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11/12/2012 - 5:59pm
Wilfork: Spikes one of most feared in game

Speaking during his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork talked extensively about the perception of linebacker Brandon Spikes.

After the Patriots' 37-31 win over the Bills Sunday, Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called Spikes "a punk, at times," having been driven to the ground by Spikes on a third-quarter hit, resulting in a personal foul penalty. Spikes also drove Buffalo running back Fred Jackson from the game with a hit late in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that the Bills ultimately recovered.

"I tell you what, I wouldn't be a fan of Spikes either when he's knocking the hell out of people every time," Wilfork said when asked about the comment. "I wouldn't be a fan either. 

"I tell you one thing, when this defense needs a play, that is probably the first guy you look at on our defense to make a play, which he did. Plain and simple. I think he's probably...

11/12/2012 - 12:29pm
Woodhead: Jets did what they had to do
By: DJ Bean

Patriots running back Danny Woodhead joined Mut & Merloni with Troy Brown Monday to discuss the team's 37-31 win over the Bills Sunday and his two-touchdown performance. 

Quarterback Tom Brady had said earlier in the day on Dennis & Callahan that he remembered in 2010 questioning why the Jets released Woodhead, something that many have wondered since the undersized back has found success in New England.

"We saw that week in [Woodhead's first week of practice with the Pats] what he was capable of doing, and we kept saying, 'God, why did the Jets release this guy?'" Brady said. "They had him playing receiver and he was a running back in college." 

Woodhead was asked why he felt the Jets released him, to which he replied, "That's just what they needed to do at the time, I guess. I'm very happy that I'm here."

Asked to compare playing with Mark Sanchez to playing with Tom Brady, Woodhead...

11/12/2012 - 9:53am
Esiason: Jets 'have to do something' at QB
By: DJ Bean

Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Monday morning, saying the 3-6 Jets are in a tough position as they figure out what to do about Mark Sanchez' struggles. 

"Here's where they screwed themselves up: They don't have an alternative, right? In order to see the good of Tim Tebow, you've got to see a lot of him, and if you're going to see a lot of him, you're going to see a lot of bad football being played," Esiason said. "I don't know. That's a long flight back from Seattle last night. I don't know what was discussed. I'm sure they looked at the films and I'm sure they saw a very nervous quarterback in Mark Sanchez to the point where I guess you've got to do something if you're the New York Jets. I just don't know when he's going to pull the trigger."

As for Rex Ryan's fate, Esiason said he wasn't sure if the Jets would fire the coach that led them to two AFC championship games.

"If...

11/12/2012 - 8:36am
Brady: 'Why'd Jets release [Woodhead]?'

Quarterback Tom Brady, in his weekly interview on the Dennis & Callahan show, acknowledged that the Patriots' 37-31 victory over the Bills represented a somewhat flawed effort. Nonetheless, he pointed to the fact that the team is trending in a positive direction from where it was at the start of the year, when New England endured its first sub-.500 start in years. 

"We're trying to get better every week. I don't think we're ever satisfied where we're at, nor should we be," said Brady. "We've played nine games. We were sitting here at 1-2 a while ago. We really needed to get better, and we've won five of our last six. There's no question we did plenty of good things yesterday. We did some things that weren't so good. We've got to get back to work this week and get back on it because it doesn't get any easier. ... Hopefully a month from now we're in a better place than we are today."

Brady also touched on several...

11/12/2012 - 8:10am
Mashup: Nosediving Jets stick with Sanchez

Antonio Cromartie is “still confident” about his playoff guarantee despite the Jets’ latest embarrassment, a 28-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle that dropped New York to 3-6. Rex Ryan, meanwhile, said he isn’t rethinking his quarterback situation. Despite an anemic offensive performance (the only touchdown came from the defense), the Jets will stick with Mark Sanchez.

Said Ryan: “I believe we can win with Mark, and I believe that we can win with Tim [Tebow], but I’m not going to let you or anyone else convince me otherwise. Because this is how I feel.”

Sanchez (9-for-22 for 124 yards with an interception and a fumble on a sack) did his best to remain upbeat after his worst performance of a bad season. “I know we can do it,” he said. “I have seen our guys do it. It just has to turn, and it starts with me.”

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