Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday to talk about Sunday's season-opener against the Bengals. Meriweather said he's looking forward to going up against the duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. "Any time you get a chance to play against two of the elite receivers ever to play the game, you get excited," he said.
Meriweather said he did not plan to join the inevitable war of words with the loud-mouthed receivers. "I'll say hello to Chad," Meriweather said with a laugh. "I'm going to let my play talk. I'm not going to be one of those guys who goes out and says everything in the newspaper and to ESPN and all the different radio stations. I'm going to be one of those guys who, when I strap up my pads, I'm going to let my pads talk. I'm not going to do too much yapping."
Pressed to comment on Ochocinco's reality TV dating show, Meriweather said, "I tell you what, If he comes out there [talking trash] and the game is getting real good, I'll mention it for you."
Told that Ochocinco said he would grab one of the muskets from the Patriots' minuteman mascots and fire it if he scores a touchdown, Meriweather didn't seem offended, saying only: "Hey, that'd be funny."
Meriweather downplayed the Patriots' defensive struggles in preseason action. "It was the preseason," he said. "Everybody's doing something different, trying something new. You're trying to put people in different places. … I wouldn't be too worried about that. That was preseason."
Looking at the youth in the defensive secondary, Meriweather said he isn't concerned. "There's a lot of [teams] that had a very young secondary that did big things last year," he said. "We look at it as the more you know in your playbook, the better you'll play. It's not necessarily your age that makes you good, it's how much of the defense you know and how much of it you can pretty much do on the field."
The fourth-year safety said there will be some changes in the defense this season. "Bill [Belichick] and the rest of the coaches came in and told us we're going to switch some things up, do some things different. They were going to let us play a little bit more," Meriweather said. "Right out of the gate they gave us some more responsibilities, and I feel like we're old enough now where we can do that."
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.
Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are in and talking about all the moves made by the Red Sox at the trade deadline, because the most fun thing about the day is talking about the moves of the day. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington held a press conference talking about the Red Sox moves, and Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell about the moves made at the deadline.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
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
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
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
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
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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