|What national pundits were saying about Patriots Sunday||11.03.14 at 1:13 pm ET|
Here’s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots after Sunday’s game against the Broncos:
Irvin on NFL Network after the game: “Julian Edelman has stepped in and he’s been playing so well. I talked to him last offseason, and he said, ‘Michael, I’ve been waiting on this chance to prove my worth.’ You are proving your worth, Julian.”
Sanders on NFL Network after the game: “There’s only several teams in the NFL who really think that they can make it to the promised land — to the Super Bowl — and [the Patriots and Broncos] are two of them.”
Marshall Faulk on NFL Network after the game: “Jack Del Rio can’t just put guys out there and say go get Tom Brady. No, that’s not going to work. John Fox, being the defensive head coach that he is, they have to come up with a better game plan against a Tom Brady than they did.”
Dan Patrick on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “Extreme gamesmanship there towards the end. It looked like (Bill) Belichick wanted 50 points.”
Tony Dungy on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “He’s trying to put up points, John Fox is calling time outs, they’re throwing the ball at the end of the game. I’m not sure what all that was about.”
Rodney Harrison on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “He preaches they play 60 minutes.”
Harrison on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “This is a big win for the Patriots, not just to build confidence but … this is a win for home-field advantage. You don’t want to have to go to Denver in January.”
|Michael Irvin: Bill Belichick ‘just a masterful, masterful coach’||10.09.14 at 9:06 pm ET|
“[It’s] masterful how they alter a game plan to use what they have now. He’s just a masterful, masterful coach.” – Irvin on Belichick on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Kickoff
“This is Bill Belichick. This is what he does. We’re going to win football games however we need to win football games and he doesn’t care what people have to say about it. The points put up against Cincinnati, they sent a message to a young team about if you want to win, if you want to be here, you have to come through us.” – Faulk on Belichick on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Kickoff
|Marshall Faulk: ‘Bill Belichick has drafted awfully’||10.02.14 at 10:34 pm ET|
On the Thursday Night Football pregame show, analysts Marshall Faulk and Bill Cowher offered their thoughts about the current state of the Patriots. Here are their quotes.
“We have to look at him and say Bill Belichick has drafted awfully. Some of these guys that they’ve drafted, especially receivers to help Tom Brady, they’ve just not even come close to helping. When you think about the best two things that happened to Tom Brady: Randy Moss and Wes Welker. That’s it. They didn’t draft either of those guys.” – Faulk on the Patriots on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access Kickoff
“One of the biggest losses that has gone overlooked is the loss of Dante Scarnecchia. Their quarterback is not comfortable in the pocket, he’s not making connections with the outside receivers. … You can’t underestimate the importance of an offensive line coach.” – Cowher on the loss of Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia on CBS & NFL Network’s NFL Thursday Night Kickoff
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|Heath Evans on M&M: ‘Never going to convince’ Marshall Faulk that Patriots didn’t cheat in Super Bowl XXXVI||01.31.14 at 11:48 am ET|
NFL Network analyst Heath Evans, a former Patriots fullback, joined Mut & Merloni from Super Bowl Radio Row on Friday to preview the Super Bowl and respond to Marshall Faulk‘s Spygate comments from a day earlier. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
On Thursday, Faulk appeared on Mut & Merloni and indicated that he holds a grudge toward the Patriots, who upset his Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, implying that they gained an advantage from illegal videotaping.
“When you have that blood, sweat and tears mixed into a lost Super Bowl vs. the Patriots, and then you hear all the conflicting reports about what could be or what was or what wasn’t, the bottom line is that you just start throwing it all, ‘Well, everything they did, they won because they were cheating,’ ” Evans responded. “Well, the bottom line is, we know for a fact as a team that the day when Bill [Belichick] came in and squashed that whole thing, we know there was a whole bunch of other teams that current time, in that day and age in ’07, that were doing the same exact thing. It was just kind of the standard policy that, OK, if you get caught you take the tape and you just kind of let it hush-hush. Well, [then-Jets coach Eric] Mangini had his panties in a wad, kind of broke rank, and end of story.
“You go back to those Super Bowls, Marshall doesn’t know for a fact that anything was done. It’s speculation. Therefore, it’s a non-conversation. If it was facts, then we could argue facts. But opinions? I’m never going to convince Marshall. We’ve had these same conversations.”
Added Evans: “When you’re in it, and your life’s invested in this, and then you feel something has been taken away from you — I look back at 2007 and I listen to some of the conversations that I’ve had with Bill and the conversations we had right after that game. It had nothing to do with taping; it had the fact that we drifted away from our game plan and we fell right into the trap of what the Giants would want us to do. We became a pass-happy team instead of cramming it down [Michael] Strahan‘s throat.
“Well, it is what it is. Now we live with 18-1 for the rest of our lives. There’s nothing we can do about it. But it had nothing to do with taping some signals Week 1 vs. the Jets. We beat them by 40 points. We could have given them all our signals and we still would have beaten them by 25.”
|Marshall Faulk on M&M: ‘Just ironic’ that Patriots have not won another Super Bowl since Spygate||01.30.14 at 1:42 pm ET|
Former Colts and Rams running back Marshall Faulk checked in with Mut & Merloni from Super Bowl Radio Row on Thursday, and he made it clear he still holds a grudge for what he perceives to be cheating on the Patriots’ part before their Super Bowl win over Faulk’s Rams in 2002. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“Here’s the thing: In the NFL, you don’t get fined for nothing. All right? Let’s understand that. OK? We’re smart, we’re businessmen, and it’s about protecting the brand, protecting the shield,” Faulk said. “Now, you tell me, at anything that you do, if you find out somebody cheats you in any little way, that you’re OK with it. I mean, you’re not a competitor. You’re not a competitor if you’re OK with it. I’m a competitor. That’s what I am.
“It’s not like I hadn’t played that team before. It’s not like I didn’t know what they were going to do to me. That’s fine. And up until that day that we found out that information, you had never heard me say anything about that team or about what they did. And I still consider [Bill] Belichick one of the greatest coaches. I still consider Tom Brady one of the greatest players. That team and what they did, and went on that run, it was great. The only thing that bothers me is there’s something that exists that gives us doubt on why the game went the way it did.”
Faulk would not come out and directly say the Patriots cheated — and a story implying a Patriots staffer taped a Rams walkthrough never was verified — but Faulk noted that the Patriots have not won a championship since the Spygate scandal broke.
Said Faulk: “The question is, how did they become a championship team? … Listen, I’m not going to be the only one to say this: Ever since they got fined and, ‘OK, we’re not doing that anymore,’ they’ve won how many Super Bowls?”
Asked directly if he feels the facts lead him to the opinion that the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since being punished for videotaping opposing coaches, Faulk danced around the question.
“I’m just telling you how I feel about it. If that’s your perception of what I’m saying, then that’s your perception,” he said. “I’m not taking anything away from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady; they’re great. I’m going to continue to tell you that. They’re great. They’ve won, boy, I don’t know how many games, how many AFC championships, eight? … You don’t do that without getting some things accomplished.
“I’m just telling you it’s just ironic that that’s the case.”
|What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday||12.09.13 at 8:51 am ET|
Here’s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots before and after Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Sterling Sharpe on NFL Network on the Patriots, before the game: ‘If they stay healthy, nobody wants them to come to your place or certainly go to Foxborough in the playoffs’¦This football team’s going be hard to deal with down the stretch.’
Marshall Faulk on NFL Network on Patriots running back Shane Vereen, before the game: ‘[Shane] Vereen, coupled with Tom Brady, could be the best back they’ve had come out of the backfield since Brady has been there because of his ability to stretch the field.’
Michael Irvin on the Patriots on NFL Network before the game: “I say they are built for the long-haul’¦Their three losses were all by one possession; they were all tough, [hard] fought games. They would blow everybody out for years and then get in the playoffs and go up against a tough team like Baltimore [who would say], ‘We’ll just be physical with them.’ Now they have this, they have been physical.’
Tony Dungy on NBC after the game: ‘I get so frustrated watching people not know how to play situational football. But good teams, like New England and Baltimore, know how to keep their poise in the final minute.’
Deion Sanders on NFL Network on the pass interference call on Cleveland cornerback Leon McFadden in the end zone against the Patriots, after the game: “This is suspect. You can call it but it’s really not pass interference’¦You could call it, but you have to let them play because that’s going to change the game.’
Tony Dungy on NBC, who disagreed with crucial defensive pass interference call on Browns late in the game, on the officials in the Browns-Patriots game: ‘In the last two minutes, everybody has to play under pressure, including the officials. In this play, everybody didn’t do their job.’
Willie McGinest on NFL Network after the game, on the Patriots moving forward without tight end Rob Gronkowski: “It’s survival mode. They go right back into what they were at the beginning of the year before they had [Rob] Gronkowski when he was hurt; finding different ways to get different guys the football.’
Rodney Harrison on NBC after the game, talking about Rob Gronkowski’s injury: ‘It’s hard for me to think they can go very far in the playoffs without his production.’
|What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday||12.02.13 at 10:42 am ET|
Here’s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots before and after Sunday’s game against the Texans.
Sterling Sharpe on NFL Network before the game: ‘The New England Patriots are the only team that doesn’t care whether they get the No. 1 seed.’
Steve Mariucci on NFL Network before the game: ‘This team is just getting better and better, and gaining some confidence’¦This is a very dangerous team and it’s the best team in the AFC.’
Bill Cowher on CBS before the game: “New England can wait for one of the slip’ups right there because they hold the tie-breaker now over Denver having beaten them last week. From where they’re sitting right now, I think their schedule may be the easiest of those three. Certainly, Denver, look at them there. They should win out. If they win, get by [Sunday]. Right now, New England is sitting there at number two.”
Tony Dungy on the Patriots on NBC after the game: ‘This team reminds me so much of our 2006 Super Bowl team in Indy. They’re decimated on defense, but they’ve got a great quarterback who’s making plays and keeping them in every game. Tom Brady is the reason they’re winning.’
Marshall Faulk on NFL Network after the game: “The mismatch of [covering] Shane Vereen [in the passing game] will be giving teams trouble [the rest of the season].”