Belichick refuses to comment on Marino's record


Belichick refuses to comment on Marino's record

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady tried to defer the question to his coach, Bill Belichick, on Wednesday.

The topic was Dan Marino's single-season passing record, which was broken by Drew Brees on Monday night. Brees' final pass of the game helped him leap-frog Marino's 5,084 passing yards. He now holds the record with 5,087.

With one week remaining in the regular season, both Brady (4,897) and Aaron Rodgers (4,643) will also have a legitimate chance to surpass Marino, who held the record since 1984.

When Brady was asked about why -- after nearly 30 years -- Marino's record could be broken by three different quarterbacks in one season, the Patriots' quarterback said, "You'll have to ask Bill about that."

Belichick spoke moments before Brady, and he was asked several times.

"I think it's all a function of execution," said Belichick.

That was his best answer.

Then, when asked if Marino would throw for more than 5,084 yards in a single season if he played now, with the current NFL rules, Belichick responded with, "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, then every day would be Christmas. I don't know. I have no idea."

Belichick was then asked again.

"Those rules have been in place for 15 years," he said. "Talk to the people who make the rules. They do all those studies. Trust me, they do all those studies, and they know how long each game was in every year it was played, the amount of time, the amount of penalties, the amount of yardage, the amount of rushing yardage, the yards per carry, yards per completion. All that is studied very thoroughly by people who are a lot smarter than I am. So, I mean, I don't really know. I'm just trying to get our team ready for Buffalo.

"I'm not trying to solve all the world's problems in the passing game. I'm just trying to solve ours against Buffalo."

And he was asked again.

"It's a great story," said Belichick. "The last time I watched Marino throw, I don't know when that was. I'm just trying to concentrate on Buffalo."

When another reporter pressed the issue and told him the game is different now than it was when Marino played, Belichick said, "If that's what you want to write, go ahead."

"I'm just trying to get ready for Buffalo," added Belichick. "I'm not trying to analyze the passing game for the last 20 years. That's for people a lot smarter than me, like you guys."

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017. 

The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.

Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.

Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.

Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.