Monday’s night’s thumping by the New Orleans Saints doesn’t look any prettier this morning from the perspective of the Patriots and their fans.
The report cards aren’t kind either. If anyone doubts that the staff at Patriots Daily can be hard on the Patriots, just check out the grades and commentary from Jeremy Gottlieb this morning. Ron Borges has an extra spring in his step this morning, and Steve DeOssie has the Patriots’ GPA for the season plummeting.
Kerry Byrne says that Bill Belichick is still a great coach, a Hall of Famer, but his days as a “defensive genius” are over. Karen Guregian says that even Belichick can’t fix the flaws in this Patriots team. Albert R. Breer says that the Patriots didn’t get beat just one way Monday night, they got beat every way. Ian R. Rapoport says that the lack of a pass rush continues to be the defense’s biggest problem. Michael Felger says that Monday night was a complete system failure.
Monique Walker has the Patriots eager to leave this one behind. Dan Duggan has the Patriots defense insisting they haven’t lost confidence. Brian MacPherson examines how the Saints controlled the line of scrimmage. Robert Lee has Dean Pees blaming big plays for the loss. Rich Garven says that giving up big plays was the problem all night long for the Patriots.
Bill Burt says that the pressure if off the Patriots now, and they essentially can play the rest of the season with nothing to lose. Glen Farley says that the Patriots are a good team, but not good enough to win it all. Christopher Price speculates on why we might see Charlie Weis back in Foxborough.
Rapoport’s notebook has defensive coordinator Dean Pees blaming the loss on poor execution by his defense. Michael Vega’s notebook has more on Weis. Lee’s Patriots journal has Belichick expressing faith in his defense. Farley’s notebook has Belichick disappointed in Weis’ firing from Notre Dame.
The Celtics defeated the Charlotte Bobcats last night, 108-90 in the second game of their road trip. Ray Allen had 27 points for the green.
Gary Washburn has Allen getting his shooting stroke back last night after struggling much of the early going this season. Mark Murphy has Stephen Jackson not able to make a difference for the Bobcats. A. Sherrod Blakely has this one as an easy win for the Celtics.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox covering themselves and picking up some draft picks by offering arbitration to Jason Bay as well as Billy Wagner, who has agreed to a deal with the Braves. Michael Silverman says that that deal means picks for the Red Sox.
Peter Gammons reported yesterday that Dustin Pedroia would be willing to move to shortstop. Silverman has more on the possible, though unlikely, move to short. Alex Speier looks at whether Pedroia could really play shortstop. Gordon Edes thinks Marco Scutaro could be the answer.
Kevin Paul Dupont and Brendan Hall report on Marc Savard’s new cap-friendly seven year contract extension with the Bruins. Stephen Harris says that Savard’s importance to this team was shown during his absence earlier this season. Joe Haggerty says that everyone wins with this new deal. Mike Loftus says that the deal keeps the Bruins strong down the middle.
Rich Thompson looks at three locals being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Neal E. Boudette in the Wall Street Journal looks at the extraordinary rivalry between Jack Parker and Jerry York.
Julian Benbow says that the fit between Boston College and 6-9 forward Evan Smotrycz from Reading High just wasn’t the right one. Smotrycz is in town with Michigan tonight to face the Eagles.
CSN has launched a page for the new SportsNet Central which debuts tomorrow night. There are bios on the hosts on the page, including new faces Carolyn Manno, Jessica Moran, Jackie Pepper and Kevin Walsh, along with NECN transfers Chris Collins and Mike Giardi.