Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday. King addressed the Patriots' defensive struggles.
"What really has surprised me is, they're basically averaging giving up 27 points a game," King said. "That's eight points more than Cleveland, that's 15 points more than Kansas City, that's 11 points more than the Rams. The Patriots right now, and it's shown with how Darius Butler got yanked, that [Bill] Belichick is going to be patient up to a point. But I think it's showing the one thing the Patriots should have done in the offseason and didn't do, is really address their pass rush situation. … This is a team that needs to get after the quarterback better and needs to cover better."
Looking at the Logan Mankins situation, King said the Patriots should be eager to get something for the holdout offensive lineman. "If I...
The Gateway Grizzlies announced that the Red Sox have acquired the contract of center fielder Matty Johnson, a 22-year-old in the independent Frontier League. Johnson was named Frontier League Rookie of the Year after hitting .313 with a .429 OBP, .379 slugging mark and 24 steals. Johnson graduated in 2010 from Bellevue College, where he batted a combined .429 over two years and stol 43 bases in 83 games.
The Sox have targeted the independent leagues aggressively in recent years, and current big leaguers Daniel Nava and Robert Coello both represent players whom the team acquired for relatively minimal cost and who advanced all the way through the minor league system.
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Rockies manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post that the Rockies are looking to add an "impact bat" this offseason. According to the report, the Rockies will target Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez if he is available, though the report also suggested that the switch-hitter could be out of Colorado's price range.
Martinez, who will be a free agent following this season for the first time in his career, turned down a two-year offer from the Red Sox. Sox GM Theo Epstein, while declining to address details of the team's talks with Martinez or fellow Red Sox free-agents-to-be Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz (who the Sox have a contract option on for the 2011 season), acknowledged interest in...
FOXBORO -- Perhaps in an effort to prepare for the heat and humidity of South Florida on Monday night, the Patriots practiced inside a sweltering Dana Farber Fieldhouse on Friday with only three players missing practice. The team also worked out indoors because of the high winds and imminent heavy rain in the forecast for Friday.
"We'll be inside today getting ready for the nice weather in Florida," Belichick said, referring to the heat.
Running back Fred Taylor (toe) was again missing from the open portion of practice as were CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) and OL Nick Kaczur (back).
The team will practice again on Saturday in Foxboro before leaving for South Florida on Sunday for Monday night's showdown with the Dolphins.
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Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal checked in for his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Looking back at a solid ground effort in Sunday's win over the Bills, Neal said, "It felt good. The coaches call the plays and we try to execute them. We had a lot of people who had great performances."
Neal discussed the propensity of some players to carry on a conversation during a game. He said he's not one to do much trash-talking. "The only people I talk to to are my offensive linemates, because we're trying to get the calls right and get everything precise," he said. "So, I'm not over there yapping at the defense. If they're even yapping at me, I don't even hear them, because I'm listening to [Dan] Koppen, Sebastian [Vollmer], to [Tom] Brady. Whatever they call, we're trying to relay it out to everyoone and get on the same page."
Added Neal: "You can say...
Final thoughts & final predictions on the final segment of the year!
Fauria calls the guys to break down the game and gives his reasoning as to why he feels the Pats should win by 4 ... or possibly more.
Dickerson, DeOssie and Price talk about 2 of the biggest story lines of the week - the ridiculous press conference the commissioner of the NFL held on Friday and Marshawn Lynch's mockery of media day.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
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Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
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