Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork stopped by for a visit with Dale & Holley at Gillette Stadium as part of his weekly Patriots Monday appearance.
Wilfork said he takes positives and negatives from Sunday night's 31-27 victory over the Packers in which the defense had a number of struggles, especially on third down. It wasn't our greatest game," Wilfork acknowledged. "We didn't go our and dominate like we wanted to at times. ... If we play like that going forward, we will get beat."
That said, Wilfork noted that people need to have reasonable expections. Said the lineman: "You look at this game and say, 'Oh, the Patriots didn't play like they played the last couple of weeks.' The last couple of weeks we only gave up 10 points. We can't blow everybody out every week. I think sometimes as players, coaches or fans, you look at teams we played the last couple of weeks, we handled them pretty well. It's not going to be like that all the time. We expect to win. I don't care what the margin of the win is, we expect to win every week we take the field."
Wilfork said has has no time for people who only want to criticize the Patriots. "You will not take the victory from us," he said. "You will not make us feel bad like it's the end of the road because we gave up 27 points or whatever it is, or we were inconsistent at times. Yes, there's things we can work on and we can learn from, which we will."
Added Wilfork: "This New England Patriot team, we work our tails off. We work our tails off from the preparation, from the coaching staff getting us in the right situations, from the players going out there and making plays when it counts. We work our tails off the whole week. So, for us to go on the field and things not swing our way — penalties, just mistake football that we've done — that's unacceptable. I understand that. But we overcame that. We made the plays that got us the 'W.' We played pretty good situational football, especially when it came down with 18 seconds left."
Wilfork committed two penalties Sunday — offsides and a facemask — his first two of the season. Said Wilfork: "I'm pissed off about it. … I take responsibility for that. That's all on me. I told my defense I owe them one for that."
Wilfork did a bodybuilding pose celebration after one big play, a rare show of emotion from the veteran. "I was just excited," he said. "I've got some 23-inch pipes. I can showcase mine a little bit. … I was just excited, caught up in the moment, just trying to give our team a spark."
Offensive lineman Dan Connolly embarked on a 71-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, earning praise from Wilfork, a fellow 300-pounder. "He showcased everything for a big guy last night," Wilfork said. "We can do it all. I'm proud of him. He can get a game ball of mine; I don't care. When we saw that play I said, 'Man, look here, If we can get pumped up for this game off of that, we have a problem.' "
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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Scott Cordischi and John Rooke take your calls, texts, tweets and emails on the week's hot topics. The boys are back together in studio! It’s a bittersweet reunion due to the end of the NCAABB Tournament run for the PC Friars, so we say “see you next season” to the play by play team of John Rooke and Joe Hassett. We don’t waste time looking ahead with the issues confronting the men’s basketball program at URI and PC. On the table is the argument over the validity of RPI, outgoing coveted players, incoming recruits and whether Coaches Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley will remain after their successful 2014 season. Some time is spent on the NFL owners meetings, with the whiny Baltimore Ravens and a ranting Bill Belichick. We close March in all it’s madness, with “Three Things” where we celebrate the open mic and a young man’s passion .More from this show