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Why is the media so obnoxious in there press conferences with the football coach of the Patriots?
jay goldstein, framingham ma
A: I'm there every day and I would never consider them "obnoxious." Don't really know what you're talking about. Can you be specific? Here's the thing: the team calls the press conference. The media elects to attend it. The point of a press conference is for the media to ask questions and for the person being asked the questions to answer them. When a media person asks a question and does not receive anything resembling a specific answer, then the media should ask a follow-up in an attempt to get information. Otherwise, it's a useless exercise. I'm not sure what you do for a living, but if you're trying to obtain information, even in your personal life and the person you're asking isn't going to give it you, what would your reaction be? "Ok fine, thanks anyway?" If you're a reporter your business is information. I'm not sure why that's a hard concept to understand or why persistent questioning is considered "obnoxious." Now I can understand if President Bush can't answer a specific question especially if it effects national security. But a football coach?
How many players are on the team.
Cameron James D'Andrea, Essex/ Mass
A: 53, but only 45 are active for the game.
Nick, You certainly seem dismissive of Rodney Harrison when you look for a "replacement for Milloy". Certainly Bill Belichick's track record regarding cutting players speaks for itself. His teams have only gone onto great success despite daring cuts of players that he felt the team did not need or could not afford. I am curious, why do you feel that Harrison will not be a suitable replacement to Milloy? After two games, Harrison has twice as many tackles and four times as many pass deflections as Milloy. Lawyer may have been emotionally pumped for week 1, but he was non-existent in the Jaguars game. Secondly, Milloy is quick to jump on the Patriots organization, citing them for a lack of loyalty when they asked him to NOT be the highest paid safety in the league. The salary they offered was higher than the average of the top 5 players at his position. Fans judge Milloy on an emotional level, but his performance certainly isn't at the level of the top 5 safeties in the league. I am curious who you think showed a greater lack of loyalty ... the Patriots for attempting to renegotiate a valued players contract that was going to be a real problem in 2004 and beyond ... or Milloy and his agent working behind the scenes to line their own pockets and point the finger at the Patriots? Thirdly, do you think that a 5 million dollar signing bonus and 2.5 million dollar salary for 2 years is too high a price to pay for a safety who is past his prime and not markedly better than your current young promising safety? It seems to me that Buffalo has painted themselves into a corner salary cap wise down the road, and players such as Bledsoe and Milloy (and others) will be asked by that franchise to restructure or face a release in 2004 and 2005. Lastly, I am curious how much of a factor you believe Carl Poston was in the decision for Milloy to ask for his release. Considering that Poston did not negotiate Milloy's contract with the Pats, and was therefore not receiving a commission for Milloy's salary ... it would seem that Poston had absolutely zero incentive to see Milloy stay with the Patriots. The Pats had been widely reported to be working on renegotiating with Lawyer since April. Could Poston's desire to fatten his own wallet been a real hinderance to working a legitimate solution to Milloy's contract with the Patriots?
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