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Belichick tries to skip past Brady-O'Brien dustup


Belichick tries to skip past Brady-O'Brien dustup

FOXBORO - When the head coach has to take time out from watching his patchwork defense give up chunks of fourth-quarter yards to a mediocre quarterback during a potential game-winning drive in order to break up a nasty battle between his Hall of Fame quarterback and his offensive coordinator, it would seem to be an unusual occurrence. So, naturally, one would need to ask Bill Belichick how that whole sideline brouhaha worked out between Tom Brady and Bill O'Brien. And how did the head coach deal with the sparring that took place? "We always go and look at the film and talk about it as a staff and a team about the previous game and things we did well and things we need to do better to get ready for the next opponents," Belichick said, a bit of detail that was known by every person in the room. "That's what Mondays are for."At some point, though, this particular Monday was also for making sure that Bill O'Brien doesn't completely lose his mind on the sidelines at a player again during the game. The reasons beingA) it doesn'thelp the team focus on the situation at hand, B) it reveals a whole lot to the snooping, invasive, irritating media abouthow the Patriots 2011lookand theirritation level the quarterback maybe operating at. Upon further questioning, Belichick offered, "Like I said, we do the same things we always do on Monday. We address the game and we move on to the next opponent. We transition off of one game and into the next. Whatever that is, that is. That's what Mondays are for."Wonder if, when watching that game film, Belichick might get a pang of regret that his quarterback was throwing to Tiquan Underwood in the first place. Meanwhile Jabar Gaffney - who was being shopped by Denver during the offseason - was elsewhere on that same film catching touchdowns on that patchwork secondary. Maybe the quarterback wouldn't be so harsh on his wideouts if he had a more competent group and the Patriots sent a fourth to Denver (which they reportedly were asking) instead of a fifth and a sixth to Cincinnati for the right to pay Chad Ochocinco 6 million to be useless. But we digress. ...

Tyler Thornburg wants a normal spring, but don't be surprised if it's bumpy


Tyler Thornburg wants a normal spring, but don't be surprised if it's bumpy

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Don’t confuse the goal of a normal spring training with the likelihood one will follow.

Tyler Thornburg’s time with the Red Sox has been an ordeal. He’s optimistic he can have a regular spring training after undergoing surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in June, a surgery that included the removal of a rib which is now on display at his parents’ house. 

He said Saturday, in fact, there’s a “very good chance” of a normal spring. But there’s also a chance his build up to regular-season form runs unevenly. And that would be OK.

“I started throwing Oct. 2, that’s when they kind of gave me the go-ahead to go tossing,” Thornburg said Saturday at Winter Weekend. “So I’ve been building up slowly since then, just trying to make sure we don’t have any setbacks or things like that, and ramp it up at a good pace. I’m throwing at 120-140 feet, so it’s about the pace I’d normally be on, granted I’d know 100 percent before where I was [under normal circumstances]. So things could be a little different."

Consider a few other things Thornburg said Saturday at Foxwoods.

“I don’t really think any of us really know how quick I’m going to bounce back necessarily as far as how quickly the recovery’s going to go in spring training after an outing,” Thornburg said. “But hopefully I mean it’s fantastic, and we can kind of just keep going.”

A bit of natural uncertainty. He missed an entire season, and the reason he missed an entire season is had a lot going on medically. 

What appeared to be a shoulder injury was far from your usual, say, rotator cuff matter. His was a nerve issue.

“Two of the neck muscles were incredibly hypertrophied, like overgrown, and they just started squeezing on the brachial plexus, where all the nerves run down,” Thornburg said. “I’d be sitting there watching a game and just a nerve thing would hit me and I’d almost get knocked over by it. As well as the first rib was getting pulled up and my hand would just turn red some days if I was just standing there, cutting off the blood circulation. Then all the scar tissue and buildup along the nerves they had to go and dissect all that off there.”

So the injury wasn’t simple, and now, the recovery process is really a whole body matter. 

"There’s a lot off things your arm has to get used to between using different muscles, as well as my arm was kind of working through a scenario where it was trying to overcompensate for this and [trying] to relieve that,” Thornburg said. “So just worked a different way. Now your body has to remember how to actually properly work again. It’s a lot of neuromuscular stuff.”

Thornburg noted the possibility too he could be ready to go to start the season but not really ready to go back to back yet. Would the Sox then carry him on the big league roster, or continue to build him up elsewhere? 

Velocity won’t be there right away for Thornburg, he said: “But I mean that’s what spring training is for for most guys anyway.”

There’s a lot of optimism, but naturally, there’s a lot to be seen. 

“The rehab process, it's been a massive rollercoaster,” Thornburg said. “It really has. But I mean, I've been trying to take it week to week which has been a lot easier. There's the good days and bad days, just different kinds.”


Former Patriot Mike Vrabel named head coach of the Tennessee Titans


Former Patriot Mike Vrabel named head coach of the Tennessee Titans

The Titans job was rumored to be the first pick of Josh McDaniels, but as details have come to light, that is not the case.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to hire former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as their Head Coach tonight.

The team publicly announced the hire tonight across all of their social media platforms.

Vrabel won the Super Bowl with the Patriots three times in the early years of the New England dynasty. 

Despite having limited experience as a coach, he has attracted much attention in this past offseason for openings across the NFL. He has just one season's experience as a coordinator. 

Vrabel steps in to fill the role of Mike Mularkey, who was fired just one night after many believed he was receiving an extension. Despite the rumor of the extension, Mularkey and the Titans agreed to part ways just one day later.