Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins, joining Mut & Merloni on Monday morning, talked about the team's preparations for the Texans, who will be in Foxboro for Sunday's AFC playoff game.
The Patriots blew out the Texans, 42-14, on Dec. 10, but it's been widely discussed that two years ago the Patriots routed the Jets in the regular season only to be upset by New York in the playoffs.
"It's always hard to compare different years," Mankins said. "That's a learning experience for us to look back and see that we beat a team and then in the playoffs got beaten by them. Hopefully we can change that this time. We're definitely not taking this team lightly. We know they're very good."
Mankins acknowledged that some people will look past Texans, but he said those people won't be in the Patriots training facility.
"Human nature makes me want to think that way, but if you've been around long enough and played enough teams multiple times in a season, you know the second time is always tough," he said. "They know you and you know them. They're going to know you're tendencies, you know theirs. The second time around is usually a dogfight. It's always a lot closer than the first game."
Added Mankins: "Bill [Belichick], he's great at serving up humble pie. I don't think Bill's overlooked any team ever. You know he's going to have us working hard this week and trying to get ready."
To keep the players grounded, Belichick has been showing the players film and pointing out their mistakes. Asked if there were any clips of him, Mankins said: "Everyone's on there. There's no one safe in this building."
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: "He's an outstanding player. You've got to take care of him up front, whether it's running the ball or passing the ball if your want to have any success. We know we're going to have to play a good game against him and limit his production."
On Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' style: "He's an aggressive coach. He likes to blitz, his teams always blitz a lot. They give you some different looks and they're going to give different blitzes. One thing about his defense is they always play hard. He always gets his guys to play with a lot of effort, and that's how Houston's defense is. Those guys are going a hundred miles an hour out there."
The playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in and helps us set the stage for Broncos and Patriots this Sunday in Foxboro.
Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider, joins the guys to talk Pats-Broncos, Brady-Manning and the rest of the NFL.
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Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
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