Giardi: Bill O'Brien to stay at Penn State

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Giardi: Bill O'Brien to stay at Penn State

Coach Bill O'Brien will be staying with Penn State University, according to CSNNE's Mike Giardi.
O'Brien informed PSU that he would be staying after interviewing with both the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, Giardi tweeted Thursday.
O'Brien took over last year as coach after Penn State fired Joe Paterno amid a child sex abuse scandal.
"I'm not a one-and-done guy," O'Brien told David Jones of pennlive.com. "I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do. 
"I'm a man of my word. I am what I am. Maybe I get fired in six years. But I'm not gonna cut and run after one year, that's for sure."
Giardi also tweeted that the Eagles were reportedly disappointed that O'Brien decided to stay.
"He was way up near the top of the ladder of candidates."

Preseason or regular season, Bennett says, 'Put my pants on the same way'

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Preseason or regular season, Bennett says, 'Put my pants on the same way'

FOXBORO -- There seem to be some differing opinions inside Gillette Stadium as to the feel of the third preseason game. Is it a good dress rehearsal for the regular season, or is it just as vanilla as any other preseason matchup?

Example No. 1 comes from coach Bill Belichick's WEEI interview earlier this week: 

"In terms of playing time it might be a little different, but in terms of game-planning and strategy, what we see in the regular season compared to what we see the in third preseason game, I don’t even think you’re in the same universe," he said. "We’re still running our basic plays and we’d expect our opponents would run their basic plays.

"You get to the opener and start to get to game-planning and scheme, I mean you’re in a totally different ballpark, in my opinion. I don’t see any comparison at all. It’s too far away, I don’t see how you could compare them, from that standpoint. One-on-one matchups, letting the players play, yeah, I would say you have a better matchup of guys like that, but it’s nothing compared to what we’re going to see in the regular season from a total scheme situation standpoint."

Example No. 2 comes from Martellus Bennett, who opted not to meet with reporters last week when the Bears, his former club, came to town for joint practices. 

"All my snaps are full speed," Bennett said when asked about this week's game with the Panthers. "I don't slow down. I just go full speed the whole time so it's just a regular game for me . . . It's always the same whether it's the regular season or preseason. Put my pants on the same way. Put my shoes on the same way. Tie them the same way. Same gloves, same face mask."

Truth is, both can be right.

For players who are given plays and asked to execute assignments, a preseason game played at full speed may very well feel like a regular-season game. For coaches who are coming up with the plays and assignments for said players to execute, the difference between the regular season and preseason is vast. 

The third preseason game might then be the closest thing teams experience to a regular-season game this month, but it's still not close.