The morning after he guided the Patriots to a 31-21 victory over the Broncos on Sunday, Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly Patriots Monday discussion. Brady completed 23-of-31 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, but much of the talk was about the team's running game, as the Pats rushed for 251 yards, helping them record a franchise single-game record 35 first downs.
"We're doing such a great job gaining yards in the run game, and our efficiency there when we hand it off in terms of yards per attempt and so forth, and I think it's putting a lot of pressure on the defense," Brady said. "I think we've just got to be able to continue to do it. It's all about consistency and really being able to do it when it counts. We made some huge runs at the end of the game to really run the clock out.
"Brandon [Bolden] did a good job in there, Stevan [Ridley] ran hard all day, Shane [Vereen] had a critical pass interference call against him, and [Danny Woodhead] made a couple of huge plays on third down. It's great to get contributions from everybody, I'll tell you that."
The Pats ran their hurry-up offense almost half the game and kept the Denver defense from getting in a comfort zone.
"We were moving pretty quick," Brady said. "I think we were trying to just keep the pressure on them, and to try to get them to line up and make their call. I thought we did a good job of that. Once again, it's trying to keep them off-balance, trying to keep our tempo really high so that it forces them to get lined up as quickly as they can in the right spots. We got a 12 men on the field at one point, there were some creases in the run game because of snapping the ball pretty quickly. It was good. It was a good day."
Asked if he'll be able to run the hurry-up offense as frequently on the road next Sunday against the Seahawks, Brady said it's a situation that might call for some tweaks.
"The communication is different on the road," Brady said. "There's a little bit more of a challenge, especially in a place like Seattle, where -- I've never played there, but I've heard it's pretty loud. But we've played in plenty of loud environments. We played in Baltimore and ran a lot of no-huddle. We played in Buffalo last week and ran a lot of no-huddle. It's not something that we can't do. We just try to figure out what we think is going to work the best, and that's what we try to do. We're never really locked in to one particular mode. It's just more of a matter of how we feel we need to attack them."
Following are more highlights from the conversation.
On what he's looking at when he's approaches the line before snapping the ball: "I kind of look at everything. You look at how deep the safeties are, where the corners are playing, the leverage of the corners, obviously how they're defending the slot receiver, where the linebackers are, are they balanced up to the formation, do we have any advantageous looks to run the ball. It's hard to say. It's like saying when you're driving down the street, what are you looking at? Well, I'm looking in my front, I'm looking on the side mirrors, I'm looking a the radio, I'm looking in the rear view."
On the fourth-and-5 the Patriots attempted late in Sunday's game: "We thought we had a good opportunity. We just didn't execute very well. … I liked the play we had on. I thought they just did a good job covering it. We talk about that situation, needing to convert in that situation. That was one of the ones that really kind of let us down yesterday."
On Wes Welker and the possibility that this is his last season in New England: "It really is a credit to Wes. He doesn't talk about any of that or mention any of that. He's been so focused on this season, and I never know what the future holds. This is a crazy game. I think we appreciate what we have now, because the truth is we don't know if we there is a next year. The only thing that's important to us is this year, because it's the only thing we can really make a difference on. I know we all have goals. I certainly do, and I know Wes does. And we'd all love to be here for as long as possible. It's just not always the way things work out. But we're here this year, and what we can do about it this year is to go out and give everything we can, because that's what the fans deserve, that's what everyone deserves, is for us to give our best."
On his relationship with Peyton Manning and if they call each other to talk: "We have no problems doing it if we want to. He's got a busy life, I've got a busy life. He's got his thing going, I do, too. But when we see each other, we definitely enjoy being around one another. I have a lot of respect for him. He does things the right way. He's a hell of a quarterback. He played a great game yesterday. That's only his fifth game with a new team. You can expect them to improve as well. They're going to be someone to deal with all season throughout the AFC. They're tough. They've got a very good team, and certainly Peyton playing at the level he does, they're going to be in every game they play."
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.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
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.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
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.
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.More from this show
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.More from this show
Hour 1. In a wild opening segment, Kirk and Gerry lash out at the Globe and Joe Sullivan. Reimer weighs in on Cyd Ziegler’s Hernandez take. Michael Holley thinks the Globe would do the same story on Ortiz as they did on Brady and Best Buddies.More from this show
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.More from this show
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.More from this show