Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday and said New England's defense has to find a way to get in the flow of the game earlier. The past two games New England has fallen behind by large deficits against division foes Miami and Buffalo before storming back for victories in the second half. The Patriots finished the regular season atop the AFC, thus earning a bye week. New England is scheduled to play their first playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the divisional round.
“We have to do a better job of making plays early,” Wilfork said. “We have to keep preaching it. Sooner or later, we have to start figuring it out and having it click early on. We can't wait until the second quarter or third or fourth series. We have to keep practicing, and hopefully we can get it.”
New England was the top seed in last year's postseason but lost at home to the Jets. The Patriots have failed to win a playoff game...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday. The Patriots beat the Bills 49-21 on Sunday to finish a 13-3 regular season and earn the top seed, a bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Belichick was asked if the level of play changes dramatically in the postseason.
"It's a higher level of competition, you obviously have the best teams," Belichick said. "There's no two out of three, three out of five, four out of seven, it's a one-game season. Everything's on the line, it's a one-game season. That's the difference."
Devin McCourty played a significant amount of snaps at safety on Sunday. McCourty has struggled at cornerback this season, and Belichick was asked if we could see more of McCourty at safety when the Patriots host a divisional playoff game Jan. 14.
"We haven't made the game plan, we don't know who we are playing, so we'll see how all that goes,...
The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they have signed 12 players to minor league contracts, including lefty reliever Rich Hill and veteran major league pitcher Carlos Silva. All 12 have been invited to major league camp as non-roster players.
If Silva makes the major league roster, he will be paid a pro-rated salary of $1 million for the 2012 season.
Besides Hill and Silva, the list of players signed include pitchers Brandon Duckworth, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Jesse Carlson, Charlie Haeger and Justin Thomas, shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and utility player Nate Spears.
The 31-year-old Hill is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent on June 9, 2011. He is in the midst of a streak of holding opponents scoreless for 15 straight outings, dating back to Sept. 14, 2010.
Silva, 32, pitched last season in the Yankees organization, combining to go 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA between Double and Triple A. Prior...
WILMINGTON -- Following Tuesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, the Bruins sent forward Jordan Caron to Providence.
The move marks the fifth time this season that B's have sent Caron, their 2009 first-round pick, to the AHL. In nine games for Providence this season, Caron has one goal and five assists for six points.
Caron's demotion means that former eighth overall pick Zach Hamill will be the team's extra forward for the time being. In eight games for the Bruins this season, Hamill has two assists and is still looking for his first career goal.
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, two days after leading the Patriots to a 49-21 comeback victory over the Bills.
While there was concern that the Patriots fell behind by three touchdowns to an inferior opponent for the second straight week, Brady said the team never lost its confidence.
"I don't think what's in our mind [when down 21-0] is, 'We're going to lose, we're going to lose, we're going to lose,' " he said. "You don't think about that. You think you're going to win. You think you're going to pull the game out. You have confidence that if you play for four quarters and you play hard and you make more plays than the other team, then at the end of the 60 minutes you're going to win the game. Believe me, we all wish we were up 21-0 instead of down 21-0. But if we're down 21-0 we still have confidence that we can come back and win the game."
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
Joe and Tim are joined by Red Sox legend and baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski about his time with the Red Sox and his thoughts on the 2016 team.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.
Inspired by Wade Boggs, we look at him and four other guys who's value wasn't realized until they were long gone.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show