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Attitude Era: Has Patriots' defense regained an edge?

Christopher Price  |  08/02/2014 - 1:17am EST

FOXBORO -- Intangibles like swagger, intensity and attitude can be difficult to measure, but if early returns are any indication, it appears the 2014 Patriots defense won’t have an issue when it comes to playing with an edge. New cornerback Brandon Browner crushed rookie running back James White last week in a drill, and his physicality sparked a scrap with wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea on Wednesday. On Thursday, the defense made a pair of big plays that got them fired up -- cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off quarterback Tom Brady (the third time he’d picked off Brady over the course of the summer) and returned it for a touchdown, while a goal-line stand turned back running back Stevan ...

The Path to 2015: 9 questions Red Sox can answer over next 2 months

Alex Speier  |  08/01/2014 - 12:58pm EST

The head-spinning deals of Thursday now behind them, the Red Sox now have a third of a season left to play. The next two months offer a crucial window for evaluation as the team looks to position itself to contend in 2015. There are critical decisions to be made as the team tries to figure out what it must do this offseason in an effort to position itself to contend. Here are some of the areas through which the team must sift over the next 54 games, which suddenly -- in the aftermath of the four trades completed on Thursday and the six deals in the last week -- became far more interesting than they had been: 1. CAN XANDER BOGAERTS BE AN EVERYDAY SHORTSTOP? The Red Sox prepared Bogaerts to play short in spring training. While defensive metrics ...

Rush to judgment: Why Patriots will be more effective in getting after QBs in ...

Christopher Price  |  08/01/2014 - 12:54am EST

FOXBORO -- Faced with the chance of providing a defensive boost in the secondary or up front this offseason, it appears the Patriots chose the latter. New England added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, giving the Patriots instant credibility when it comes to the debate over who has the best secondary in the AFC. But when it comes to getting after the passer, the only signing in that department likely came when they added defensive end Will Smith, a veteran free agent who was acquired after 10 years with the Saints and 67.5 career sacks. So why should people be encouraged about the state of the New England pass rush? First, it bears mentioning that from a statistical perspective, the 2013 Patriots had one of the best full seasons ...

Why it never should have gotten to this point for Red Sox, Jon Lester

Rob Bradford  |  07/31/2014 - 3:00am EST

Few were in the mood to talk. Truth be told, it seemed like few were in the mood to play baseball. What was left of the residue from a 2013 championship season was about to be washed away. "It's tough, there's no other way to put it," said Dustin Pedroia. "To win a World Series and 3 1/2 months later everything is different, or at least talking about being different. ... It's tough." Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, David Ross, David Ortiz, Daniel Nava and John Lackey all packed their things for the night and went on their way. Few had words to express what was transpiring, with the likes of Brandon Workman, Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt awkwardly answering questions about the potential dismantling of a team they had ...

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07/31/2014 - 3:00am

Few were in the mood to talk. Truth be told, it seemed like few were in the mood to play baseball. What was left of the residue from a 2013 championship season was about to be washed away. "It's tough, there's no other way to put it," said Dustin Pedroia. "To win a World Series and 3 1/2 months later everything is different, or at least ... more »

08/01/2014 - 12:58pm

The head-spinning deals of Thursday now behind them, the Red Sox now have a third of a season left to play. The next two months offer a crucial window for evaluation as the team looks to position itself to contend in 2015. There are critical decisions to be made as the team tries to figure out what it must do this offseason in an effort to position ... more »

08/02/2014 - 1:17am

FOXBORO -- Intangibles like swagger, intensity and attitude can be difficult to measure, but if early returns are any indication, it appears the 2014 Patriots defense won’t have an issue when it comes to playing with an edge. New cornerback Brandon Browner crushed rookie running back James White last week in a drill, and his physicality sparked a ... more »

07/24/2014 - 4:45pm

The Bruins were the only NHL team to take a serious look at Joe Sacco after the veteran coach was let go by the Sabres at the end of the season. Even if it was the only scenario for him to coach in the NHL this year, it certainly looked to be the best-case scenario. For Sacco, a Medford native and product of Boston University, location is just part of ... more »

07/25/2014 - 7:29am

I screwed up. No question, it starts and ends with me. As I tweeted last week, there was no defense for the language I used to describe the work of Erin Andrews. None, totally wrong and uncalled for. I've welcomed and continue to welcome all criticism. No problem with that at all, it's absolutely fair and required. I've spent plenty of time on air and ... more »

07/23/2014 - 7:51pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots should re-sign Devin McCourty now. The Patriots have their stars on defense who have become household names like Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones. They've added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Wilfork is more than capable of keeping his defensive line in check and in step. Mayo, presuming he's all the ... more »

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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-3…

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Anthony Ranaudo after he …

Anthony Ranaudo after he makes his Major League Debut

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox starting pitcher after he makes his Major League debut and got his first career win against the New York Yankees.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: "The home plate rule is terrible," 8-1-14

Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Hazen on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haz…

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haze on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Tara Reid believes in Sharknado's 8-1-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Chris Mad Dog Russo on the MLB trade deadline 8-1-14

Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.

Three For All: Tim calls …

Three For All: Tim calls an Arena League NOT Top-10 play, 8-1-14

Our own Tim Benz does play-by-play for the Pittsburg Power, of the Arena League. A play in that game was featured on Sportscenter's NOT top 10, so we wanted to hear the call. Also, NFL players are getting micro-chipped on Thursday night games this year. Also, a Florida man gets creative when trying to avoid an arrest.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: "The home plate rule is terrible," 8-1-14

Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

The dust settles on a wild trade deadline day, 8-1-14

8 players were traded away from the Red Sox (starting with Jake Peavy) and the team has a completely different look. MFB look at the acquisitions and fight over whether Cherington and the Sox front office improved the team.

Red Sox turn over 1/3rd o…

Red Sox turn over 1/3rd of their 25 roster by the trade deadline - response and reaction

Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - BAD trade deadline deals edition 7-31-14

We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

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Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Jon Lester traded to Oakl…

Jon Lester traded to Oakland and Lou Merloni is pissed 7-31-14

Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.

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Jonny Gomes: "I didn't wa…

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't want to go anywhere. I can't fathom any player ever wanting to leave Boston." 7-31-14

Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

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John Lackey is traded to …

John Lackey is traded to St. Louis, Lou's emotional roller coaster continues. 7-31-14

Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.

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Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haz…

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haze on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

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Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.

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