According to a major league source, the Red Sox -- who are currently performing due diligence on potential managerial candidates -- will not bring in candidates to interview for the position until after the status of general manager Theo Epstein is resolved.
Epstein's future with the Sox, after 10 seasons with the organization and nine as GM, is uncertain at the moment, at a time when the Cubs have requested permission to talk to him and there is a report of his being seen in a Chicago Starbucks. Given the importance of the relationship between the manager and general manager, the Sox appear set to wait until the identity of the GM is determined before they bring in candidates to investigate their fit for the job.
That said, Epstein's status is only one element in preventing the Sox from interviewing...
Coming off a win over their rival, the Patriots have a different challenge this week when they play the Cowboys, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick is making sure his players are up to speed. "Playing a team that you don't know very well, doesn't know you, presents a lot of different challenges," Belichick said Monday afternoon during his weekly interview with WEEI's The Big Show. "Completely different from playing the Jets."
Belichick has been known to give his players quizzes on everything from personnel to opposing coordinators, but the Cowboys' ability speaks for itself. "They give you a lot to get ready for," he said. "They have a lot of talent."
The coach was pleased with his team's performance against the Jets, saying, "It wasn't perfect, but we did more things right than not right and that showed up in the final result."
He was particularly impressed with running back...
The Patriots announced Monday that offensive lineman Thomas Welch has been released. Welch, a seventh-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010 out of Vanderbilt, has had two stints on the 53-man roster after starting the season on the practice squad. He was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Sept. 12 prior to the season-opener at Miami and saw his first NFL action against the Dolphins. He was released from the 53-man roster on Sept. 14 and signed to the practice squad the following day. He was signed for the second time to the 53-man roster on Oct. 1, prior to the game at Oakland.
Welch, 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, spent the majority of his rookie season last year on the Minnesota practice squad. He was released by Minnesota on Sept. 3, and then was signed to the Patriots practice squad.
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After watching his team lose for the second time in three home games to start its Stanley Cup championship defense, Bruins coach Claude Julien called out his team after what he felt was a soft effort in a 1-0 loss to the Avalanche Monday afternoon at TD Garden.
"We got outworked by a team that was a lot hungrier than we were," Julien said of a young Avalanche team that is rebuilding and earned its first win. "Right from the get-go, as soon as they got the power play, it gave them so momentum and they just never looked back. Throughout the game, I felt our team was second on the puck, losing races, and also whenever we got there and got into a battle, they were certainly a lot hungrier than we were.
"It's one of those games you hope will give your players a opportunity to realize what we've talked about since the beginning, about every team coming in here and playing us hard is going to happen. From the start, from the time...
Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork took many positive from the team's 30-21 win over the Jets and felt that, "It's definitely a step in the right direction," for a defense that has been questioned through the first quarter of the season.
In an interview on WEEI's The Big Show, Wilfork said the emphasis was on limiting big plays, winning first down and getting off the field on third down. "Each week we try to tackle those things," Wilfork said. "Last week was a great week for us. It started Wednesday. Everybody came ready to work."
The biggest positive came on third down as the Patriots forced eight three-and-out drives by the Jets. "That was a big, big turning point for us this week," Wilfork said. "Being able to get off the field on third downs, being able to get after the running game. It's definitely something to build on."
As for the pass rush, Wilfork said that it's coming. "We've been...
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.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show