Troy Brown: Patriots Midterm Exam

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Troy Brown: Patriots Midterm Exam

Troy Brown checked in on Uno Sports Tonight to take stock of the Patriots now that they're at the midway point of the season.

First, the offense.

The numbers are great -- the Pats are averaging a league-best 441 yards per game and 32.8 points per game. But is the offense as good as the numbers say?

"Yeah they can move the ball, yes they can be productive," Brown said. "We haven't seen them against the very best competition in the NFL, but do they perform very well when the game is on the line? So far those stats say they are not the best in the NFL."

So there's some work to do there. OK. What about the defense. We know the numbers there aren't as great. They're allowing 370 yards per game (23rd in the league) and 21.3 points per game (t-12th).

Troy had some words of advice for the secondary in order to try to bump those up a little bit.

"They play a lot of different coverages, but the thing I dont like about the way the Patriots do it is they're just too passive," he said. "They let guys off the line free, they're not physical, they're not aggressive."

Tell us how you really feel, Troy! (Actually . . . he does. Just watch the video at the top of the screen to hear the rest.)

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.