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01/15/2012 - 8:41pm
Reports: O'Brien hires Pats assistant Godsey

According to multiple reports, new Penn State head football coach, and current Patriots offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien has hired Pats offensive assistant George Godsey to become the Nittany Lions' quarterback coach. The 33-year-old Godsey is the only member of the New England staff to follow O'Brien to his new position.

Godsey served as a quarterback for Georgia Tech while O'Brien was coaching as the Yellow Jackets' offensive coordinator during the 2001 season. Before coming to the Patriots, Godsey coached at Central Florida from 2004-10.

O'Brien is expected to call his own plays for the Nittany Lions, who will go without an offensive coordinator.

For more Patriots news, go to the team page at weei.com/patriots.


01/15/2012 - 7:51pm
Sox sign Saltalamacchia for $2.5 million

The Red Sox agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed for 2012 with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, avoiding salary arbitration for the second-time arbitration eligible catcher. According to an industry source, the deal is for $2.5 million.

Saltalamacchia appeared in 103 games for the Sox last year, all but two of which were as a catcher. The 26-year-old played in 103 games in 2011, hitting .235 with a .288 OBP, .450 slugging mark and .737 OPS while serving as Boston's primary catcher. He showed prodigious raw power, hitting 16 homers with 23 doubles and three triples.

Saltalamacchia, who was acquired at the 2010 trade deadline from the Rangers, had three distinct segments in his first full season in Boston. He got off to a horrendous start, playing in 10 of the Sox' first 12 games and hitting .138 with a .219 OBP, .172 slugging mark and .391 OPS while also struggling defensively. That, in turn, led the Sox to redistribute playing time; Saltalamacchia, who...

01/15/2012 - 4:13pm
Pats to meet Ravens in AFC championship

The Patriots will be facing the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game next Sunday (3 p.m. on WEEI 93.7 FM) after the Ravens' 20-13 win over the Houston Texans in Baltimore. It will a rematch from the teams' wild card round matchup two years ago in Foxboro, in which Baltimore topped the Pats, 33-14, before being eliminated the following week by Indianapolis.

It was the fourth straight time the Ravens have won their playoff opener, and marked the sixth win in as many meetings against Houston. Baltimore finished the game without a single penalty or turnover.

The Texans' best hope at tying the game was snuffed out by Baltimore safety Ed Reed, who intercepted a T.J. Yates' pass at the Ravens' 4-yard-line with 1:51 left in the game. Houston's final chance ended when Yates' Hail Mary pass with 11 seconds was broken up at the Baltimore goal-line. Reed had to be helped off the field after the play, seemingly injuring his left foot.

While...

01/15/2012 - 10:17am
Ochocinco on field for one snap in win

According to ESPNBoston.com, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was on the field for one snap during the Patriots' 45-10 win over the Broncos in the teams' AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

While Ochocinco only got to participate in one of the Patriots' 66 offensive snaps, Julian Edelman saw the field on 27 snaps, serving as the patriots' primary third wide receiver. Other wideouts getting more time than Ochocinco were Tiquan Underwood (9 snaps) and Matthew Slater (2 snaps).

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was on the field for all 66 of the Patriots' snaps, with Wes Welker (61), Deion Branch (58), and Aaron Hernandez (57) also participating in virtually all of the team's offensive snaps.

Regarding the Patriots' running backs, BenJarvus Green-Ellis saw 21 snaps, with Danny Woodhead getting 10 and Stevan Ridley...

01/15/2012 - 1:05am
Von Miller: Connolly hit 'not a cheap shot'

FOXBORO -- Broncos linebacker Von Miller appeared to hit Dan Connolly from behind after the whistle following Tom Brady's fourth-quarter punt in the final minutes of New England's 45-10 win on Saturday. The hit on Connolly started a brief altercation between members of the two teams on the Patriots sideline. Miller did not address the altercation while speaking with the media after the game, but posted the following on his Twitter account:

"Was not a cheap shot, hit was totally legal, Play wasn't over, I could've loafed and said game over, but I didn't. Never quit, never give up," Miller wrote.

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