FOXBORO — The Patriots are dealing with the reality of posting an NFL-best 14-2 record only to be eliminated in their first playoff game.
"Each game is a huge challenge, its own game," Bill Belichick said of Sunday's 28-21 season-ending loss. "A better record than any other team had, that was good but that's not the final measuring stick. We all got a lot of disappointment today in the final results.
"We all understand what the playoffs are, it's a compilation of the best teams playing each other, at the highest level of competition," the Patriots coach added. "I think that's really where you measure all the teams, see what you can do against those top levels of competition. There's obviously some things we're going to have do better, relative to that. We found that out last year, too, and try to address those."
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to Monday's matinee vs. the Hurricanes that the team will see the return of Milan Lucic and Mark Stuart to the lineup.
Lucic has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, while Stuart has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken hand and dislocated finger. The team sent defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence on Sunday in order to activate Stuart, who had been placed on injured reserve a week prior.
Julien added that Tim Thomas will start in goal against the Hurricanes. Thomas was in goal in the team's Nov. 26 matinee against Carolina, when he allowed three goals in a 3-0 Bruins loss.
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FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and the Patriots now have to wait for a new collective bargaining agreement to be worked out before moving forward with several veteran players such as Logan Mankins and Matt Light. The Patriots coach admitted that this off-season is a little different simply because they will have to wait to see what the rules and guidelines are for signing players, both their own and free agents.
"So, rather than try and get too far ahead of ourselves on things like that with our current players, we'll wait and give that some time and see exactly what are the rules of the off-season, if there is no collective bargaining agreement," Belichick said.
The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association expires March 3, with no new deal on the horizon. If the two sides don't reach agreement before then, the players will not be allowed to attend team-related...
Tom Brady checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his final weekly Patriots Monday appearance of the season. Brady completed 29-of-45 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Jets that ended New England's season.
Brady, who flatly denied rumors that he was sick, said he gave up trying to go to sleep at about 2 a.m. "I'm sure a lot of guys were pretty restless," he said. "I was certainly one of them. It was just a rough night, a rough day. Certainly, we had much higher expectations. We just didn't get the job done. Obviously, it was a great regular season but we didn't win the game that mattered most."
Added Brady: "Believe me, I was wracking my brain all night last night realizing all the different things that I wish I would have done better. ... They pretty much played without any errors. We made our fair share."...
Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets on Sunday in the AFC playoffs.
Esiason said Tom Brady's inability to match his play of the second half of the regular season was the thing that stood out to him. "Tom Brady was off," Esiason said. "I don't know what was wrong with him yesterday. I don't know if he had the flu, he had the cold, or whatever it was. He just didn't look like the player that we have seen in the last eight weeks at any point in that game."
Added Esiason: "He just wasn't right. There was something — I don't know if he wasn't feeling right or wasn't comfortable, or if it had anything to do with the Wes Welker [punishment]. I don't know."
Esiason did not support Bill Belichick's decision to hold out Welker on the offense's opening...
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
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Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.
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Deflategate news aside, there are some reports that Tom and Giselle are having some trouble in paradise. Lou, Christian and Gary discuss the validity of the reports, and Christian gives some advice to Tom.
Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.
Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.
Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show