If you looked at yesterday’s game as another test for a young team riding high and playing a seemingly inferior opponent on the road, then yesterday’s result was, in Twitter terms, an #epicfail.
Eric Mangini and fellow former Patriots assistants Brian Dabol, Rob Ryan and Brad Seely had their Browns fully prepared for the Patriots, and kept New England off balance for the entire game – a 34-14 thumping of the Patriots in Cleveland.
Improvements better be in works – Greg A Bedard says that the Patriots have their work cut out for them. HE examines how the Browns keyed in on Jerod Mayo yesterday. Looks like Bedard is also fitting in nicely with how the Globe does things on the Patriots beat: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/Greg_A_Bedard/status/1394573548986368″%5D
I’m told the Globe had seven people at the game yesterday, yet there are only six articles on the game in the paper, including Shaughnessy’s column, which I’m not going anywhere near, Shalise Manza Young’s game story, Bedard’s column above, Monique Walker had a story and the notebook, and then Duane Rankin, Globe Correspondent (who I imagine is a local Cleveland stringer, so I don’t know if he even counts) chimed in with one. Chris Gasper, who will have a Boston.com column was the 7th. In contrast, it seems that outlets like NESN.com and WEEI.com didn’t send anyone.
Rob Gronkowski owns up to awful day – Ian Rapoport has the rookie tight end owning up to his mistakes.
Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Humbled by Hillis – Christopher Price checks in with things to take away from this game.
Situation elementary for Watson – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Browns having plenty of Patriots insight to draw upon. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Wes Welker stepping in for Stephen Gostkowski.
It wasn’t all bad news on the local sports front, as the Celtics traveled to Oklahoma City to take on a tough Thunder team. The Celtics bench was the difference in a 92-83 Boston win.
No translation needed: Erden fitting right in – Gary Washburn has the Celtics reserve center fitting in despite a culture and language barrier.
Big Baby might be the NBA’s best sixth man – Paul Flannery thinks that Glen Davis might be up for some hardware at the end of the season.
Krejci diagnosed with concussion – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins dealing with another concussion.
For Sox, free agency begins in earnest – Gordon Edes looks at a very important offseason for Theo Epstein.