Brady: You don't ever stop thinking about the game

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Brady: You don't ever stop thinking about the game

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was perhaps not as thrilled for a second press conference this week as reporters were. The media meet marked a break in routine, something the Patriots quarterback prizes. 
So it goes in the playoffs. There are more reporters, more questions. At least the quarterback kept his sense of humor. 
'How was practice, Tom?' 
"It was perfect," he replied, sarcasm oozing from his grin. "There was not a bad play." 
And then it was back to business. 
"No, there are always mistakes made and you correct them and you try to learn from whatever mistakes you make. I wish they were perfect, but not often."
Brady did not describe what constitutes an efficient week of workouts; it's for head coach Bill Belichick, he said, to evaluate and decide how the players do. 
"We try to go out and be consistent and go out and execute the plays that are called. A lot of times, you put in your first and second down plays, your third down plays, your red area plays -- it's your first look at them on Wednesday. Like today, we put in the red area. You go out and you see how you practice them, you see how they look. 
"If they don't look good you make changes and make adjustments. If they look good, maybe you build on them. Maybe you don't do anything with them. You put plays in, you throw plays out. That's the whole preparation leading up to the game, trying to understand the game plan, add a few things, take a few things out so what you're calling is the best stuff and the stuff you have the most confidence in." 
New England was done with practices Friday but game prep is far from over. AFC Championship or not, Brady takes it down to the wire. 
"You just keep pushing through," he said. "You finish practice today and you go in and watch film on practice and see what we have to do better and that goes right through the night. Tomorrow morning we have meetings and that goes right through the afternoon, and tomorrow night we have meetings, and then Sunday mornings we have meetings. It goes right up until game time. It just doesn't stop. You really can't turn it off at this point.
"I don't think you ever really let down or stop thinking about the game. Certainly I don't."

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot