Sports Centralby Cian Fahey
- We've moved to The Sports Central
- Avery Bradley's stuttering start to Boston Celtics career is no more
- New England Patriots - a case for keeping Brandon Lloyd
- Tom Brady's contract extension puts pressure on New England Patriots to perform in short-term
- Jeff Green's approach epitomizes Boston Celtics Post-Rajon Rondo
Are the Boston Celtics doing it again?
Is a team which was completely lifeless prior to the all-star game getting set to win the division and make a run in the playoffs?
Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are likely playing their last seasons in Boston while Paul Pierce's role is sure to decrease over the coming years.
But before we get to all that, the Celtics have to try to fight for one last shot at the finals and wrap up their playoff spot. Here is what the team needs to do:
Initially, Jonathan Fanene was signed as a versatile defensive lineman from the Cincinnati Bengals. Fanene isn't going to be a big name or game changer for the Patriots, but he will fill out a vital role in the team's rotation upfront and improve the overall standard of the team's front seven.
Belichick then moved on to the safety position which was a point of contention entering the off-season. While many fans would have been clamoring for LaRon Landry or another player with a similar reputation, the Patriots stuck to their strategy by investing low hoping for a high reward.
Ireland fell to a 30-9 defeat to England today in a deflating performance at Twickenham.
Deflating was definitely the theme of the day for the Irish as the team never looked motivated to really grab this game by it's neck. Unlike the physicality and decisiveness that the team showed in France two weeks ago, Ireland never looked up for this game.
NFL free agency begins tomorrow as roughly 600 NFL players without a contract will hit the market. The Patriots, like every team, enters the period with many needs to address. Unlike every other team, the Patriots do have some wiggle room with roughly $16 million to spend.
Importantly, that $16 million takes into account the franchise tag of Wes Welker.
Despite Welker's return, the Patriots greatest offensive need remains at the receiver position. I would be surprised if Deion Branch returned, as Chad Ochocinco should be able to fill his role with another off-season under his belt.
During Ireland's 17-17 draw with France in Paris, the other side of playing without a true openside flanker was obvious as Ireland's physicality allowed them to come close to their first victory in Paris in a decade.
Sean O'Brien may have had a quiet game as a ball carrier, but he, Stephen Ferris and Jamie Heaslip imposed themselves on their French counterparts.
This year has been a total contrast for the Leinster full back as he has led the Irish team with three very impressive performances in the 15 jersey. Kearney is obviously fully fit and back to his very best after overcoming knee surgery which hampered his season last year.
Without Geordan Murphy in the squad, Kearney is Ireland's only true fullback available for selection this year. That doesn't mean that Kearney doesn't deserve his place however.
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