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12/06/2010 - 11:13am
Bruschi on D&H: Sanchez 'proved me wrong'

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who will be honored Monday night at halftime of the Patriots-Jets game, checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday morning. Bruschi said the Patriots defense concerns him, although the big plays of the last few weeks have offered some hope.

 

"They're still giving up a lot of yards," Bruschi said. "At times, they just don't look very good, to tell you the truth. The one thing that's changed maybe that we've seen the last few weeks is they've made the big play. That's a step they needed to take. Because when you give up yards, and offenses are able to drive the length of the field on you and put up such big numbers, the only way to stop the bleeding is to force the turnover. … That's what they need to remedy that situation."

 

Added Bruschi: "To put banners up in that Gillette Stadium, this defense is going to have to continue...

12/06/2010 - 10:29am
Dave Roberts: Gonzalez 'good as Teixeira'

Padres first base coach Dave Roberts, speaking on Monday's Dennis & Callahan show, said the Red Sox have acquired a special player in Adrian Gonzalez. "What the Red Sox are going to get is a guy who shows up every single day to play baseball," said Roberts, who previously played alongside Gonzalez in San Diego. "First and foremost, I think that's a huge value. He's all about winning. And that's why I think he was really excited about coming to Boston and having a chance to compete every single year."

 

Roberts said Gonzalez stacks up well against the last big-name free agent first baseman the Red Sox attempted to acquire — Mark Teixeira of the Yankess. "I think Adrian is every [bit as] good as Teixeira," Roberts said. "And I don't hesitate in saying that. I'll start with the easy part. Defensively, I think that Mark obviously gets a lot of notoriety for his defense, but Adrian is every bit as...

12/06/2010 - 9:10am
Esiason on D&C: Expect 'a lot of points'

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to dissect the Patriots-Jets showdown. "My sense is that the Patriots will win the game," he said. "It's not going to be an easy game, by any stretch of the imagination."

 

Esiason said despite the Jets' dominating defense, there should be plenty of offense. "I think we're going to see a lot of points tonight," he said, adding: "I think we're going to see both teams in the 20s. I think that the team that has the ball last in the fourth quarter is going to have a chance to win the game. And I really think it's going to be the Patriots."

 

The loss of safety Jim Leonhard — "I can't even begin to tell you how big a loss Jim Leonhard is. He is literally their quarterback on defense," Esiason said — gives Jets a huge concern. "You have a...

12/06/2010 - 7:51am
Mashup: More controversy for Haynesworth

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was deactivated by the Redskins before Sunday's loss to the Giants. No stranger to controversy, Haynesworth admitted he was late to practice on Friday and did not practice because he said he was sick, but he still wasn't happy with being held out Sunday. “I was sick, so I did show up a minute late, but I don’t think that’s a reason to sit out,” he said. Asked if he was shocked he was deactivated, he said: “Yeah, I am [shocked]. I thought it was a do-or-die situation and we needed to do whatever it takes to win.” Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


12/06/2010 - 2:36am
Source: No formal offer to Werth from Sox

Though the Red Sox actively explored the idea of adding free agent outfielder Jayson Werth, the team never came close to the seven-year, $126 million contract offer that the Washington Nationals used to reel in the hirsute 31-year-old. In fact, a source familiar with the situation said that the Red Sox -- despite a meeting last week between club officials, the outfielder and his agent -- never made a formal offer to Werth.

 

Werth represented a highly regarded outfielder whose all-around skill set (above-average outfield defense, middle-of-the-order lineup production and strong base running skills) made him a worthy offseason target. But not at the years and dollars offered by the Nats.

 

For more on Werth's situation, and the possible benefit to the Red Sox of the fact that he signed with the Nationals,...

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