Thornton: "Belichick to me is Dumbledore"


Thornton: "Belichick to me is Dumbledore"

Things got a little magical on Felger & Mazz this afternoon when Jerry Thornton from Barstool Sports tried to describe the plan for the 2012 Patriots defense, which continues to get shredded on a weekly basis.

There appeared to be no explanation in our realm of reality, so Thornton reached into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to find a comparison to Bill Belichick.

"I just try to remember that Belichick to me is Professor Dumbledore. He's this kindly wise figure in a gray robe who does things in a mysterious way. And as the stories went on, the kids got furious at Dumbledore and they couldn't stand the way he was doing things, but in the end, he had a plan. And I just keep trying to remind myself that Belichick has a plan. It's not always revealed to me in the time I'd like it to be, but he can't just be flying by the seat of his pants."

Felger and Mazz voiced some concerns over the quality of Belichick's assistant coaches, and primarily note the lack of experience from the defensive coaches.

But Thornton says Belichick isn't looking for pedigree when he puts together his coaching staff. It's more important, says Thornton, that a coach is willing to work hard and fit into the system that Belichick is trying to implement - AKA - The Patriot Way.

In the end, Felger - yes, Felger - brought it all home by saying that at some point in the future, Patriots fans will look back on this time in the franchise's history and say "what were we bitching about?" For all the questions about the draft philosophy and the porous defenses, the Patriots still finish at 14-2 or 13-3 and fans can remember that they had it pretty good in New England during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady years.

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.