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Mike Salk is the co-host of WEEI's afternoon drive show, "Salk and Holley." Prior to joining WEEI, Salk was in the Pacific Northwest, working on the #1 rated "Brock and Salk Show" with former quarterback Brock Huard. During that time, he additionally hosted "SportsCenter Saturday with Mike Salk" and was the regular fill-in host for the "Doug Gottlieb Show" nationally on ESPN Radio.

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01/13/14 08:41 EST
Championship teams know who they are and how they want to win. They forge an identity and know where to turn when big plays need to be made. On Saturday night in Foxboro, the Patriots formally announced their new identity, and it's one we haven't seen in a while: They are a physical football team. Forget about the multifaceted tight end explosions. Forget about the deep ball. Forget about using the short passing game to set up the run. Forget about the dizzying array of screens and pick passes. They still have all those options in their back pocket. They do, after all, employ one of the top passers in NFL history. But this team plays best when it eschews the high-flying attack for a simple, old-school style. You saw hints of the development in the first game of the preseason. Remember the very first drive of the preseason? The Pats ran it six straight times for 80 yards and a Stevan Ridley touchdown. They blew Philadelphia off the ball. It was a dominant performance, and you could see how
01/05/14 10:49 EST
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There is no one way to win an NFL playoff game, just one thing you need: a quarterback. But you already know that. You're a smart football fan. You've watched Tom Brady for the past 13 years. You've seen how he changed the fortunes of the Patriots organization. And, you might even be screaming right now that it isn't just the quarterback. After all, ownership and head coaching are the other prongs of the trident every team needs to succeed. But while ownership sets the right tone for the building, and coaching decides on the right system, in today's NFL it is the quarterback who wins playoff games. Maybe we shouldn't be too surprised that the four best quarterbacks in the AFC playoffs are the four left standing after Wildcard Weekend. The Patriots finished the year 12-4 with a first-round bye for many reasons. They are talented, deep, and well-prepared. They have an excellent scheme and a quarterback who knows how to dissect any defense and often makes up for whatever inadequacies his
10/16/13 11:40 EST
It was a day like few others, but each game wasn't exactly unique. You'll remember Oct. 13 because it all came together in just a few hours. You may not remember the details of how the Patriots got the ball back from the Saints with just under a minute to play, but you'll never forget the touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. No play better illustrates Tom Brady's accuracy, touch and almost preternatural calmness. It was the next chapter in his storied career full of command performances and improbable comebacks. You may not remember how Will Middlebrooks doubled into the left-field corner, Jacoby Ellsbury walked, Shane Victorino struck out, or Dustin Pedroia went to right for a single to load the bases, but you sure as hell won't forget the image of Torii Hunter tumbling over the bullpen wall as bullpen police officer Stephen Horgan raised his hands in glee and all of Fenway exploded at once. You'll always remember that it was the next chapter in David Ortiz's magical career of late-game
10/07/13 08:09 EST
Fourth-and-2. It's a down and distance that has become all too familiar to Patriots fans who have used the term derisively ever since Bill Belichick bet on his offense from inside his own 30-yard line and lost. That, as you know, was in Indianapolis in 2009. And, as you also know, a lot has changed since then. The 2009 Patriots were third in the NFL in total offense, third in passing yards. They were seventh in scoring. Randy Moss was still here. So was Wes Welker. It was a high-flying attack that just four weeks earlier had put up 59 points against Tennessee. Tom Brady was returning from missing the previous season but starting to find his groove again. Belichick believed that offense was more capable of gaining two yards on one play than his defense was of keeping the Colts from gaining 75 yards. His offense, as it turned out, couldn't convert. If he had punted, his defense might not have held. I respect the gamble, even though it backfired. The 2013 Patriots could not be more different.



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