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10/25/2010 - 4:14pm
BB on 4th-and-1: 'I need to do a better job'
By: DJ Bean

Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show, chatting with Glenn Ordway, Fred Smerlas, and Steve DeOssie about the Patriots' victory over the Chargers on Sunday and the decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 late in the game on a play in which BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped for a loss. 

 

"I felt we would be OK with the play we had called. Obviously it didn't work out," Belichick said, adding that, "I need to do a better job in those situations with the plays."

 

Belichick noted that he "didn't get the sense" that Brandon Meriweather, fined $50,000 last week for his hits, approached tackling on Sunday any different. 

 

Next week will see the return of Randy Moss, who Belichick admitted is "tough to deal with" but pointed out that the likes of Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Adrian Peterson make the Viking's offense far more potent than...

10/25/2010 - 4:04pm
Belichick responds to NFL exec's comments

FOXBORO — With his tongue firmly in cheek, Patriots coach Bill Belichick weighed in Monday on the comments from NFL officials praising safety Brandon Meriweather for his “tenacious” hits in Sunday’s game against San Diego.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, one week after criticizing Brandon Meriweather for his hit against Ravens tight end Todd Heap, praised the Patriots safety responding to the league’s crackdown on hits to the neck and head of defenseless players.

“Brandon Meriweather, specifically, last week we were appropriately calling him out and chastising him,” said Anderson. “Yesterday in the Patriots’ game at San Diego, Meriweather made two very tenacious, effective and legal hits in similar situations. But you could see it, he lowered the target area, blasted the opponent with his shoulder. He adapted, showing it can be done. It is...

10/25/2010 - 2:43pm
NFL applauds Meriweather's 'tenacious' hits

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, one week after criticizing Brandon Meriweather for his hit against Ravens tight end Todd Heap, praised the Patriots safety responding to the League's crackdown on hits to the neck and head of defenseless players. Meriweather, who was fined $50,000 last week for his hit on Heap, leveled Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton with a hit below the shoulder on Sunday. Anderson lauded Meriweather's clean, aggressive play.

 

"We like to think we're off to a good start in terms of the new emphasis and the recognition that we are going to play aggressively but well within the rules," Anderson told the Associated Press. "It's a good start.

 

"Brandon Meriweather, specifically, last week we were appropriately calling him out and chastising him," he added. " Yesterday in the Patriots' game at San Diego, Meriweather made two very tenacious,...

10/25/2010 - 2:36pm
Doc: Shaq 'most likely' starts

WALTHAM -- Barring any unforeseen changes, Shaquille O'Neal will make his Celtics debut as the starting center on opening night against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. 

 

"Most likely Shaq, to be honest," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Monday's practice. "We haven't officially announced it but most likely."

 

Rivers added that back-up centers Jermaine O'Neal and Semih Erden will both suit up and be ready to play. O'Neal has been playing with torn cartilage in his left wrist while Erden has a sore shoulder that Rivers indicated will take some "managing" to keep him healthy enough to play. 

 

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics

 

 


10/25/2010 - 1:13pm
Francona: 'No timetable' to replace Farrell

Red Sox manager Terry Francona felt mixed emotions about the departure of close friend and pitching coach John Farrell, who on Monday will be announced officially as the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. On the one hand, Francona was tremendously grateful for the chance to work with Farrell for the last four years, and thrilled for the opportunity that his friend will enjoy.

 

At the same time, the Sox skipper made clear that the loss of Farrell will be felt going forward.

 

"The fact that he was there, like a pillar, for four years, I feel really lucky," Francona told WEEI.com. “I don’t see where [having Farrell in the Blue Jays dugout] will help. That’s the one thing, I wish he was in a different division. We spend our whole life trying to find ways to win games. To face one of your best friends 18 or 19 times isn’t the most fun. Somebody is going to go home being mad. I hope it...

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