Belichick: Technology doesn't mean much on the field


Belichick: Technology doesn't mean much on the field

FOXBORO -- As the NFL Films special "Bill Belichick: A Football Life" illustrated, the Patriots coach doesn't know how to change the clock in his car. So when he was asked Friday if the Patriots coaching staff plans to use iPads for play books -- like the Baltimore Ravens currently use -- Belichick never really gave a straight answer.

Instead, he turned it into a way of stating that, regardless of what technology the coaching staff uses, it comes down to making plays on the field.

"There's so much technology out there, you could go with whatever you want," said Belichick in his press conference on Friday. "I'm sure we've got enough technological equipment in here to put the whole team on the moon."

Belichick said he's learned to embrace technology a little bit more now than he had a few years ago, mainly because of the younger players' and coaches' comfort level with the world's technological advances. Still, he admitted that he's not the best at using that equipment, joking, "I can turn it on now."

"As you know, I'm not the most technological person in this organization," said Belichick. "I rely on some other people to try to help streamline things, or find a way where we can do things a little bit more efficiently. And I understand that the people coming into the organization, that that's what they're brought up on, and that's not what I was brought up on.

"But at the same time, I don't think that's the highest priority."

The highest priority is performing on the field. It's a topic he's discussed many times with his good friend, and former St. Louis Cardinals manager, Tony La Russa.

"In the end, it comes down to blocking and tackling and running and throwing and catching and kicking," said Belichick. "Solid fundamentals and all that. You can use an iPad or a super-duper wizard computer, or whatever you want. You can throw all that crap on there, and I'm sure it will come out great. I'm sure you can get some statistical analysis that would provide 28 thesis' for MIT."

"It's the same thing in baseball," added Belichick. "Tony and I have talked about that a lot too. You've got to throw the ball, you've got to hit it, you've got to catch it, you've got to field it, you've got to run the bases. You can go out there and talk about some guys batting average when the count is 2-1, at night. At some point, you've got to go out there and play."

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award


HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs


Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.