Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing amongst other things the team's loss to the Cardinals and receiver Wes Welker.
Belichick maintained that there is nothing out of the ordinary going on with Welker. The veteran receiver did not start for the Patriots against the Cardinals and didn't have a reception until late in the first half. Welker finished the game with five receptions for 95 yards on 11 targets.
"I think if you look at Wes' play time over the last five years since he's been here, it's been pretty consistent," Belichick said. "I don't think it's any different now than it has been. It's been pretty consistent."
Asked if he felt Welker's role within the offense has changed, Belichick replied, "no." He also noted that people shouldn't read too much into whether or not a player starts the game.
"I always think it's a lot more...
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said that he was "not upset" by the fact that Red Sox counterpart Bobby Valentine, in a Big Show appearance earlier this month to explain his arrival at the ballpark fewer than three hours before the start of a game in Oakland while caught in traffic after picking up his son from the airport, described Maddon as arriving at the ballpark "everyday at 4 o'clock."
At the time, Maddon aired his rejoinder via twitter (@RaysJoeMaddon): Apologies to the writers for being late to today's pregame session. My pedicure appointment ran a little late.
"I thought it was pretty funny. I didn't quite understand why I was being treated to such an illustrious moment," Maddon explained on Monday, prior to the game between his Rays and the Red Sox at the Tropicana Dome. "I was not upset. I was not anything. I just thought I needed to throw a little bit of humor out in...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick did not have an update Monday on the status of his injured star tight end Aaron Hernandez. The valuable piece of the Patriots offense suffered a high right ankle sprain when William Gay tackled Julian Edelman on a short crossing route. The two fell to the ground and rolled up on the right foot of Hernandez.
"I don't really have any update on his status yet," Belichick said. "I think they're still looking at him."
ESPN reported Monday that Hernandez likely will not return until October at the earliest. Various reports Sunday night indicated that the typical recovery time from a significant high ankle sprain is 6-8 weeks.
Hernandez is expected to miss his first game this Sunday night when the Patriots battle the Ravens on Sunday night.
Hernandez was seen leaving the stadium after Sunday's loss using crutches and wearing a walking boot. For more, visit the Patriots team...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick dispelled one theory about the lack of playing time for Wes Welker in his Monday press briefing at Gillette Stadium. Belichick was asked if the receiver's departure for several days from the team for a funeral had caused him to behind others in the team's offense.
"Wes has a lot of experience around here," Belichick said. "I think he's one of our smartest and obviously most experienced players. I don't really see him behind."
Welker, who was not listed on the injury report, did not start in his customary slot receiver position on Sunday, with Julian Edelman taking his place. Welker played in 63 offensive snaps on Sunday while Edelman took part in 75. Belichick said it's not unusual for a player like Welker to get fewer snaps than others because of game situations.
"I'm sure you've seen us play before. We have different combinations of personnel groups in every game all...
Wes Welker stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.
The veteran wide receiver, who broke Troy Brown's team record for career receptions in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Cardinals, is the center of controversy, as his playing time has diminished this season with no explanation from the team. Welker did not start Sunday's game, although he ended up seeing regular duty after tight end Aaron Hernandez went down with an apparent ankle injury in the first quarter.
Welker took the high road when asked about not starting.
"I really wasn't positive even leading up to the first series," he said. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I just go out there, and whenever my number's called, I go out and play. … It is what it is. Coaches coach, players play. That's all I can do."
Asked if there was any indication in the days leading up the game that Julian Edelman...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.
Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.
Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event.
Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be?
Buck joins the guys to discuss his piece on how the Red Sox need to address the Dustin Pedroia-Matt Barnes situation.
In a break from the usual, we start the show by goofing on Glenn. We get into the Boston Globe's piece on Tom Brady's charity.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Dollar beer night in Houston!
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.
Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).
Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.More from this show
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.More from this show
Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.More from this show
Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.More from this show