NFL Network analyst and former Patriots fullback Heath Evans joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to discuss the latest Patriots and NFL news.
The Jets continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. On Wednesday, the New York Daily News had a story in which left guard Matt Slauson and some anonymous Jets criticized backup quarterback Tim Tebow and insisted Mark Sanchez gives them the best chance to win.
"When you've got a bunch of losers, you don't have a chance," Evans said of the 3-6 Jets. "And let me start and end with Matt Slauson, because he was the only one that was dumb enough to put his name to it -- and I mean dumb enough. Because I looked up and down their offensive line. Hey, big dummy, you're the weak link. You know what I mean?
"My thought is this: You want to bash Tim Tebow? Well, you're not telling us anything. We know he's not the best prototypical quarterback. But guess what? If you would have put him in there Week 1 and did what the Denver Broncos did last year and really maneuver a whole offense around what he can do, you'd be sitting in a much prettier position right now than they are now.
"This team is full of a bunch of big-mouth idiots. And it's pathetic. Because they've got some talent up and down their roster. But this is like a jail cell, a bunch of dysfunctional people that have no clue how to really win football games. This offensive line is supposed to be rough and tough? They're one of the softest in all of football. And ask anybody that watches film. It's pathetic. Don't even get me started on the Jets. They're a debacle."
When the Patriots host the Colts on Sunday, it should mark the debut of cornerback Aqib Talib, acquired from the Buccaneers two weeks ago. Evans said it's up to Talib to buy in to the Patriot Way.
"If the kid's smart, he's going to let Bill [Belichick] do a complete overhaul on his life and his football ability," Evans said. "He's going to become a superstar here down the back stretch of this season. And then he's going to sign for a little less money with Bill so he can stay here and be successful.
"We're probably going to see great success out of him, I bet. This kid is a freak-of-nature athlete. With Tampa and the Saints, we lined up, we knew just stay away from him. And Drew would test him a little bit because he was a bit undisciplined. But you talk about footwork and instincts and just raw ability, the kid's nasty. It's good. It's scary good.
"But the truth is we'll probably see him ball out, be greedy, the Patriots won't pay him what other teams will. He'll probably go somewhere else and suck. I hope that doesn't happen, but it probably will happen."
Added Evans: "[With the improved running game], this team right now, without Aqib Talib, is better equipped to win the Super Bowl this year. You bring Aqib in, and if he plays well and is what I think he can be, and that is a shutdown man-to-man corner, I do think that it gives Bill the opportunity to do so many different things that will free up other players. This is a huge addition. The big 'but,' or the big 'if,' is: Will the guy buy in? And that's only up to him."
Talib just completed a four-game suspension for unauthorized use of Adderall, which is used to treat ADHD. Evans used Adderall and Ritalin to treat learning disorders, and he said that Adderall "doesn't make you some monster" like other steroids might. However, Evans also noted that he always filled out the appropriate paperwork so the league would not object.
"It's a hassle to file all that paperwork, but it's very, very simple," Evans said. "So, with the Adderall and the Ritalin, if the players get busted for that stuff, they're just stupid. You know what? It's their fault, they should be suspended for four games just for being dumb. Not for taking Ritalin or Adderall -- you're suspended for four weeks because you're an idiot."
The Colts are led by standout rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Evans is impressed with the toughness of the No. 1 overall pick.
"With Luck, honestly, what's most impressive to me is the way this guy will take a huge shot -- and I mean a big shot standing in the pocket -- complete the pass, and then get right back up the next play and make a strike down the field like nothing ever fazed him," Evans said. "Or he makes a huge mistake that's just so opposite of what he normally does, and then it's like he just forgets it, it's no big deal, it's like he doesn't even remember it happening. And then the next play he's just making some wow-factor play.
"That is, for any player -- I don't care if it's the [Drew] Breeses and the [Tom] Bradys and the [Aaron] Rodgerses, the Mannings -- that's tough to do. But for a rookie, it's special what he's doing. And how good he's making his offensive line look, it's Peyton Manning-esque It's scary."
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.
Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.
The top stories of the day.
Jay Feely explains why he was in court with Tom Brady on Monday, and what was said in the robing room with Judge Berman.
Tyler Seguin was partying all summer in Toronto. Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie tattled on him. Also, Marshawn Lynch continues to be awkward, as he sells Skittles on cable TV.
Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.
We discuss the latest from Judge Berman in the deflategate case, and what it might mean.
We close out the Dale and Holley program with some of the best sound of the day that you may have missed.
We discuss the NFL's insistence and inconsistency when they continue to rely on the term 'integrity' throughout this deflategate process.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.More from this show
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