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."
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
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Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.
We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.
We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
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With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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