Belichick attends Alabama pro day


Belichick attends Alabama pro day

Alabama, as usual, is stocked with pro prospects. And, with its head coach Nick Saban being one of Bill Belichick's close friends in the coaching fraternity, it was a layup that the Patriots' head coach would be in Tuscaloosa on Thursday to watch the Crimson Tide's pro day workouts.

Running back Trent Richardson, safety Mark Barron and linebacker Courtney Upshaw are the biggest names 'Bama has coming out this year, but their defense was so good, there's little doubt the Patriots will mine their roster at some point for talent next month.

Remember, Brandon Deaderick was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots after a modest final season with Alabama in 2009 and he has turned into a key player for the Patriots.
One intriguing player for the Patriots is Barron. New England is wafer thin at safety and Barron is seen as the best at his position. He's coming off bilateral hernia surgery (good name for a band; not a good way to spend a day) and said he ran a 4.51 30 and that was about "80 to 90 percent."

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff


McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.