|Video: ‘4th & Goal’ breaks down Patriots and Broncos||10.29.14 at 9:19 am ET|
WEEI.com Patriots writer Chris Price previews the Week 9 matchup between the Patriots and Broncos. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction:
|Tedy Bruschi on D&H: ‘Don’t think [a Vincent Jackson trade] is the right move at all’ for Patriots||10.27.14 at 4:11 pm ET|
ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley show, offered his view on New England’s blowout victory over the Bears, the challenge that lies ahead in game-planning for Peyton Manning and the Broncos and the embarrassing season-ending injury for Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston, among other topics.
Bruschi noted that the Patriots offense appears to be in a tremendous rhythm, with the performance of the offensive line in combination with the return to full Gronkitude by Rob Gronkowski combining with the emergence of wide receiver Brandon LaFell to give Tom Brady a tremendous number of weapons. That being the case, Bruschi suggested that pursuing Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson in a trade would be an ill-advised course.
“I think you look down the road and consider if it would help. I think you consider it for a moment because that’s what a good general manager would do. But in terms of this situation right here with the New England Patriots, I don’t think it’s the right move at all, especially with the development of Brandon LaFell,” said Bruschi. “You see the development. You see the progression. Ever since that first drive of the Cincinnati Bengals game is when I think this offense truly woke up and said, OK, let’s go. From that point, they started rolling and rolling.
“I just don’t think you want to put in another element into it that you may have to spoon-feed things to. You can’t give him the entire plate right now because he couldn’t handle it right now. He probably couldn’t digest the entire plan right now. So you spoon-feed him a little. But when you do that to one player, it has a trickle-down effect to others along the line,” added Bruschi. “Jobs are going to be different for other people down the road. Say Vincent Jackson comes in and you say you can only play this position. It messes up this offense. You’ve got to know how to play every single receiver’s spot along the front so they can have that flexibility that they want. You wouldn’t have that off the bat with him. Would you have some growing pains along the line to develop that? I think you would. I think you roll with what you’ve got right now.”
To listen to the complete interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. Here are other highlights of Bruschi’s interview:
On whether Sunday against the Bears was as well as Bruschi had seen Brady play: “No, I don’t think that’s the best I’ve seen him play just because of the quality of competition he was going up against yesterday. There were some young defensive linemen who really didn’t know what they were doing for the Bears. The linebackers, oh my gosh, they looked lost at times. I’m still waiting for them to read play-action. They still can’t find it. Read the rest of this entry »
|Patriots vs. Bears live blog||10.26.14 at 11:12 am ET|
|Fantasy Football: Week 8 Live Chat, 11 a.m.||10.25.14 at 10:11 pm ET|
Join Pete Davidson of WEEI.com and Rotobahn.com for a live chat to help you set your fantasy football lineups for Week 8. The fun begins at 11 a.m. so get your questions in now …
|Video: ‘4th & Goal’ breaks down Bears and Patriots||10.24.14 at 9:36 am ET|
WEEI.com Patriots writer Chris Price previews the Week 8 matchup between the Patriots and Bears. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction.
|Brian Urlacher: Jay Cutler elite in paycheck only||10.23.14 at 3:20 pm ET|
Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, now an NFL analyst for Fox Sports 1, disputed a claim by Chicago GM Phil Emery that Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler ranks among the league’s elite quarterbacks based on his record. In an interview with 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago, Urlacher said that the only thing about Cutler to place him among the game’s top quarterbacks was his paycheck. Cutler is reportedly making $22.5 million in base salary this year with a three-year, $54 million guarantee with potential earnings of $126.7 million over seven years.
“We say it every year, how talented Jay is. But the NFL isn’t a talent contest. It’s a winning contest. You want to win contests. That’s what it comes down to. If your quarterback can’t make plays in critical situations for you to win games, then he’s not getting the job done,” said Urlacher. “Financially, he is one of the elite guys in the NFL. If you look at his contract, he was paid like an elite contract. He just hasn’t produced like an elite quarterback. You look at the other guys — the [Tom] Bradys, the [Peyton] Mannings, the [Aaron] Rodgers, the [Drew] Brees — those guys win every year, even with no one around them. … Rodgers has no offensive line. He wins. Brady has no receivers. He wins. And you look at Jay. He’s got Brandon [Marshall], Alshon [Jeffery], Matt [Forte], this great offensive line, Martellus Bennett, and they can’t seem to put it together, for some reason. I’m not sure if that’s his fault, but for some reason, they just can’t figure it out.”
Cutler has completed 67.3 percent of passes this year (fifth in the NFL among QBs with 200 or more attempts) for 1,866 yards, 14 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 94.4 quarterback rating. He and the Bears play the Patriots this coming Sunday.
|Christian Fauria: ‘Inexcusable’ to be late for Patriots practice||10.23.14 at 1:27 pm ET|
During Thursday’s Middays with MFB show, Christian Fauria discussed how Bill Belichick-coached teams are run and how “inexcusable” it is to miss a practice. Fauria played for Belichick and the Patriots from 2002-05. This comes following a report of Darrelle Revis oversleeping on Tuesday and being told not to come to the facility. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
“In general, as a rule, if you are late for a practice, which I have never heard of — listen, you only have 16 weeks of a regular season — I don’t know how many practices that is, and it’s not like they practice hard anyway,” Fauria said. “If you miss a practice, that is inexcusable. I can’t excuse that. You just know better, just leave.”
Fauria explained how much Belichick stresses to his teams that being late is something that will not be tolerated.
“Here is what Bill does: ‘If there is a snowstorm and Friday we have practice and tomorrow or there is going to be a lot of rain, there’s going to be flooding in your neighborhood, don’t call me Friday morning telling me you’re going to be late. I’m telling you now, Thursday, that I don’t expect you to be late — and I am telling you there is going to be flooding in your neighborhood. Sleep in a hotel the night before, sleep at a friends house, leave at 1 a.m., make sure you’re here on time. Being late will not be an excuse.’ It’s happened in the past, guys have been late, guys have been sent home,” Fauria explained.
The former Patriots tight end also noted the typical practice schedule, although he noted things may have been different with the Patriots playing last Thursday.
“Special teams meeting would start at 7, maybe 7:30, team meeting 8-8:30ish, but it’s a different week,” he said. “They played on Thursday, had that I guess, bridge version of a bye week and so I don’t know what their schedule was like because usually Tuesday is their day off. Since they had a bye week, maybe they had Monday off or maybe they decided to go in and work out on Monday and Tuesday was officially their Wednesday, I guess. So they get an extra day of practice since they had that bye week.”
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