Patriots CB coach Boyer: Focus on the next play

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Patriots CB coach Boyer: Focus on the next play

FOXBORO -- When Sam Bradford went deep down the middle of the field to Chris Givens for a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of Sunday's game against the Patriots in London, people in New England reacted the most logical way they could.

It wasn't anything new. It was the same old Patriots secondary getting burnt by a speedy receiver, and a quarterback airing it out to him.

Fortunately, for the Patriots defense, they aren't heading the bye week while having that one play weigh too heavily on their minds. Because after that 50-yard touchdown pass, New England didn't allow another point for the rest of the game, leading to a 45-7 win.

Even with that one play, questions still exist.

But Patriots cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer pointed out on Thursday that, sometimes, it's not always what it seems.

"I think in each game, whether it looks bad, there's always some good things out there," said Boyer. "And whether it looks good, there's always some bad things out there. So, there's always stuff for us to improve on. There's always stuff for us to work harder on and get better at. And there's always some good things in there that we feel good about, that we're building upon as well."

The Patriots' secondary built upon a bad experience in that first drive on Sunday, exemplifying exactly what the coaching staff preaches to them. Play with patience, not panic.

"The most important play is the next play, whether the play that happened is good, bad, or indifferent, you need to move on," said Boyer.

New England's defense did just that on Sunday. And while that first-drive touchdown from Bradford may have looked bad, sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to the quarterback and receiver.

Boyer said there was some of that on Sunday, with regards to Bradford's money throw. Still, even he knows there could have been less separation between Givens and the Patriots' secondary on that given play.

"Our focus, from a defensive perspective is, no matter what the offense does, we always look at, are we in the best position? Did we play it correctly? I think that's where it starts," said Boyer. "There's some plays out there, where the quarterback makes a good throw and a receiver makes a good catch, and stuff like that. But even then, there's always a way to finish the play. And that's what we're always talking to our guys with. We've got to finish the play."

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.