With Bobby Valentine officially fired yesterday, the process of replacing him, and rebuilding the Red Sox begins in earnest. Ben Cherington has already said they don’t wish to drag out the process of hiring the manager, so if John Farrell is their guy, you can be sure they’re already putting together a plan.
I’ve heard plenty of people point to Farrell’s record with the Blue Jays and wonder why the Red Sox would be interested in bringing him back. To me, it seems similar to the Patriots and Bill Belichick. Farrell was here previously as a coach, the front office and ownership got to know him, and liked him, and were comfortable with him. It reminds me of Belichick when he was with New England as an assistant under Bill Parcells, and developed a relationship with Robert Kraft. They got to know each other and were comfortable working together. Belichick’s previous coaching record in Cleveland didn’t concern them, so Kraft was willing to pay the price to bring him to New England after firing Pete Carroll. John Farrell’s record the last two years with the Blue Jays probably doesn’t bother the Red Sox all that much, as he is a known quantity to them.
If they want him, they will pay the price to Toronto to get him.
Previous managing record isn’t always an accurate barometer. Terry Francona didn’t set the world on fire as manager of the Phillies.
Red Sox eying Farrell, but open to others – Sean McAdam looks at the interest in Farrell, but also provides some alternative candidates.
Red Sox pushing for John Farrell – Gordon Edes has more on why the Sox like Farrell.
Heat’s on Sox to get it right this time – Michael Silverman says whomever they hire, it needs to be the right guy.
The Patriots take on the Broncos and Peyton Manning this Sunday. All the coverage is available at PatriotsLinks.com, but here are a couple of film-study looks at the Patriots from Football Outsiders:
Word of Muth: Crashing the Nickel – Ben Muth has a really good look at the performance of the Patriots offensive line in the running attack against Buffalo.
Film Room: Broncos-Patriots – Andy Benoit looks at the disguised coverages the Patriots may employ against Manning, and how the Broncos will counter. Matt Chatham also discussed disguises this morning.
ESPN Radio finally has a Boston home – Chad Finn looks at ESPN Radio finally debuting on 850 AM today, with a focus on the Mike and Mike Morning Show.
Ryen Rusillo is back on Boston airwaves with return of ESPN Radio – My SB Nation Boston media column also looks at ESPN 850, but with a look at the newly renamed SVP & Russillo show.
Ron Darling, John Smoltz predict long road back for Red Sox – Bill Doyle has the TBS analysts speaking of what the Red Sox need to do to return to contender status.