NFL Network's Michael Lombardi joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. The Pats visit the Jets Sunday night in a critical AFC East matchup, coming off a loss to the Giants in which the offense took a while to get going.
"Last week against the Giants, they struggled offensively," Lombardi said. "When the Patriots defense gives their offense the ball back six times and the Patriots offense doesn't score any points, you're asking for trouble. You're really asking for trouble. You miss a 27-yard field goal, you miss a receiver in the end zone for a touchdown, you have so many opportunities that your defense isn't good enough to stay in the middle of the ring.
"The Patriots are no different than the Packers, they're no different than the Saints. Their offense has to carry them. And when their offense gets shut out in the first half, that's going to be a problem...
Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as the team prepares for Sunday's showdown with the Jets, attempting to end a two-game losing streak.
"I think guys are preparing hard and ready to go, and just go out there and compete and try to get a win and fix this," McCourty said.
The Albert Haynesworth experiment ended this week with the defensive lineman's release from the Patriots, but McCourty insists that it wasn't because of a lack of effort.
"Things really just didn't work out," McCourty said. "But I think Albert came in, he worked hard when he was on the practice field. He came in and he tried to get better each day. As for everyone else's judgment, I think that's the feeling around here, that he tried to do different things the way that we wanted him to."
Added McCourty: "It's just different situations and different things...
A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in a Qualcomm Stadium parking lot at Thursday night's Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, according to an Associated Press report. The victim, who was not cooperating with police, was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen. It's the second violent incident after a Raiders road game this season, following the shooting of a 24-year-old man after a preseason game between the Raiders and 49ers in San Francisco.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
The National Basketball Players Association will meet with player representatives early next week to consider a revised offer from the NBA after another 11 hours of negotiation on Thursday. "Well, it's not the greatest proposal in the world, but I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership," NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said.
CBS Sports reported that the league offered a 50-50 split of the revenues, but there was minimal movement on the system issues.
"It does not meet us entirely on the system issues," NBPA president Derek Fisher said, who added, "We'd like to continue to negotiate and get a deal but right now is not that time."
If the union accepts the offer, NBA commissioner David Stern said that the league would have a 72-game schedule beginning on Dec. 15 that would push the start of the playoffs back by a week...
According to major league sources, the Red Sox held preliminary discussions with the representatives for outfielder Michael Cuddyer earlier this week. The 32-year-old is one of a few free agents contacted by the Sox, who, according to a source, are attempting to determine the market for David Ortiz before committing to any potential acquisitions on the open market.
The Boston Herald has also reported that the Red Sox have called on Grady Sizemore as an other potential free agent outfield option.
While the Twins -- the only organization Cuddyer has known during his professional career -- have publicly stated that they hope to bring the right-handed hitter, the Phillies have also been aggressive in the pursuit of Cuddyer, spent Tuesday in Philadephia talking to Phils' general manager Ruben Amaro and other members of National League East champs.
Cuddyer played in 139 games in 2011 after totaling 157 and 153 games played in the previous two...
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
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.
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.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
The Red Sox offense is putting up lots of runs and Lou is loving the horn they play. Also, Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe that Roger Goodell didn't read the concussion report.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.More from this show
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.More from this show