Farrell: Sox doing due diligence on remaining coaches


Farrell: Sox doing due diligence on remaining coaches

Red Sox manager John Farrell unveiled the first member of his new coaching staff, naming Torey Lovullo as bench coach on Friday. While Farrell said he would like to complete his staff sooner than later, he is not yet ready to name his other coaches yet.

We've got some work to do, Farrell said. We're deep into it in terms of not only building lists as they relate to each position on the staff, but getting recommendations, kind of going deeper than just our personal relationships of an individual candidate. So were working through it. We'd like to get it done sooner than later. But we're not going to take any shortcuts just to put names to positions.

Tim Bogar was Bobby Valentines bench coach last season, a pairing that did not work well. Bogar and Farrell worked together on the Sox staff in Farrells last two seasons as the Sox pitching coach, when Bogar was the teams first base coach in 2009 and third base coach in 2010. Bogar appears to be out of the Sox mix. General manager Ben Cherington confirmed earlier in the week that all the Sox 2012 coaches were given permission to look elsewhere. Farrell said Friday Bogar was aware of Farrells intent to hire Lovullo as his bench coach.

Tim is obviously a very good baseball guy, Farrell said. He's been a successful player, coach, manager in his own right. But I think what I expressed to Tim, even coming into the position earlier in the week is that the staff positions were somewhat unknown, even though it was very clear in my mind that Torey was going to come in here as the bench coach, provided that he was able to make that move from Toronto, which obviously has been the case. So Tim was aware of the intent of bringing Torey in here. I still continue to have dialogue with Tim and will continue to do so based on how we construct this staff and what opportunities may still exist here.

Belichick: Players don’t have time to be coaching each other

Belichick: Players don’t have time to be coaching each other

FOXBORO - It's been an ongoing conversation/fascination this summer. With Tom Brady's four-game suspension looming, how much knowledge, support and coaching was he going to give to Jimmy Garoppolo?

Bill Belichick was asked by Phil Perry on Thursday how much he expects from veteran players when it comes to coaching up teammates. 

The answer? Be an example, but let the coaches coach. 

"I think veteran players can be a good example for younger players in terms of their preparation, and their attitude, and their work ethic, and the way they go about things," said Belichick. "We have a lot of guys that I would put in that category that when you watch them do things they do them right and it’s easy to say to a younger player ‘Do what that guy does’, and you’d be off to a good start. 

"But you know, that being said, I think everybody on the team, really their number one focus is to get ready to play football. Our players aren’t coaches, they’re players, and they need to get ready to play, and as I said, I think every player needs to get ready to play. I don’t care how long you’ve been in the league, I don’t care what positon you play, I don’t care how long you’ve coached, I don’t care what position you coach. We haven’t done it for a long time, a number of months, and now we all need to sharpen those skills up. That’s every player, that’s every coach, so I don’t really think players have a lot of time to run around and be telling everybody else what to do."

The answer is not surprising. As much as the "Do Your Job" mantra is espoused in New England, to think Belichick or his mostly veteran staff of coaches would want players monkeying with the message is a little naive. Certainly, there are things players can impart to teammates who play the same position. Things coaches might not see from the sidelines or from upstairs. And Belichick's made a point of saying that in the past: there are things players on the field know and have experienced that the coaches may not be able to articulate as clearly. Junior Seau was a resource and touchstone for defensive teammates during his time in New England. 

But there's a difference between giving helpful pointers when they are sought or being a locker room sage and coaching. 

"Honestly, there is enough that all of them need to work on individually, and that would be every single player, that’s a full plate for them," added Belichick. "I don’t really think that’s their job, and I don’t think any player has enough time to do that because they all have things that they need to do to prepare for the season. But as far as being a good example and doing things right and all of that, I mean we have a lot of guys that fall into that category and that’s definitely a good thing. But, you know, that’s what they should be doing."

For two seasons and three offseasons, Garoppolo's had a chance to observe how Brady prepares, studies, interacts and leads. No doubt they've had countless conversations about the Patriots offensive philosophy and the throws and checks that need to be made in certain situations. But the job of actually coaching Garoppolo falls to Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

Any successes of failures Garoppolo has during the four weeks Brady is off campus will belong to him and his coaches. And that's how it should be. 


Curran: Tom Brady/Jimmy Garoppolo relationship isn't the same as Brady/Bledsoe

Curran: Tom Brady/Jimmy Garoppolo relationship isn't the same as Brady/Bledsoe

Tom E. Curran joins SNC to discuss Tom Brady issuing his support for Jimmy Garoppolo prior to the start of practice, and whether Brady sees his relationship with Jimmy the same as when he was the understudy of Bledsoe.