarding his statement on ESPN shortly after Goodell’s Friday press conference, suggesting it was time for a change in the NFL’s commissioner’s office. “Just that I’m proud of the time I spent in the National Football League. I tried to conduct myself during my 13-year career to do the right thing. I still feel part of it, a part of the integrity of the game to how I still conduct myself. My commissioner I want to be that man you can look to and he represents the integrity of our game. He’s got to be the figurehead. He’s got to lead in his image. He’s everything. He represents the players. He represents the owners. And, yes, I do feel he represents the players because he is the face with the shield. Roger Goodell’s integrity has been compromised. Now, has that been proven? There are still investigations. There’s an internal investigation with the NFL. All I’m saying, moving forward I just feel, personally, we need a new face.
“We need a new leader to implement new policies and to have a new image. Because going forward when you look to the NFL and you see the head of the NFL, and it is Roger Goodell, no matter what happens with the investigation, you remember and you wonder. You wonder what he’s saying. Is he telling the truth? Is everyone behind him? And right now there isn’t. Everyone is not behind him and I would like new leadership to lead the league forward.”
Bruschi also touched on his concerns in regards to his former team.
He noted that perhaps the biggest issue facing the Patriots is their play at the center and guards positions on the offensive line. If improvement is made on the line’s interior, Bruschi said, there could be a concern in regards to quarterback Tom Brady‘s ability to stay healthy for an entire season.
“There’s been only limited improvement over the first few weeks, so that’s somewhat discouraging,” he said. “Is there still plenty of time? Yes. But I really worry. I really worry about the health of Tom Brady and the interior offensive line and what they’re doing there. To me, inside-out, it starts at the center position, which is a very valuable position now in the National Football League. It’s getting to be just as valuable as the left tackle, how you have to solidify the center of that pocket and the running game because that’s where all the pressure is going to come from. Especially when you have a pocket passer, which is what Tom is. It’s the quickest track to get to him and it disrupts the running game the most, if you get to get disruption over the center and the left guard and the right guard. Right now, they’re having problems in there.
Bruschi added, “You can have the best coach there is, Dante Scarnecchia can still be there, and you still may have a center and a right guard that struggles because the players on the other side of the ball are just better. I think offensively what they’ll try to do is mask their deficiencies there. How do you have it more that the interior offensive line to have the advantage in terms of protecting your quarterback? You run the ball more. You try and be more physical. You use misdirection. You do play-action pass. Those type of things you have to win on first and second down and keep it manageable on third down because if it ends up second and long or third and long, I as a defensive pass rusher or linebacker we can attack those A-gaps, that’s where it’s going to come. If you have the problems there, coupled with your tackles getting beat like a drum, like they were at times on Sunday, you have some major problems going forward.”
|Poll: Should Raiders’ touchdown have been taken away?||09.21.14 at 9:58 pm ET|
With just under a minute left in the Patriots’ Sunday tilt with the Raiders, Oakland running back Darren McFadden rushed into the end zone for what appeared to be a game-tying touchdown. But he would soon discover that it was all for naught.
Oakland rookie guard Gabe Jackson had been flagged for holding Patriots safety Patrick Chung.
One play later, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s attempt at a last-second, game-tying touchdown pass was picked off by Patriots’ defensive lineman Vince Wilfork after a deflection, ending Oakland’s comeback bid.
It should also be noted on the play before Jackson’s penalty, Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan was flagged for a questionable 24-yard pass interference penalty, where he and Andre Holmes were battling for position up the sideline.
Here were some of the Raiders’ thoughts on the controversial play:
“I saw it up on the big screen, and my opinion is it was not a hold,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen
“I thought it was a clean block,” Jackson told reporters. “But the call is what it was so I don’t have too much to say about that. … Maybe they saw something from a different angle.”
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