|Rodney Harrison on MFB: Dominic Raiola’s cheap shot was a ‘real childish and immature act’||11.25.14 at 12:25 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the end of the Patriots’ game with the Lions and to look ahead to this weeks game against the Packers. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
At the end of the Patriots’ 34-9 win over the Lions this past Sunday, Lions center Dominic Raiola dove at the knees of Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore when the Lions were taking a knee to end the game, as well as appearing to take a swing at him earlier on the drive. It was reported Monday he likely would not be fined. Harrison said it comes down to playing the full 60 minutes and Raiola was in the wrong.
“I don’t know how the NFL is going to respond, but I think you have 60 minutes to play football,” said Harrision. “[Detroit has] a lot of issues for him to worry about. When you look at the Patriots, the Patriots each and every week — it’s not they did something different, they play 60 minutes. That’s [what they are taught] — to play 60 minutes and never expect to come out of the game, you don’t care if you are losing by 50 or winning by 50. I think it was a real childish and immature act.
“I think it could have got somebody hurt and I think in a situation like that you have other concerns. He should be concerned with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that offense and them not being able to move the ball and put up points. I was very disappointed in what he did — a veteran player should know better than that. You have an opportunity to play 60 minutes, shut up and play 60 minutes. You got your butt kicked flat out and getting your butt kicked each week. Do something about it, don’t try and cheap shot somebody and take somebody’s knees out. There’s no place for that.”
Harrison also looked ahead to the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Packers, who are playing just as well as the Patriots of late — winning seven of their last eight games and currently leading the NFC North with an 8-3 record. The Vikings put up a tough fight against them last Sunday, with the Packers winning by a score of 24-21, and Harrison said they did a good job of limiting the big plays from Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense.
ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi joined Dale & Holley Monday afternoon for his weekly interview touching on a number of subjects, including the benching of Jonas Gray, the Patriots’ secondary and to preview the upcoming game with the Packers. To hear the full interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
On Sunday, running back Jonas Gray didn’t play a single snap after being sent home from the facility on Friday for being late. LeGarrette Blount, who was re-signed by the Patriots last Thursday, saw the bulk of the carries Gray would have likely seen. The running game wasn’t a major part of the game plan against the Lions’ defense, so Gray wouldn’t have likely seen much time as it was, but Bruschi said his lack of playing time was surely discipline related.
“I think it was discipline,” said Bruschi. “Bill [Belichick] would tell you, ‘We do what is best for the team’ — I laugh when he gives those robotic responses and you know it is going to come out of his mouth, but to me that looked like discipline. To me it looked like he was served up a fresh slice of humble pie. Why would LeGarrette Blount get every single carry? Could it be just a one week thing and Jonas Gray is sharing the carries this week versus Green Bay? Absolutely. It’s all up to Bill.”
Bruschi added: “For a head coach meeting you know never to be late for those, or a certain meeting. I don’t remember doing that and we used to have something, a little thing called a slice of humble pie might have been served for Jonas Gray because I hear the kid is a good kid, but I don’t know what is going on throughout the week, but if you are late like that, Bill does a great job of using these types of examples to send messages and usually the younger players need the messages sent to them harder and more strict than the older players sometimes because all of the younger players coming up through the system will remember this their entire careers.”
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘We’ve got a lot of good things going’||11.24.14 at 9:40 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan for his weekly chat Monday morning, following Sunday’s dominant 34-9 victory over the Lions, and talked about Darrelle Revis, Jonas Gray, Odell Beckham Jr. and Randy Moss. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With their seventh straight win, the Patriots are 9-2 and look like they have established some separation from the pack. Brady cautioned that there still is plenty of room for improvement.
“I think it’s a week-to-week thing,” he said. “At different times over the course of the year we’ve done a lot of things really well, and you really want them to all come together on game day. I’m sure there’s always things we can get better at. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively yesterday, but I think we could have been even better. You’ve just got to go out there every week trying to improve and stay sharp and improve things that have shown up over the course of the season and we haven’t done as well consistently.
“It’s great to win, but as always when you win it’s never as good as you think, and when you lose it’s never as bad as you think. We’ll go in today and watch the film and talk about all the things we can do better. We obviously are playing well, we’ve got a lot of good things going. We’re continuing to be tested, because we’ve played a lot of good opponents here the past bunch of weeks, and now we’ve got another one coming up on Sunday.”
Running back Jonas Gray, the star of last week’s win over the Colts, sat out Sunday after arriving late to practice Friday.
“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said. “It’s unfortunate for everybody involved. You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”
|Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner shut down Lions’ top wideouts; Golden Tate says game was ‘embarrassing’||11.23.14 at 6:20 pm ET|
FOXBORO — These guys are good.
Once again the Patriots secondary, particularly Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, rose to the occasion against a proven Detroit Lions receiving core, and led the way in the Patriots’ 34-9, runaway win Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots secondary certainly mixed things up against star wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, but for the most part it was Browner lining up across from Johnson and Revis across from Tate.
“They had a great game plan to limit myself and CJ [Calvin Johnson],” Tate said. “This is one of those games that [we’re] thankful we have a short week and we’re going to have an opportunity to get this out of our system quickly. It’s embarrassing. We have to chalk it up and have a short-term memory. That is the most important thing — not to lose our swagger, not to lose our confidence.”
By our count, Browner lined up across from Johnson on 60 snaps, while Revis did twice. Against Tate, Revis was across from him 59 times, Browner twice, Kyle Arington twice and Ryan once. The Patriots did drop into zone coverage on a few of those occasions, but that was the look they gave at the line.
Tate finished with four catches for 97 yards on 11 targets, while Johnson finished with four catches for 58 yards on 10 targets.
|Darrelle Revis thinks Calvin Johnson is ‘a man amongst boys out there’||11.19.14 at 5:24 pm ET|
While it’s possible Revis won’t spend the entire game playing “Megatron” straight up, he will still likely have to know where he is most of the time.
Having missed several games in the middle of the season with an injured ankle, Johnson has been limited to 34 catches for 520 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson needs just two more touchdowns to reach 75 for his career, joining Barry Sanders as the only players in Lions history to reach that milestone. It could happen Sunday.
“He’s Megatron,” Revis beamed on Wednesday. “That’s what makes him different. He’s a man amongst boys out there. You see it all the time. He’s 6-6, 230 pounds and he runs a 4.3 [40-yard sprint]. That’s pretty freakish. It’s like the ultimate receiver you want. If you can create him on the video game, that’s basically what he is.
“A lot of respect for him. I feel our defense has a lot of respect for him. He’s a lot of respect around the league as well.”
Revis has played against Johnson twice before, and his teams are 2-0 against the Lions. In those games Johnson has eight catches for 128 yards, although Revis did leave the second game against him when he was with the Buccaneers. Would he welcome the chance of going up against him again mano-a-mano on Sunday?
“Bro, it’s competition,” Revis said with a big smile. “Like I said, we don’t back down from whoever the receiving corps are, the guys are, it’s competition. I’m sure it’s the same if you ask Calvin. We’re looking forward to it as much as him and their offense. It’s competition. Competition is fun. We just have to keep on competing and working hard at what we do and what we do best.”
Johnson, who technically is listed at 6-foot-5, will be like facing Rob Gronkowski but only with a lot more speed.
|Robert Kraft: Early season negative comments ‘really ticked’ off Tom Brady||11.14.14 at 6:00 am ET|
There is no question the Patriots’ season turned the week of the Cincinnati game in Week 5.
The Patriots were coming off of being embarrassed on Monday Night Football in Kansas City in Week 4 and the national media began to question quarterback Tom Brady. But, in typical Brady and Patriots fashion, the Patriots rolled to a 43-17 win over the Bengals and have now won five games straight to post a 7-2 record to lead the AFC.
In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today’s Jim Corbett, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said how fortunate the team is to have Brady as its quarterback, and the negative comments in the media may have actually helped Brady and the Patriots.
“Tommy? Absolutely. We’re so fortunate to have him as the face of our franchise in many ways as a quarterback,” Kraft told Corbett. “He’s just such a wonderful, genuine person. He works so hard. Whoever was putting those [negative] comments out there, helped us. I think it really ticked him off. You see how he trains, how he takes care of himself. He has his own personal trainer and dedicates his life to conditioning. He’s like a guy who is 10 years younger. What he puts in his body, how he works out, everything he does is done off the charts in a special way. And we’re so lucky to have him. That Kansas City game in a way was maybe a watershed moment for us. I think the whole team came together after that.”
Another star player this season has been cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis was signed this past offseason, and according to Kraft has made “a big difference.” He also compared him to a former Patriot and new member of the Patriots Hall of Fame — Ty Law.