Do Brady and Belichick realize they can't win championship with this defense?

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Do Brady and Belichick realize they can't win championship with this defense?

The New England Patriots will face off against the St. Louis Rams in London on Sunday. They currently stand with a 4-3 record and are hoping on heading into their bye week 5-3.
While a win and a 5-3 record would certainly be a better situation than a loss and 4-4 record, many are skeptical that the team has what it takes for a Super Bowl run.
On Thursday's Felger & Mazz, the pair analyzed Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's comments regarding the team's improvement and debated whether they both realize that they can't win a championship with the current defense.

Are Kristaps Porzingis, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge to Celtics rumors dead or alive?

Are Kristaps Porzingis, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge to Celtics rumors dead or alive?

There are a few players the Boston Celtics have been linked to Kristaps Porzingis, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge in the past, but which rumors are alive?

Red Sox claim RHP Doug Fister off waivers, sign INF Jhonny Peralta

Red Sox claim RHP Doug Fister off waivers, sign INF Jhonny Peralta

 

BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.

It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.

Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.

That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.

But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.

Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.

Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”