FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick hasn't spent much time this week talking about the Patriots' Super Bowl 42 loss to the New York Giants, leading up to their Super Bowl 46 rematch next Sunday in Indianapolis.
But that doesn't mean he's completely blocked it from his memory.
While praising Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Thursday, Belichick acknowledged his ability to keep plays alive under heavy pressure, which was one of the qualities Manning used in his game-winning Super Bowl drive a few years back.
"He's doing a great job. He's an outstanding quarterback," said Belichick. "He can hurt you with his legs, not that he's looking to run for 100 yards or anything, but converting on third down, scrambling out of the pocket, keeping plays alive. We've seen that before.
"He's got a lot of skill and he uses all his weapons, spreads the ball around, and makes you defend everybody. And he wins. I mean, that's really what a quarterback's job is, to manage the game so that his team can win. That's what he's done."
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.
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