Belichick on Grossman: Confident, aggressive

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Belichick on Grossman: Confident, aggressive

FOXBORO -- I've been complaining about Bill Belichick telling the media that day is night, up is down and the Colts were a talented team. So I am not going to whine that he shot it straight on Rex Grossman Wednesday afternoon. Asked about the Redskins quarterback that Belichick's Patriots will face this weekend, Belichick gave a clinic in "damning with faint praise.""Rex first of all, has a lot of confidence," said Belichick. "And I think his team has confidence in him. So that's a good starting point. That's the feeling you want from your offense when you go out on the field, 'We're gonna be able to move the ball and be successful,' and I think he brings that."The ball will move when Grossman's throwing, no doubt about that. This season, the now 31-year-old has thrown 10 touchdowns and 15 picks in nine starts. His decision-making, said Belichick (in so many words), is risk-embracing. "In his aggressiveness there's probably some throws that he'd like to have back but I think that's part of what makes him good is that he is aggressive," Belichick explained. "Just because you have good coverage on a player, that doesn't mean he won't try to stick it in there. Sometimes he makes plays and sometimes (the ball) doesn't get into that spot. But he's definitely not afraid to be aggressive and I think defensively you've got to respect that."Or at least be conscious of it. Because, as a defensive back, Grossman may throw it to you on any given play. For two weeks in September, Grossman was the quarterbacking flavor of the week. He threw fortwo touchdowns and 305 yards in a season-opening win over the Giants. He threw two more scores and had two picks ina 22-21 win over Arizona. Then the bottom dropped out. Over the next four games,Grossman threwtwo touchdowns and nine picks. After the three losses in four games, Grossman was benched in favor of John Beck. That didn't work either. When Grossman got his job back in November, he completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. But last week, Grossman reverted even more, going 19 for 46 with a pick against the Jets. I thought Rex probably did not play as good as he has played over the last few games, Redskins coach Mike Shanhan told the Washington media on Monday. I think as he looks at the film, hell be somewhat disappointed in his play.Shanahan must be tearing his stubbornly well-parted hair out. For his offense to work successfully, it needs a back that threatens the edges and can be a one-cut runner in the stretch play they run. And he needs a quarterback who is mobile but also able to throw on the move with accuracy. Back to Belichick's dim praise. "He can be accurate," the coach said of Grossman. "He's got some mobility in the pocket. He's a tough kid. He'll stand in there and get hit and throw the ball. He's made some real good throws down the field on play-action. He's hit a lot of big plays."For both teams.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 5, Angels 4

Quotes, Notes and Stars of the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Angels

Quotes

"It's a joke. That's a brutal call for whoever's back in New York looking at it.'' - Mike Scioscia on decision not to cite fan interference on ground-rule double in the ninth.

"We played with 26 players tonight. I was like, 'Yes!''' - David Ortiz on the fan who touched Daniel Nava's double.

"If I had to go back and do it all over again, I probably would have just thrown a knuckleball. I didn't want to walk a guy, but I've got to think about the bigger picture and just swallow the walk.'' - Steven Wright, on the fastball thrown to C.J. Cron, who hit a grand slam.

Notes

* David Ortiz moved into 19th place all-time in home runs with No. 522, breaking a tie with Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.

* Ortiz collected his 2,000th hit as a member of the Red Sox, something only six other players in history have accomplished.

* Ortiz also passed Thomas in career RBI with 1,704, good for 23rd place.

* Ortiz extended his Fenway hitting streak to 18 games. He's reached base at home in every home game since April 29.

* Steven Wright has allowed just six homers all season, but three have come in the last four games. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts became the first Red Sox teammates to record 100 hits each before the team's 81st game since 1988 when four players did so - Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans, Mike Greenwell and Marty Barrett.

* The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Red Sox against the Angels.

* The game marked the 47th time in first 79 games that the Sox have collected 10 or more hits. That leads the majors, with Kansas City and Detroit next at 39.

* The Sox are 23-9 in Brock Holt's starts.

Stars

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz had a three-hit game with two singles and a homer, the last of which was his 2,000th hit in a Red Sox uniform. The homer also was career home run No. 522, moving him past three Hall of Famers into 19th place all-time.

2) Brock Holt

Holt announced his presence loud and clear with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI and an assist from the outfield.

3) C.J. Cron

Cron made things mighty interesting with one swing of the bat in the sixth, driving a ball into the Monster Seats for a grand slam that brought the Angels back to within a run.

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

The Boston Celtics' meeting with free agent center Al Horford "went very well," a source told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

The source also added that the Celtics have a "good chance" of signing Horford.

Horford is expected to demand a max contract valued at roughly four-years, $113 million.

Multiple other reports suggest the Hawks have resisted offering Horford a max, though they are working to clear space to re-sign him.

Dupont on Backes: B's won't have any problem with this deal

Dupont on Backes: B's won't have any problem with this deal

Kevin Paul Dupont joins Sports Tonight to discuss the Bruins signing former St. Louis Blue David Backes to a 5-year, $30 million deal.