A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
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Why are so many NFL coaches overweight and unhealthy looking? It doesn't seem like coaches in other sports are as prone to this.
-- Tiffany, Newport Beach, Calif.
A: My take on it is that they spend so many hours working -- I mean these guys work 10, 12, 14 hours a day and get very little time off in the off-season, that I'm sure they're eating horribly and not taking care of themselves. I don't know what my excuse is.
Do you have any idea how taxi squad players are paid?
-- Nelson Ryan, Salem
A: Practice squad players earn a minimum $4,350 per week, and they can earn that through the post-season. A team can pay a practice squad player what ever it wants. Last season, offensive lineman Brandon Gorin was paid about $300,000.
Nick, first let me say you were right when you said repeatedly that Brady can throw down field. I witnessed it with my own eyes. I have two questions. Tedy Bruschi is extremely underrated. Why doesn't he get more recognition? Do you see him as Pro Bowl material? Also, who did we end up getting for Terry Glenn now that she is tearing it up in Dallas? Was it Koppen? Was it anybody?
-- Chris Watson, Portland, Maine
A: Chris, I think Patriots fans understand the extent of Bruschi's contributions. Does the rest of the country appreciate it? Probably not. He gets good publicity; he's a good spokesman. I think he's fine with it. The Glenn deal was to Green Bay for a fourth rounder (Jarvis Green) and a conditional pick, which was the 128th pick in the fourth round. That pick and their own fifth round pick was traded to Denver for the 120th pick in the fourth round, which was Asante Samuel.
Nick: Great column! That comes not only from your insights but also from the incredibly intelligent questions from the fans. I'm a diehard Patriots fan, but my comments and questions today are about the Red Sox. First, a comment: the day after the Sox lost Game 7 the headlines read "Wait until next year...again". Sure, its frustrating that we didn't beat the damn Yankees, but this Red Sox team was much different than all the others. They never gave up. Teams in years past would toss in the towel in August or September when the road got rough. Not this group. They played their tails off every night; they left it all out there. They played as a team and gave their fans a thrill until the very end. My hat is off to them for that. Here's the question: which players will have their contract be up this year? Who will we be losing to free agency? With another starting pitcher or two, if the offence can stay reasonably intact, it really could be next year.
-- Barry Cohen, Novato, Calif. Continued...