Buster Olney spoke with Tim and Christian today regarding Derek Jeter's final three games, which will be at Fenway Park. Buster outlines how bad Jeter has played this year offensively and defensively. He also talks about what to expect from the Red Sox off-season, including a power-hitting from the West Coast, and what can be expected from Mookie Betts.
Mike Giardi talked w/ Tim and Christian about how bad Nate Solder has been, in a contract year, of all years. He says that only Dan Connolly has played well. He spoke with Ryan Wendell who observed a few technical differences between the way former O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia coached and aligned his line, and how new coach Dave DeGuglielmo is doing things.
[0:00:00] ... -- GRD who was over at the in the patriots TomBrady press conference earlier today and I wanna start with that Mike and getting your information about LoganMankins -- whether he really left. Because doesn't like the new offensive line coach let's get some very pressing questions about TomBrady first though. Why was he late what the press conference and early and what was he doing wearing a ski cap and ... [0:05:17] ... as well it's CSN any dot com refuted the earlier report that LoganMankins. Had when asked to go to Tampa. Based largely on the fact that there was a coaching change -- the offensive line ... [0:06:37] ... the offensive lineman but. Not to the degree that it was the motivatingfactor for Mankins -- not resign. I mean I don't think you wouldn't factor and no I'm not blown rear to really -- ...
After Dante Scarnecchia's departure, the Patriots offensive line has been struggling mightily in the first 3 weeks. The guys open the show talking about new coach, Dave DeGuglielmo, and possible friction between him and members of the offensive line.
[0:03:14] ... and what is he doing. -- the people were entrusted to block TomBrady yeah it's it's like he's the scapegoat now. Billy he's every day after day he's become an escape is the new guy ... [0:04:02] ... significant and obvious for three weeks because it played very well and TomBrady's been hit a lot of the offense has struggled to. Keep traction on the running game aspect passing game all of has -- collectively bad because of the offensive line. Not exclusively because the offense line and that somber little bit later on but the -- line has not -- good and it's adversely affected. All the running game and the pass game for clear reasons so people want a look at -- departure of LoganMankins. As being the main factor since he was their luster is gone this year and -- is the guy who takes over ... [0:05:15] ... And it might be so true and such a prominent police. That LoganMankins part of the reason he wasn't willing to rework a contract. Is that you want to work this guy anymore. And I'm wondering what if anything you've heard. When the patriots in that regard is -- that unpopular. That LoganMankins left. In part due to his presence. I don't think LoganMankins left because coaching situation because he could get along. He's pretty level heading guy has -- this guy wasn't county and in ... [0:11:14] ... tracked him down Scarnecchia talking about in Rhode Island. -- he might MattLight celebrity shoot out. Scarnecchia made an appearance there and this is what he had to say. They're trying to build cohesiveness that's ...
The Steelers began the 2014 season with Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier manning the linebacker position. But injuries have forced the Steelers to get creative, which meant coaxing Harrison back to the field. Jones suffered a broken wrist last week against the Panthers and will miss at least eight weeks. Shazier will sit out at least one game with a sprained right knee.
Coach Mike Tomlin said is unsure of Harrison’s role with the team right now, despite the little depth the team has.
“We need to see what he is capable of doing before we etch out any roles for him or others,” Tomlin said.
Harrison had a strong nine-year career with the Steelers, averaging at least nine sacks per season from 2008-2011. After recording 67 tackles and 16 sacks in 2008, the linebacker was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
But last year, Harrison joined the Bengals after he refused to take a pay cut with the Steelers. He recorded two sacks and 16 total tackles in a limited role. Tomlin said he isn’t concerned about how Harrison played with the Bengals and wants to see what the linebacker can bring to the table in 2014 with Pittsburgh.
“I don’t care about what he did in Cincinnati or what their schematics are,” Tomlin said. “I’ll base my judgments based off of his capabilities based on what I see back in this setting among us.”
One of the Tridevil’s bags was stolen off a conveyor belt at Tampa International Airport. Police caught the thieves and retrieved the bag. Inside the black nylon bag was a three-breast prosthesis.
Asked Callahan: “So you can buy a three-breast prosthesis?”
Replied Dennis: “You can buy anything.”
“Sure, I imagine there’s probably a small market for it, but a loyal market,” Minihane said. “There’s a fetish for everything. Three boobs is a weird fetish, but some guys liked to get urinated on.”
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN) NHL preseason: Coyotes at Flames, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
– NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent met with a group of 11 former players, including ex-Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, in an often-emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the league’s personal conduct policy.
Vincent said the former players, including Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, told him the league should get players off the field immediately after they’ve been accused of a crime.
“One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?” Vincent said. “To a man, they said, ‘Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.’ ”
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With recent issues of domestic violence plaguing the league, Vincent said the ex-players insisted that “everyone is accountable” for their behavior. He added that he believes the league is getting closer to figuring out a better way to handle such problems.
“You can’t negotiate the game,” Vincent said, his voice cracking. “The one thing we’ve all got to fight for … we are talking about the game and we’ve all got to be all-in. We all have got to answer the questions of where are we today, how did we get here, why is this happening, how do we stop this and manage this?
“We don’t have time to wait on anybody to give us direction. There is one thing we don’t negotiate, it’s the game.”
The other players in the meeting were Harvard product Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher.
– Outspoken Eagles cornerback Cary Williams — known well around these parts for his criticism of the Patriots prior to joint practices the last two preseasons — apologized to his teammates Tuesday night for complaining about coach Chip Kelly after Sunday’s 37-34 victory over Washington.
Williams questioned Kelly’s decision to have team do a walkthrough last Tuesday, a day after a Monday night game against the Colts in Indianapolis. He met with Kelly on Monday and apologized publicly Tuesday.
“I said what I said, man. … It’s out there,” Williams said. “I could have played better [Sunday]. I spoke to my teammates and told them I was sorry for what I said. So, it won’t happen again. I won’t talk negatively about the team.
“We are 3-0 and that’s something to be proud of. I am happy we are 3-0. Things could have gone otherwise.”
Added Williams: “Obviously, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sometimes people take things the wrong way. But I realized I made that mistake. My teammates realize that and forgave me.
“I try not to lie. In that situation I don’t think I did. But in that situation, I should have kept it in house between me and 56 other guys in here and coach Chip. I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it.”
The Cowboys traded up in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne sixth overall, and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday morning that Claiborne was not living up to his draft status.
“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”
Claiborne, who will be replaced by Orlando Scandrick, admitted that he “stunk it up” Sunday when he allowed five receptions for 108 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass, early against the Rams. He also was penalized for holding. On the positive side, Claiborne clinched his team’s comeback win with a leaping interception.
“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne, who missed the entire preseason with knee and shoulder injuries, said after the game. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The tackles, the guards, they’re just getting their butts kicked and getting pushed around. They just look so big and stiff, no knee bends, anything. It just looked bad. And Tom [Brady], you could just tell, Tom never felt comfortable, he doesn’t feel comfortable, he doesn’t trust that offensive line.” – NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line