We’ve got one more day of looking back at the painful loss to the Broncos on Sunday before turning our sights to the Tennessee Titans this weekend.
The grades are in, as like the Patriots performance on Sunday, they’re pretty mediocre. There is a lot of room for improvement all around. Yesterday, Michael Felger said that the defeat to the Broncos wasn’t all that bad. Today, in his Report Card, he reserves the lowest grade, a “D” for quarterback Tom Brady. From Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily, there are a whole lot of “C’s” on the card. Ron Borges says that the Patriots defense has been “grossly overrated” in these parts, and says that Brandon Meriweather is closer to Donna Reed than Ed Reed, but saves his harshest grades for Brady, Belichick and the defensive backs, each of whom get a “D.” Steve DeOssie has “D’s” across the board, with the exception of special teams, which are given a “C.”
Mike Reiss says that Sunday was a role reversal between Tom Brady and Kyle Orton. Karen Guregian says that Tom Brady is clearly still not right. Monique Walker has the Patriots focused on improving their consistency on offense. Tedy Bruschi says that Sunday was about missed opportunities for the Patriots. Rich Garven has more on the need for consistency. Robert Lee says that the offense is the problem right now. Christopher Price has Brady taking the blame for the offense struggles.
Ian R. Rapoport says that the defense needs to work on tackling. Jonathan Comey says that there is still room for optimism in New England. Dan Duggan has Stephen Gostkowski already putting his 40-yard miss on Sunday behind him. Glen Farley has the Titans coming to Foxboro this Sunday hungry for their first win.
Walker’s notebook has Matt Light spotted on crutches yesterday. Rapoport’s notebook has more on Light. Lee’s Patriots journal has more from Gostkowski on his missed kick. Farley’s notebook has the Patriots loss a total team effort.
Fluto Shinzawa has mental errors proving costly to the Bruins in their 4-3 loss to the Avalanche yesterday. Steve Conroy looks at yesterday as the latest in a new, disturbing pattern for the Bruins. Mike Loftus has the Bruins as a pretty mediocre hockey team right now. Bud Barth has the Bruins continuing their shoddy play on special teams and defense.
Stephen Harris has the Bruins needing to get their heads back in the game. Kevin Paul Dupont says that there is a lot that is not right with the Bruins right now. Joseph Gravellese has the Bruins looking to end their breakdowns. Joe Haggerty looks at the lessons to be learned from yesterday. Matt Kalman has the power play a huge concern for the Bruins right now.
Shinzawa’s notebook has Johnny Boychuk apparently gaining the confidence of the coaches. Conroy’s notebook has more on Boychuk. Loftus’ notebook says that there was no reason given for Tuuka Rask getting a second straight start in net. Barth’s notebook has more on Tim Thomas sitting for the second straight game.
Jessica Camerato has Paul Pierce still feeling young as he turns 32. Steve Bulpett says that age is really only a number for Pierce right now. Jim Fenton has Pierce remaining at the top of his game as the Celtics prepare for another run.
Julian Benbow has a look at Marquis Daniels and the bond he shares with former Dallas teammates Josh Howard and Devin Harris. Scott Souza has the Celtics looking to develop roles and chemistry among the bench.