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February 1, 2013

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“I could play

for Belichick”

Bill Belichick’s affinity for Ravens safety Ed Reed was well documented last year on the NFL Network’s “Football Life.” In that program, which documented Belichick during the 2009 season, the Patriots head coach called Reed one of the greatest safeties of all time.

On Wednesday Reed, who is a free agent after the Super Bowl, said he could play for the Patriots head coach.

“Yeah, oh yeah, man, I could definitely play for Coach Belichick,” said Reed. “He is a great coach. I’m sure he can help me to expand my football knowledge even more as a player and as a coach, so if I’m ever able to be around him, just like I was at the Pro Bowl, it’s huge.”

He may not be what he used to be but Reed would fill a big need for the Patriots, even if it’s just a short rental, and who wouldn’t want to have one of the all time greats in their secondary, even if it’s a watered down version.

Urgency

Ever since Rajon Rondo has gone down with a torn ACL, the Celtics, albeit for two games, have showed the urgency they lacked over the first half of the season. Rondo is of course the Celtics best player and one of the most unique players in the entire NBA. But with the all star point guard sidelined with a knee injury, the Celtics seem to be playing as if the game matters more.

Instead of standing back and letting Rondo take over the offense, the Celtics are now moving the ball around, hustling up and down the floor and feature a more balanced offensive attack.

That’s not to say the team is better off without Rondo, we will see just how much the Celtics miss their point guard come playoff time. It just took a major injury to their star for desperation mode to click in. Look for the Celtics to play fairly well the rest of the regular season because of that urgency. But in the playoffs, where every team needs a win, they will come crashing down to earth.

Can’t see this team getting out of round one without Rondo in the lineup, despite the increased effort and efficiency over the last two games.

— Compiled by

Nick Curcuru

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