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10/21/2011 - 2:05pm
J. Kraft: Belichick to coach Pats for years

New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, in an interview on The Big Show, said that Patriots coach Bill Belichick will remain in charge of the team for "the foreseeable future." While he declined to get into specifics of the coach's contract, Kraft made clear that the Patriots have no intention of moving away from a man whom he called the best coach in NFL history.

"We don’t really talk about the term of Bill’s contract, but I think it’s safe to say that Bill is going to be the coach of the Patriots for the foreseeable future. I think we’re very fortunate to have him," said Kraft. "I think he’s the greatest coach in the history of the game. In this modern era where you have free agency and you have all the hurdles associated of having sustained excellence on the field, it’s very difficult. He’s exceptional at managing the roster, the X’s and O’s, and all the...

10/21/2011 - 12:21pm
King on M&M: Ochocinco situation 'troubling'

Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined Mut & Merloni Friday for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. King addressed Chad Ochocinco's struggles to fit in with the New England offense. Ochocinco has just nine receptions through the first six games of the season.

"Look, the Chad thing is troubling," King said. "It's really, really troubling because this is a place he begged to get to, and over the last three weeks he's had six inconsequential balls thrown to him and only one last week with no catches. He's not an integral part of this offense and that is putting it mildly. And you have wonder how much longer before somebody else becomes more a part of the offense and takes some of his snaps."

Before the trade deadline this past Monday, there was speculation that the Patriots would try to go after former Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to replace Ochocinco as a viable third wide receiver. Lloyd ended up...

10/21/2011 - 11:38am
Young leaves Red Sox, returns to A's

Pitching coach Curt Young, who left the A's after the 2010 season to join the Red Sox on a two-year contract that included a team option for a third season, left the Sox to return to Oakland as pitching coach after just one year.

Under Young, the Sox had a 4.20 ERA that ranked ninth in the American League in 2011. The team's pitchers sputtered in September, with the rotation producing a 7.08 ERA. Young's laid-back style of coaching, in contrast to the more intimidating style of predecessor John Farrell, raised questions about whether members of the Sox pitching staff had taken advantage of his approach in a season when they came under scrutiny for their lackadaisical approach to conditioning and, more infamously, drank beer in the clubhouse during games.

In an appearance on the Mut & Merloni Show on Thursday, starter Clay Buchholz acknowledged the difference in approaches, referring to Young in the past tense.

"It was a different...

10/21/2011 - 7:21am
Robert Kraft on D&C: 'Savor' Pats' success

Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, with his team sitting at 5-1 heading into its bye weekend. Kraft said that while coach Bill Belichick might be quick to move on to the next game, he takes a little more time to enjoy the team's success.

"After my family, there's nothing more important to me than the New England Patriots team. And winning is what we're about, so when we win, I do savor it," he said. "We're not on this planet forever, and we've got to make sure we enjoy the special people around us and the special events that happen in our life and savor them.

"So, it's Bill's job to do that, and his philosophy works pretty well. I'm pretty proud that since we bought this team -- and I remember my sweetheart thought I was nuts. We had the worst won-loss record the previous five years. And now this our 18th season, if you can believe it. I'm pretty proud that we have the best won-loss...

10/21/2011 - 6:34am
Mashup: Clemens drank in Yankees dugout?

Despite the furor in Boston over Red Sox players drinking beer in the clubhouse and dugout, reports are coming out showing that the behavior is not uncommon around the majors. The New York Daily News quotes sources as saying the Yankees and Mets have a history of drinking in both locations. For example, according to the report, Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi "routinely" drank beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees. And they were not alone.

"Rally beers are big in the clubhouse," a Yankees source told the paper. "Guys would drink them all the time, on the bench, in the clubhouse, in the training room. It's common."

Added the clubhouse insider: "Beer in the clubhouse, it's nothing new. Been going on forever."

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