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@ESPNForsberg: RT @ESPNBoston: Doc Rivers feels it may ‘be time for a change’ from Boston Celtics, source says
Pressed by The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn on his looming decision about returning to the Celtics bench for a 10th season, Doc Rivers wrote in a text message over the weekend, “I’d rather not say.”
Last month, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told The Globe Rivers would return for the third season of a five-year, $35 million contract, but Rivers is yet to confirm Ainge’s statement.
Meanwhile, Rivers continues to oversee pre-draft workouts in Waltham and work with Ainge on the team’s offseason. Still, five weeks after telling reporters in the aftermath of a Game 6 loss to the Knicks, “I’m coming back until I say I’m not,” Rivers’ unwillingness to confirm his return has led to rampant speculation.
Is this tied to the June 30 decision on Paul Pierce‘s contract? Or Kevin Garnett‘s own looming decision? Would Rivers really hold the Celtics hostage as big-name coaches find work elsewhere? All valid questions.
Asked if he would address his future in the coming weeks, Rivers told Washburn only, “Soon.”
(Story re-printed from WEEI.com)
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THOMAS WANTS TO PLAY IN 2013-14
McQUAID READY TO PLAY……
Cam Neely opening statement…
First of all again, I would like to apologize to all our fans, season ticket holders, and premium clients for the lengthy lockout. Certainly, I don’t know if any of us expected it to go this long, but fortunately, we can start talking about hockey and hockey games. Before we get into questions, I just want to go through some of the promotions the organization is going to be doing for this year, and more specifically, for the month of January. For all our five home games, all of the fans will receive free concession vouchers. The vouchers will be valid for three food or beverage items, which would include hot dogs, sausage sandwich, a slice of pizza, healthy wrap, jumbo home-cooked meatball, peanuts, popcorn, and fountain beverage. It’s very important for the organization and for ownership to do this. Along with that, on opening night, presented by TD Bank, there will be free t-shirts for all fans, and in-game fan giveaways. There will be post-game locker room visits and meet-and-greets throughout the season, there will be two away game trips for two on the Bruins charter, which includes hotel and tickets to the game. There will be free parking in North Station garage for the remaining 23 home games. That will be not for everybody, but that will be a gift as well. There will be suite nights for concerts and Bruins games, subject to availability, including food and two parking spots. Also, an exclusive skate on TD Garden ice, which includes private ice time with friends and family, and also a $500 Boston Bruins Pro Shop shopping-spree. These are all things our fans can appreciate, because lord knows we certainly appreciate our fans.
Peter Chiarelli opening statement…
From my perspective, I just want to make some quick opening comments, and then I’m sure there will be a lot of questions for Cam and me. It’s been a painful journey up to this point for all of us. Mostly for our fans, for our stakeholders, but I’m glad the parties came to an agreement, and we’re able to ice our team now. Our team is—there’s not many roster spots available. We’ve got a pretty established team. You’re going to see a very small camp, and a very quick camp. What’s important is to condense your assessment—and that’s what I’m going to do—condense my assessment time, and recognize that this is now truly a sprint. You’re going to see a lot of things happening, you’re going to see from the player movement perspective, I don’t think you’re going to see much from us to start. We’re going to try to put some newer, younger guys in the lineup. You’re going to see pretty much what you’ve seen before, and everyone is healthy, and we’re very excited. We’ve got changes in goal, but we can talk about that, but you’re going to see a good team, and you’re going to see a team—I talked about condensing expectations, which magnifies them I guess—you’re going to see a team that’s highly, highly motivated. With that, we’ll open it up for questions.
On the best way to prepare for such a short season…
You’ve got a group of players that have played overseas, that are in game-shape, and close to top conditioning. You have players that have not played over there that have conditioned here, so you have various levels of conditioning. It’s critical that you take it deliberate, and you have to really keep your eye on each of those groups, and that’s up to our coach and coaching staff as far as how the practices unfold. We’ve got a scrimmage coming up; how he uses the guys there. Of course you’ve got all the issues associated with getting up and ready in a quick period of time, like the groins, and all that stuff. That’s up to the coaching staff to be careful, and we’ve had a lot of discussions as to how to do it. And then the season, as you’ve seen the schedule, it’s almost every other day. You just almost have to get the mindset into the players about this being a sprint, and there’s going to be more adversity in this 48 games then in a whole season, because we’ve got such a shortened time period. It’s jut being prepared, and rolling with it a little bit, and that applies to me as a manager to. If we have to makes moves, you have to do them more quickly—process you’re decisions more quickly.
On how he’s proceeding with Tim Thomas’ situation….
According to the transition rules, they have until 10 o’clock tomorrow to show up. Tim is not going to show up, and he’s told us that he’s not playing for the year, and wants to play next year. As late as last week he told me that through his agent. So we’ll end up suspending him, and we want to do it in a non-adversarial way. I’ve talked to the agent, and we’ll agree to some type of set of facts, and remedies, and that’ll be it. He will be on our cap, unless I trade him, and with the floor as it is—$44 million for this year—there’s probably not the opportunity to move him to a team that needs to get to the floor, so it’s a bit of a standstill. He’s on our cap, and he’ll be suspended.
On if Thomas said he wants to play next season…
On what action they can take with Thomas…
We have the ability to toll the contract, which would mean at some point toward the last portion of the contract term, we can basically say we require you to give us another year under the same terms.
On if they will toll the contract…
Too early to tell, Steve. It’s a contractual right that by law that we have it; we may use it, we may not.
On if they will monitor Thomas…
Well, he’ll be a suspended player, and I don’t suspect so, unless he says he’s thinking about coming back.
On if they have a timetable on when the team will be up-and-running full steam…
Just going from when I played in the 48-game season, most of the players weren’t playing overseas like they are today. To Pete’s comment earlier, we’re fortunate enough that we had a lot of guys over there, including both our goalies playing. It shouldn’t probably take as long as it did in past years to get up and running. The players know the urgency of having a good start, and they generally keep themselves in pretty good shape. We’ve got a great group of character guys. It’s been a long time since they’ve played in an NHL game, and they’re excited about playing, and know what’s at stake early on and throughout the whole 48 games. I don’t anticipate us to take too long to get up and running.
On if they’ll reach out to Celtics Coach Doc Rivers on how to deal with a condensed schedule…
It’s not something that I’ve discussed with our coach. I know periodically he’ll talk to Bill Belichick or Doc Rivers, so he may or he may not. It’s different sports, I know kind of the number of games is the same, but he’s been through—actually I don’t think Claude was in the league in the first truncated season in 94-95. It’s something new to him. Our coaching staff is good in assessing the current condition of the group, and that applies to days off too. That’s one of the strengths of our staff; they can judge the energy level, the performance level, and the conditioning level on a day-to-day basis through a rigorous schedule. So he may or may not, I haven’t discussed it with him.
On if there’s a silver lining in starting late for the team and for Nathan Horton…
Yes. For Horton yes, because he’s had that much more time to recover. What Cam said earlier about the two goalies, I think that’s huge. We’re going through a goalie change here with not having Tim, so the fact that they can have that edge, perceived or not, I think is good for them. Now we’ve had enough rest, so we’re no longer fatigued from a Stanley Cup win. I think it just more speaks to motivation that these guys are in a short season, anything can happen, it’s a sprint, and let’s get going. It’s more that the longer they’ve been out now, the more motivated they are to get going.
On Tuukka Rask’s development and how ready he is to be the true number one…
He was an elite goalie that played a lot of minutes in the Finnish Elite League with a team that wasn’t really strong, so he faced a lot of rubber, and that’s kind of his first stepping-stone of development. He came here and put in the time, the apprenticeship in Providence. We’ve always kind of had a plan, a succession plan, you might have heard me talk about for handing the reigns over to him when it’s time. Maybe it’s a year early from my perspective, but it’s close enough that we’re happy where he is in his development. He had a chance to be the number on goalie so-to-speak in the year we lost to [Philadelphia] in the second round, and I think he acquitted himself quite well. But, I think he—and he’ll be the first to say—I think he got fatigued a little toward the end, due to the workload, due to the pressure; maybe more so due to the mental pressure of being number one. So that’s a challenge that he’s going to have, but he’s gone through all the steps of development, and he’s passed them all with flying colors. He should be ready for the challenge.
On if he envisions having to move players in and out of the lineup more often than usual because of injuries/results…
I think just because we have so many games in so few days, you’re going to see more of that. I don’t think it will be contrived from our end, if it happens we’ll do it. It’s not going to be part of our plan to do that. We’ve got a group that’s very well conditioned based on the results that I’ve seen and the two skates that I’ve seen, so injuries are going to happen with the schedule the way it is, we’ll just have to see what happens and deal with it proactively.
On if he has any words of wisdom for the players, having gone through a shortened season as a player and on Buffalo and Montreal strengthening their lineups as a result of the Bruins…
Well, it is going to be intense, there’s no question. They just have to play their game, they know how they need to play to be successful and how to help our team be successful, that’s not going to change. Teams have reacted because of the way we play, there’s not much we can do but to continue to play the way we’re capable of playing to be successful.
On who the candidates are for the third line winger line and what he expects to see out of them in camp…
It’ll probably be beyond this week, the assessment period, because of the injury to Jordan [Caron], but you’ve got Chris Bourque who’s going to be vying for it. He plays a different role in the American League than he plays in the NHL, but he’s got a terrific shot, he makes good plays in small spaces and he’s a left shot, so he’s some left shot skill that we always seem to be looking for. You’ve got Lane MacDermid and Danny Paille, our other left wings that may find their way up to that spot. And then of course, you’ve got the ability of Chris Kelly to move over and you’ve got the ability of Soupy [Gregory Campbell] to play that spot. I don’t know if you’re going to see all of those options in these six days, but we do have a lot of options. You’ve seen snippets of Lane MacDermid, he’s a bigger, stronger player, like a robust player. [Ryan] Spooner, you’ve seen snippets from past camps, skilled centerman. There’s a bit of – we’ve got the ability to mix and match with that bottom half of the forward lineup. When Jordan gets up and running – I don’t know how we’ll get him in, but we’ll have to get him up and running again in Providence and then we may, subject to who’s doing well up here, we may have to see him up top.
On the hopes and expectations he has for Dougie Hamilton…
My automatic preface to that question is he’s going to have an adjustment period. Not too much expectation on him to start. He’s coming off of the World Juniors, they [Canada] had a tough, disappointing finish. He was pressing offensively, from what I saw and what our scouts saw over there, so we’ve got to just dial that back a little bit. But he’ll work his way into the lineup, he’s got to earn a spot but I expect him to earn a spot based on what I’ve seen and how we project. I think he’s grown since the summer, so he’s big and rangy. He’s a rookie, who’s a very good rookie who has to work himself into the lineup. It’s as simple as that, I’m going to temper expectations as much as I can on him. It’s hard to be a defenseman in the National Hockey League.
On what has happened since last Sunday’s announcement organizationally and if it was a busy week…
Well, it was. I’ll say some stuff and I know Cam’s been doing a lot of stuff, too. I was out West and got the call early on Sunday morning that there’s a deal done, so you spend all this time, by the way, I’m glad I don’t have to look at Twitter anymore, but that was my sole source of information for a while. I get the call, I find out from the call rather than from Twitter, so I find my way back here and you still have to wait, everyone starts getting excited but we still had the week to wait, so we were planning and we still had to wait because of the ratification and you don’t know if it’s going to be a 52-game schedule or a 50 or a 48, so we had to put up a bunch of different plans. Then, of course, last night at 9:30 or something when they signed the memorandum of understanding. We had planned an exhibition scrimmage and we didn’t know if we could do it, so there were a lot of false starts.
Yeah, exactly. I know for the three or so months that we haven’t been playing hockey, we have been prepared and preparing to drop the puck, so a lot of different moving parts during the course of that time frame. You’re almost kind of held hostage, a lot of stops and starts but everybody is certainly well prepared, we’re ready to go and, obviously, very excited about it.
On if he knows if Adam McQuaid is ready to play after his injury…
He’s ready to play, he’s cleared to play now. I don’t know what level of contact he can take but I haven’t talked to our docs yet, but he’s – I think he’s completely ready to play.
On if McQuaid will be in the lineup next Saturday…
I would assume so, yes, unless he stinks out there.
On if the team has some clarity for next year, in terms of compliance…
I knew you or Kevin was going to ask me that. I’ve looked at the new deal, we’ve got a cap upper limit, next year, a guarantee of an upper limit of $64.3 [million], so at the very least it will be that. Then there’s the ability to retain cash in transactions, so there’s a whole lot more tools in this CBA, there’s the compliance buyouts over two years. Tons of combinations have been going through my head as to how to continue to ice this competitive team to challenge for the Cup. I’m still in that stage. We’ve got some key signings whether they’re expiring contracts, whether they’re going into their final years like the Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron], the expiring contracts, the [Nathan] Hortons. Then we got [Andrew] Ference, guys like that, the goalies, so we’ve got some decisions to make. I’m more focusing on this year now, maybe give me a week before I start figuring that out.
On where Marc Savard stands health wise and if he will have to use his contract…
Just, all you cap counters out there, the performance bonus goes into the cushion now, so you take a big chunk off of Tyler [Seguin’s] contract. If Jordan plays, his contract. If Dougie plays, his contract, all of that goes into the cushion, so there’s, whatever that amount is, fourish, is now cap space. Then you have Savvy [Marc Savard] who’s eligible for LTI [long-term injured reserves], he will be on LTI, he’s coming in next week, this coming week. So, we’ve got a lot of flexibility this year. Do I suspect we’ll use Savard’s LTI, it depends. Mr. Jacobs has allowed us to pursue those types of players, he wants to win, so I think if we presented a compelling case to him, I think he’d let us use it.
On if there are two buyouts beginning next season…
I haven’t looked at it closely.
It’s the summer under the normal compliance schedule starting in the new league year which would be July 1. I haven’t looked at it closely, I think you can push…
I think you can do two total in two years, so how you split that up…
You can do two the subsequent summer, or something
On if the standard protocol of a junior player usually playing 9 or 10 games and then the team making a decision if the player stays has changed…
That’s been prorated down, so I think it’s six games now. Whatever that fraction to 10 games is. We’ve seen enough – that option will present itself to us whether we can send him back to preserve a year. We’ve seen enough of him so that if we have a shortened period of NHL games, I don’t think that impacts our decision, if it’s 10 versus six. What teams have done before is that they’ve carried guys and sporadically play them so that they get the benefit of practicing with the NHL team and staying up longer than just the six or 10 games, successive games. I don’t think we’ll do that because he’s a good player, so I would hope that he’s going – it’s too bad that he’s doesn’t have a full year to inject himself into our lineup and maybe at the 15 game mark we’re like, we can’t afford to have him full time. I don’t think that will be the case but I’m prepared to go though past that threshold and give him a little more time to get into our lineup, rather than make that decision and send him back, so I expect him to make our team and stay with us.
On whether other teams have reached out to him about a trade…
Not much, not much. We’ve all been waiting for the transition rules and the schedule and all that stuff. We’re not doing much, if anything right now. They probably figured that out everyone else, knows everyone else’s depth chart right now, so we’ve had a couple but not much.
On key CBA dates…
I won’t give you them all but I can tell you that…I don’t know why I won’t give you them all but I won’t.
The free agency date is, I think it’s July 5th, trading deadline is April 3rd, last day regular season April 27th. The draft is one day on the Sunday the 30th. Last possible date for the playoffs is June 28th. So there’s some…free agency period begins…first buy out period begins 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. So there’s a lot of them but the key ones are the free agency date, the trading deadline, and the draft, which I’ve given you.
On having more players in Europe than other teams…
I think it’s certainly beneficial. Any time you can play hockey games and be in as close to game shape as possible if you’re not playing, so it’s pretty simple. Now having said that, that doesn’t mean that other teams won’t get ramped up quick, but I think it’s certainly beneficial for us to have as many guys as we did playing hockey.
I think it’s key to note also, to add to that, that there’s game shape and then there’s being in proper condition and then there’s both. And our guys, I’ve seen a couple of interviews on TV of players who have played over there that have made mention of you know, ‘I’ve got my game hands, and maybe my conditioning’s not what it would have been to start the season but I’m in game shape’. So again, not to overplay that we have such an edge, but based on what I’ve seen for the past couple of days and the conditioning results, it looks like we might have both. So, not to put any pressure on our coach.
On limited time for coaching and practice with high game volume…
Yeah, well the other benefit obviously is our coaching staff hasn’t changed, so maybe there’s going to be some tweaks along the way what they do, but for the most part we’ve got a fairly similar team, similar coaching staff, so they know each other really well. I think Claude [Julien] has done a very good job over the years of understanding when guys need a break and when he can push them a little bit. That’s not going to change although it will certainly make a difference that we are playing every-other night. And the other good thing is if you don’t necessarily have a good game you can put it behind you pretty quickly.
On a player’s perspective of the difficulty of a defenseman to walk into lineup versus a forward…
Yeah, well obviously there’s a lot more you’ve got to figure out defensively in your end, especially in the system that we play and how our coaching staff likes our [defense] to play. So it’s just really going to be a matter of understanding that from a player’s perspective and working on it and being open with the coaching staff. If you don’t necessarily understand it make sure you do understand it.
From a forward’s perspective, obviously the transition from offense to defense, you’ve got to be in tune with and you’ve got to understand where our coaching staff wants you to play, but Pete [Peter Chiarelli] said it earlier, I think it’s more difficult for a young defenseman to step into a lineup at the NHL level. Certainly players are bigger and stronger so there’s an adjustment there. Understanding positional play maybe is a bigger adjustment then it would be say in Junior or College, so defensemen they may need to use their hockey sense a little bit more as far as where to be and where to go and make sure you don’t put yourself out of position.
On Matt Bartkowski…
Well you’re right, he has had a strong second quarter and he had a strong finish last year. He had a slow start this year. He’s a rangy skating D-man [defenseman] who can move the puck out of his zone with skating. He can defend pretty well. He’s got a decent size, better than decent size, so we kind of have if you include Dougie [Hamilton] in the mix, there’s like four [defense] for two spots. And he’s got a chance, I mean we kept this camp small and limited to guys who we felt had, based on their performances, who we thought had a legitimate chance of earning spot. And that includes [David] Warsofsky too. I’ve seen you there quite a bit. He’s had a good start too. So he’s, [Matt Bartkowski], I don’t know if you can say he made the team that year, we had to bring over extra players yeah, but he had a good camp. He’s got a chance and again, I said it earlier, it may be harder to get him adjusted in a short period of time. With [Matt Bartkowski], it’s like maybe it will be to his benefit if we had a few exhibition games, so it’s unfair but those are the cards that we were dealt.
On the likelihood of carrying extra players with the shortened season…
Not specifically for the shortened season, I don’t think there are any roster provisions. There are some new provisions in general regarding, if you remember a few years ago Calgary was in some soup there once when they were kind of at the cap and they couldn’t put any players in. There’s some provisions there where you can add these players are minimum plus a little bit salary. That may come into play. Not for us, but you asked what provisions there are that might come into play. I think we’re just lucky to have Providence close by so we can shuttle players in and manage their ice time better whether it’s through practices, games, at both levels so think we’ll probably carry one and one. One extra forward one extra [defense].
On Jay Pandolfo….
I remember him more from a few years ago, so it would be unfair for me to characterize him right now because I haven’t seen him, you know I’ve seen him the last couple of days. I think with him it would be that if he’s going to be in our plans we’ll see how he does in training camp and then maybe we have a look at Providence. He’s obviously got some attributes. We always see him bring defensive style forward every year. He looks like he’s going that kind of stuff going so that’s one of the reasons we extended the PTO. I think if something like that happens it will be in stages.
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BB: We’ll try to put the finishing touches here on our preparations for the Seahawks. It’s been a challenging week with all their outstanding players and the problems they present, a team we’re not really that familiar with. Everybody has really been working hard to try to get down and understand exactly what we have to do. Hopefully today will be a good day [and] we can kind of pull things together and be ready to go on Sunday.
QB: Based on the forecast, is it another good day out there for you guys to practice for Seattle?
BB: This sounds like about what it’s going to be.
QB: When you’re preparing your game plan for the week, are you looking as far as the weather on Sunday?
BB: It’s hard to get that right. A lot of times, the day before the game you don’t know what it’s going to be. I think you have to be prepared for contingencies, but I think it’s hard to base a game plan on a forecast a week away; I think you have to be pretty confident with it.
QB: This is an interesting stretch of travel for you guys going out to Seattle, coming back and playing the Jets and then heading out to London. Is this a primer for what you guys can expect?
BB: Right, but for right now, we’re just one week at a time. That’s the farthest thought from our minds. We’re just trying to go out through this week and go out there and play well against Seattle.
QB: Will you get there and stretch some guys out when you land?
BB: I don’t think we get in until like 9, 9:30 at night, something like that, so no.
QB: I’m just asking because when the Doc Rivers took the Celtics to Turkey, they flew all night and then practiced right off the plane.
BB: I’m sure Doc did what he thought was best for his team. I’m sure he made a good decision for his team. I don’t question that.
QB: Are you guys doing more than your normal day before a game on Saturday?
QB: You’ve gotten some impact plays the last few weeks from Rob Ninkovich. What part of his skill set allows him to change from linebacker to defensive end and are you pleased with the transition?
BB: I think Rob has pretty much been doing the same thing for the last couple years for us. It’s really been about the same for him. Rob is athletic, he can run, he has good balance, good strength, so he can work against bigger guys. He’s also quick enough to give bigger guys trouble with his athletic ability. He’s an instinctive player, uses his hands well, has a good feel for the ball and situations and anticipates things well.
QB: Is the length of the flight and travel a consideration when talking about guys with injuries?
BB: I guess it would depend on the injury.
QB: Is there something to long flights and swelling? I don’t know if that’s just a myth.
BB: I’m sure there is.
QB: Seattle has gotten some good early returns from their rookies. Are you impressed with their rookie class out there?
BB: Yeah, they have a lot of good, young players. Their whole team – it seems like most of their team – is under three years, other than just a handful of guys. They’ve gotten good production out of them. [Robert] Turbin has been impressive when he’s played in there for [Marshawn] Lynch. [Russell] Wilson obviously, [Bruce] Irvin has been a good pass rusher for them, [Bobby] Wagner has been very productive for them, a middle linebacker, he’s made a lot of plays. It looks like a good, solid group. A couple guys contribute in the kicking game. They done well, they’ve drafted well. Pete [Carroll] has put together a real good football team. I think he’s done a great job of turning that roster over. He’s got a lot of young players but they’re good, they’re good players. I’ve been real impressed with what he’s done, no question.
QB: What challenges does Russell Wilson present considering he has a pretty good set of wheels?
BB: He’s athletic. They use him some – his athletic ability, his running ability – as a sixth receiver, if you will. You have to be careful with him in the pocket or getting out of the pocket, plays that involve the quarterback running the ball: play-action passes, bootlegs, rollouts, things like that. He’s active. He does a good job on all that stuff. Good decision maker; tough kid.
QB: What does Nate Ebner bring to the team?
BB: Nate has played primarily in the kicking game for us; that was his role in college. He’s aggressive, he’s got good speed and plays strong. He has good instincts in the kicking game, like he did in college. He’s been productive for us.
QB: Everybody seems to have a Beano Cook story. Did you ever cross paths with him and have a story?
QB: When you go up against a guy like Bruce Irvin, do you give the tackles and the offensive line a look at the player with someone who is smaller and quicker to give them reps during practice?
BB: We try to do that, yeah. We look at our roster and try to match up our scout team players similar to the type of players that we’ll be playing that week, when possible: receivers, tight ends, pass rushers, defensive backs. Yeah, we would take our guys that are more like their guys and try to put them in those positions or somebody that would give us an approximate look of that person’s style of play, definitely.
QB: Did you have anyone specific with Bruce Irvin this week?
BB: Again, we do that every week. We talk guys and we talk about that as a staff – who is going to be who, who is going to be [Chris] Clemons, who is going to be [Bruce] Irvin, who is going to be [Sidney] Rice, who is going to be [Marshawn] Lynch, who is going to be [Robert] Turbin, who is going to be Leon Washington, who is going to be everybody. Sometimes it’s just by the position that person plays and the person that we have plays the position and is familiar with it, so it helps our guys to get the reps for that. Sometimes it’s to replicate their player. Our younger players, our practice squad players, some of the guys that don’t play as much, we also want to try to put them in a position where they can execute plays at their position rather than move them somewhere else [and] playing them out of position. We try to play them where they play so that their reps are a higher quality rep in their personal development. So, it’s a combination of all those things. We talk about that every week and try to put those players in the position that helps them and helps us the most as a team, whatever that is. It changes from week to week.
QB: Who was Bruce Irvin this week because he’s so fast?
BB: Right, without getting into who does everything, I’m just saying that’s the process.
QB: Their cornerbacks are pretty big guys. Does that affect some of the things you want to do in the passing game? Are there things that their size makes more difficult?
BB: Sure, yeah, absolutely. The technique is different. I think competing against that type of player is different. That’s one of the good things about going against different players on our team that have different skill sets and also practicing against different teams like New Orleans and Tampa: you get different types of players that eventually over the course of the year, you’re going to see somebody that’s similar to someone you’ve seen and that kind of matchup. That type of experience helps. Technique is different and the playing style is different. Certainly it’s a lot different for a quarterback throwing over a 5-9 guy, as opposed to throwing over a 6-4 guy. There’s a lot more – those guys take up a lot of space. [Brandon] Browner is a very athletic guy. He moves well and covers a lot of ground and he’s really long. We’ve played against those guys before, the [Ryan] McNeils and the [Antonio] Cromarties and Drayton Florence in Buffalo and guys like that: 6-2, 6-3 type corners. They definitely present a problem. [Bobby] Taylor in Philadelphia, those kind of guys, over the course of the years. They’re unique. You don’t usually see those guys with that kind of length out there. It presents a problem for the receivers and for the quarterback.
QB: Is this a helpful week to have a guy like Ras-I Dowling in your secondary to simulate what you’ll see on Sunday?
BB: He’s probably the closest player that we have to that type of player, that’s obvious.
QB: How encouraged are you by what you’ve seen from Aaron Hernandez in practice and what he may be able to do for you on Sunday?
BB: We’ll just have to see how it goes here. He practiced late last week and did some things yesterday and on Wednesday. We’ll see how he is today. We’ll see if that set him back or didn’t set him back or how that went. We’ll have a day to evaluate it on Saturday and we’ll see where we’re at on Sunday. I don’t know; could be a game-time decision. Maybe we’ll know sooner depending on what information we have today or maybe before we leave.
QB: Just given the nature of the injury, how encouraged were you to see Aaron Hernandez back last week?
BB: It’s great to see every player back out there. Anytime we have a player come back and practice, like Julian [Edelman] yesterday, Aaron last week, whoever it is. It’s good to see every player back out there practicing. I don’t care what injury they’re coming off of, it’s good to see everybody back out there. It means they’re closer to being able to help our team and doing what we’ll need for them to do sooner or later. That’s always good
Tags: Boaton Celtics, Doc Rivers, Marquis Daniels
@ESPNForsberg: Marquis Daniels got hauled into the coach’s office for a little chat about his role. Clearly he got the message !
Tags: Alex Wilson, Boston Red Sox, Clevelan Santeliz, Dave Magadan< Curt Young, Doc Rivers, Jason Rice, Juan Linares, Larry Lucchino, Oscar Tejeda, Robert Coello, Ryan Lavamway, Stephen Fife, Stolmy Pimentel, Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, Tim Federowicz, Will Middlebrooks
BY KEVIN HARRIMAN
Boston Sports Desk Publisher
ELEVEN PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN RED SOX 2011 ROOKIE PROGRAM
BOSTON, MA– The Red Sox 2011 Rookie Program will begin January 10, 2011 in Boston. Eleven of Boston’s top prospects will take part in the two-week program, which is designed to expose the players to the expectations of being Major Leaguers for the Red Sox.
Ten of the participants in the Rookie Program spent all of 2010 in the Red Sox organization: pitchers Robert Coello, Stephen Fife, Stolmy Pimentel, Jason Rice, Alex Wilson; catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway; infielders Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda; and outfielder Juan Linares. Also taking part will be pitcher Clevelan Santeliz, who was signed as a free agent in December 2010 after playing for the White Sox Triple-A Charlotte club.
The program includes two workouts daily that emphasize conditioning and strength training as well as concentration on fundamentals. In addition, the players are attending a number of seminars that will focus on the assimilation into Major League life off the field and will visit the Dana Faber Cancer Institute to meet with young patients receiving treatments at the Jimmy Fund. They will also participate in a community service project with the Red Sox Foundation at The Children’s Services of Roxbury Day Care facility .
A number of individuals will speak to the group, including President/CEO Larry Lucchino, General Manager Theo Epstein, manager Terry Francona, Major League coaches Dave Magadan and Curt Young, and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.