The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss talks to Pats defensive end Ty Warren, who's in Miami to do some Super Bowl charity work. Warren said he's still feeling the sting of the AFC Championship loss, but is picking the Colts to win it all.
Michael Felger of the* Boston Herald* offers a feature on Patriots wideout Chad Jackson. Felger talks to Jackson's high school coach about the former Gator, who's contributions this year were limited. The coach, Rush Propst, says he's seen Jackson start slow before, but when he catches on he's a talented player. "I think he has tremendous ability, Pro Bowl material," said Propst yesterday. "I think once he learns the system and gets in tune with what's going on,and gets on the same page with Tom Brady and their offensive coaches,the sky is the limit."
Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe explains what makes the Colts offense different from the Patriots. "The biggest thing is get your best 11 on the field," Indianapolis offensive coordinator Tom Moore said. "There are a thousand systems, but in the end, it's about the people. Our [personnel] kind of lends itself to [our] system."
Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe has a feature on Moore, as well. "Tom Moore is a football lifer. There simply is no other way to put it. He has spent 45 of his 68-plus years on this earth coaching college or professional football," writes Ryan.
The Boston Globe's Colts notebook features 17-year veteran Ricky Proehl. Before Super Bowl XXXVI, suiting up for the St. Louis Rams, Proehl looked into an NFL Films camera before kickoff and declared, "Tonight, a dynasty is born." ... "I was right, wasn't I? I just didn't say what team it was," he said with a chuckle yesterday before the Colts practice. "A dynasty was born that night -- the New England Patriots." Included are notes related to the Patriots.
Michael Felger of the Boston Herald features Colts wideout Marvin Harrison, who's "actually been a bigger postseason flop than the Indianapolis quarterback and future Hall of Famer," according to Felger. "Harrison has been one of the finest receivers in NFL history in the regular season, but in the postseason he's been just another guy."
Christopher Gasper of The Boston Globe reports on the Bears secondary, which is prepping to face Peyton Manning and the Colts air attack this Sunday.
The Boston Globe's Bears notebook features rookie defensive end Mark Anderson. Also included are some notes related to the Patriots.
John Tomase of the Boston Herald talks to Bears wideout Muhsin Muhammad, who was on the losing Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Patriots. "When you go that far and you lose in the big game, it does wear on you," he said. "It wore on me probably until we won the championship game last week." Included are notes.
The Boston Herald's John Tomase offers a piece on the Bears red-hot returner Devin Hester, who the Patriots limited to just 21 yards on a single kickoff return. "Devin Hester could easily be the difference in this game," said Bears coach Lovie Smith.
USA Today offers it's Inside Slant on the Patriots, updated late last night.
Ian O'Connor of The Record (New Jersey) has a feature on Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, detailing his NFL career, including his time with the Patriots.