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08/15/2011 - 11:51am
Koppen: Brady 'biggest competitor' I know

Dan Koppen joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday from Gillette Stadium. Koppen was first asked about fellow offensive lineman and longtime teammates Logan Mankins and Matt Light being at training camp after both recently signed deals with the Patriots.

"It's nice," Koppen said. "Being able to play with those guys for a long time and know what they are capable of doing and what they are going to do in certain situations. It helps get the process going again. Good guys and good players."

Nate Solder is new to the offensive line mix, but Koppen has been impressed with what he has seen so far from the first-round pick.

"Big guy, strong, you can see his athleticism come out," said Koppen of Solder. "He's one of those guys who goes out there, does his work, studies his books, smart guy and if he keeps working at it he's got a lot of potential."

Koppen was asked about the competitive level and...

08/15/2011 - 7:29am
Brady: 'I'll never get over that [Jets] loss'

Speaking during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted that the loss to the Jets in last season's playoffs was as difficult a defeat as he had experienced since entering the NFL. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

"The Jets, I'll never get over that loss," Brady said. "That's as painful as a loss as I think we've ever had here as a team.

"They can rush the passer. They're a good team. They pressure the quarterback, that's what we have to be prepared for with them. And they always try and find a way to confuse the quarterback, whether that's by pass rush, whether that's by coverage and often times both. We gave them a lot of credit when they won and I think we have to learn from that and understand what...

08/15/2011 - 6:59am
Brady on D&C: Been challenge for Ochocinco

Making his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback talked about the difficulties new wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is facing in trying to pick up the team's offensive system, and how the wideout is progressing. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

"With Deion [Branch] and Wes [Welker], I've played with them now for so long, they know exactly what I'm thinking and why I'm thinking it. WIth Chad he's been in a certain place for a long time and he has his … the way he has played the game has been quite a bit different from the way we play the game," Brady said. "I think a lot of that is just trying to get him to understand what I'm thinking so we can always be on the same page because there's a lot of things that happen in the game that...

08/15/2011 - 6:54am
Brady on D&C: Not playing came as shock

Speaking on his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady explained that the decision for him not to play in the teams' preseason opener last Thursday against Jacksonville came as a surprise to him, and that he didn't find out about the plan until Wednesday night. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

"Coach [Bill] Belichick, he's the coach and he tells us what he wants to do. I used to fight things probably a lot more but now you just kind of understand why he does things and I do my best to prepare no matter what the situation is," Brady said. "He told us earlier in the week, 'Guys, everybody should be ready to play.' We were ready to play. He told us the night before the game we weren't playing, which I think shocked probably all...

08/15/2011 - 6:37am
Mashup: Jets' Sanchez wanted to 'fight' Ryan

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, in an interview with GQ magazine, said he was furious at coach Rex Ryan last year when Ryan had backup Mark Brunell practice with the first team following Sanchez' struggles in consecutive games vs. the Patriots and Dolphins: "I wanted to fight him. I was really mad," Sanchez said. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer calmed down Sanchez, who said he still respects Ryan's honesty.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


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