Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, said that despite catching 71 passes for 1,088 yards and 15 touchdowns (an NFL single-season record for a tight end), there remains plenty of room for him to elevate his game. Pats quarterback Tom Brady has said that Gronkowski has shown constant improvement in his two-season career ("Thanks, Tom," Gronkowski laughed), and the 22-year-old suggested that he is driven to do just that.

Report Card time and we'll start with a question:

Does anyone think this defense is going to stop Tim Tebow?



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On Sunday night, hours after the Patriots allowed another 250-plus yard passing performance from a quarterback (the 11th time this season an opposing quarterback threw for at least 250 yards on New England), former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison called out the New England secondary.



Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, declined to go into any specifics about the heated sideline disagreement between quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

In the aftermath of former teammate Rodney Harrison's suggestion that the Patriots have the worst pass defense in at least a decade, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he has never picked up a phone to call a commentator, particularly an ex-teammate like Harrison. However, Wilfork acknowledged that when he hears such criticsm, he would love nothing more than to call the author of the comment.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, following Sunday's 34-27 victory over the Redskins.

Brady got into a heated argument on the sideline with offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien after the QB threw a fourth-quarter interception. He chalked it up to the intensity of the situation.

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the Patriots and their upcoming Sunday afternoon matchup against Tim Tebow's Broncos.

Both New England and Denver had exciting plays late Sunday to capture their respective wins. The Patriots won a messy 34-27 game against the Redskins in which they struggled defensively and offensively, but Jerod Mayo came up with a game-clinching interception of Rex Grossman at the New England 7-yard line with 20 seconds remaining.

Former New England safety Rodney Harrison spoke pointedly about the state of the Patriots Sunday evening, saying the New England secondary is “probably the worst secondary I’ve seen in the last decade.”

Throughout September and October, various members of the Patriots defense would talk optimistically about the progress they were making as a unit, the fact that they were coming together and starting to jell.



The Patriots' 34-27 win over the Redskins Sunday was full of tense moments, but none were more surprising than the scene late in the fourth quarter when, after quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception in the end zone, television cameras showed Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien engaged in a heated moment with Brady on the sidelines. Bill Belichick and other coaches had to step in to calm both sides down.