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10/04/2010 - 10:15am
Boomer on D&C: Pats a team in transition

CBS analyst Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan to preview the Patriots game with the Dolphins Monday night and talk about the NFL. He said that Tom Brady is going through what Peyton Manning experienced earlier in the decade. "Tom Brady finally realized what it was like to be Peyton Manning eight years ago when Peyton Manning didn't have that great defense," Esiason said. "Even if you are the best player on the field you have to have great defense around you and Tom has always had that in his back pocket. That's not the case now. He's the one that's got to become the Peyton Manning of seven, eight years ago where he's going to have to throw four touchdowns a game for them to win."

 

Esiason said that the Pats problems can be traced to the youth on defense, which has limited Bill Belichick's ability to get creative. "This is a team in transition," he said. "In game-coach, there isn't a better coach on...

10/04/2010 - 8:57am
Wes Welker: 'I'm definitely not 100 percent'

Speaking to ESPN's Suzy Kolber in an interview to preview the Patriots-Dolphins Monday Night Football game, Pats wide receiver said regarding his return from major knee surgery, "It’s hard to put a number on it, but I’m definitely not 100 percent. It’s just lacking that little bit, that little bit that really got that separation, that little bit of quickness, that little bit of something that’s just not there yet. But we’re getting there.” Thus far this season, Welker has 18 catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns.

 

For more Patriots coverage leading into their game with the Dolphins, see the team page at weei.com/patriots.

 

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10/04/2010 - 7:55am
Mashup: Giants fans boo Barber

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber was booed during his introduction at halftime of New York's win over the Bears on Sunday night. Barber was one of 30 inductees into the team's Ring of Honor, but his recent critical comments of coach Tom Coughlin did not sit well with the fans. Get additional details on that story and others, plus videos, trivia and more assorted minutiae, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


10/04/2010 - 7:30am
Faxon on D&C: 'We're getting spanked'

With the United States' Ryder Cup team trailing the Europeans, NBC Analyst Brad Faxon broke down what has happened to the US in Newport, Wales, saying "The European team this year is as strong as they've ever had." The U.S. team entered the final day trailing the Europeans, 9 1/2-6 1/2.

 

"We're getting spanked,"  observed Faxon.

 

The PGA tour veteran noted that the European side enjoys playing on the kind of slower greens Celtic Manor is presenting. "It's unbelievable," he said, "how every year it comes down to who makes more putts … I don't know why the European team seems to putt better than we do."

 

Faxon said he doesn't blame U.S. team captain Corey Pavin, and praised European captain Colin Montgomerie. When asked if he thought this win would mean more to Montgomerie than having had triumphed in any of the majors he fell short in throughout his...

10/03/2010 - 10:34pm
Martinez on free agency: 'I want to be here'

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez said after his team's season-ending victory over the Yankees that he did not know what to expect from his pending venture into free agency, though he reiterated how much he had enjoyed his time in Boston and the idea that he would like to come back.

 

"I said earlier, I want to be here, but now, that I got a chance to go out to free agency, we’ll see what happens," said Martinez. "It was one of the best experiences in my career, to come here, wear this uniform and play in front of these great fans. It’s unbelievable. The competition, to come here and just be ready to play every day, it was amazing, and an honor for me just to wear this uniform."

 

That said, Martinez suggested he had no idea what to expect in terms of the likelihood that he returns to Boston or heads to another city (including cities with rumored interest, including Detroit and Baltimore). He...

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