The Patriots announced Tuesday evening they have released linebacker Shawn Crable. The Michigan product, a third-round pick of New England back in 2008, played in six games in 2010 and registered four total tackles, a half a sack and one special teams tackle. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Crable was inactive for the first eight games of the 2008 season before finishing the year on injured reserve. He spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve, and was released by the Patriots on July 28 and signed to the practice squad on September 6.

The football world was buzzing about two things Tuesday morning: Donovan McNabb's contract extension and Michael Vick's performance for the Eagles against McNabb's Redskins. While the timing of McNabb's extension looked bad in the wake of a blowout loss against his former team, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network said on the Dale & Holley show that the Redskins had to re-sign their quarterback. 

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the win over the Steelers, prepping for the Colts and his foot injury. He also addressed the issue of his emotions after cameras captured him screaming at his teammates. Brady said that's just the way they relate to each other during games. "They know me very well," Brady said. "My emotions go up and down, and so do theirs. They say things back to me. I want them to know and they do know it’s all in the best interest of us trying to accomplish our goals each week.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about Michael Vick's brilliant performance on Monday night, where Tom Brady stands in the MVP race and the quarterback situation in Miami. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

 

Mortensen said Vick's six-touchdown effort vs. the Redskins ranks among the top 10 of any game he has ever seen from a quarterback.

 

The WEEI.com Power Rankings are out and the Patriots -- fresh off a 39-26 road win over the Steelers -- have moved back to the No. 1 spot. The Ravens fall from No. 1 to No. 5 after losing to the Falcons, while the Jets inch up to No. 2 after escaping Cleveland with an OT victory. For the complete list of rankings click here.

Report Card time and a shocking return to the written lap dance. 

How can it not be? Simply a dominant performance on Sunday night (I'm still stunned), and the grades have to reflect that. So the red pen goes on hiatus and everyone gets the "GREAT JOB!" sticker. 

To the card we go …

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QUARTERBACK -- A



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With Sunday’s win over the Steelers, the Patriots have started to take the first steps toward separating themselves from the rest of the contenders in the AFC playoff picture, but the next three weeks are key for



Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, discussed his team's victory on Sunday night over the Steelers as well as the challenge of having a short week to prepare for the Colts. He acknowledged that, in an effort to leave behind the Steelers game and start preparing for Indianapolis, it was a "short night," but that such a challenge would "feel a lot worse if you had fewer points [against Pittsburgh]."

 

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots had seen it before from Tom Brady. Fired up and ticked off about the lack of execution. But Belichick also pointed out, as was more readily apparent in the second half Sunday night, that there’s a good side to Brady’s emotion.

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't prepared to pour extra gas on the fire Monday afternoon when asked if the officials had control of the game when the Steelers took extra liberties with rough tackles after the whistle. 

 

"Look, you've got two physical teams playing in a big game," Belichick said. "Emotions run high. I don't think that's uncommon."