Michael Felger has an A+ for Matt Cassel and a D- for the defensive secondary in his report card this morning. All other positions on the Patriots fall in between those two grades. Ian Clark‘s grades are in line with those of Felger this morning, as are the grades from Eric McHugh. The Herald Report Card is pretty generous in its grading of the team. I’m assuming Borges wrote it, but there’s no byline to the story at the moment.
Christopher Price has Steelers safety Anthony Smith offering another guarantee of a Pittsburgh victory this weekend with their #1 defense.
John Tomase says that number 16 is really starting to look like number 12 out there on the field. Christopher L. Gasper has Cassel running the spread offense with great success and comfort. Mark Farinella looks at how much Cassel has progressed this season. Bill Reynolds says that Cassel has proved us all wrong. Glen Farley says that Cassel is becoming too expensive for the Patriots to keep.
Bill Burt gives us 10 reasons why the Patriots can win the Super Bowl this season. Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots defense needs to get its act together on third downs and in the red zone. Rich Garven reminds us that if the season ended today, the Patriots would not be in the playoffs. Daniel Barbarisi has the Patriots expecting another physical game with the Steelers in town on Sunday. Ben Swasey has a few thoughts after re-watching the game against Miami.
Lenny Megliola compares Cassel and BC backup QB Dominique Davis, who was also thrust into the starting lineup following an injury to the starter.
Tomase’s notebook has the Patriots awaiting word on whether Matt Light will be fined or suspended for this Sunday’s game at the Steelers. Gasper’s notebook has more on a possible suspension for Light. Barbarisi’s notebook has Stephen Gostkowski too busy trying to protect his leg to get involved in the Light/Crowder fight right in front of him. Farley’s notebook says that there will be no day off on Thursday for the Patriots.
Paul Flannery looks at how the Celtics have turned up the level of their play in the last few games. Frank Dell’Apa examines how the Celtics are a tough team to cover when they’re clicking, as Toronto found out. Mark Murphy has the Celtics bench playing a larger role this season.
Jim Fenton looks at the Celtics getting off to a 13-2 start despite not playing well at times and having a target on their back every night. Mike Fine examines whether Paul Pierce is worthy of being called a top-five NBA forward.
Michael Silverman has Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa considering an offer from the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin has more on the offer to Tazawa. Dan Lamothe is convinced that Jason Varitek has played his last game with the Red Sox. Joe McDonald says that the Varitek talks are the biggest Red Sox topic at the moment.
Stan Grossfeld looks at the “Mini-Fenway” project in Quincy.
Steve Conroy has Tim Thomas fifth in All Star voting despite being left off the ballot. Fluto Shinzawa has Patrice Bergeron putting his game back together after missing much of last season. Mike Loftus has the Bruins not wanting to let success go to their heads. Conroy’s notebook has Matt Hunwick filling a void on defense.