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McDaniels on ball security: Carelessness will be addressed

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McDaniels on ball security: Carelessness will be addressed

On his Tuesday conference call, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was prodded to talk about ball security. Specifically, he was asked if he has a coaching philosophy regarding players who may be struggling in that area.
McDaniels kept his answer as general as the question, but the unspoken context was Stevan Ridley.
New England's No. 1 running back has fumbled in his last two games, against Houston and San Francisco -- two of the biggest games of the season.
In the Patriots' 41-34 loss Sunday night, Ridley lost a ball in the third quarter that the Niners recovered and ran back for 66 yards. The turnover was converted into a touchdown just one play later.
"I think we want all of the skill players to protect the football," McDaniels said. "We work at it and try to emphasize that and generally I think weve done a decent job of it during the course of the season. There are certain times when the defense either gets it out or maybe we dont necessarily possess the type of ball security that we need on a certain play or in a certain game.
"In terms of a particular game or a specific, How many times does the ball need to be away from a players body or how many throws does the quarterback make that the defense touches before you get him out of the game, Ive never really had a specific chart or philosophy on that. I think more or less youve got to try to make sure that each player who touches it is securing it and taking care of it and if you feel like there is too big of a risk, then certainly you need to address it either that day or in the week of practice."
Ridley's 1,105 rushing yards on 252 attempts lead all Patriots ground gains by a lot; the risk has been worth the reward to this point.
But New England doesn't really have a choice, either. Last season, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the roster and leading the charge, Ridley was benched for the AFC Championship and Super Bowl after fumbling once in Week 17 and again in the divisional playoff.
He currently has two weeks to sleep tucked in beside the football. If there is an issue with Ridley's ball security, the Patriots will want it worked out before the postseason.
"If were being careless and the carelessness is repetitive and the ball is obviously not protected, we need to address that as a group; we need to address that and make sure that we try to fix it so that we dont hurt our team."

CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Celebrating Red Auerbach's 100th Birthday

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Celebrating Red Auerbach's 100th Birthday

In this week's special episode of "Celtics Talk," we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Arnold "Red" Auerbach. Mike Gorman sits down with Red in his final interview with us, plus we hear from Tommy Heinsohn, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and others on the man that engineered and built the most successful franchise in NBA history.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss what’s going on between the Patriots and Malcolm Butler after Bill Belichick praised Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but didn’t have much to say on Butler.

5:39 - John Farrell thinks David Price out of the bullpen can be similar to Andrew Miller with the Indians last year in the playoffs. Our panel on BST break it down.

10:35 - Curran, Holley, Smith, and Phil Perry talk about the NFL ratings being down and why that continues to be.

15:15 - Evan Drellich joins BST after the Red Sox win to explain why Drew Pomeranz could be even more threatening, how good the bullpen actually is, and the offense not driving in runs.