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12/31/2010 - 11:42am
Taylor on D&H: 'Be realistic' about future

Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined guest hosts Chris Price and Eric Frede for his regular appearance on the Dale & Holley show as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday.

 

Taylor was featured in a Boston Globe story this week, and in it he talked about his future in the league after an injury-plagued 2010 season.

 

"I have been considering retirement since about Year 8 or 9," he said. "I said, 'Well, when I make it to 10, I'll shut it down.' But good things continue to happen for me, and my motivation was 1) to try and make the Pro Bowl, after all those years of being snubbed. Another thing is to try and win the championship.

 

"I just kept going in the offseason, trying to recommit myself and rededicate myself to the game. And then when I got around the younger guys, the inspiration came from the camaraderie and competing against old guys in the offseason workouts and trying to...

12/31/2010 - 11:08am
Brady: 'I don't think we take weeks off'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady left no doubt that he intends to start and play in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium, despite the fact the Patriots have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

 

"That's the focus of what's really been the trademark of this team, is to always make improvements over the course of the season," Brady said. "I don't think we take weeks off, I don't think we take days off."

 

The Patriots are also trying to finish with a perfect home regular-season record for the third time in four seasons. Brady has won an NFL-record 27 consecutive starts at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/31/2010 - 10:58am
Mayo on D&H: 'Earning my stripes'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday. Joining guest hosts Eric Frede and Chris Price, Mayo talked about Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dolphins as the Patriots prepare to head into the playoffs with a bye week before hosting a conference semifinal.

 

"We're going out there with the mindset to win," Mayo said of Sunday. "We really don't want to head into the playoffs after a loss, so I think everybody that's healthy and able to play will play."

 

Mayo said Bill Belichick has showed no signs of letting up on the team this week. Said Mayo: "He's telling us, 'Be ready to go.' That's what we're doing. We're preparing like this is a regular game, like our record is 0-0. We're going out there trying to win this game. Like I said, everybody that can play will play. How much, we don't know. But we're...

12/31/2010 - 9:17am
Schefter on D&C: 2010 Belichick's best work

Adam Schefter of ESPN made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Calllahan show Friday morning with guest hosts Bob Ryan and Bob Neumeier to talk about the Patriots and news from the NFL.

 

Schefter said Bill Belichick is his choice as the NFL's coach of the year. "You look at the job that he's done, and you could argue … that the job he's done this year is more impressive than the job he did in 2007, and as compelling or better than the job he did in 2001, when the Patriots first really launched themselves into the national conversation and became the franchise that we know today," Schefter said.

 

Schefter was not one of the many media people who predicted the Jets would topple the Patriots and win the AFC East this season. He explained why he believed in the Patriots and wasn't convinced by the Jets.

 

Said Schefter: "I never bought it, and I'll tell you why I didn't buy it....

12/31/2010 - 8:05am
Top stories of 2010: Brady's the 1

Our look at the top stories of 2010 wraps up Friday with No. 1: Tom Brady's MVP-caliber season for the Patriots. It was an eventful year for the quarterback, starting with January's disappointing performance in a playoff loss to the Ravens and including a new contract and scary car crash on the same September day. And, of course, there was all the discussion about his hair. Read more about Brady's memorable year at the LEEInks blog.

 

Also, time is running out to cast a vote for the Boston Athlete of the Year. The winner as selected by WEEI.com readers will be revealed Friday evening. Heading into the stretch run, Brady is in first, with Wes Welker holding on to second. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has made a late run, moving ahead of...

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