Belichick confident in Patriots' preparations for Foster


Belichick confident in Patriots' preparations for Foster

FOXBORO -- If the Patriots get beat by Matt Schaub, they'll at least want to have the peace of mind that they did it while containing running back Arian Foster.
The last time the Patriots and Texans played, Foster was limited to 46 rushing yards. New England's defense would be happy to hold him to similar numbers in Sunday's Divisional playoff game.
Preparation is currently in order at Gillette Stadium, thanks to the Patriots' attempts at replicating Foster's rushing abilities in practice.
Bill Belichick believes his running backs are capable of doing a fine job with that.
"I think our backs do a good job of that," said Belichick. "I feel like we have good backs, and they do a good job. Shane, Woody, Stevan, Brandon Bolden, all of them. Those guys have good vision. They can run. They're different than Foster, but it's close enough, certainly good enough for our defense to work against. Those guys make good cuts, they see holes well. I think our backs do a good job on the scout team."
But the most difficult part, as Belichick pointed out before Wednesday's practice, is replicating how any opposing team's offensive line reacts during the rush.
"I think it's harder, actually, to simulate the offensive line," said Belichick. "You get all the offensive linemen, no matter who you play, it's usually harder to get them into, to get the blocking schemes kind of exactly the way the other team does it."

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

Apparently, the Red Sox couldn’t hold onto the best leader in the world. And the best leader in the world has no idea how to housebreak his puppy.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was given the top spot on a list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders," published by Fortune on Thursday morning.

The potential for silly takeaways from Epstein’s placement on the list -- and his response to it in a text to ESPN’s Buster Olney -- are amusing, if not astounding.

Wait, Epstein doesn’t think baseball is the most important thing in the world?

"Um, I can't even get my dog to stop peeing in the house," Epstein told Olney. "That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It's baseball -- a pastime involving a lot of chance. If [Ben] Zobrist’s ball is three inches farther off the line, I'm on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I'm not even the best leader in our organization; our players are."

Zobrist, of course, had the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians.

As Fortune described it, the list of leaders is meant to include those “transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same” across business, government, philanthropy and the arts.

Epstein certainly did help transform the baseball world.

“In the fall of 2016, as partisan distrust and division reached abysmal depths, fascination with the Chicago Cubs became that all-too-rare phenomenon that united America,” his blurb on the list begins.

That’s fair. But, if you scroll down the list: Pope Francis is No. 3. Angela Merkel is No. 10 and LeBron James is No. 11.

5 things to know heading into Bruins' do-or-die stretch run


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