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01/13/2012 - 12:49pm
Evans: Mangini 'screwed our team' in '05

NFL Network analyst and former Patriots fullback Heath Evans joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to analyze Saturday's Patriots-Broncos matchup, and one of the topics of discussion was the addition of Josh McDaniels to the Patriots staff to help the team make a smooth transition from outgoing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. Evans compared the situation to the 2005 Patriots, and he revealed some information about Eric Mangini's acrimonious departure from New England that led to Bill Belichick holding a longstanding grudge.

"Let me backtrack back to '05," Evans said. "In '05 Belichick gives Mangini permission to go interview with the Jets. He comes back -- basically, we all knew he was getting that job -- and spends the week recruiting front office staff and players to go with him. Not really doing his job. We go to Denver, lay an egg [in] Round 2 of the playoffs."

Added Evans: "The bottom line is people...

01/13/2012 - 10:39am
Ference on D&C: Subban needs to 'man up'

During his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference talked about the incident Thursday night in which he pounced on Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban following Subban's elbow to David Krejci's head. Ference dropped his gloves and dragged a turtling Subban along the ice before both were sent to the penalty box.

Asked if Subban embarrassed himself, Ference said: "I wasn't that surprised. I think it's more embarrassing he was fighting his own teammates in practice [referrring to a Jan. 2 incident in which Subban clashed with Tomas Plekanec]. I don't know. It was a hit to Krejci's head. I'm the smallest defenseman on our team, so I think he pulled a pretty good card on that one. But I guess he still didn't want to fight."

Ference said most players would be expected to engage in that situation. "Well, yeah, that's what you'd normally expect," he said. "But like I...

01/13/2012 - 9:37am
Lombardi on D&C: Patriots roll over Broncos

Michael Lombardi of NFL Network checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Saturday's Patriots-Broncos playoff game.

Lombardi predicts a 35-17 victory for the Patriots, assuming their defense doesn't allow Tim Tebow to work his magic.

"The No. 1 thing I think for New England defensively, they can't let the ball get thrown over their head," Lombardi said. "I think when you watch the Pittsburgh game, Pittsburgh plays good enough defense except they give up too many big plays over their head, which cause problems and created Tebow to have success. I think you have to force them into as many third downs as you possibly can. Make them have to work the ball down the field. Get the ball into the red zone, because once it's in the red zone, if they can't run it in, he has a difficult time putting it into tight windows."

Added Lombardi: "For the Patriots [offense], up-tempo the game. Start out...

01/13/2012 - 8:49am
Mashup: Jets' Sparano hiring bugs Namath

Jets legend Joe Namath is not impressed by his old team's hiring of former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator.

"I'm stumped," Namath said during a Thursday appearance on New York's 1050 ESPN Radio. "I am stumped. Ay yay yay."

Namath questioned Sparano's qualifications for the position.

"Other than calling some plays with the Dallas Cowboys I don’t know what his credentials are for an offensive coordinator,” Namath said. “This goes back … Sparano’s relationship with [Jets GM Mike] Tannenbaum goes back to the [Bill] Parcells days, too. This is the football fraternity, the coaching fraternity, the general mangers with their friends and all. That’s basically what I think about Tony getting that job. Credentials as an offensive coordinator? I don’t see it."

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01/13/2012 - 1:58am
Report: Ex-Celtic Wallace eyes comeback

One-time Celtic Rasheed Wallace is considering coning out of retirement to play this season, Yahoo! Sports reported. While the four-time All-Star may still generate interest, no teams have contacted him or his agent, per the report.

The 37-year-old Wallace retired after the 2010 season and was waived by the Celtics later that summer. In his one season in Boston, Wallace shot a career-low 41 percent from the floor and just 28 percent from 3-point range. He did bounce back in the playoffs with a handful of clutch performances, but he called it quits after Game 7 of the finals against the Lakers.

There have been on indications that the Celtics would consider brining him back, and they have 15 players under contract and couldn't add another without making a roster move.

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