Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he still has faith in Stephen Gostkowski, a day after the kicker missed two field goals in the team's 52-28 win over the Bills. Gostkowski, who missed what would have been a game-winning 42-yarder in Week 2 against the Cardinals, missed kicks of 42 and 49 yards Sunday.
"Steve had some real good plays yesterday," Belichick told reporters at Gillette Stadium. "Again, that's an operation that involves more than one guy. It's not a pitcher taking the ball on the mound, or a golfer teeing the ball up, it's a snap, a hold, a kick, the whole process. So we'll keep working hard at it. I have a lot of confidence in those players -- Danny [Aiken], Zoltan [Mesko], Steve."
Only Washington's Billy Cundiff has missed more kicks this season than Gostkowski's three, as Cundiff has missed four of his 10 field goal attempts. San Francisco's David Akers and Miami's Dan Carpenter have also...
WALTHAM -- Optimism abounds at Celtics camp before the team heads to Istanbul later on Monday.
"This is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here, I think, as far as on paper, as far as the depth of talent," Rajon Rondo said. "We’ve got to make something of it."
Coach Doc Rivers spent the last practice working on smaller lineups that he said the team hopes to use every game this season. The possibilities are endless with Jeff Green potentially able to share time at forward with Paul Pierce.
"He’s the main guy when you talk about small lineups," Rondo said. "He played the four at Oklahoma City. He stretched the floor with his shooting. We can get a lot of bigs on the floor as well. He can go from the four to the three. Defensively, he can check one through four, I believe. We expect a lot out of Jeff but he’s fine with that pressure."
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in for his weekly visit with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to dissect the Patriots' 52-28 victory over the Bills that ended New England's two game losing streak.
"I would think that the Patriots defense in particular probably heard a lot of criticism last week because of their performance the week before, and just like I guess the Patriot Way is is to go out there and do something about it," Esiason said. "It was extremely impressive all the way around."
New England's 1-2 punch of Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden came up big Sunday, as both running backs surpasses 100 yards.
"They've hit the home run with these two kids, and you could see it," Esiason said. "And now what you have between the two of them is you have a little bit of competition going on back and forth, which is I think every coach's dream scenario. … You talk about an...
In Monday's Morning Mashup, we have reaction from Brandon Spikes on Twitter about his vicious block that knocked out Scott Chandler, reports of Rasheed Wallace making a comeback with the Knicks, trivia, funny videos and much more.
Also, as usual, we have drama in New York. Despite the Jets being tied atop the AFC East with the Patriots, following an embarrassing home defeat to the 49ers, coach Rex Ryan took his team to task.
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"It's unacceptable," Ryan said. "We've got to look at it. It starts with the coaches. The players aren't going to be in Monday or Tuesday. They have to dig deep and look down at themselves. As coaches, we need to look at what we're doing."
"Our fans deserve a lot better than this," he said. "I know right now we're not even close to being one of the better teams in this league, not even close."
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Making his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, Tom Brady had a win to talk about for the first time in three weeks, as the Patriots pulled away in the second half for a 52-28 victory over the Bills on Sunday that evened their record at 2-2.
"We took advantage of some opportunities we got in the second half that we didn't take advantage of in the first half," Brady said. "In the first half we were very much up and down. We have yet to really play a 60-minute game. We played 30 minutes yesterday, 30 pretty good minutes -- offensively and defensively, special teams, we covered kicks, we ran the ball well, we were efficient in the passing game, we got a lot of turnovers on defense. That's a winning formula. That's what obviously has been lacking the last few weeks, is our ability to take advantage when we get the opportunities from the opposing team. I thought we did a great job of that yesterday."
Tom Curran calls the boys to break down the AFC Champ later today. He talks about some of the key match-ups and how the Pats will look to play a solid Steelers offense. He also gets into the Antonio Brown/Facebook live stuff and what is going on in the Pitt locker room. Curran also talks about why he doesn't care about Roger Goodell coming to Gillette, his predictions for both games today and more.
The guys break down the NFC Champ between the Packers and Falcons and give their predictions on the game. Pete brings up the impact of Le'Veon Bell and what he brings to the table while the boys discuss how the Pats will look to limit him today.
The guys get into the Antonio Brown/Facebook live situation and why it was not a smart move. They also get into Mike Tomlin's comments on the Pats team during the video. Bottom line, it wasn't a smart move even though he's making a name for himself with fans. Just another difference between how other teams run things and how New England does it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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