FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said there's only one thing that will fix what's ailing the Patriots - a big road win. Tom Brady said coach Bill Belichick was tough on the team this week in film study, a point that Mayo supported on Thursday. But Mayo believes the best thing for the team in their effort to put the 34-14 loss in Cleveland behind them is a win in Pittsburgh against another 6-2 team.
"I think the best medicine for this team is to go on the road and have a big win against Pittsburgh," Mayo said. "We're kind of down this week but at the same time, Coach Belichick has done a good job picking up our spirits, telling us we're a good team."
Asked how hard it's been to put last Sunday in the past, Mayo said he and the team have already moved on.
"I'm on the Steelers, ask me a Steelers question," Mayo added. "That Browns game, I'm trying to get it...
FOXBORO -- NFL Players Association boss DeMaurice Smith traveled to Foxboro Thursday to meet with Patriots player rep Matt Light and the team, listening to their concerns as the NFLPA continues to take steps to decertify the union in preparation for the possibility of a lockout by owners next season.
But there is another pressing concern players want to address with their union leader - player safety and the need to include player input on a panel that hands out sometimes harsh fines for violent hits each week. To this point, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has had that voice and has incurred the criticism of players around the league for handing out fines for hits without first gathering input from former and current players.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah appeared on ESPN Radio in Chicago on Wednesday and was asked about Kevin Garnett. Noah called Garnett a "dirty player" after the Celtics forward was suspended for throwing an elbow at Quentin Richardson during last season's playoffs.
Judging by his comments Wednesday, Noah's opinion of Garnett has not seemed to change.
"He's a very mean guy," Noah said. "Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too ... and he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."
The Bulls and Celtics will meet again on December 3 in Boston.
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The Red Sox had pursued outfielder David DeJesus in a possible trade before the Royals shipped the 30-year-old to Oakland on Wednesday in exchange for a pair of pitchers, according to a major league source. The Sox had pursued DeJesus this summer, when their outfield was ravaged by injuries, but had balked at Kansas City's request that left-hander Felix Doubront be included in a deal. According to the source, a similar dynamic played out with the Sox' discussions about DeJesus this offseason, resulting in the Royals deciding that the Oakland package was the best one available.
While the Sox did not strike a deal for DeJesus (who was hitting a career-high .318 with a .384 OBP before his season ended abruptly due to a torn ligament in his right thumb), their interest in him had a number of implications for their offseason strategy, including their approach to free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. For more on that,...
Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation. Read more about that story, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss Tom Brady's cold and how the Patriots have looked pretty loose in Arizona.
Mike Tirico of Monday Night Football joins the show to preview the Super Bowl.
Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?
Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.
Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny discuss how the Patriots can stop Russell Wilson, and Jimmy Garoppolo is brought up as a potential weapon for the Patriots in practice to give the defense a Wilson-esque look from the QB position.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Dave Russo talk about Danny Amendola stepping up this season, and the comments made by Dean Blandino about the inspection done to the game balls before the AFC Championship game.
Mikey and Mut are talking more about the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl and what conversation about that would be complete without deflate gate talkl
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.More from this show