Kevin Mannix thinks Bill Belichick has pulled a Charlie from Flowers for Algernon. Gone from an idiot to a genius and now back again. Ron Borges actually makes it through his column today without using the word genius. Steve Buckley writes off the season. Tom Curran as usual is able to go past the knee-jerk reactions and look a little deeper look at the situation. Alan Greenberg has the players looking to cut down on the penalties. Rich Thompson outlines the three major trouble spots. Bill Reynolds says the team’s problems are not because of Tom Brady.

Lenny Megliola has some players scratching their heads and wondering what is going on. Bill Burt wonders if the time has come to criticize Tom Brady’s offseason escapades. Hector Longo questions the team’s character. Nick Cafardo looks at Brady, and has some praise from Brett Favre for him. Cafardo’s notebook has speculation on possible personnel moves. Rich Thompson’s Herald notebook looks ahead to the Broncos, and Curran’s notebook focuses on the penalties and play calling. The Union Leader does its own Patriots report card with high school coaches.

Dan Shaughnessy has the same feeling about the Angels that he had for the Patriots. He too manages a “genius” stab at Belichick. Gordon Edes looks at last night’s 9th inning victory by the Giant to propel them into the World Series. Edes also has an article on an aspiring GM who isn’t getting any phone calls, Dave Stewart. It’s early, but I’m not sure I get Michael Gee’s article today. Something about Red Sox holes and what the fans want and what the owners wants. The Globe’s baseball notebook has a couple fleeting quotes from guys the Sox are interested in as GM candidates.

Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris report on last night’s thrilling, last second win by the Bruins. Dupont’s notebook looks at the earlier Bruins goal, while the Herald notebook looks at Colorado native John Grahame’s performance last night.

With the Celtics facing the Nets in a preseason game tonight, focus is naturally on Rodney Rogers. Steve Bulpett has Rogers blaming Paul Gaston for his exit, and Shira Springer expands on that theme. Bulpett’s notebook looks at the Nets matchup, and has a peek at Bruno Sundov.

FSNE has Celtics/Nets at 7:30. ESPN presents its EOE block starting at 7:00.