Chris Mortensen of ESPN joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Patriots-Jets playoff matchup and the confident chatter coming from the Jets camp, specifically from coach Rex Ryan and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Asked if he had ever seen a coach and players more willing to speak their minds than this edition of the Jets, Mortensen said, "No. Never. … Right now, you've got so many stories going on, it's hard to, like, OK, let me roll my sleeves and spend a lot of time wondering if there's a discussion that's going on behind the scenes saying, 'Let's really chatter, yap it up this week,' in a way just to re-energize the team after the butt-whupping they took the last time they were in New England. Because if they take another one, you know, whatever. What's the difference? I've never seen anything like it. I really haven't.
"Listen, when your coach is out there doing it — and...
FOXBORO -- The powerful blizzard that crippled New England on Wednesday didn't keep the Patriots from making practice on Wednesday. As a matter of fact, every single player was on hand, according to coach Bill Belichick.
"They're all here," Belichick said. "We have some experienced northeastern drivers, here."
Many players, coaches and staff stayed at the Renaissance Hotel next to Gillette Stadium to avoid having to commute to the Foxboro through the storm. Last year, linebackers Adalius Thomas, Gary Guyton and Derrick Burgess were late for a Wednesday morning meeting in December because of hazardous driving conditions. They reported to work and were subsequently sent home for not taking the weather into consideration and being tardy.
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FOXBORO -- Not surpisingly, Bill Belichick did not not give the Jets any ammunition Wednesday morning when asked to respond to the inflammatory remarks of defensive back Antonio Cromartie and defensive lineman Shaun Ellis. On Tuesday, Ellis said Tom Brady taunted the Jets sideline after a score while Cromartie said that Brady was "an ass----" and followed up by adding "[expletive] him."
"That's all out of our control," Belichick said tersely. "Our job is to get ready to play."
Belichick did admit that he felt there was a line that could be crossed when taking a shot at an opposing player like the Jets did with Brady on Tuesday. "I'm sure there is," Belichick said. "I don't know what it is. My mind is on the New York Jets on Sunday at 4:30. That's what in my mind right now."
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shrugged Wednesday when he was informed of the comments from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
On Tuesday, Cromartie called Brady an “ass----” and added, “[Expletive] him.”
“I’ve been called worse. I’m sure there’s a long list of people who feel the same,” said Brady, who said that Cromartie is a good player.
“Not everybody has great things to say about our team,” he added. “That’s the way it’s always been.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan also took issue with some of Brady’s body language early in the week, hinting that he taunts and points at opponents after a big play. Cromartie and Shaun Ellis piled on Tuesday.
“He was taunting us,” Ellis said of Brady, He was. ... It wasn’t too much. It’s just his body language and things like that. When they scored, he...
Jets coach Rex Ryan participated in a conference call with Patriots media members Wednesday and defended cornerback Antonio Cromartie for his inflammatory comments about Tom Brady.
"In this country, you're allowed to have opinions," Ryan said, adding: "We let our guys speak. We don't tell them what to say and what not to say."
Added Ryan: "Am I going to punish Cromartie for saying something or whatever? No. ... I know one thing: We respect New England, but we don't fear them."
Ryan then insisted the Patriots do their own talking, but it just doesn't make it out of Gillette Stadium. "Trust me, they're saying a lot worse about me and others here," he said. "Maybe it just wasn't printed."
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Chris Price joins the show to discuss the Patriots and the reason Brady played in the third preseason game.More from this show
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show