With three preseason games in nine days beginning next Monday against the Eagles, the Patriots are looking at a tight schedule as they get ready for the regular season opener.
"It's not an ideal schedule and it's certainly not the way you want to do it," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on his weekly interview with The Big Show. "But it is what it is. We'll just deal with it the best we can. It's a lot of games. It's like playing double-headers.
"The big thing is go out and play and give the players a chance to recover so they can go and play again and give them a chance to recover so they can play again. Playing that many games in that short of time is obviously not the ideal way to do it."
Belichick said that keeping his team healthy would be his biggest priority through the schedule that will also feature a game in Tampa next Friday and the preseason finale against the Giants the following Wednesday. That means practice time will be short, so Belichick is trying to install as much as he can this week.
"This is a bigger week because it's longer and gives them time to install," Belichick said. "After this, that's really about it before the long week at Tennessee [for the season-opener]."
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Belichick was also asked about a situation where the Bengals asked the Jets not to run the Wildcat offense during their preseason game.
"I didn't really experience that," he said. "In preseason, obviously it's nice to win but the outcome isn't the most important thing. Nobody's playing their starting quarterback in the last series of the fourth quarter or that type of thing. Who's ever in there is competing and you get what you get and whatever our opponents do we learn from it. If we get blitzed, we get blitzed. If they onside kick, they onside kick. Whatever they do we have to be ready for it now and later. If someone thinks they get a play on us it's better to find out now than in the regular season when it really hurts."
On Logan Mankins who returned to the practice field this week: "He's been working since last February and he's been in here working hard doing his rehab and running and all the things he's bee doing. It's good to have him out of the field the last couple of days and we're taking it slow. Doing one thing at a time, and building daily, so it will be a little bit of process but he's definitely making progress."
On possibly adding a free agent player this late into camp: "There's only certain players that are out there and if you see one that can help you then we're interested in him. There's plenty of good players out there but for whatever reason it's probably not going to work for them to be on this team at this time. Things might change. So you look at the ones that can help you."
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We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.
Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event.
HOUR 3 - ESPN layoffs continue. One time Fauria didn't know Sage Steele's name so he called her "Rashard." ESPN has pretty much decided to punt on hockey. Marcus Smart responds to Jimmy Butler. Glenn dreams of the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in the offseason.
HOUR 4 - The guys kept us updated on the wave of ESPN firings. Paul was blocked by Pete Abe. Fauria still hates Dan Dakich. Will Gerald Green be a factor, again, tonight? The lawyer for Kyle Kennedy (Aaron Hernandez' rumored gay lover) Larry Army gave a press conference.
Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be?
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
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We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
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Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.
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