Belichick: Giants are 'no one-man band'


Belichick: Giants are 'no one-man band'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick will see a more complete New York Giants offense when he sees them on Super Bowl Sunday, and in a press conference on Friday, the Patriots coach talked about just how much more dangerous they are now, since the last time the two teams played in Week 9.

"They've got a lot of different guys to stop," said Belichick. "You can't just say, well we're going to stop one thing. They'll kill you with the other ones.

"This is no one-man band. We've got to deal with all of them."

When asked if this is now the most complete offense the Patriots have faced all year, Belichick described why they are so dangerous, mainly because of their ability to produce, even when they know exactly what the Giants are going to run.

"When they've got to throw it, they can throw it. When they've got to run it, they can run it," said Belichick. "I think that's the mark of a good offense. Even though you kind of know what they're going to do, they can still go out there and do it."

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

BOSTON — We know that Red Sox manager John Farrell did something wrong. In the absence of any sort of formal announcement otherwise, we’re left to assume the umpires did everything properly — but there’s room for MLB to make that clearer.

If the NBA can put out Last 2 Minute reports, why can’t MLB provide more regular explanations or reviews of contested calls?

Farrell on Tuesday said he’d like to see more public accountability in the umpiring realm, hours before the manager was to sit out Game No. 77. Farrell was suspended one game for making contact with crew chief Bill Miller on Saturday night as manager and umpire rained spittle on each other over a balk call that went against the Sox.

Well, was it a balk or not? Did Miller do anything wrong as well?

“I don’t know if there was anything levied on the other side,” Farrell said. “I don’t know that.”

But would he like such matters to always be public?

“I think there have been strides made in that way,” Farrell said. “I guess I would. I think everyone in uniform would prefer that to be made public. Whether or not that happens, I don’t know, but that would be a choice I would make.”

The league has a thorough internal review system. But it is just that: internal. Most of the time, any way.

On most every night at Fenway Park, there is someone on hand watching just the umpires and reviewing them.

MLB, to its credit, has announced suspensions for umpires in the past. The league has made public acknowledgments when calls have been made incorrectly. More of that seems viable — even if it’s an announcement to reaffirm that the call was made and handled properly, and here are the reasons why.

“I haven’t received any further determination or review of what transpired,” Farrell said. “My position, my stance, remains steadfast. I still firmly believe that time was called [before the balk call was made]. I wasn’t arguing the balk. I was arguing the timing of it. As I reiterated today to those that I spoke with, I still stand by my side of the argument. Unfortunately, there was contact made.”