In an interview with WFAN Radio in New York Friday afternoon, Jets coach Rex Ryan predicted Baltimore will beat the Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game. Ryan, who was the Ravens' defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach of the Jets before the 2009 season, told Mike Francesa that he believes Baltimore is physical enough to slow down the New England offense.
"First off, the Ravens are going to win this game," Ryan said. "The only way you’re going to beat New England is if you have a great defense. And when you look at the teams that won -- obviously Buffalo was the one exception -- in three years I’m talking about, the Giants had a great game defensively, they were able to get pressure on the quarterback, make plays in the back end. The Ravens had beaten New England before with a dominant defense. We beat New England three times but we did it creatively … a different type of defense where [Tom...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, a condition that will require six weeks of rest and treatment to return to full strength, according to an NFL Network report on Friday. Brady missed all of Wednesday's practice to receive rest and rehab on the shoulder as part of a schedule the team has created for the star quarterback.
Brady took a hit on his left shoulder in the first half of the team's win over the Dolphins on Christmas Eve and suffered a sprained the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) in his left shoulder, sources with knowledge of the injury told Albert Breer. Brady hasn't missed any game time as a result of the injury and has been held out of practice every Wednesday since, with his injury gradually improving.
The team is trying to prevent further inflammation in the shoulder, with Brady's practice work dictated by his pain threshold.
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Sports Illustrated's Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. King is predicting a Harbaugh will advance to the Super, but not the one who coaches the Ravens.
"I really think it's going to be a New England-San Francisco Super Bowl," he said. "Although, I continue to think I'm crazy to pick against Eli Manning after he's played as well as he has in big games over the last four years. But I just think that the San Francisco defensive front is going to be at times overwhelming and is either going to strip the ball -- they're going to make a couple of plays on that defensive front.
"In the Patriots game, it's just hard to me to imagine -- as I wrote online today -- it's hard for me to imagine Baltimore scoring in the 20s. Maybe they will, but it's not really something that I can see. I can't imagine that the Ravens can really stop them and this be a game in the...
FOXBORO -- Practice squad tight end/receiver Dorin Dickerson was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on the main Gillette Stadium field Friday as the team wrapped up it's on-field preparation for Sunday's AFC championship tilt against the Ravens. Vince Wilfork wasn't spotted during the media portion until the very end of warmups but was in attendance as practice began.
The team practiced in sweats and shells and will hold a walkthrough on Saturday before taking on Baltimore Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.
The Patriots had perfect attendance from their 53-man squad all three days this week, with the exception of Tom Brady's absence on Wednesday, due to what the NFL Network is reporting is a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Brady did practice on Thursday and Friday.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed Friday that before Bill Belichick began his dynasty in 2000, there were TV network executives who told him not to hire him.
"He had a history in Cleveland," Kraft said. "His first year with us, he went 5-11 and then he went 1-3, so he was 6-14. I had people sending me tapes of him doing press conferences and heads of networks tell me I shouldn't hire him. But what I learned is this guy really knew the game. I think Bill's brillance is understanding what fits for our team."
Since turning around his fortunes in 2001, Belichick has become the first coach in NFL history with five seasons of at least 13 wins and the only coach ever to win three Super Bowls in four seasons.
"In any business, you want to build complimentary forces," Kraft said. "It's not like it's rocket science where you have to have engineers designing something with exact science. This...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
Hour 3. The guys take more calls on transgender bathrooms. Evan Drellich joins the show...again.
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.
Max Kellerman rips Pats fans. Skip Bayless says Bill Belichick is "good, not great." And Dan Le Batard feels the heat from Keyshawn Johnson regarding his criticisms of Magic Johnson.
It took a few hours, but Glenn finally starts to agree with Lou and Mut about Danny Ainge.
Obviously the Celtics aren't expected to overtake the Cavs in the East, but the guys wonder if the team is trying to get a little bit better each year, or hold onto their assets until LeBron is over the hill.
We spoke with Danny Ainge and discussed all aspects of the Celtics, trading deadline, playoffs and beyond.
We close out Freestyle Friday with more Pats, Sox and Celtics talk.
We continue freestyle Friday with Brady and Jimmy G trade talk, plus more on the Celtics and the Vancouver Canucks have the mumps!
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
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