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Greg Doyle deserves combat pay for going back and watching the Patriots/Broncos game a second time, but he comes away with a few new views of the game and individual performances.
Gerry Callahan chooses a focus point for his column on whether Tom Brady is out of sorts…Brady throwing the ball “into the ground” during a 3rd and 6 play on Sunday, which Callahan expands to mean that Brady was totally frustrated at a non-call from the officials and allowed his anger and frustrations to get the better of him. Jackie MacMullan says that Brady’s body language is downright troubling these days, and like Callahan, she projects that it is either because he is upset at the lack of talent around him, or that he is upset at himself for his own poor play thus far. Shalise Manza Young has Rosevelt Colvin upset at himself for not getting to Jake Plummer a split second earlier and having the chance to make a big play in the second quarter Sunday night. Albert Breer looks at the Patriots being unable to come up with the big play or stop.
Michael Felger has his weekly Patriots report card. Ian Clark says that the Patriots are work in progress, as the passing game needs to improve to take some pressure off the running game. Alan Greenberg has Bill Belichick focused solely on Cincinnati and not China or anything else going on at the moment. Michael Parente says that the Patriots need to solve their issues with the big play before this weekend’s meeting with the Bengals, who are all about the big play. Bill Reynolds says that the Patriots have lost their mystique and are just another ordinary team.
Christopher L Gasper looks at Doug Gabriel finally showing a glimpse of what he could bring to the Patriots during the fourth quarter of the Broncos game. Rich Garven, normally mild-mannered and solid with his reporting, gets a little critical of the Patriots this morning, saying that Chad Jackson is injured more than Manny Ramirez, that the Patriots did absolutely nothing to improve their secondary this summer, and compares Tom Brady on the field to Aaron Brooks and off the field makes reference to Brady calling out his teammates as if it’s like what the Yankees have been going through lately. Eric McHugh has Tom Brady seemingly not as frustrated after the game with his performance, yet still dealing with a loss. John Tomase looks at the Patriots opponents hitting it big against them.
Gasper’s notebook says that the long pass plays really have hurt the Patriots the last couple weeks. Young’s notebook has Belichick sidestepping specific questions regarding Tom Brady and his frustrations and struggles. Parente’s notebook had Belichick not choosing to talk about China. McHugh’s notebook has more on the big play struggles of the Patriots and capabilities of the Bengals. Tomase’s notebook has more on Gabriel.
Gordon Edes has Matt Clement going to visit Dr. James Andrews in an attempt to get some answers for the discomfort in his shoulder which has kept him out since June. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox hoping that Manny will be able to play before the end of the season, and has a few experts discuss knee tendonitis. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox coaching staff will learn their fate pretty quickly once the season ends on Sunday. David Heuschkel looks at the Red Sox loss last night in which David Ortiz just missed his 33rd road homer of the season. David Borges ponders second base for 2007 – will the Sox bring back Mark Loretta, or will the position go to Dustin Pedroia? Phil O’Neill notes that we might be witnessing Trot Nixon’s final homestand as a member of the franchise this weekend.
Edes’ notebook looks at the Red Sox dropping into third place. Horrigan’s notebook has the Sox planning on having Wily Mo Pena work on his defense during this offseason. Borges’ notebook has more on the Blue Jays moving ahead of the Sox in the standings last night. O’Neill’s notebook looks at both the Sox and Jays struggling for hits early on last night.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the Bruins sending a dozen players down to Providence to trim their roster to 25. Bud Barth also looks at the cuts, which put the team close to the regular season roster size. Karen Guregian looks at the Bruins aiming to set a different defensive tone this season. Barth’s notebook looks at teenagers Phil Kessel and Petr Kalus, each of whom appear to have made the regular season roster and who sport very different playing styles. Guregian also looks at how the Bruins might plan to use Zdeno Chara on the power play.
Mark Blaudschun says that the ACC has not been an impressive football conference this season.
NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00.