Felger: Talib made great plays like Ty Law


Felger: Talib made great plays like Ty Law

There probably wasn't a single Patriots fan out there that wasn't interested in seeing what Aqib Talib could bring to the team's secondary.

After the first game, there's a better idea. Talib was sketchy on a couple plays, but that's not a shock considering it's his first game. He did, though, intercept a pass that he then returned for a touchdown.

"Big plays -- you know, that's who Aqib Talib is," Mike Felger said on CSNNE's Patriots Postgame Live. "He had three interception returns for touchdowns heading into this game. Now he's got four in his career. So he's a little bit like the man to my left here Ty Law that if you make a mistake in his area, he can take advantage of it and then take it back to the house. And I thought that's exactly why they brought him in; that big play.

Whoa, Felgy. Talib in the same sentence as THE Ty Law? Let's hear from the man himself on how Talib looked:

"I thought he played OK for what it's worth," Law said. "He didn't have a great game and I don't think anybody expected him to have a great game when he got left in one-on-one situations. I think those are just coming with the repetitions because he was there on the touchdown pass. he just went in and tried to get it with the wrong arm ... those are the things that are going to come back and that's all muscle memory as far as I'm concerned. He'll be a lot better and he's going to be a definite asset to this secondary."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.