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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.27.17: Welcome, new members … and a football turncoat?

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(Matt Sunday/DKPittsburghSports.com)

Good morning!

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas break. We're getting back into the swing of things here at BSJ.

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Now, a few random thoughts while I imagine James Harrison sacking Ben Roethlisberger:

  • I was going to do most of this on my thoughts about Harrison after watching film on him from this year, but then Chris Price went and did the damn thing like it should be done.
  • I agree with everything Pricey wrote and in his assessment of Harrison.
  • I'll just add this: Harrison has very much slowed down, even from 2016. Outside of some leverage/veteran moves and determination, he doesn't bring much in the pass rush. I do, however, think the can help a lot against run-heavy teams to set the edge and let Kyle Van Noy go back to the inside where the Patriots have to be tiring of Elandon Roberts (it was at about this time last year when Roberts was phased out as a starter and became a role player in the postseason).
  • I can't believe Steelers fans are really mad Harrison signed with the Patriots. Uh, hello? They cut him.
  • The Eric Lee era was fun while it lasted. I would like to see him with a whole offseason next year, however. Some definite tools.
  • By the way, I'll have my review of the Bills game up by lunchtime and before my Felger and Mazz appearance from 2-4.
  • Looking forward to the Bruins getting back at it tonight with their old friends from Ottawa. And I always love a chance to watch Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson. What a player.
    • Time for the Celtics to start playing with some consistency again tonight against the Hornets.
  • And more Jayson Tatum, please!

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Scouting Report: Film reveals strengths, weaknesses in James Harrison’s game
What does James Harrison bring to New England at this stage of his career?
NFL Power Rankings: Drama builds for many as regular-season finales loom
Week 16 Patriots’ offensive and defensive statistics from PFF
AFC Playoff Picture: Breaking down postseason scenarios for every team still in the hunt
Completed Q&A: Talk Patriots with Price

Celtics

Why it’s time to start worrying about the Celtics rebounding again
Jaylen Brown (knee) doubtful for Wednesday’s game vs. Hornets
BSJ Daily Briefing 12.26.17: Leftover thoughts from an ugly Celtics loss on Christmas

Bruins

David Pastrnak’s creativity serving the Bruins well on and off the ice

Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Remy on path to recovery; Yanks not guaranteed pennant and more

ON TAP

9 a.m.: Bill Belichick press conference (Price)
2-4 p.m.: Bedard in studio on Felger and Mazz (with Hook & Hardy). Listen live.
3:45 p.m.: 
Patriots availability (Price)
5 p.m.: Live Q&A with Brian Robb on Celtics/NBA.
5:15 p.m.: 
Pinstripe Bowl — Iowa vs. Boston College (ESPN)
7 p.m.: Celtics at Hornets, NBCSB
7 p.m.: Senators at Bruins, NESN (McDonald)

PARTING THOUGHT

Seems rational.

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