The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
WEEI » This Just In » Jerry Rice on M&M: Ravens will edge Pats
Thu, 01/17/2013 - 2:40pm  

Jerry Rice on M&M: Ravens will edge Pats

Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice chatted with Mut & Merloni on Thursday to give his prediction for Sunday’s AFC championship game and discuss other NFL news.

“I know you guys are in Boston, but this is going to be a great game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens,” Rice said. “I know the last game was questionable just a little bit. I think Tom Brady‘s going to come out and exceptional like he always does, but I think they’re going to get edged out a little bit by the Baltimore Ravens.

“I think the Ravens right now are just playing exceptional football. I look at Joe Flacco and the thing that really impresses me with him is that he doesn’t have any INTs. Ray Rice is running the ball well, and all of a sudden Torrey Smith — they stretch the ball downfield, throwing it deep, he’s making plays. I’m sure Anquan Boldin‘s going to be a factor. On defense, Ray Lewis and [Ed] Reed, those guys are going to be ready and I think they’re inspired with this might be Ray Lewis’ last football game. They feel like they have an opportunity to do something special, so it should be a great football game.”

Reed and his fellow defensive backs will attempt to shut down Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. Welker had eight receptions for 131 yards in this past Sunday’s win over the Texans.

“I don’t like him breaking my records,” Rice joked. “I had an opportunity to meet this guy, he’s such a great individual, he’s a hard worker and you just cannot cover this guy one-on-one. He’s going to continue putting up big numbers like that if you try to line him up with a linebacker or safety because he’s just too quick off the line of scrimmage and he’s too explosive and he’s going to make plays.

“He can pretty much take over a ballgame, and that’s really what you ask for in a playmaker that’s a receiver on the football field, and he’s capable of doing that. Like I stated, he is not going to be covered and I know Tom Brady is always going to go to him. He’s like that security blanket for him and he knows that this guy is going to get open and make plays. So, I think he pretty much has earned his money and they should pay him a lucrative contract.

“I think he’s in the top five [receivers in NFL] without a doubt. What he brings to that team, and also he sets the standards. The way this guy prepares, his preparation, his hard work during practice, and that carries over to the game on that given Sunday or that Monday. Those are the types of guys you want to give the big contracts and you want the other guys to look at these guys and say, ‘Wow, this is the way to be a professional and this is how you should conduct yourself.’ ”

Following are more highlights from the interview.

On current NFL rules: “I think with football today, it benefits the wide receivers because I think the defensive backs, defensively they have to be on the same playing ground. They have to be able to be physical at the line of scrimmage, but after five yards they have to take their hands off the receivers, or if they’re downfield past five yards they can’t touch the receiver. I preferred it back in the day where I knew exactly where the defensive back, where he was at, at all times by being physical downfield. So, the game has changed a lot, but overall they’re trying to protect players and do all of that, but still it boils down to playing football. I think defensive backs need to be on a level field as the wide receivers are.”

On Colin Kaepernick: “You see a lot of the wildcat happening out there with the San Francisco 49ers. Forty-five percent of their offense last week was wildcat against Green Bay. So you’ve got to deal with Kaepernick, you’ve got to expect this guy to be able to get outside, extend plays, but also he can win a football game with is feet. … With these quarterbacks running with the football, they’re going to be looked at as a runner and you’re going to have defenses that really start teeing off on these guys and hitting these guys no matter if they have the ball or if they don’t have the ball.

“I think he’s going to go [to Atlanta] and he’s just going to play football. He’s way ahead of his time, he doesn’t get rattled. When he threw that interception to Sam Shields I said, ‘Oh man, here we go.’ But this guy came right back and moved the ball downfield and scored. So, he believes in himself, there’s a swagger to this team and they really look at this like, ‘We can go into Atlanta and win this football game.’ ”

On which rookie quarterback he would put the most stock in: “I would go with the guy that’s going to be around a long, long time, and that’s Andrew Luck. I think with [Robert Griffin III], Russell Wilson, Kaepernick, all those guys, they have shown something that’s right now caught everyone off guard. I remember when Tim Tebow was running the wildcat, everybody just went crazy over that. But now you have these guys that can run the pistol, the read option, but they can also throw the football. So there’s now that extra threat there, but I just feel like [Griffin, Wilson and Kaepernick] are not going to last that long and they’re going to be susceptible to injury.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at WEEI-FM 93.7 will broadcast the AFC championship game between the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Audio On Demand

Head Coach Bill Belichick…

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

DE Chandler Jones with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.

Celtics Podcast - Media D…

Celtics Podcast - Media Day and The Wire

Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.

We Love Anthony Davis - Should the Celtics Trade Avery Bradley?

Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of 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.

Dave O'Brien signs off Re…

Dave O'Brien signs off Red Sox Radio after 9 seasons

Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.

Torey Luvollo with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 09-29-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.

#Bruins Preview Podcast: …

#Bruins Preview Podcast: DJ Bean answers a 6-pack of questions

WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden

Butch & Bradfo featuring DJ Bean talk #Bruins lines and season outlook

DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

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.

Curt Schilling believes h…

Curt Schilling believes he'll be back in the booth for ESPN 10-8-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk with Curt about the MLB playoffs, his future with ESPN and the reaction to Jessica Mendoza as his replacement.

Barry Melrose talks Bruins before their opener tonight 10-8-15

Melrose joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season for the Boston Bruins and local prodigy, Jack Eichel.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines- Chris Curtis steps in for Kirk 10-8-15

All the latest stories brought to you by Chris Curtis.

Matt Barnes vs. Derek Fis…

Matt Barnes vs. Derek Fisher and Skip Bayless vs. Stephen A. Smith 10-8-15

Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies drove 95 miles to fight Knicks head coach Derek Fisher over Barnes' ex-wife. Also, Skip Bayless is reportedly not very happy with how things are going over at First Take.

Pierre McGuire previews the Bruins' opener with OMF 10-8-15

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the start of the NHL season and to give a little insight on the new additions to this Bruins team.

Lou hates MLB's one-game playoff 10-8-15

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's Cubs/Pirates Wild Card game and how they wish Joe Kelly could have a similar career path as Jake Arrieta. Also, Lou rants about how much he hates the one game playoff.

Greg Hardy returns to an …

Greg Hardy returns to an NFL field without a shred of remorse...

We discuss the mouth of Greg Hardy, who apparently thinks his domestic violence suspension was something worth joking about, and doubled down with comments about 'guns blazing' and Tom Brady's wife.

So who really is "America's Team"?

We discuss our four at four topic a bit further... in 2015 who deserves the title of America's Team?

Atlanta radio host suspended for comments about ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza

"Tits McGee" is not an acceptable form of criticism? That's news to an Atlanta radio host.

Things get strange after …

Things get strange after 9

The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining

How bout them Cowboys?

Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.

Everyone feels pretty confident about the Patriots

Mikey and Lenny are talking about the Patriots-Cowboys match up, and how big of a margin of victory will there be?

College Puckcast – 2015…

College Puckcast – 2015-16 Season Preview with Mike McMahon and Providence coach Nate Leaman

WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.

#Bruins Preview Podcast DJ Bean answers a 6-pack of questions

WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden

New Age Insiders Wrestling Podcast- 10/7/15

The New Age Insiders discuss attending WWE Monday Night RAW in Boston this past Monday, and dive into the recent overwhelming success of The New Day on WWE television. Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders, @LiamNAI, and @BillNevilleNAI!

Compiling ESPN's dumbest …

Compiling ESPN's dumbest statements 10-7-15

We recap some of the dumbest things said by ESPN's personalities.

More from this show

Mike Salk doesn't underst…

Mike Salk doesn't understand the Monday Night Football controversy 10-7-15

Salk doesn't think batting the ball should be a big story, he cried twice at that game.

More from this show

Stephen A. challenged Kev…

Stephen A. challenged Kevin Durant 10-6-15

Stephen A. confronted Kevin Durant on ESPN yesterday.

More from this show

Batted ball changes game …

Batted ball changes game in Seattle... Bill Belichick, right again.

We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.

More from this show

Rodney Harrison talks abo…

Rodney Harrison talks about the lack of accountability from Rex Ryan, 10-6-15

Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about Bill Belichick's knowledge of the rules, Peyton Manning being the benefactor of a top-5 defense, and whether or not Rex Ryan will ever change.

More from this show

Weei Writers