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Quick Slants - A Patriots Podcast

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CSNNE.com Insider Tom E. Curran is joined by CSNNE.com reporter Phil Perry and producer Adam Hart to argue with each other, make fun of each other, and talk about the New England Patriots and the NFL.

CSNNE.com Insider Tom E. Curran is joined by CSNNE.com reporter Phil Perry and producer Adam Hart to argue with each other, make fun of each other, and talk about the New England Patriots and the NFL.
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CSNNE.com Insider Tom E. Curran is joined by CSNNE.com reporter Phil Perry and producer Adam Hart to argue with each other, make fun of each other, and talk about the New England Patriots and the NFL.




How the Patriots were able to crush Chargers but why their scheme will have to change against Chiefs

3:10 - Patriots were able to beat up on the Chargers. The defense blitzed Philip Rivers and got him off his spot. 4:20 - Both Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are pocket passers. Why were the Patriots able to get pressure but Chargers weren’t? 5:30 - Patriots won’t be able to play the same way against the Chiefs. 7:00 - Why didn’t the Chargers change up their scheme after having trouble stopping Tom Brady and the offense? 8:15 - Patriots offensive line was tremendous against the Chargers....


Steve Palazzolo gives his All-Pro selections, Jason McCourty on how he got his #30

(4:00) Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus to discuss which offensive players they think should make the All-Pro team (12:00) Which defensive players deserve to be an All-Pro this season? (13:20) Who deserves to be Coach of the year? (18:00) Who deserves to be the NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes or Drew Bree’s? (21:00) Tom talks with Jason McCourty to find out the backstory behind him wearing #30 for the Patriots (25:00) Phil Perry joins to discuss the latest in the interest around the NFL in...


Patrick Mahomes or Drew Brees: Trying to settle the NFL MVP debate

In this week's episode, Tom E. Curran dissects the NFL MVP debate between Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees from three different angles. First up, Tom checks-in with Nick Underhill, Saints reporter from the New Orleans Advocate. Second, we welcome Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger to make the case for the Chiefs phenom. Finally, Tom talks with Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo to discuss the analytical breakdown of the two-man race. Curran wraps-up the pod by looking at...


Reacting to Josh Gordon stepping away from the Patriots

Josh Gordon stepped away from the New England Patriots Thursday morning after he was returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Tom E. Curran talks with Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin, who profiled Gordon a year-ago as he prepared to return to the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Baskin talks about the many issues Gordon faced growing up, landing with the Browns, and how he is very concerned with Gordon's future without the structure...


What happened on the Patriots final possession/play?; Time to question Brady’s decision-making?

1:30 - Review of the Patriots lose to Steelers. Game was called tight by the refs. Dependability by players becoming an issue? 3:09 - Josh Gordon was not in on the final play of the game. Hear from Josh McDaniels on why Cordarrelle Patterson was in the game over him. 5:45 - What’s was going on with Tom Brady’s throwing while falling away on the final set of downs in the Steelers game? 8:40 - James White has not been getting the ball recently. Listen to McDaniels explain why this has been...


Mike Florio: Why is Mike Tomlin never in danger of being fired? Is Mahomes the NFL's MVP?

Mike Florio talks with Tom E. Curran about the latest around the NFL. (3:30) Why is Mike Tomlin not getting more blame for the Steelers struggles? (9:00) Just how wide open is the AFC? Is there a clear favorite? (10:00) Who has been the MVP in the NFL so far this season? (12:30) How impressive was Mahomes no-look pass? Will more QB’s be trying this move now? (15:20) Will Colin Kaepernick win his collusion case against the NFL? (21:30) What do we make of Bill Belichick’s comments following...


Jerod Mayo on how Belichick and locker room handle a heartbreaking loss

Jerod Mayo talks with Tom E. Curran about what it’s like being a player on the Patriots following a devastating loss. He also relates his decision to retire to what Rob Gronkowski could be debating. (1:30) Jerod Mayo weighs in on who’s to blame for Dolphins miracle final play (5:30) Jerod gives player perspective on what locker room is like following a loss like that (10:30) Why did the Patriots run game struggle against the Dolphins? (17:00) Jerod Mayo relates his decision to retire to...


Jerod Mayo: “If I’m Josh McDaniels, I’m going to Cleveland”

Tom E. Curran and Jerod Mayo break down the Patriots win over the Vikings, can their defense sustain their good play going forward? Also Jerod Mayo explains why if he was Josh McDaniels, he would take the Browns head coaching job. (1:30) Jerod Mayo breaks down why the Patriots defense was so successful against the Vikings. Is this something they can consistently do? (5:30) Can the Patriots defense be the reason the Patriots win a Super Bowl? (13:00) Did Aaron Rodgers relationship with Mike...


Jerod Mayo says Vikings will be true test of how successful Patriots run game will be going forward

Jerod Mayo and Tom E. Curran discuss everything Patriots, including why Jerod thinks this weekend will be the true test on whether the Patriots run game can sustain going forward. He also gives his opinion on Cordarrelle Patterson’s groin grab against the Jets. (3:30) How sustainable is the Patriots running game? Will it be the key to the Patriots success going forward? (11:00) Jerod Mayo reacts to Cordarrelle Patterson’s groin grab on Sunday. (17:00) What can we expect from the return of...


Manish Mehta on why Gronk is done and his days with Patriots are numbered; Curran on Patriots 2.0 dynasty coming to an end

1:45 - Patriots are at the end of the second run of their dynasty. Tom E. Curran explains how the 2.0 version of the dynasty is starting to come to an end. 5:05 - What will this group look like when the Patriots have to rebuild? 6:40 - Is this situation what the Patriots and Tom Brady wanted and expected? 9:30 - Going forward, Patriots have some tough decisions to make on several players. 10:51 - Twitter feedback on Curran’s column about the Patriots dynasty 13:10 - Manish Mehta from...


Does Pats ugly loss in Tennessee outweigh the six straight wins they had before?

Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo break down what went wrong in the Patriots 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans and they look ahead to how the team can improve during the bye week. 1:38 - Jerod's number one reason why the Patriots lost: They couldn't establish the run game. 6:58 - "You could tell Vrabel hyped this team up." Tom and Jerod discuss if the revenge factor was underrated leading up to this game and also hit on if the Patriots 7-2 record coming into Week 10 really reflected how they had...


Troy Brown says Josh Gordon is ‘still far from football shape’ ; Can Mike Vrabel pull off upset?

Tom E. Curran talks with Troy Brown about what he thinks about Mike Vrabel as a head coach, and how that helps the Titans on Sunday. He also discusses Josh Gordon still being far from football shape. (2:00) Troy Brown reacts to Mike Vrabel being upset his player celebrated on the Cowboys logo. Is Mike Vrabel the coach much different than the player? (4:30) Is Troy Brown surprised Mike Vrabel is already a head coach? (7:00) Who were some of Troy Brown’s favorite teammates (9:00) Were there...


Why didn't Patriots make a trade?; Something off with Gronk; Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers matchup

Phil Perry joins Tom Curran on Quick Slants the Podcast to discuss... 1:50 - Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers matchup coming up on Sunday night. Patriots last played Packers in 2014, with Green Bay coming out on top. 3:03 - Surprising the Patriots made no moves before the trade deadline? 4:40 - Should the Patriots have made a move for Demaryius Thomas or Golden Tate? Both WRs were traded for mid-round picks. 7:20 - How much of an issue is the Patriots depth, specifically at running...


What the Patriots would need to do to trade for Patrick Peterson?

Jerod Mayo and Tom E. Curran discuss the Patriots win over the Bears, and Miguel Benzan of the Boston Sports Journal breaks down the Patriots cap space situation heading into the deadline. (7:00) Is Eli Manning a first ballot Hall of Fame? (10:00) What’s the #1 cause for the Patriots defense not improving? (16:30) Jerod Mayo on how important the Patriots special teams has been(17:30) How much will the Patriots offense miss Sony Michel? Will it alter their gameplan? (20:00) What moves could...


Jerod Mayo breaks down the keys to the Patriots winning 3 straight

(2:00) Takeaways from the Patriots win over the Chiefs (6:00) Is Dont’a Hightower still not 100%? Jerod breaks down what he has seen (8:00) How important has the improvement of Sony Michel been or the Patriots offense? (14:00) Who was to blame at how poor the defense played in the 2nd half? (19:00) Why are QBs around the league playing so much better? (22:00) Reaction to Nick Bosa taking a year off of Ohio State to rehab for NFL


Preparing the gameplan for the undefeated Chiefs; Sunday Night Football crew joins to debate Gronk vs. Kelce

In this episode of Quick Slants the Podcast, Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo break down the matchup between the undefeated Chiefs and the Patriots... 2:12 - Big primetime game vs. Chiefs. How is it different playing night games vs. normal afternoon games? 4:48 - What is the Patriots identity? "We don’t know who this team really is." 6:05 - Andy Reid so far is coach of the year. Patriots still playing around with roles. 7:16 - As a player, do you ever get tired hearing about players, i.e....


Jerod Mayo explains keeping Dont’a Hightower in the middle was key for improved defense

(1:30) What does Jerod Mayo think the Patriots did different to dominate the Dolphins? (4:00) Mayo explains why putting Dont’a Hightower behind the line calling plays was a key to the defensive dominance. (9:30) Did the Patriots improve that much, or was Miami that bad?(10:20) Jerod thinks Patriots are not top of the AFC, but explains competition isn’t great (15:00) Are Brady and Gronkowski going to be angry they won’t be able to meet their incentives?(17:30) Reaction to Earl Thomas injury,...


Ian O'Connor, author of 'Belichick', gives behind-the-scenes details of the Patriots head coach

4:43 - Ian O'Connor, the author of, 'Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time' joins Tom E. Curran on Quick Slants the Podcast. 6:10 - O'Connor discusses Bill Belichick's relationship with Bill Parcells, and how Belichick had a desire to get away from Parcells, leading to Belichick resigning as HC of the NYJ. 7:50 - How the New York Giants players did not respect Belichick when he first arrived but eventually grew to like him more than Bill Parcells. 9:45 - Like...


Is Sony Michel the key to the Patriots beating the Dolphins on Sunday?

Tom E. Curran, Jerod Mayo and Phil Perry discuss the tough start for the Patriots, and break down what they need to do on both sides of the ball to improve. (1:00) Jerod Mayo and Phil Perry break down what they saw go wrong for the Patriots defense against the Lions. (4:30) Why did the Patriots struggle with defending the run so much? (11:00) Is there anything personnel wise the Patriots defense can do to improve? (13:30) What’s going on with the Patriots offense? how can they improve?...