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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.




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?...


Jerod Mayo on why Sunday vs the Lions is the best time to test out Josh Gordon

Jerod Mayo talks with Tom E. Curran about the Patriots loss to the Jaguars, and why he thinks the Lions are the perfect opponent to test out Josh Gordon. (1:00) Jerod Mayo gives his reaction to the Patriots signing Josh Gordon, and what we can expect from him. (7:00) How does Bill Belichick address adding Josh Gordon to his players? (11:00) Did Patriots make a mistake not holding onto Brandin Cooks? Will not getting more for Jimmy Garoppolo come back to haunt the Patriots? (12:00) How much...


Jerod Mayo thinks Bennie Fowler has better chance to play than Corey Coleman

Tom E. Curran and Jerod Mayo discuss the Patriots signing WRs Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler, break down the Patriots week 1 win, and react to Matt Patricia’s tough debut for the Lions. (2:30) Jerod Mayo explains why he thinks Benny Fowler will get onto the field before Corey Coleman (6:30) What can the Patriots expect from Corey Coleman? (8:00) Is Rob Gronkowski better now than he has ever been? (12:30) Did we overreact to the NFL helmet rule? It was only called once over 14 games (13:20)...


Did ‘Tom vs Time’ hurt Tom Brady’s chance of getting a better contract?

Tom E. Curran sits down with Jerod Mayo to discuss the trailer for the latest Tom vs. Time episode. Why did Brady feel the need to add an epilogue episode days before the season begins. Curran explains why he thinks ‘Tom vs Time’ hurt Tom Brady’s chance of getting a better contract with the Patriots. Also, Jerod and Tom talk about Pepper Johnson opening up to Deadspin on working with Bill Belichick for the past couple decades. Finally - some actual football! What to expect on Sunday against...


Jerod Mayo thinks Jimmy Garoppolo will regress this season,Josh McDaniels on how Patriots will deal with lack of depth at WR

Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Jerod Mayo discuss what they’ve seen from the Patriots so far this season, whether the NFL can fix the preseason, and Jerod explains why he expects Jimmy G to regress this season. (6:00) Is there any point to the 4th preseason game? How can the NFL change the preseason to make it more effective? (13:00) Tom E. Curran explains why Tom Brady continues to be the band-aid that holds the Patriots together. How much different would this 2018 team be with Jimmy...


Jerod Mayo explains why we shouldn't panic about the new NFL helmet rule

Jerod Mayo talks with Phil Perry about the new NFL rules, and explains why he thinks we should not panic about the helmet rule just yet. (2:00) What level of concern does Jerod Mayo have with the NFL’s new helmet rule4:30) Will defenders altering the way they tackle ultimately lead to more injuries? (7:30) Jerod Mayo reacts to the NFL’s new QB protection rule, and how it will impact defenders. (12:30) Jerod Mayo breaks down Brian Flore’s job so far this preseason, and what we changes he...


What does Tom Brady's contract adjustment say about his future with the Patriots?

2:20 - Tom Brady received a contract adjustment where he can earn up to $5 million in incentives. Are both sides justified in how his contract has been handled? What does the future hold for Brady? 5:45 - It's not just about the amount of money for Brady but the contract can be used as a measurement to other player's deals around the league. 11:55 - Could Tom Brady be franchise tagged after his contract is up? 15:00 - Patriots seemed to have dodged a bullet with the severity of Phillip...


How worried should we be about Sony Michel’s knee injury? 3 things to look for during Patriots-Redskins preseason game

Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran discuss Sony Michel’s knee injury and break down what the key things to look for during the Patriots first preseason game against the Redskins. (2:00) 3 things to look for in Patriots-Redskins game. (4:00) Will the Patriots switch to a 3-4 defense instead of a 4-3? (9:00) Will we get any an idea of how good or bad the Patriots WR core is during preseason? (14:00) Do the Patriots have enough depth on defense? (17:00) Did the Patriots get enough for Chandler...


Michael Lombardi explains why Malcolm Butler benching wasn't the reason the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down the first impressions they are getting from the newest members of the Patriots. They go through who has shined in training camp, and whether what players we can expect to make an impact during the season. (11:30) Why has this training camp seem to be unenthusiastic? (21:00) Michael Lombardi joins the podcast to talks about his new book “Gridiron genius” that details his time as an executive in the NFL. Lombardi gives some of his favorite Bill Belichick...


Joon Lee's inside look at Jimmy Garoppolo's relationship with Belichick and Brady, and how Jimmy G forced the Patriots hand

Quick Slants The Podcast with Tom E. Curran, Jerod Mayo, and Phil Perry is back! 1:30 - The Patriots new saying this year seems to be "Forget about it". Will Bill Belichick be any different this year towards his players or explains things more given what happened in the Super Bowl? 5:40 - Discussion about if and how the decision to bench Malcolm Butler will affect the way Patriots players' view of Bill Belichick for this upcoming season. 7:00 - Are the Patriots reluctant to pay their...


Robert Kraft calls trading Rob Gronkowski rumors ‘a bunch of hogwash’

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Robert Kraft’s comments saying that the rumors of him vetoing a trade of Rob Gronkowski are “hogwash” (3:00) Is there any truth to any of the rumors that the Patriots looked to trade Rob Gronkowski? (6:00) Will Rob Gronkowski hold out until he gets a new deal? (11:00) Troy Brown joins the podcast to discuss how different things are under Bill Belichick at training camp now compared to when he was a player. (17:00) The latest on Julian Edelman being tested...


BRADY AND GRONKOWSKI ARE BACK! Will there be any hard feelings for their missed time?

Jerod Mayo, Tom E. Curran, and Phil Perry discuss the latest Patriots news including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski arriving for Patriots Minicamp at Gillette. (1:00) Tom and Phil give their first impressions from day 1 at Patriots Minicamp. (8:00) We listen to what Rob Gronkowski said about working out on his own, and whether he really contemplated retirement. (13:00) Will Rob Gronkowski wanting a new contract continue to be a distraction for the Patriots, or will they get the deal done?...


Does Belichick's style resonate with this generation of players?

On this week's episode of Quick Slants the Podcast, Jerod Mayo joins Phil Perry and Tom Curran and the guys are talking a lot about the culture within the Patriots organization and the effect it can have on players. Later, Tom is joined by Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com and the two discuss the NFL's new National Anthem policy as well as the potential for more dysfunction in New England this season. 1:00 - The guys reflect on the recent Memorial Day Weekend and discuss their favorite...


Would Tom Brady be skipping OTAs if Jimmy Garoppolo was still around?

Tom Curran, Phil Perry and Jerod Mayo jump on what's trending with the Patriots: 1:58 - How will the absence of Tom Brady from OTAs impact the Patriots' team progression? 5:00 - Jerod explains why he thinks that no Brady isn't a big deal for the Patriots for now. 6:27 - Is the Tom Brady way starting to hurt the Patriots way? 8:48 - Jerod: "If Tom's not here for mandatory mini camp, sound the alarm." 11:08 - Who is suffering the most by the absence of Brady and Gronk? 12:38 - Jerod...


Why do the Patriots want to be more like Ninjas, and how will legalized sports gambling impact the NFL?

Today on Quick Slants the Podcast Jerod Mayo joins Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry to discuss the Patriots bringing in martial expert Joe Kim as a pass-rushing consultant. Jerod also explains why he is still not worried about Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski being absent at volunteer workouts. Then Tom E. Curran talks with the Sports Handle’s Editor in Chief, Brett Smiley, about how legalized sports gambling will impact the NFL. (1:00) Jerod Mayo weighs in on Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski skipping...


Jerod Mayo thinks the culture of the Patriots is changing, how will Brady/Gronowski’s actions now impact the future of the “Patriot Way?”

Jerod Mayo sits down with Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran about whether he thinks things have gone “nuclear” on the Patriots with both Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady sitting out all volunteer workouts. Will all be forgotten when Brady and Gronkowski arrive for min-camp? (6:00) Jerod explains why he thinks the culture of the New England Patriots is changing right now given what he is seeing from the locker room. (9:30) Shouldn’t Brady and Gronkowski be fired up to get into this season and avenge a...


Tom Brady 'pleads the fifth' over Belichick’s appreciation; Recapping the Patriots draft picks

0:55 - Tom Curran, Phil Perry, and Jerod Mayo discuss Tom Brady’s “plead the 5th” comments, why he said what he said, and how his comments can be interpreted. 5:41 - Tom Brady’s response to the Malcolm Butler question and how Brady openly questioned the decision by the coaching staff. 10:15 - Why Patriots tried to trade up for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, according to Mayfield's agent. 13:00 - Recapping the Patriots draft and why they selected Sony Michael with the 31st overall...