The Patriots and Jets renew their intense rivalry this Sunday night, but with the Penn State scandal (which just seems to be getting worse and worse every day) and the release of Albert Haynesworth, the game has been pretty much an afterthought when it comes to sports talk this week.
Patriots articles this morning pretty much fall into three camps – rehashing Bill Belichick’s failed personnel moves, Tom Brady’s recent struggles, and getting to know Kyle Love, who seems to be the biggest beneficiary of the Haynesworth release.
Bill Belichick strayed from principles – Mike Reiss says that Belichick should take a lesson from the Haynesworth experiment. Karen Guregian says that Belichick hasn’t made the necessary moves to beat the Jets. Shalise Manza Young has Belichick not wanting to discuss Haynesworth any more. Christopher Price looks at the low production from Shaun Ellis thus far. Tim Whelan Jr. says that Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are linked as failures of this season.
Brady looks at why his interceptions are on rise – Tom E Curran has Brady talking about his struggles, which have him on pace for a career-high in interceptions. Chris Forsberg says that the jersey is still number 12, but there is something not right about Brady right now. Ian R. Rapoport says that Brady is more frustrated than anyone over his performance.
Patriots are getting a lot of Love on defensive front – Paul Kenyon has the undrafted second-year player making an impact with the Patriots. Mark Farinella has Love looking forward to an increased opportunity. Jeff Howe has Love crediting an offseason boxing routine with keeping him in shape. Mary Paoletti has Love growing out of the “underrated” tag. Guregian notes that even Rex Ryan loves him.
Waivin’ goodbye – Rapoport’s notebook has Belichick giving his final thoughts on Haynesworth. The Patriots Journal notes that in a reversal, it is Brady, not Mark Sanchez, who is struggling coming into this game. The Globe notebook from Michael Vega has more on Brady. The Enterprise notebook from Glen Farley has more on Haynesworth.
For Red Sox, dugout search goes well beyond the manager – For those of you scratching your heads over the likes of Gene Lamont being interviewed with the Red Sox, Tony Massarotti explains that the team is actually interviewing for an entire staff. Yesterday, towards the end of their show, Felger and Mazz took a break from the Penn State and Belichick-fail talk and dedicated about five minutes to just Red Sox-related issues. It was the best five minutes of the show, with Massarotti actually showing some insight and some of his old baseball reporting knowledge. A lot of that discussion is in this column.
What we’ve learned and what remains in the Red Sox managerial search – Alex Speier has more on the managerial search. Peter Abraham has Sandy Alomar Jr interviewing yesterday and Scott Lauber says that Alomar made a great first impression with Ben Cherington. Not yesterday, but in 1998. Brian MacPherson says that while Alomar may lack experience, he has all the tools to be a successful manager.
Sox keep in touch with Ortiz, Papelbon – Mike Fine’s notebook has the Sox keeping tabs on their free agents.
Michael Cuddyer’s Leadership and Grit Similar to Trot Nixon’s, Making Him Perfect Fit for Red Sox – Ricky Doyle thinks that the Twins outfielder should be a top priority for the Red Sox.
BC’s Spaziani affected from afar by Penn State scandal – Eric Avadon talks to the Boston College head coach, who played for Joe Paterno at Penn State and crossed paths with Jerry Sandusky, though he says he doesn’t know him.