Sports Illustrated’s Peter King spoke with Mut & Merloni about the Patriots and other NFL news Friday afternoon.
King said that the Patriots’ more aggressive pass rush this preseason reflects less a philosophical change and more a personnel-based decision.
“If [Albert Haynesworth] is in the lineup on September 11, he’s going to be a force in a 4-3 defense next to Vince Wilfork,” King said. “I think Wilfork is excited about it, I think all the guys behind him are excited about it, and there’s no question in my mind … they’re going to play a lot of 4-3.”
King also said trying to label NFL defenses as 3-4 or 4-3 is “so silly.”
“What happens mostly is that teams just morph into so many different things,” King said. “Last year, the New England Patriots had three defensive linemen on the field on 39 percent of the snaps. So, if that’s a solid 3-4 defense, and that’s your hallmark, I mean that’s crazy. … They might be one thing on first down, but they’re very rarely that same thing on third down.”
King said that new Patriots defensive end Andre Carter is “like the vast majority of guys who were free agents this year,” needing to take a league-minimum one-year deal wherever he could find one.
“It doesn’t mean he’s not a good player, it just means that there are a lot of teams that don’t have the cap room to sign these guys,” King said.
Based on how he’s used this Brandon Meriweather this preseason, Bill Belichick may be looking elsewhere for a starting safety, King said.
“I think he’s basically saying, ‘We’re open for business at safety, and if I can do better I’m going to,’ ” King said.
King also said it was too early to judge the NFL’s new kickoff rules, because, “History says that kickers kick the ball better and farther when it is nice weather outside.”
“If the average kickoff in the 2010 season landed at the 5.5-yard line, is there any reason to think that it won’t land somewhere near the half-yard line now?” King asked. “And if it lands at the half-yard line, that means probably that at the very least half of the kicks are going to be returned this year in the NFL over the full season.”
The Patriots scooped up controversial quarterback Ryan Mallett in the third round of the draft, and he's shown promise in the preseason. Kind said the Dolphins are probably “kicking themselves” for not drafting Mallett.
“What the Dolphins are, they’re the team that was kept without a quarterback when the quarterback musical chairs ended,” King said, adding: “They were positive they were going to get a quarterback.”
King called the decision to allow former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor into the supplemental draft but suspend him five games because of Pryor’s NCAA issues “one of the most slippery-slope decisions I’ve seen the NFL make in years.”
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The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
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Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
A look back at Dennis and Callahan's 2015 trip to spring training. They visited with Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, Curt Schilling and Dustin Pedroia.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.
Pedroia joins the guys in Fort Myers to look at the upcoming season and his health entering the spring.
Brick joined the show to talk about the couple players that the B's added. He noted that the lack of subtractions means that the front office trusts the core group.
The Red Sox entire team wore the number 3 to honor Pete Frates. The HS team that was suspended for trying to bring awareness to breast cancer have been allowed to play. Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley are bad at karaoke, but not as bad as Joey and Christian.
With the Patriots focusing on CB Darrelle Revis, it's likely that the team will lose safety Devin McCourty or Brandon Browner. Or both.
We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.
Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's
Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
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