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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for more then a dozen years, working for ESPN.com, SI.com and Baseball America as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Boston Metro. In that time, he’s established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association. In addition, he’s the author of the just published, “New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History” and two other books “Baseball by the Beach” and "The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower.”

 
COLUMNS
Christopher Price
04/12/2013 - 7:45am
Trying to figure out if a college quarterback can succeed at the next level can be a dicey proposition, but in a 2010 story for Sports Illustrated, writer John Lopez came up with a simple formula for predicting success or failure with what he called the rule of 26-27-60. Lopez wrote that if a quarterback scored at least a 26 on the Wonderlic test, started at least 27 college games and completed at least 60 percent of his passes as a collegian, “there’s a good chance he will succeed at the NFL level.”
Christopher Price
04/03/2013 - 7:47am
The departure of Wes Welker (and possibly Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman and Deion Branch) and the arrival of new faces like Donald Jones and Danny Amendola heralds a fundamental change in the Patriots passing game -- on the current roster, there are no wide receivers who caught a pass from quarterback
Christopher Price
04/02/2013 - 12:26am
The Patriots have been quite adept at finding players who might have operated out of pre-draft spotlight because they didn’t get an invite to the combine: Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead, Troy Brown,
Christopher Price
03/28/2013 - 3:32pm
By the time his career is done, no Hall of Fame quarterback of the modern era will have gone through more personnel changes in the passing game than Tom Brady.
Christopher Price
03/25/2013 - 1:50pm
You always need to get a quarterback.
Christopher Price
03/23/2013 - 10:00pm
Two months ago, just after the Patriots season came to an end at the hands of the Ravens in the AFC title game, we asked an NFC scout who had broken down extensive film on New England over the course of the 2012 season for an offseason to-do list for the Patriots. He came up with the following areas of need for New England: safety, wide receiver and pass rusher.
Christopher Price
03/22/2013 - 12:14am
When it came to Rodney Harrison, there was never any doubt he was a leader.
Christopher Price
03/19/2013 - 1:11am
Slot receivers are getting pinched. 
Christopher Price
03/18/2013 - 12:19am
The first six days of free agency have seen a dizzying pace of activity throughout the NFL. As for the Patriots, they’ve said goodbye to a pair of high-profile receivers and added two others, and also made some interesting moves on the defensive side of the ball.
Christopher Price
03/15/2013 - 7:44am
  If there’s one guy who really understands the differences and similarities between Wes Welker and Danny Amendola, it’s Dana Holgorsen. The West Virginia coach worked with both of them when he was a receivers coach -- and later, an offensive coordinator -- at Texas Tech. And on Thursday, he told the NFL Network that any comparisons between the two are “unfair.”
Christopher Price
03/14/2013 - 12:03am
With Wes Welker on the move, the Patriots offense will look different in 2013 than it has the previous six seasons.
Christopher Price
03/12/2013 - 10:01pm
With the first day of NFL free agency in the books, here are five Patriots-related thoughts:
Christopher Price
03/12/2013 - 2:03pm
Consider this the companion piece to the column from Monday that detailed the 20 best free agent signings in Patriots history.
Christopher Price
03/11/2013 - 9:51pm
Because the receiver wasn’t hit with the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, it’s been hard to figure out which direction Wes Welker and the Patriots are headed when it comes to a new deal for the receiver.
Christopher Price
03/11/2013 - 7:48am
With free agency set to start Tuesday at 4 p.m., we decided to take a look back at the 20 finest free agent moments of the Bill Belichick era in New England. The rules for inclusion are fairly standard -- a player had to be signed as a free agent by the franchise from when Belichick took control in 2000 until the present day. In putting together who was ranked where, we included contract, value and overall impact on the franchise, both on and off the field.
Christopher Price
03/09/2013 - 3:56pm
NFL free agency opens Tuesday afternoon at 4 -- not counting the weird negotiating/tampering window this weekend -- which will bring with it a blizzard of rumors, half-truths and hearsay that will likely snap Twitter in half before things are done. But in the end, it’s important to remember that once free agency does get underway, there are fundamentally six different types of contracts that will get done:
Christopher Price
03/07/2013 - 12:19am
Christopher Price
03/05/2013 - 2:28pm
  First, let’s get this out of the way: Danny Woodhead is no Kevin Faulk.
Christopher Price
03/05/2013 - 1:36am
Five (mostly) Patriots-related thoughts as the NFL’s tagging period came to an end Monday afternoon:
Christopher Price
03/02/2013 - 4:30pm
The NFL is a league full of copycats, and so when a read option team managed to make it all the way to the Super Bowl, the rest of the league stood up and took notice.
Christopher Price
02/28/2013 - 1:40am
When it comes to scouting wide receivers and defensive backs, the Patriots have traditionally put a lot of emphasis on the 3-cone drill.
Christopher Price
02/27/2013 - 1:41am
The combine came to an end on Tuesday, and while the scouting process will continue over the course of the next two months with private workouts and Pro Days, here’s a quick look back at who helped themselves and who hurt themselves over the six days in Indy. WINNERS
Christopher Price
02/26/2013 - 5:42pm
Twenty-four hours after the news of Tom Brady’s extension was announced, more contract details are starting to leak out. At this point, here’s what we know, according to multiple reports and different sources: 2013: Salary-cap figure of $13.8 million, base salary of $1 million (fully guaranteed).
Christopher Price
02/25/2013 - 6:21pm
Once again, Tom Brady has put his money where his mouth is.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Bi…

It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Barcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

Celtics President Danny A…

Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

Joe and Dave postgame wit…

Joe and Dave postgame with David Ross 04-17-14

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox catcher, David Ross, who had the go-ahead RBI tonight as the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a brilliant pitching performance from Jon Lester.

Dave O'Brien with Dale and Holley - 4-17-14

Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.

Jack Edwards with Dale an…

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Shawn Thornton on the Red Wings 4-15-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.

Sam Kennedy on the state …

Sam Kennedy on the state of the Red Sox 4-17-14

Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy joined the show to discuss the state of the Sox and MLB.

Jeff Bauman on his recovery 4-17-14

Jeff Bauman joined the show to discuss his recovery over the past year.

Sox win in extra innings 4-17-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the Sox 14th inning win over the White Sox.

Ty Law, Patriots legend: …

Ty Law, Patriots legend: On being a finalist for Hall of Fame, 4-17-14

Ty Law joins Mut and Christian Fauria to discuss being a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame, the way the game is officiated now, and Darrelle Revis.

Fauria's Facts: Do you sleep naked? With Socks on? 4-17-14

Christian Fauria tells us the percentage of Americans that sleep naked and those that sleep with their socks on.

DJ Bean, WEEI.com: Reports from Bruins morning skate, 4-17-14

DJ Bean joins Mut and Christian Fauria from the Garden to report the latest news regarding the Bruins before they get set to take on the Red Wings in Game 1.

Jack Edwards previews Red…

Jack Edwards previews Red Wings and Bruins Round 1 with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

Red Sox PbP Broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins Dale and Holley 4-17-14

Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - '14 Celtics Wrap-Up Edition - 4-17-14

We tackle four topics that relate around the (merciful) end of the Celtics 2014 season.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and…

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

WEEI WrestleCast: Wrestlemania 30 recap

Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.

Crystel the Tsnarnaev def…

Crystel the Tsnarnaev defender 4-16-14

Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.

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Buster Olney, ESPN: Sox clubhouse unhappy with Lester offer, 4-16-14

Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start

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Sam Kennedy on the state …

Sam Kennedy on the state of the Red Sox 4-17-14

Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy joined the show to discuss the state of the Sox and MLB.

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Reflecting on the One-Yea…

Reflecting on the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing 4-15-14

Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.

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Jeff Bauman on his recove…

Jeff Bauman on his recovery 4-17-14

Jeff Bauman joined the show to discuss his recovery over the past year.

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