2009/05/15

Philly 4 Pack


The Eagles have been off since the mini camp, and we will next see action starting on May 20, when the rookies come in for Rookie Camp. The Eagles did announce the start of training camp, which will be July 26. Everyone is anticipating training camp, and the Eagles season to begin. The big battles this year for starting positions seem to be the following: Sean Jones vs. Quintin Demps at the safety position opposite Quintin Mikell. I know Mikell is a strong safety, and emerging as one of the best in the league, but he came into the league as a free safety, and could probably slide over there without missing a beat. However, it makes sense that you don't want to move Mikell, in which case, Jones could probably learn the free safety position by the time the season starts. Victor Abiamiri vs. Juqua Parker at the left defensive end spot should also be a good battle. Also look to see if Akeem Jordan can hold off Omar Gaither for the outside linebacker spot to start the season. On offense, it will be interesting to see how Reid lines up the Andrews brothers on the offensive line.

The Flyers are still watching the postseason from home, which is not acceptable for them. They need to make some changes this offseason. Take a look at some of things the Flyers need to do to turn things around here.

The Sixers, much like the Flyers got bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs early, but aren't in as good a position as the Flyers. The Sixers don't have much money, and are locked into some players for a lot of money and years. The Sixers also need a new coach, as interim coach Tony DiLeo stepped down, leaving the position vacant. Ed Stefanski will interview Eddie Jordan today to the spot. Doug Collins is the other name being thrown out as a serious candidate, along with Avery Johnson and Jeff Van Gundy as fringe candidates. They also need to focus on a draft, and will probably need to draft a PG that is available, as the draft is very deep in point guards.

The Phillies have not had a good week, losing two of three to the Braves and Dodgers. The pitching staff, while getting better, has still been subpar, however, the offense has gone cold. After scoring 10 last Friday, the Phillies have scored only 14 in the five games since then. The offense goes through good stretches and lulls throughout the season, and should bounce back from this. Chan Ho Park has put together two straight solid pitching performances, and Cole Hamels has looked to regain his form. However, Jaime Moyer is getting absolutely lit up every time he takes the mound. We all love Moyer; he is a Philly guy, and he finally broke through and won the World Series last year. However, it has been batting practice for the opposing team lately hitting off of him. The bullpen has not been that great either lately, and will need to get better, especially Brad Lidge, who has been giving up a lot of runs this year. The Phillies play four this weekend against the Nationals, with Happ getting his first start of the year on Saturday during the double-header. The Phillies are 16-16, two games back of the first place Mets.

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