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.
"I want to. I want to do it all the time and tell them to shut the 'f' up. But everybody has a job to do," said Wilfork. "You have to respect their job. People have opinions. It’s just an opinion. If that’s how they feel, that’s how they feel. The only thing we can control is this locker room.
"A lot of things they say have some truth to it," he acknowledged. "Yeah, we’re pretty bad giving up yardage and everything, but guess what? We find ways to win. Good football teams find a way to win. ... We ignore the noise. We just have to keep a level head and control what we can control, and that’s on the field."
Even so, in the aftermath of New England's 34-27 win over the Redskins on Sunday, Wilfork suggested that there was plenty upon which his unit needed to improve. He cited the team's poor performance against the Washington running game (an issue that is likely to be tested anew against the ground-heavy offense of Denver on Sunday) and the team's failure to put the game away early, when the Pats were up 14-3 with a third-and-long situation. A defensive penalty kept the Washington drive alive, and an eventual touchdown helped to keep the Redskins in the game until the final moments.
"When you have a team down and can taste blood, you’ve got to be able to finish them off. We didn’t do that. Luckily, Mayo made the play at the end of the game to seal it for us," said Wilfork. "I think we started real fast and finished the ballgame with a couple punts and an interception to seal it. That was very encouraging from a defensive standpoint.
"But we still haven’t played 60 minutes. All year, we haven’t played a game 60 minutes. I’m telling you, it’s going to be very scary whenever we do decide to play 60 minutes, it’s going to be a scary football team. I want to see exactly what we’re going to put up, what we’re going to give up, when we decide to play 60 minutes. We’re going to keep harping on it, and hopefully it will click for us. But as long as we keep winning, it’s the only thing that matters to me."
As the Patriots get ready to play Denver, Wilfork offered respect for both the Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow.
"One thing I can tell you about Tebow, he’s a winner, point blank," said Wilfork. "He’s faced the same thing this year. He’s not a typical quarterback, he can’t do this, he can’t do that. ... He wins. Regardless of where he’s been, he wins. You have to respect that.
"They have a bunch of guys around him, also. It’s not just about Tebow," he added. "A lot of credit has to go to the defense. The defense stepped up big time. Tebow gets all the credit, but trust me, it’s everyone in that locker room."
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys finish the show bantering about Max Kellerman apparently getting the Skip Bayless job, Iceland's win over England in the Euro 2016, and Caitlyn Jenner on SI
Texas Rangers sideline reporter Emily Jones likes getting doused by Gatorade. A D&C caller accuses the guys of being sexist in their analysis, which leads to a debate of the hottest sideline reporters in sports.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Tuesday's Dale and Holley show which feature some measure of tension during the interview with John Farrell and during a Rick Porcello debate
The Red Sox needed a big start from a pitcher, and Porcello delivered. Glenn and Lou talk about last night’s win in Tampa and discuss what ERod needs to do while down in Triple A.
David Price is on the mound this afternoon in Tampa, but after last outing’s terrible performance, the pressure is on for him to perform. Glenn and Lou discuss Price and his need to take over a game.
Red Sox GM Mike Hazen joins Glenn and Lou to talk about what went into sending ERod down to Pawtucket, and what the trade market looks like at this point in the season.
Ugh. Dale and Michael after another crap-fest of a Red Sox game break it all down and listen in to John Farrell and David Price's post game comments.
We close the show out with some of the best cuts of the day.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
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