Former Patriots offensive lineman Ross Tucker, now a SiriusXM NFL Radio host, joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Pats and news from around the NFL.
Tucker said the Texans are playing the best football in the AFC, but he'd be hesitant to predict Houston to knock off one of the perennial conference powers and reach the Super Bowl with such an inexperienced team.
"If you said, 'Hold it Ross, you've got to [bet] your daughter's 529 plan on it,' I wouldn't go with Houston. I'd go with New England probably," he said. "Because I've got to believe that [the Texans] can win those two or three playoff games in a row and get there when I see it. I still feel like in an AFC title game against Big Ben [Roethlisberger] and the Steelers or against Tom Brady, I'm sure they can do it, but teams like that -- and I feel the same way kind of about the Bears on the NFC side; and I think the Bears are the best team in the NFC -- it's just, for me, with them or Atlanta, it's just so hard to pull the trigger. Because you haven't seen them do it. You haven't seen one of those quarterbacks get it done against one of those other quarterbacks when it matters the most."
The Patriots made news last week with their acquisition of Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, but Tucker said New England's recent history with other team's castoffs makes him wary.
"If he's playing at a high level and he's eligible to play, then I think it helps them, because it gives them a guy that really is that talented to cover people one-on-one. But who knows with that guy?" Tucker said. "Plus, who knows with these reclamation projects that the Patriots bring in. They got nothing out of [Albert] Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco last year when everybody and their brother was rushing to praise them for it. So, I'm not going to give them any credit for this or say they're going to get anything out of it until I actually see it."
Tucker again had high praise for offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, calling the longtime Pats assistant the best offensive line coach he played under during his seven-year career with five teams (and nine O-line coaches).
"I didn't always care for his motivational tactics, and I didn't always agree with some of his techniques or schemes, but Dante Scarnecchia was clearly to me the best offensive line coach I had," Tucker said. "I think he gets the most out of the talent he's given. I don't know what they pay him there, but it's not enough."
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Mack Beggs should have been wrestling men. Gerry wants to put an end to women's wrestling.
Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.
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The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.
Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.
Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.
We spoke with Danny Ainge and discussed all aspects of the Celtics, trading deadline, playoffs and beyond.
We close out Freestyle Friday with more Pats, Sox and Celtics talk.
We continue freestyle Friday with Brady and Jimmy G trade talk, plus more on the Celtics and the Vancouver Canucks have the mumps!
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?
Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show
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