Law: Ridley 'ran with a passion' vs. Rams


Law: Ridley 'ran with a passion' vs. Rams

Poor Craig Dahl. The Rams safety had an opportunity to make a solo tackle in the third quarter, but ran into a problem named Stevan Ridley. The Patriots running back lowered his shoulder and bowled through Dahl almost as if he wasn't there. It was a little while before Dahl was back on his feet.

That carry was just one of many strong runs for Ridley on the day as he tallied 127 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in New England's 45-7 win over St. Louis.

Former Patriots Ty Law and Troy Brown liked what they saw. They discussed Ridley's performance after the game on Postgame Live with Michael Felger.

"He ran with a passion today," Law said of Ridley. "He ran with a lot of power, and we like to see that. He was very explosive at the point of attack. As a running back in this league, if you wanna continue to get the ball and have your team trust that you can get the job done. Especially coach Bill Belichick, who magnifies everything, especially if it's a mistake. You're going to keep comtinuing to get the ball."

Ridley's had trouble fumbling the ball in the past, but Brown says he proved today, once again, that he's worthy of being the Patriots' No. 1 guy.

"He's big enough, he's strong enough, he's tough enough, he's nimble enough to make people miss and then he's strong enough to run over some people," Brown said. "He finishes runs like Corey Dillon basically. And he finishes people off. That's the kind of back they're going to need here."

Felger: Crazy can be good, but Sale needs to harness it

Felger: Crazy can be good, but Sale needs to harness it

Chris Sale brings with him to Boston some attitude. He also brings a measure of defiance and, perhaps, a little bit of crazy.

All of which the Red Sox starting staff just may need. And if Sale pitches as he has for much of the past five years, he'll probably be celebrated for it.

I still wonder how it will all play here, especially if he underachieves.

What would we do to him locally if he refused to pitch because he didn't like a certain kind of uniform variation the team was going with? What would we say if he not only refused to pitch, but took a knife to his teammates' uniforms and the team had to scrap the promotion? Sale did exactly that in Chicago last year, after which he threw his manager under the bus for not standing by his players and attacked the team for putting business ahead of winning.

All because he didn't want to wear an untucked jersey?

"(The White Sox throwback uniforms) are uncomfortable and unorthodox,'' said Sale at the time. "I didn't want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn't want anything to alter my mechanics. ... There's a lot of different things that went into it.''

Wearing a throwback jersey would alter his mechanics? Was that a joke? It's hard to imagine he would get away with that in Boston.

Ditto for his support of Adam LaRoche and his involvement of that goofy story last March.
LaRoche, you'll remember, retired when the White Sox had the nerve to tell him that his 14-year-old son could not spend as much time around the team as he had grown accustomed to. Sale responded by pitching a fit.

“We got bald-face lied to by someone we’re supposed to be able to trust,'' said Sale of team president Kenny Williams. ``You can’t come tell the players it was the coaches and then tell the coaches it was the players, and then come in and say something completely different. If we’re all here to win a championship, this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”

On what planet does allowing a 14-year-old kid in a clubhouse have anything to do with winning a title? In what universe does a throwback jersey have anything to do with mechanics? If David Price had said things that stupid last year, he'd still be hearing about it. And it won't be any different for Sale.

Thankfully, Sale's defiance and feistiness extends to the mound. Sale isn't afraid to pitch inside and protect his teammates, leading the American League in hit batsmen each of the last two years. He doesn't back down and loves a fight. And while that makes him sound a little goofy off the field, it should play well on it.

In the meantime, the Sox better hope he likes those red alternate jerseys they wear on Fridays.

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