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.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
We check in with the best football analyst on Boston radio, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.More from this show
Gene Steratore's crew had a rough time in Foxboro on Monday night, and the lowest moment came when an inadvertent whistle cost the Patriots a possible touchdown.More from this show
Danny Amendola went down last night with a knee injury last night. He'll get an MRI today, but in the meantime, the guys discuss who will have to step up as yet another skill position player gets injured.More from this show