Rex Ryan made a candid prediction for the 2022 Patriots

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“Every factor in this organization is Bill Belichick’s decision.”

Bill Belichick watches the Patriots in a Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. AP Photo/Doug Murray

Tonight, the Connecticut Sun will face the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at 9 p.m. Las Vegas leads the series 1-0.

Also tonight, the Red Sox begin a two-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m., and the Revolution are in Houston to face Dynamo at 8:30 p.m.

Rex Ryan on Bill Belichick: Following an uninspiring loss to the Dolphins in Week 1, the Patriots were the target of criticism early in the season.

Bill Belichick, in particular, has been blamed for his personal decisions.

And it was this specific line of criticism that was taken by ESPN analyst (and former head coach) Rex Ryan during a Monday “Get Up!” segment. Summarizing the problems facing the Patriots, Ryan blamed Belichick.

“It’s his decision. Every factor in this organization is Bill Belichick’s decision,” Ryan said. “He earned that right, but – going back to last year – bringing in Nelson Agholor, how does that work for you? Don’t complain about the guns. You chose those guns.

Going through the roster of Patriots wide receivers the team has added to the draft and free agency over the past few years, Ryan concluded that this was a gross failure to build the roster. Belichick.

“No one can open up,” he concluded.

“All those moves you made, you don’t have weapons, one of the reasons is you can’t assess them,” Ryan continued. “You misjudged the weapons.”

Turning his attention to quarterback Mac Jones — a player he notably fired a year ago before Jones’ rookie Pro Bowl season — Ryan joked that the Patriots quarterback was smart enough to see through the team’s unorthodox attacking training setup.

“You got your quarterback, you raved about him and stuff,” Ryan said, referring to Belichick’s praise of Jones early in training camp. “I said he had a peashooter and think, what I mean is he doesn’t have a big cap. You have a very smart kid at quarterback, smart enough to know that Matt Patricia and Joe Judge are probably [aren’t] this good football coach for him, I mean in terms of attacking training.

Assessing how he thinks it will go for the Patriots this season, Ryan was blunt.

“It’s going to be a long** year.”

Anecdotes: Rex Ryan was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator during the team’s 2007 regular season game with the then-undefeated Patriots. It was a dramatic game, with the Patriots barely emerging from victory. Who was the Ravens head coach that day?

(Answer below).

Hint: He led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.

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On this day: In 1946, the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant with a 1-0 win over Cleveland. The only run of the game came in the first inning on a Ted Williams homer inside the park (the only one of his Hall of Fame career).

Cleveland, whose player-manager Lou Boudreau used an early version of a defensive switch (named specifically for Williams, who had a natural tendency to kick the ball as a left-handed hitter), tried the trick against the superstar of Boston in the first inning.

Williams, however, was able to kick the ball into the opposite field in order to disrupt a substitution. He slapped a line drive into left field that “would have been routine against an orthodox defense for a left-handed hitter,” wrote boston globe journalist Hy Hurwitz.

By the time the out-of-position Cleveland outfield recovered the ball, Williams was already rounding third base.

“I deliberately hit the ball into left field,” Williams told reporters afterward. “I’ve been planning for weeks to beat this crazy defense that Cleveland used against me. When I stepped into the batting circle waiting for my innings, I noticed that Red Embree had a terrific breaking curve. I knew the best place to hit the ball would be in left field.

Boston starter Tex Hughson threw a complete shutout, allowing just three hits and two walks.

Afterwards, as the team (and city) celebrated the Red Sox’s first pennant in 28 years, Williams reportedly left early for a military hospital, where he visited an injured veteran.

1946 Red SoxTed Williams

daily highlight: Geno Smith shoved his way through a collapsing pocket before finding Will Dissly for a wide-open touchdown in the Seahawks’ Monday Night Football win over Russell Wilson and the Broncos.

Quiz Answer: Brian Billick


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