So where to begin today, that’s the question. Alan Greenberg looks at the self destruction yesterday. Tom Curran has some potentially damning quotes from Kevin Faulk (“I wasn’t really thinking”) and some lamenting by Terrell Buckley (“We’re getting no bounces, we’re getting phantom calls against us”) Though Michael Felger might be secretly pleased his hometown team won, to his credit you can’t tell it from his article. The touchback twins, Ron Borges and Nick Cafardo weigh in on the game, with Borges putting the blame on the coaches, and Cafardo plays it straight, as he usually does in his game stories. Kevin Mannix says the Patriots are in big trouble. Bob Ryan tries to figure this whole mess out. Jim Donaldson regurgitates everything that went wrong. Jeff Jacobs ends his column with a sarcastic ” Your move, Coach Genius.” Showing characteristic Boston Media understatement, Steve Buckley says “this is turning into a season of catastrophic disappointment.” He also says they’re playing like they’re “auditioning for the role of Manny Ramirez in “Red Sox: The Movie.” Karen Guregian says, Hey, it’s ok the Patriots lost, we still got to watch Brett Favre play.
Michael Gee likes that Tom Brady got booed. George Kimball, Paul Kenyon and Nick Cafardo look at Terry Glenn’s happy return to Foxboro. Michael Smith looks at the costly penalties. Rich Thompson re-visits the Faulk lateral-fumble. Kevin McNamara looks at the offensive struggles, and says that a bye week is a good thing. The Globe’s notebook looks at the return of Troy Brown and speculates on some possible player movement. One line notes that “The Patriots likely will get either cornerback Leonard Myers or running back Antwoine Womack back this week from the physically unable to perform list.” If true, that’s amazing, as Womack was expected to miss the entire season. Tom Curran’s notebook has various sundry items as does Felger’s notebook.
Patriots Monday on WEEI is always a good listen, and it’s the only day you can listen to WEEI over the internet. Patriots.com has a link to the streaming audio. Tom Brady had an impressive, candid interview this morning. He said he would’ve booed his own play had he been in the stands, and made an interesting point that if they had managed to win yesterday, a 4-2 record might’ve masked the bigger problems that have emerged and need to be addressed during the bye week. Now those shortcomings will have their full focus during this two weeks. On-line listeners also get to hear many of the sound checks and off-air chatter during commercial breaks, and sometimes during broadcasts. Towards the end of the Dennis and Callahan show, Dale Arnold could be heard doing sound checks, and Bob Neumeier was heard updating producers on the status of the WEEI in office football pool. Apparently Ron Hobson is the leader at the moment.
NESN has Bruins/Avalanche at 9:00. FOX has Cardinals/Giants game 5 at 8:00. ABC has Seahawks/49ers at 9:00.