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01/18/2011 - 4:48pm
Jaworski on Big Show: 'Poor game' for Brady

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, after reviewing the coaches' film of the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets, credited New York for its defensive execution. At the same time, he expressed surprise at the number of opportunities missed by the New England offense, particularly quarterback Tom Brady.


"Obviously, a disappointing effort from the Patriots. I was surprised they played as poorly as they did," Jaworski said during an appearance Tuesday afternoon on The Big Show. "I’m going to be honest with you guys. I looked at tape. There were some plays on the field that Tom Brady did not see. I think Tom began to play a little bit fast, and the term I use, he began to see ghosts. There were some opportunities, particularly early in the game, a key third-and-3, he had Danny Woodhead out of the backfield in the flat, he doesn’t throw the football. It’s a play that Tom has probably seen 50 times this year and completed 50...

01/18/2011 - 2:52pm
Sox sign Ellsbury, Papelbon; avoid arbitration

According to a major league source, the Red Sox agreed to deals with both closer Jonathan Papelbon and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury before exchanging arbitration figures. Papelbon will receive a $12 million salary for the 2011 season, while Ellsbury agreed to a $2.4 million deal. Ellsbury would be eligible for $50,000 bonuses for 600 and 700 plate appearances.


The deals were first reported by's Sean McAdam (via twitter).


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01/18/2011 - 1:01pm
Simms: Welker benching 'didn't surprise me'

CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms was a guest of the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday. Simms, who called the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets with Jim Nantz on Sunday, was asked about Rex Ryan's defensive game plan, which clearly frustrated Tom Brady and the rest of the New England offense.


"He [Ryan] wasn't worried about the outside throws against his defense," said Simms, who also noted that it helps to have great players such as Darrelle Revis. "Because he knows he has those two corners, which were really very good matchups against the Patriots' wide receivers. And he was rewarded. So he can basically take nine guys and play them from one end of the formation inside to the other… No matter how good you are, you can't beat those kind of numbers, and Tom Brady couldn't either."


Simms told Dale and Holley that Ryan is a unique figure in the NFL, and isn't surprised that the head coach of the Jets...

01/18/2011 - 12:32pm
Patriots re-sign seven from practice squad

The Patriots announced that they have signed tight end Carson Butler, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, wide receiver Buddy Farnham, defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, cornerback Thad Turner and defensive back Ross Ventrone to future contracts. All seven players finished the 2010 season on the New England practice squad.


For details on the players, visit the It Is What It Is blog. For complete Patriots coverage, visit

01/18/2011 - 11:35am
Kris Jenkins to Brady: Shut up

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins — on injured reserve since September — talked to ESPN on Monday and gave some thoughts on Tom Brady and what Jenkins feels are special rules designed to protect the New England quarterback.


"You can do little stuff, but it's hard because you have the Brady Rules now," Jenkins told ESPN. "You can't touch him. At the end of the day, if you're cocky and you have special rules and stuff, no one wants to hear it. Be quiet. Shut up, just keep it to yourself, if you've got special rules. 


"If this was back in the day, when Lawrence Taylor could hit you, when we were allowed to hit you, hit you the way Derrick Thomas would, I don't think he'd be running around, acting like that. You can't ring his bell and it's, 'OK, I'm a tough guy.' Yeah, OK. Whatever. The only way you're going to beat him now, because of the rules, you've got to beat him in the game....

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