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."

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev


Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.  


Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Celtics fans aren’t the only ones thinking of ways Kyrie Irving could end up in Boston.

Even though it would be hard to imagine last season’s No. 2 seed in the East trading one of the best players in the league to last season’s No. 1 seed in the East, ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote Monday that the Celtics have indeed called the Cavs about the 25-year-old point guard. 

Wrote Lowe:

Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.

While nobody’s counting on Irving joining the Celtics, a trade of Irving elsewhere could still swing the balance in the East in Boston’s favor depending on what Cleveland gets back. Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland earlier this month.