Looking at the statistics and the records before today's game between the Patriots and Jaguars, you would figure the Patriots would roll. But after watching the Patriots offense sputter against the Jaguars for much of the game, eking out a 23-16 win over one of the worst teams in football, you would realize that you figured wrong.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi broke down what they think went wrong on Sunday for the Pats. Essentially it came down to two things: 1) a letdown after two back-to-back primetime games against elite opponents, and 2) injuries.
"I think a lot of guys are beat up and tired right now," Curran said simply.
Alfonzo Dennard was out today, and fellow corner Aqib Talib was not a full strength. Aaron Hernandez still doesn't look like himself and Rob Gronkowski was obviously still out recovering from surgery to repair a broken arm.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.
Mike Felger and Troy Brown break down the New England Patriots defense.