Patriots coach Bill Belichick had words of praise for his quarterback Tom Brady in the wake of the team's 31-19 win over Oakland on Sunday.
"I really thought yesterday he played probably his best game of the year," Belichick said on WEEI's The Big Show on Monday. "I'm not basing that on numbers. I'm basing it on the reads he made, the decisions that he made, his location on the ball. Not only that, managing the team. That's really what it's about for a quarterback is moving the ball, scoring points and putting your team in a good position. Getting the ball to your playmakers. He's done a good job of it, but yesterday I thought it was very good."
Belichick said that what makes Brady so good is his attention to detail and willingness to work on all aspects of his game.
"Tom works really hard and he really concentrates on a lot of little things," Belichick said. "Every week there are maybe...
FOXBORO -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he's not going to try and estimate how long linebacker Jerod Mayo will be lost to the Patriots after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee in the first half of Sunday's win in Oakland.
"I'm not sure of where things are at," Belichick said during his Monday presser at Gillette Stadium. "We'll see where things are at on Wednesday. I'm not going to make a guess."
Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England reported Sunday after the game that Mayo had sprained his MCL but added the injury was not expected to be season-ending. Belichick would not comment further on the injury.
Gary Guyton stepped in and took over for Mayo at middle linebacker in the Patriots' 4-3 base defense for the rest of the game, with Dane Fletcher and Tracy White also seeing additional playing time in sub packages.
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Patriots receiver Deion Branch joined the Mut & Merloni show from Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday to recap Sunday's 31-19 victory over the Raiders.
Branch said that Oakland's O.co Coliseum lived up to its reputation as a tough venue for visiting teams.
"I promise you, we couldn't hear a thing in the first quarter," Branch said. "We could hear not one play Tom [Brady] was calling in the huddle. … We almost went back to the old days, where the quarterback gets in the middle and takes a knee and everybody just circles around. It was so loud. But it was a great atmosphere. And we knew that going into the game. We knew it."
Next up for the Patriots is a game against the rival Jets on Sunday in Foxboro.
"This is a very important game," Branch said. "We've got to go out have a great week of practice. Like I said, all this stuff starts in practice."
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ESPN's Jackie MacMullan checked in with Dennis & Callahan to comment about Kevin Youkilis, who defended himself on WAAF's Hill-Man Morning Show Monday morning after MacMullan's column last week criticized him for being part of the chemistry problem in the Red Sox clubhouse.
"I didn't expect Kevin to say, 'Wow, Jackie, you're right.' I would expect that that was something that would bother him. It bothered me," MacMullan said. "He's right about one thing. Not three days, but I was only in that clubhouse over that final month about five days. And to me, what that tells you guys is how obvious it was. It didn't take very long to get a feeling of what was going on in there.
"I like Kevin Youkilis," MacMullan continued. "I still believe he's part of the solution. I don't like what's happened. You write something...
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis made an appearance on WAAF's Hill-Man Morning Show Monday morning and discussed recent reports of discord and misbehavior in the Red Sox clubhouse.
In a Jackie MacMullan story on ESPN last week about the Sox' implosion, Youkilis was named as one of the players who negatively affected the team's chemistry. Wrote MacMullan: "He turned so sour and cynical that his carping and insistence on inserting himself into other people's affairs turned him into a detriment."
MacMullan also referenced Youkilis' critical comments last season about an injured Jacob Ellsbury deciding to rehab on his own in Arizona rather than work with the team's physical therapists in Fort Myers, Fla., or travel with his teammates and work out with the major league staff.
Wrote MacMullan: "[Youkilis] continued, as recently as...
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