The Patriots offense struck early and often in last week's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, putting up 21 first-quarter points in a 31-14 victory. After the game, Bucs defensive lineman Gerald McCoy joked about the degree to which his defense was on its heels against the Patriots, struggling to line up in timely fashion for the snap.
That perspective was a satisfying one for Patriots offensive lineman Dan Koppen, who joined the Mut & Merloni Show for Patriots Monday.
"That’s good. We want to play fast. We want to play at our pace," Koppen said of McCoy's comments. "We have a veteran core. When we go out on the field, we know what’s expected of us. Our job is to score."
Asked how he would feel if similar observations were made by a Patriots player, Koppen dismissed the hypothetical.
"I don’t know if many guys in there would be saying that. But it’s two totally...
Timberwolves star Kevin Love is completing final practices as he prepares to compete in a professional beach volleyball tournament this week in Southern California. Said the 6-foot-10 Love: "I have the timing down with the hitting and my setting's pretty good. My blocking's decent just because it's like playing at the rim in the NBA, but my passing and my serving are subpar. I'm going to get out there a couple more times during the week and try to get it done."
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KANSAS CITY -- Clay Buchholz told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the Royals Sunday that he may be on the verge of throwing for the first time since performing a July 25 bullpen session.
Buchholz explained that he is schedule to be re-evaluated when the Red Sox return home, Friday, and if everything goes as planned he will be cleared to do some light tossing.
"When we get back, if things feel a lot better, (throwing can begin)," Buchholz said. "It will be right around a month of doing the back program. I'm running around in the outfield during BP and stuff, and I wasn't able to do that a month ago. It's definitely getting better, so we're going to re-evaluate and if everything looks good I might be able to throw some light, light catch."
Buchholz explained that he is at Level 4 in most of the elements of the five-level rehab program implemented by the Red Sox medical staff. Once he gets to Level 5, Buchholz...
KANSAS CITY -- Jon Lester turned in his second straight stellar start, and Darnell McDonald managed three hits, including a solo homer, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the Royals in the teams' series finale at Kauffman Stadium.
Lester finished his six-inning outing giving up one run on three hits. In his last two outings, the lefty has allowed just two runs over 13 innings. This time he gave way to reliever Daniel Bard, who got out of a jam with runners on first and second, nobody out and the Sox clinging to a two-run lead. Bard managed a strikeout, fly out and ground out to escape the threat.
The Red Sox' first run wasn't tallied until the fifth inning, when Jason Varitek tripled in Jed Lowrie. The two-out hit was the catcher's first triple since June 24, 2007. The Sox gave Lester two more runs to work with with homers from McDonald and Carl Crawford in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
After Bard got out of the seventh,...
The Patriots announced Sunday they have signed tight end Garrett Mills and released safety Bret Lockett and rookie free agent offensive lineman Zach Roth. Mills, 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Patriots in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Tulsa and spent the majority of his rookie season with New England on the injured reserve list. Mills is a veteran of five NFL seasons and has played with New England (2006), Minnesota (2007-09), Philadelphia (2010) and Cincinnati (2010). For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
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.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
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.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com 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 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.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
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.
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
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
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.
Florio on the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
What would you ask Roger Goodell?
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 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.
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.
Dale, Michael and Jerry are live from the Harp for Bruins opening night and we're breaking down what to expect from the black and gold.
We close out the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed out on.
We await opening night and talk B's with DJ Bean live from the Harp.
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com 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.
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