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Here's what Bill Belichick, Nick Saban talked about at Alabama pro day

Here's what Bill Belichick, Nick Saban talked about at Alabama pro day

What do two of the most successful coaches in football history talk about when they get together?

You know, the usual.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made an appearance Tuesday at Alabama's pro day, showing love to Alabama head coach and close friend Nick Saban by rocking a bright Crimson Tide pullover.

Cameras also caught Belichick and Saban having a lengthy chat on the field in Tuscaloosa, which naturally got everyone wondering: What did they talk about?

In a media scrum Tuesday afternoon, Saban (a bit reluctantly) shared some of their talking points.

"We're personal friends, so we talked about kids and grandkids," Saban said, via Alex Byington of the Montgomery Advisor. "We talked about personnel, because they're interested in guys that they bring to their team. And then we're both still very involved in the football part of what's going on, so we'll talk quite a bit about X's and O's.

"So, there's a wide range of things. And then there's a little story-telling that goes with it too, because we go back a long ways and we have experiences that we both kind of learn from."

As for Belichick's Alabama attire?

"I didn't give it to him, but I'm glad he got it," Saban deadpanned.

Belichick has been a regular at Alabama's pro day since Saban took over in 2007, both to catch up with his old pal -- Saban was an assistant on Belichick's Cleveland Browns coaching staff during the early 1990s -- and to scout the Crimson Tide's wealth of NFL prospects.

Which Alabama products could the Patriots target this year? Tight end Irv Smith, safety Deionte Thompson and linebacker Mack Wilson are a few names that come to mind, but you can expect Belichick will get the full scouting report on every 'Bama player before making up his mind on draft day.

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Report: Some in Robert Kraft's camp 'can't believe' he won't take plea deal

Report: Some in Robert Kraft's camp 'can't believe' he won't take plea deal

Robert Kraft categorically denied any wrongdoing just hours after being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and he's been standing his ground ever since.

But should the New England Patriots owner just take his lumps and move on?

According to ESPN's T.J. Quinn, that's what some in Kraft's circle expected he would do when Florida prosecutors offered to drop charges against him if he admitted he would have been proven guilty at trial.

Here's Quinn during an appearance Thursday morning on WEEI's "Mut & Callahan:

"There are people around him who have said to me they can’t believe he doesn’t just take this plea agreement, this diversion agreement that they offered and say, ‘OK, fine, I did this. I am sorry.’ And then move on with it.

"They are pretty amazed that he’s going to continue to fight it like this."

Few actually expected Kraft to accept that plea deal after he already maintained his innocence. But considering Florida prosecutors allegedly have video evidence of the Patriots owner at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla., Kraft could have gotten ahead of the story by expressing remorse right after the charges came out and hoping the story died down.

Kraft is well past that point, however, and his legal team is now working relentlessly to prevent said video evidence from going public. That battle continued Wednesday, when a judge ordered the state of Florida not to release video evidence of Kraft until there's a hearing despite Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg stating earlier that day his office was obligated to make the evidence public.

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David Price lays out Red Sox doomsday scenario in surprising comments

David Price lays out Red Sox doomsday scenario in surprising comments

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has avoided pressing the panic button amid Boston's abysmal start to 2019.

It's safe to say David Price has a different mindset.

The Red Sox pitcher made some eye-opening comments to The Boston Globe's Alex Speier on Wednesday night, suggesting major changes could be coming for the defending World Series champions if they don't improve on their 6-13 start.

Here's the kicker:

"If we don’t start playing better, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, maybe myself, we could get traded. We’re, what, 30th in minor league systems?” Price noted, referencing Baseball America’s recent organization rankings that did indeed feature the Red Sox with the No. 30 farm system. “We’re dead last. We don’t play better, Mookie Betts will be traded, J.D. Martinez will be traded. It will be tough for a while here.”

Price was drawing on experience, as the Rays' disappointing 2014 season following a 2013 playoff berth prompted a fire sale in Tampa Bay that included his trade to the Detroit Tigers.

The Red Sox still have plenty of time to right the ship in 2019, but Price seems to have a bit more urgency.

"It needs to happen now," Price said. "Boston doesn’t handle losing well. I get that. The Celtics are good, the Bruins are good, the Patriots are always winning, and the Red Sox are always good.

"If we don’t play better, there’s going to be a lot of changes around here. I remember when Boston won the World Series in 2013. In 2014, they were trash. Trash."

Price may just be trying to light a fire under his teammates, but considering the Red Sox are less than 20 games removed from a World Series title, these are pretty strong remarks. Not that he's totally off-base: Martinez hits free agency this offseason while Betts will command a massive contract the following year, so if Boston continues its free fall, a move to shore up its depleted farm system might not be too crazy.

That's all to say the Red Sox should probably start winning games, especially with a three-game series against the American League East-leading Rays looming this weekend.

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