True to form, Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered measured praise for his team after New England opened the season with a 34-13 victory over the Titans on Sunday. "It's always nice to get off to a good start," Belichick said. "But we've got a long way to go."
The coach did point out the play of rookies Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones after Jones sacked Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker and forced a fumble that Hightower recovered and returned for a touchdown.
"That was a huge play in the game, obviously," Belichick said. "Those seven-point swings, defensive scores, they're always enormous plays in the National Football League. It's so tight and so competitive, when you get bonus points like that it usually tips the scales."
As for his assessment of the rookies' performance, Belichick said: "They've done a good job for us and they keep working hard, I think they've...
Tom Brady overcame a bloody nose to throw two touchdown passes, and Stevan Ridley rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots won their ninth straight opener, 34-13, over the Titans Sunday afternoon at LP Field in Nashville. Brady finished 23-of-31 for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Ridley carried the ball 21 times and added two catches for 27 yards. The Patriots run defense was spectacular all afternoon, holding Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson to a career-low four yards on 11 carries. For Brady, it was his 125th career win, moving him past Fran Tarkenton for fifth place all-time among NFL quarterbacks.
The Titans took their only lead on a Rod Bironas 28-yard field goal to cap a game-opening drive. The Patriots caught a big break when Devin McCourty collided with Damian Williams in the end zone but no flag was thrown. Replays showed McCourty made contact before Wiliams had a chance to reach for the ball.
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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he was "not sure" whether Daisuke Matsuzaka would remain in the rotation going forward after allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings on Saturday.
"We’re going to have some meetings here with him, too. He was very disappointed yesterday, and so was I," Valentine said. "I was disappointed he didn’t come out in the second inning the way he threw in the first inning. There’s got to be a way of replicating."
Matsuzaka's numbers this year are atrocious. He is 1-5 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts. He's made just two quality starts this year. While Matsuzaka started the year on the DL so he could complete his rehab from Tommy John surgery in June 2011 and landed back on the DL twice with issues in his upper trapezius muscle, Valentine said that he did not think that the right-hander's struggles are a byproduct of the surgery.
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David Ortiz reported improvement since the PRP injection he received almost two weeks ago to promote healing in his injured right Achilles. However, while he suggested he's "been feeling totally different ... when it comes to healing," the slugger -- who spent several days not walking after the injection, did not travel during the West Coast trip and now is wearing a protective boot on his right foot -- said that he's still in the healing process, rather than healed.
"I'm not there yet. I'm not there," he said. "When they do that PRP thing, they kind of dig in there. They're adding something that wasn't there. That's got to go back in place and start the healing process. Like everybody knows, that's now a two-week thing. So I'm pretty sure that after they get the boot off, I'm going to start getting treatment different than what I'm getting right now. It all depends now how sensitive still I get to be down there. They think step...
Rookies Jake Bequette, Justin Francis and Marcus Forston are among the Sunday additions to the Patriots inactive list for the opener against the Titans in Nashville. Also inactive on Sunday will be tight end Daniel Fells, rookie defensive back Alfonzo Dennard, offensive lineman Nick McDonald and running back Shane Vereen.
Dennard (hamstring), McDonald (shoulder) and Vereen (foot) were all ruled out as inactive before Sunday's game. Dennard and McDonald were ruled out on Saturday after being limited on Friday in practice. Vereen did not practice all week.
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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.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.
Hour 3. Gerry and Mut defend Brady while Kirk thinks it’s a little suspicious. Callers weigh in on the Tome Brady piece. Climate marches are taking place across the country.
Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.
Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.
Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.
Hour 1 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to the Bruins losing another overtime game and being knocked out of the playoffs by the Senators. They also talk about the Celtics and Bulls series and how the Celtics were able to win another game in Chicago.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
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.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.
Ken & Chris are back at the postgame recaps after a Monday K&C with Mut.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
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
Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.More from this show
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.More from this show
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.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