Law: Defense needs a field general

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Law: Defense needs a field general

Former Patriots Ty Law and Troy Brown lament the lack of a leader on the current Patriots defense who will step up and take charge.

On CSNNE's Patriots postgame show, Law said the Pats lacked "a true field general. There's no Rodney Harrison, no Lawyer Milloy. Someone who knows everyone's position on the field and can tell them where they're supposed to be."

Brown said the play of the Pats' safties "is a big issue." The lack of speed and sure tackling, Brown said, reminded him of the less-than-stellar Jets safeties.

Law also wondered if there was a young player in the Patriots secondary who could question coach Bill Belichick when the defense he has called isn't working.

"Who has the attitude, if Belichick calls a defense and it's wrong, to say, 'That's wrong.'"

Believe it or not, Brown said, even the coach sometimes makes mistakes.

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.

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Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.

It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.

Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.

This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:

“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.

Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.