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Quit crying, NFL... brains are overrated

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Quit crying, NFL... brains are overrated

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Headhunters, beware: the NFL 'gun gitchu.
That's right, the league has finally decided to stop the salutary neglect on "devastating" head hits and start handing out suspensions.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison might be Public Enemy Number One. On Sunday he concussed two Browns receivers: Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi. Though no penalties were called both wideouts were sidelined. Harrison's post game quotes were gems.

"I don't want to injure anybody," he said. "There's a big difference between being hurt and being injured. You get hurt, you shake it off and come back the next series or the next game. I try to hurt people."

Go get 'em, Tiger!

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was equally unapologetic when discussing his attempt to head Todd Heap's cranium like he was Tim Cahill trying to net a soccer ball.

"Y'all got the stats, right?" he said on the Dale And Holley Show. "What was the stats after that hit, and before it? I think it was a lot better after than it was before it."

Good point by you, Meriweather.

Maybe a guy should only be penalized after the fact. Helmet-to-helmet contact and the collision didn't help your team win? Suspension and a fine, sucker. But if your Kung-fu move was the game-changer that sparked your team's turnaround? The guy you hit should have to apologize for being weak . . . as soon as he regains consciousness.

Some players think differently. Some guys, like tight end Ben Watson, are in favor of the NFL tamping down on "devastating hits and head shots." These weak-stomached little Sallys are demanding repercussions whether the player on the ground is injured or just "hurt."

Watson made feelings about James Harrison particularly clear. "I hope the NFL does the max, whatever the max is, I hope they give it to him," he said.

What a baby.

Football isn't football without concussive collisions! If somebody's brain doesn't smack the back of his head then the whole show is a waste of time. We're practically headed toward professional flag football. It's outrageous. The NFL already put up pretty, laminated posters everywhere to warn of the dangers of brain trauma.

I mean, it's not like that college player died.

Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

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Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.

Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.

"I’ve  talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed  for 2018. What I told them  is, first  of all, I think very highly of  them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend  to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club. 

"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t  stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere." 

Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well. 
 

Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

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Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games.

Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost.

Koppen and Giardi also look at how the offensive line play has fallen off, despite the same personnel as last year. Finally, discussing the late scratch of Stephon Gilmore due to a concussion. Anything to read into the timing?