Old Linebackers Don’t Just Fade Away

On Patriots Daily this morning, Bill Barnwell examines how the Ravens trade last offseason for Willis McGahee was actually quite a curious move.

Mike Reiss examines how Bill Belichick and the Patriots put a premium on experienced linebackers in their schemes. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots linebackers refusing to speculate on what lineup changes might be made after Rosevelt Colvin was placed on IR. John Tomase says that the loss of Colvin creates a big void for the Patriots. Christopher Price says that the Patriots will need to do some shuffling to make up for the loss of Colvin. Rich Garven says that Chad Brown was hanging out, just waiting for the Patriots call when it finally came. Chris Kennedy notes that the Patriots will have some adjustments to make now. David Heuschkel notes that the Patriots versatility prevents the loss of Colvin from being a disaster for the defense.

Christopher L. Gasper has Laurence Maroney refusing to get baited by the media into griping about his playing time. Karen Guregian says that Troy Brown could help out on defense, as well as offense and special teams. Ian M. Clark says that the loss of Colvin will test the depth chart of the Patriots for the first time this season. Douglas Flynn has more on the Patriots depth taking a hit this week.

Guregian has Belichick displaying his admiration for Ravens safety Ed Reed yesterday.

Reiss’s notebook has Kevin Faulk being held out of yesterday’s practice with a sore thigh. Young’s notebook has Maroney reved up to run more. Guregian’s notebook has ESPN’s Ron Jaworski saying that Randy Moss took some plays off on Sunday night. Garven’s notebook has Maroney shooting down any talk that he was benched for disciplinary action in the first half on Sunday. Flynn’s notebook has more from Belichick and Tom Brady on Ed Reed.

Red Sox

Over on the Metro page, I’ve got a little look at the end of Dr. Charles Steinberg Era here in Boston.

Amalie Benjamin has Jon Lester winning the Tony Conigliaro Award. Jeff Goldberg has more on the award for the young lefthander, who battled cancer last offseason and came back to be the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the World Series. Joe McDonald has more on the fitting award for the young lefthander. Paul Jarvey has Lester enjoying the award, and hoping he doesn’t get traded. Joe Haggerty has Lester calling the award a “storybook ending” to the past year.

Rob Bradford says that with or without a trade for Twins ace Johan Santana, the Red Sox are in good shape heading into ’08. Benjamin has the Red Sox working with Clay Buchholz to build up his strength in the offseason.

Celtics/Bruins

Steve Bulpett has Knicks coach Isiah Thomas saying the Kevin Garnett seems to have been made to be a Celtic all along. Marc J. Spears has Reggie Miller not regretting his decision not to come out of retirement and join the Celtics. Buddy Thomas has Paul Pierce as just another piece of the puzzle for the Celtics these days.

Jeff Horrigan has Andrew Alberts fortunate enough to be able to return to the ice tonight after taking the cheap shot in Philly earlier this week. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins embarking on a busy stretch that will test their goaltending depth.

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