Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning, and he said he believes the extra time off from playing on Thanksgiving will help his team in Monday night's contest against the Jets. "Having those extra days off to prepare for a great team, we're getting more comfortable in the game plan, we're confident in the game plan," Mayo said. "I think we'll play fast on Monday night."
Mayo explained how the team may have rested physically during the extended break but stayed mentally sharp. "Coach [Bill Belichick] gave us a couple of days off as far as the physical stretches on the body," he said. "At the same time, we had to come in and watch film, watch a lot of film, and break down a lot of games. All that time that we weren't on the practice field, we were definitely in the film room watching film."
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Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and pronounced himself ready to go on Monday night vs. the Jets, although he said the final decision is up to the team.
"I'm ready to play," he said. "I'm going through practice preparing the best that I can. I'm ready to play. [The coaches] just said, 'We'll decide later.' It's a process. Things have to occur, and things have to be right. And I'm not trying to give you a politically correct answer, I'm just trying to do what's best for the team, in that I don't want to tip our hand to what's going on in terms of personnel moves. That might be the best answer. But I'm ready to play."
Taylor, out since Week 3 with turf toe, was dressed for the Patriots' Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions but did not play. "I wanted some action on that day," he admitted. "But it was more so an emergency-type deal, to get...
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning from his charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. Asked how he felt about the Red Sox picking up his option for next season, he said: "I'm fine. Like I always say, I can't wait for the season to start. … I'm happy I'm going to be around the Boston fans once again."
Asked which free agent he'd like to see the Red Sox pursue, Ortiz said: "Besides signing Adrian [Beltre], I would go right after Carl Crawford. He would be a good third-hole hitter."
"This guy's unbelievable," Ortiz continued. "He's got so many weapons to hurt you, that he's just unbelievable. His speed, his defense, the way he hits —he can hit for power, he can hit just to get on base. There's so many ways to hurt you. This guy's a serious weapon, I'm telling you right now. … I can't believe he hasn't been signed by...
Join WEEI.com's Lou Merloni and Rob Bradford for a Hot Stove live chat, starting at 11 a.m. Friday. We'll be discussing all things Red Sox as they head into next week's Winter Meetings. Everything is on the table — Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Jason Varitek, Mariano Rivera, Cliff Lee and whatever David Ortiz says in his Friday appearance on Dale & Holley. To participate, go to the Full Count blog by clicking here.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Monday's showdown between the Patriots and Jets. "There's a good reason that everybody is fired up about this game," he said. "It's going to be tremendous. … This may be the highest-rated sporting event in cable TV history."
Schefter predicts a Patriots victory Monday, mainly due to the recent success of the New England offense. "I trust Tom Brady in this spot more than I trust Mark Sanchez," he said. "I just believe that somehow, some way, despite the fact that Brady has struggled against Rex Ryan defenses, that he'll find a way to get it done. I don't know how, I don't know why, and it may just be that I'm wrong. But Brady has been spot on this year. Spot on. As good as anybody in the league. You have to figure at home, where he's done OK, he's going to do OK again on Monday...
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DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
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Patriots safety Devin McCourty joined the show to talk about the loss to Denver, how well Logan Ryan played, and his own inability to field punts.
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After losing their season to the Broncos on Sunday night, AND Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury, Bill Belichick was surly and combative towards the assembled media.
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