NFL Week 8 reactions: Patriots dominance, Colin Kaepernick, Whisenhunt firing and more

Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season is officially in the books. As always, it was a week full of brilliant plays, comebacks, upsets … and of course some pretty bad performances too.

Just like every week, SiriusXM’s sports channels covered all the action from this past weekend. Here’s a look at what they had to say about some of the biggest stories from Week 8:

The Miami Dolphins came into Week high 8 riding high after a dominant two-game winning streak under new coach Dan Campbell. But Tom Brady deflated their confidence pretty quickly in the New England Patriots 36-7 victory on Thursday night, and Mad Dog Sports Radio’s Adam Schein loved the Pats’ performance.

“This middle-finger tour against the NFL and against the court of public opinion is absolutely, positively awesome to watch,” Schein said. “Tom Brady, in my opinion, is playing the best football of his entire career. He’s old by NFL quarterback and NFL player standards, and this is the best he’s ever played.”

Adam Schein also ripped the San Francisco 49ers’ decision to bench Colin Kaepernick after he continued to falter in the team’s 27-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

“It really hits home how backwards and pathetic the San Francisco 49ers are,” said Schein. “You cannot bench Colin Kaepernick because Blaine Gabbert’s the worst. I’ve called him the worst when I called Brandon Weeden the second worst backup quarterback in the National Football League. Blaine Gabbert makes Brandon Weeden look like John Elway.”

After a 20-6 loss to the Houston Texans dropped their record to 1-6, the Tennessee Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Cornerback Jason McCourty shared his reaction on NFL Radio.

“We have to to focus on the things we can control; that’s practicing, trying to get better, and knowing that we have a tough opponent in New Orleans coming up,” McCourty said. “Hopefully this is maybe a step in the right direction and we’re moving towards being a playoff team and a contender.”

Pat Kirwan also spoke about the Whisenhunt firing, and was very critical of the Titans’ decision to fire their coach so short into his tenure.

“I knew this was going to start happening after the Miami thing,” said Kirwan. “Why don’t they follow the Patriots, the Steelers, the Giants, the Seahawks? No, they’ll follow the actions of these guys that can’t build a franchise.”

The 4-3 Oakland Raiders already surpassed their win total from last season after a 34-20 victory over the New York Jets, and quarterback Derek Carr is pumped up.

“We always were a team that worked very hard, were always a team that put the work in, and all those kind of things, but right now we’re seeing it come to fruition,” said Carr. “We’re trusting in the plan that the coaches are giving us, and we’re seeing it result in wins, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a devastating blow in their 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, as an injury to Le’Veon Bell will keep the running back out of action for the rest of the season. But Jack Del Rio thinks the team will be okay with backup DeAngelo Williams getting the carries.

“The tape on DeAngelo is outstanding,” Del Rio said. “He’s a good football player, he’s done it at a high level in this league, and he’s doing it at a high level right now.”

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