McDaniels, Pats need time to get in groove

McDaniels, Pats need time to get in groove

By Tom E. Curran

Coordinating an NFL offense is just like riding a bike.

Although it's like riding a bike with 10 other people. And, actually, you don't get to ride a bike at all. You have to tell 11 other people how and where to ride theirs. While 11 guys on enemy bikes try to stop you from successfully riding your bike where you want.

So, while we expect that Josh McDaniels should be able to climb astride the Patriots offense and ride it seamlessly, that's not reality.

As this past Sunday against Arizona showed, the road gets bumpy and wrong turns get made, even if McDaniels and Brady were the yin and yang of the most prolific offense in NFL history back in 2007.

Why isn't it easy to just crank it up again, as the volume of "Bring back Bill O'Brien!" tweets indicated Sunday afternoon.

"You work at it as hard as you can and at the end of the year you probably evaluate where you're level of comfort is," Brady said when asked about getting back in the saddle with McDaniels. "At this point, Josh and I are always communicating and I'm trying as a quarterback to do what I need to do and he as a coordinator is doing what he needs to do.

"When you score 18 points and it's really from not converting on third down and not being great in the red area," Brady added. "It's not that we're not moving the ball. We had quite a few yards in the last game and the first game, it's just a matter of taking care of critical opportunities on third down in the red area, putting touchdowns on the board instead of field goals. You have to be able to score touchdowns. I think that's how you eventually get into the flow of the offense is when you're getting into the end zone. "

The road remains rough this weekend in Baltimore with the Ravens in prime time.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Love

He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

LeBron James

He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.

But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.

Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.

When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”