FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has had an unmatched level of success against the Patriots -- and Tom Brady -- over the last two-plus seasons, winning three of five matchups. Brady has had moments of brilliance vs. the Jets and Ryan, but has struggled in all three losses, most notably the postseason defeat in January. Ryan was asked at his press conference Thursday what has to be done to slow down Brady.
"It's really a team deal, you want to put him in situations where maybe he's more careful with the ball than he has to be," said Ryan. "If you play standard defense against him you've got no chance. I mean zero. I mean you better hope for a hurricane or something, because that would be your only chance. And, quite honestly, I've been on the sideline wishing for a hurricane. He's that good, he's that kind of guy. He's as good as it gets right now."
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ESPN analyst and former Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, said that he had not been contacted by the Red Sox to this point about the managerial vacancy that was created when Terry Francona and the team parted ways last Friday.
Valentine, 61, had a 1,117-1072 (.510) record in 15 years as a manager, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He also enjoyed a successful career managing in Japan, where he not only led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship, but he also became an iconic figure in the NPB.
Asked whether he'd talked with the Sox, Valentine said, "No, this is the first contact I've had with anyone in Beantown."
However, he did hint that he would be open to discussing the position with the Sox, even as he tried to limit conversation on the topic.
"You're not offering the job, so I'm not going to talk about whether I want it," ...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots got good news Thursday when three key players were cleared to return to practice. Albert Haynesworth (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Aaron Hernandez (knee) were all back on the field for practice in full pads on the lower grass field outside Gillette.
Hernandez has been out since injuring his left knee in a Week 2 win over the Chargers while Wright has been out since getting hit in the head in Week 1 against the Dolphins. Haynesworth missed the last two weeks with a back issue.
There were four players not at practice as Danny Woodhead (ankle), Julian Edelman (ankle), Jerod Mayo (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all missing for the second straight day. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
FOXBORO -- He hasn't yet been cleared to play on Sunday and still sports a brace on his injured left knee, but Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said Thursday that he would welcome a chance to play against Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets cornerback said this week that Hernandez gives the Patriots offense an added dimension and would be a challenge he'd like to take on if the right situation presented itself.
"I think it would be a good matchup," Hernandez said. "You could change that into a story, now."
Hernandez let out a primal yell of "ahhhh" each time he was asked whether his injured knee would be healed in time for him to play this weekend. Hernandez has missed the last two games after injuring the knee in the Week 2 win over the Chargers.
"I feel pretty good," Hernandez said. "Just trying to get healthy and take it day-by-day. I'll take it day-by-day and see...
Bruins coach Claude Julien announced after the Bruins' morning skate Thursday that Andrew Ference and Chris Kelly will share the second 'A' as alternate captains this season, joining captain Zdeno Chara and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron.
Ference will wear the letter for home games, while Kelly will wear it on the road. The two will switch halfway through the season, with Kelly getting it in home games.
The Bruins had the options of giving the letter, which was last worn by Mark Recchi, to one player or sharing it with multiple guys. In the end, they chose to go with two players, and they're confident they picked the right two.
"We didn't think we'd get as much impact with just moving it around all the time," Julien said. "There's got to be some sort of stability, but our leadership group remains bigger than the letters that are out there. We're going to take advantage of that inside the dressing room."...
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.
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.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
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. Darrelle Revis has gotten himself into a lot of trouble in Pennsylvania. Red Sox ownership holds a press conference from Spring Training.
Hour 3. Mut's history as a radio host is revisited. Kirk's latest podcast features some in depth talk about radio in Boston with Glenn Ordway.
Hour 2. The guys discuss whether the Patriots should consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo. President Trump held an interesting press conference.
Lou says that Rob Bradford is wrong when talking about Mookie Betts beating the shift and maybe joining him on his podcast to talk about it. Lou also ask Christian what happened to him yesterday during the segment with Rob and how Christian seemed to disappear.
John Karalis of RedsArmy.com joins Lou and Christian to talk Celtics and the twitter beef between him and Lou. They also talk about how money doesn't get you what it used to when talking Horford's max deal and the Sandoval's contract
Jovn calls in from Malden to talk about the foul call on Marcus Smart from last night game and saying it was the right call. But being a ref himself he is used to taking the abuse from fans and Lou suggest we should go out and hug a ref.
Holley and Keefe discuss the Celtics loss in Chicago and the tough foul call on Marcus Smart that basically handed the Bulls the victory.
With All-Star weekend and the dunk contest upon us, Keefe and Holley discuss the NBA's current best dunkers, plus our top 5 all-time greatest dunk artists.
Keefer Madness is back, and a strange pet saves the friggin' day. Plus LAROY Streat is back on the mic.
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.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
On this weeks episode of the WEEI SoccerCast Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the demolition of Barcelona and Arsenal, if the Gunners should fire Wenger, and if the Revs made a good trade?
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the week with a review of Thursday and Friday's K&C shows.
The Preacher and the Teacher talks Celtics. The guys discuss what the Celtics could do in terms of trading draft picks. Also they talk some time travel.More from this show