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Aside from Tom Brady, who is the most important Patriots player

Jan 11, 2013|

Mut and Merloni talk about who they believe is the most important player to the Patriots aside from Tom Brady.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Dick Tom Brady out of Britain as your question I'm -- it now we're ready for -- You you brought it up. Take Brady out of it. Who's the most important player on the patriots Sunday -- a concrete answer for that. Vince Wilfork who because. She's just been such a dominant force down the stretch here for the in the patriots team and it goes unnoticed because the position he plays. Men racked up the sacks. -- we've seen the forced fumbles. With a guy like aryan Foster. When -- dominate and that offensive line and clogging up the holes. And maybe. You Jamaican David Foster go to different direction given embryos and -- -- catch up to I think that he can have the biggest impact on this game because I think that's a key. In stopping -- foster's Vince Wilfork I'd say he. Other than breaking. I put it right there I always out think myself on the -- you -- gave the best answer possible all switch it up on the back to the office for second. And a local skill player -- Neitzel there left tackle. It JJ -- can and will probable bid but his favorite thing to do is lineup. Behind the blind side of the quarterback. Put that hand down one by at left tackle and Mary Berry an opposing quarterback. It dates older can withstand that pressure keeps Brady upright they score in the thirties. It dates older gives up some big plays that leads to strip sack fumble. That leads to Brady being planted in the turn of the year to -- stadium it's all sorts confusion why it. Eight -- -- -- protecting -- Radio One guy. I mean you wanna say the offensive line support offensive -- left tackle -- knows there's no I think well. Negative I've outlined how the middle just as much you can put on the other side and more around everywhere so for a few plays -- to be sold. For few plays -- be Vollmer. If he plays that'd be the guys in the middle. Saw this in general the offensive line is -- -- such -- one guy. On mean dates older. But the drop it regularly Brady's blind side is the let is a fact that's the blind side are -- and there's not a these two defensive lineman who can make the could hurt you the most that spot all the Smith in San Francisco and JJ watt those two guys can do the most damage. -- quarterback's blind side and because of that. I would say Neitzel I love your -- -- Wilfork is a really good answer. I distinctive that offense is going to be good the gonna score in the -- And a Brady sort of feel confident about that and even he's not hit -- knotts actor gets the ball away. Couple hits by -- coming by Neitzel there the rattle back competence Watson left tackle bank that. You Wilfork answered probably the if you go -- there's one correct answer. Might be that one but also bring to protect Brady and he gets rattled their illegals -- the -- goes 6177797937. Your phone number raised in a car talking about Tom Brady what's up rank. Without guys do a great job personal -- -- -- made my afternoon that the more enjoyable but. I don't -- that it that'll make much of that but I was bloodiest -- -- mentioned that. In the last. -- 07. It seems within touched on a few points. You know ten minutes ago basically late in close games in the fourth quarter Tom Brady is the 31. Worst rated quarterback in NFL. And it didn't make much sense to him than it does think about the -- losses in its seems to be the the you know four point five points and a -- -- Anything close they really. -- they've been very much lately in the last few seasons you know hook into the giants and jets the playoffs and even in the regular season that I really tested too often. Outside of the division that was six and four in the -- probably the second weakest division in the -- leadership. And I might try to be -- hypocritical of them as operating by the greatest quarterback of all time but I just thought that was interest in -- you guys we thought that I. Yeah we spent some time on this during the season great thanks for your call we spent some time on how clutches this team and close games I think we came up with the idea. That they were under 500 in games decided by. You know a touchdown or less one possession games this team was under 500 now. There it wasn't just on Brady it was on the defense that at some point gave up a big drive and the game is on special teams you know it if he kicks the field goal Gostkowski -- available -- series on UN neck games it'll lose it was not all Brady but. There has been in one possession games. -- -- -- trend for the patriots. That they've been under 500 at the last 45 years and go back and look at our notes from. That timeframe it's fair they haven't been. All that clutched -- a couple of games late this year. -- given some credit for being clutch they came back at separate Cisco eventually lost that game huge kick off return that set up the eventual game winning score. I had a great game winning drive late in the year to sol -- game but more often than not that disappointments and close games that's a fair criticism. That the caller had about the patriot. Listen yes they have that exists we had that -- onions no question about it to get done much better job but then the second half. I think they've played the other team except for just go to came all the way back to the fall short. They've won a couple of the close games that they've -- Jackson go under touchdown touchdown game Miami touchdown game. You know ball -- touchdown game so that's always going to be there. You know -- and I just think that they've shown the second half. That they're better equipped and all this talk about it early and you were there but the running in the running game the running game it paid dividends come playoff time well here we are. You know this is when you start in some answers. So what about the secondary. You know Denver gonna get some answers -- the patriots of last year that it plays second half. Team it's that just aren't that good a defensive numbers showed. No -- their top five defense ball let's see what happens and get tested by Joseph Flacco maybe not maybe next week's true test. The this is yeah this is where you get all your answers -- well we'll see we'll see how this team. God I think that the best team in football I think -- they play their if they played the way this team is capable of more portly people stay healthy helping his team can beat him. I'll -- and Randolph talking about ball security which is always important on and off the -- what's up Mike. -- -- would Obama got like make them pay a little guys you know I can argue that but it certainly soak up in a moment the World -- for the person in the world. In the early this game but. I mean I'm extremely poor -- ball shouldn't look at the back and accurate and you -- -- -- there and they had fiber that ball will not all the -- mobile five or six -- -- that does worry me because. I just feel like you're out of focus issue you don't. We could -- and I'm feeling that street who would you I'm late I know if you will out of reach but still that if -- -- up behind punt the ball on you got you where people around you. I mean you wouldn't you know. Greatly on the goal line first scoring drive in Houston getting stripped and that stirs. And he goes down I would also argue Ron that sometimes that to a -- if you beat the ball. You know out there and it will be -- strip. Where he brought all the meat locker a couple of quality care. Her -- -- up all in Iraq earlier it dropped off fault. I -- do it you know. That looked at that we're gonna take that into wouldn't -- -- but I'm also that they're not gonna loose are often does predict. But it kicks open like that -- it kept a year ago. Where -- that they've got won't agree on that screen to get -- in the game. Although I don't that he did what they like to worry about ball security. Don't worry Mike it's football man enjoy this week now what -- -- to this game worried me say it again a drop the scenario for them -- and game would be those type of things fumbles early. Texans get a lead you were -- play action. -- most part Welker can catch the football at some drops -- the pretty good since then Hernandez I do worry about you'll Lloyd. A couple of drops a release bubbles but that's. It's not -- to go to a game expecting if they're gonna lose it it will be something like that where they have a couple of huge drops a couple of huge fumbles strip -- the other way. They're gonna need that the Texans are my opinion to get that extra scored the next recession. And get the win this Sunday to -- data into a look at that way I used that book style ski field goals federal relief fumbling has come up. The drop passes I mean that's just everything going wrong. You're absolutely right that if that's what happened and it was the football game. But I think they're good enough am overcome a mistake or two. You know us are still that they're good enough to do the Texans are meant that the player perfect game to get this thing on Sunday. I'm Mike Peter -- other -- 617779798. Resemble continue with your phone calls Patrick Chung at 130 we come back. Playoff edition all runners don't want.

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