Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during his weekly interview on The Big Show, downplayed the demotion of safety Brandon Meriweather from the starting lineup. (Meriweather told the Dale & Holley show earlier today that it was his fault that he's not starting and that he, "hasn't been myself.")
"Brandon played yeterday," Belichick said. "So did James [Sanders]. So did Patrick [Chung]. They all played. They all contributed and I think all three will continue to do that in the future. I don't think whoever's out there for the first play of the game is the most significant thing." Asked if Meriweather was in the doghouse, Belichick responded, "No, I wouldn't say that."
After a strong start, the Pats offense struggled against the Jets in a 28-14 loss. The coach said part of that...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick reacted Monday to the first-half head shot on Wes Welker by Jets safety Eric Smith that forced the Patriots receiver from the game and wound up in him being sent to the sideline to have his head examined by the team's medical staff.
"I think we both kind of saw the same thing," Belichick said of his heated discussion with the side judge moments after the play. "They threw a flag on it. I don't think that's really what the league is looking for, are those kind of plays. I can't imagine they are. See what they want to do about it."
"I just asked them about the call and what they saw," added Belichick, who stopped just short of asking the league for an additional penalty to be levied against Smith.
"It's their call, not mine," Belichick said.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team is awaiting test results on the apparent knee injury to veteran running back Kevin Faulk.
"They're doing some tests on Kevin and we'll know more when they tell us," Belichick said during his Monday afternoon briefing with reporters.
Faulk eventually walked off under his own power after being knocked out of bounds by Jets cornerback Drew Coleman in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. Faulk remained on the ground for an extended period before heading to the bench and did not return to the game.
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Adrian Beltre is back in the lineup for the Red Sox tonight as they take on the Orioles tonight at Fenway. Beltre missed Sunday's game with the Blue Jays with a sore wrist.
The rest of the lineup:
Marco Scutaro 2B
Darnell McDonald RF
Victor Martinez 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Lowell DH
Jed Lowrie SS
Bill Hall LF
Jason Varitek C
Ryan Kalish CF
Daisuke Matsuzaka SP
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Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey announced today that Harvard product Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over the starting quarterback job from Trent Edwards this week against the Patriots. "We're looking for a spark," Gailey told reporters. Gailey added that the switch is for more than just this week.
The Bills are off to an 0-2 start and Edwards has thrown for just 241 yards in the two losses. The Bills rank last in total offensive yards through the first two weeks of the season.
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We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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 Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show