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10/01/2010 - 11:39am
Neal on D&H: Need a 60-minute effort

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal checked in for his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Looking back at a solid ground effort in Sunday's win over the Bills, Neal said, "It felt good. The coaches call the plays and we try to execute them. We had a lot of people who had great performances."

 

Neal discussed the propensity of some players to carry on a conversation during a game. He said he's not one to do much trash-talking. "The only people I talk to to are my offensive linemates, because we're trying to get the calls right and get everything precise," he said. "So, I'm not over there yapping at the defense. If they're even yapping at me, I don't even hear them, because I'm listening to [Dan] Koppen, Sebastian [Vollmer], to [Tom] Brady. Whatever they call, we're trying to relay it out to everyoone and get on the same page."

 

Added Neal: "You can say...

10/01/2010 - 11:08am
Papelbon: 'Satisfying' season, big year looms

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, speaking before the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the White Sox on Thursday night in Chicago, said he's healthy and satisfied with his development as a pitcher as he heads into his contract year next season.

 

"The season is more satisfying to me [than frustrating], because of one simple thing: I'm throwing this breaking ball, the slider, that is better than I've ever thrown," he said. "In my mind, now I'm going into a healthy, to-be-free agent year with three pitches and healthy. I've reached exactly where I want to be with health, where I want to be as a pitcher, and I can't complain."

 

In the interview, Papelbon at times expressed satisfaction and regret with the 2010 season, in which he has posted career highs in blown saves (8) and ERA (4.02).

 

"I think everything has come full circle," the 29-year-old said. "I've developed a third out...

10/01/2010 - 10:12am
Allen on D&C: Roller coaster of emotions

Celtics guard Ray Allen appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning in an interview that was taped at Celtics media day, and he discussed the Game 7 loss to the Lakers, prospects for the upcoming season, and his plans to run a marathon.

 

“I honestly believe that everything was imperfect [last season], throughout all last year going into the playoffs,” Allen said. “Nothing was lined up the way we wanted it to be. You know, we had to fight tooth and nail every possession, every game, to get it to where we wanted it to be. So, we imagine that it’ll be pretty much the same way. It was probably the most grueling, taxing season that I’ve had in the playoffs for sure. But when you get it, it makes it that much more special.”

 

Allen said it was no sure thing that he would return to Boston this season as he became a free agent in the summer. "There were some days where I...

10/01/2010 - 9:22am
Schefter on D&C: Pass rushers tough to find

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the goings-on around the league.

 

Asked for an analysis of defensive end Trevor Pryce's acquisition by the Jets, Schefter explained: "Basically, Baltimore assumed that he would just re-sign with them. And the more I looked into this situation, the more I thought, 'Boy, I think that was a little naive.' Because basically, they cut his salary in the offseason by $2 1/2 million. And I think anybody that has their salary cut by any employer has a little thing inside them.

 

"So, they cut his salary, then they cut him — which, he's got his salary guaranteed. But they give him a window to go out and talk to Rex Ryan, who he vowed if he ever had the chance to play for, he would. The Jets need pass rushers from the inside part of the defensive line. They called Trevor, and boom, the deal got done...

10/01/2010 - 8:04am
Mayo on D&C: Pats need to stop run

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the team prepares for Monday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami.

 

Mayo said the key for the Patriots is to improve their run-stopping defense. "A lot of teams have been trying to get us out of our base defense, base 3-4 defense, trying to get us in sub packages, like nickel and dime and things like that, and run the ball," he said. "So, I think if we can go out there and stay in base and stop the run in sub, I think we'll be fine."

 

Mayo also addressed the defense's struggles on third down. "On third down, I don't know, we haven't been able to get off the field," he said. "Sometimes it's penalties, sometimes it's been lack of awareness of where the sticks are. We have to change that, We have to change that trend, hopefully Monday."

 

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