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Tedy Bruschi on Dale & Holley: ‘I hope there was tension last week’ for Patriots 10.07.14 at 1:07 am ET
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ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly visit on WEEI’s Dale & Holley Show, downplayed the suggestion that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might be at odds with the New England coaching staff and the idea that backup quarterback Jimmy Garappolo might end up starting in the more immediate future than anticipated.

Nonetheless, Bruschi felt that his former team seemed to benefit from the discomfort engendered by a 2-2 record entering Sunday night against the Bengals.

“I don’t know about Jimmy Garappolo being in there sooner than later, but I hope there was tension last week. I really do,” said Bruschi. “There should have been in terms of the way things were going. Maybe it’s not the tension I’m referencing that the report is talking about. The tension I’m talking about is the tension that you’re tired of losing and you’re tired of having the wrong answer and you really want to figure it out right away, and especially if you’re a veteran player in your 12th, 13th year, you’re not looking down the road. You’re not looking for three years down the road or maybe four years. Your chances are getting fewer and farther in between. That’s where the tension comes from. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live Chat: Trags talks all things Patriots, Boston sports, 10:15 a.m. 10.06.14 at 7:27 am ET
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Join WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia in breaking down the Patriots’ Sunday night win — along with any other Boston sports issue — Monday morning at 10:15 a.m. Trags is the man who covers more sporting events in this city than any other reporter, so take advantage of his expertise. Get your questions in now …

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Live Blog: Tom Brady, Patriots look to rebound against Bengals at Gillette Stadium 10.05.14 at 6:52 pm ET
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Week 5 fantasy football live chat, 11 a.m. 10.05.14 at 8:56 am ET
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Join Pete Davidson of WEEI.com and Rotobahn.com for his weekly fantasy football live chat, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday. Let Davidson help you set your lineups heading into Sunday’s games. Get your questions in now …

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Video: ’4th & Goal’ breaks down Bengals-Patriots 10.03.14 at 8:30 am ET
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WEEI.com Patriots writer Chris Price previews the Week 5 matchup between the Patriots and Bengals. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction.

Tedy Bruschi on D&H: ‘Right now, [Tom Brady] isn’t one of the elite quarterbacks’ 09.30.14 at 4:14 pm ET
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In the aftermath of the Patriots’ 41-14 demolition at the hands of the Chiefs on Monday Night Football, former Patriots linebacker (and current ESPN analyst) Tedy Bruschi pulled no punches in examining the state of his former team. He suggested that the Patriots were out-coached when they were on defense (praising Chiefs coach Andy Reid for using misdirection plays to open up the field, particularly the weak side of the line for the running game) and simply beaten up when their offense was on the field.

“You’re comparing the world championship teams, of course there’s a major talent deficit,” Bruschi, in his weekly interview on WEEI’s Dale & Holley show, said. “They’re not playing at a world championship level.”

He noted that Chandler Jones can be coached to improve his technique and do a better job of holding his ground on the weak side of the line for runs, while adding that he felt that Vince Wilfork had performed adequately at the point of attack, with the issue being the large holes emerging next to him on the line. Bruschi said that he felt the defense would have to be the defining presence of the team given some of the offensive shortcomings on display that show little possibility of immediate resolution.

No one was beyond blame for the offensive woes. Asked if Tom Brady remained an elite quarterback, Bruschi was candid.

“Right now, he’s not one of the elite quarterbacks, just based on performance. I can’t say that,” said Bruschi. “Based on numbers, wins and losses, accuracy, throws down the field — no. He’s not. He’s not playing like it.”

That said, Bruschi quickly added that some of coach Bill Belichick‘s player personnel positions had destined Brady to struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poll: Who should get majority of blame for Patriots’ blowout loss to Chiefs? 09.29.14 at 11:25 pm ET
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The Patriots were absolutely manhandled in dropping a 41-14 decision to the Chiefs on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

There was plenty of blame to go around. How should it be distributed?

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