Jets coach Rex Ryan returned to his emotional ways, tearing up before his team in a meeting Saturday night, and it helped inspire the Jets to a victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Said receiver Jerricho Cotchery: "To see that passion from Rex shows you how much he cares about it. It has an effect on you as a player. You want to go out there and give it all for our coach who's up there crying. Our coach is a very passionate guy. To see how much he cares, to see him pulling it out up there, there was a sense of, 'Let's go. We've got to get better.' We made sure we laid it on the line for him and for ourselves."
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady always looks to offensive linemen such as Dan Connolly to give him time to pick apart defenses and put points on the board. Sunday night, just before the two-minute warning in the first half, Brady watched from the sideline in stunned amazement as the 6-foot-4, 313-pound right guard gave the Patriots quarterback something totally unexpected — great field position.
Connolly posted the longest-recorded kickoff return ever by an offensive lineman when he returned Mason Crosby's kick to the Packers' 4-yard line, setting Brady up for a TD pass to Aaron Hernandez on third-and-goal. To Brady, the kick return was far more than a funny sideshow. It came after Matt Flynn found Greg Jennings for a 1-yard TD pass to make it 17-7, and Gillette Stadium was in stunned silence. The kick return jump-started the Patriots.
"That was the longest kickoff return ever," Brady said. "I've...
FOXBORO-- Following his team's 31-27 loss to the Patriots, a frustrated Donald Driver told reporters that the Patriots are certainly "beatable."
"Yes, they are beatable. That was a proven fact tonight," said Driver. "The last two weeks they've been blowing people out and we came in here and gave them a battle. If we don't turn the ball over and if they don't get that big kick-off return before halftime; they're down seven points. If we don't give those up, we win. So, the biggest thing is we beat ourselves once again."
The 35-year-old Driver finished the game with three catches for 31-yards. One of those receptions came with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and was ruled one-yard short of a first-down. The ruling on the field made it fourth-down and impossible for the Packers to stop the clock with a spike because they had no timeouts remaining. Driver talked...
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork found no reason to apologize for his team's 31-27 victory over the Packers. While the game might have been closer than most expected -- particularly given that Green Bay was playing with backup quarterback Mike Flynn, and not Aaron Rodgers -- Wilfork suggested that any efforts to criticize the manner in which the Patriots won the game missed the point.
"We came up big. We came up big for us," Wilfork said of the defense. "This game wasn’t perfect, but at the end of the day, W’s, that’s what counts. I think good teams find a way to win, especially in December.
"Green Bay, I tip my cap to them. They came out fired up and played a hell of a ballgame. Flynn did a hell of a job. Looking at him this week, he ran the offense pretty well. We weren’t shocked that he was going to come out and perform," Wilfork continued. "It was all...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't happy with his team's performance after they pulled out a 31-27 win over the Packers, Sunday night. After crediting the players for, "playing 60 minutes and fighting through some adversity," Belichick added, "It certainly wasn't one of our better games. Obviously I've got to do a much better job preparing the team. We couldn't handle a lot of the basic things that they did. That was disappointing."
He then added: "We've got to play better than this, or our season won't last much longer," he said. The win puts the Pats at 12-2 and they can clinch the Eastern Division title and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or a loss by the Jets next week.
Belichick had few words of his praise for this team that fell behind 17-7 in the second quarter and had to rally in the fourth quarter to get the win. "Our performance was up and down all...
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
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.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
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!
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.
The Big O announces his return to WEEI.
Jesse Spector of Sporting News on Schilling.
The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
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?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
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!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
The advance guard is all set up in St. Louis as D&C opened up the show from Busch Stadium. On the menu: Another homer from Ortiz, the return of Beltran, and a big mistake from Breslow.More from this show
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
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the details behind NESN not renewing play-by-play man Don Orsillo, and take calls from fans about the choice.More from this show