For Philly sports fans, not much to get excited about at the moment
It’s been a while since my last post, and there hasn’t been a lot to cheer in the City of Brotherly Love.
- After a promising start, the Flyers lost 10 consecutive games and fired their head coach. Unlike last season, goaltending isn’t part of the problem. But everything else is. The trade for top-flight defenseman Ryan Ellis has been a disaster so far, as he’s missed almost the entire season with injuries. That was always the risk in making the deal; Ellis has trouble staying healthy.
- It’s the same scenario with the Sixers. An encouraging beginning to the schedule is now a distant memory. The team struggled with COVID-19 absences from Joel Embiid and others and still hasn’t bounced back, even with Embiid returning. They clearly miss Ben Simmons, despite his well-publicized shortcomings. The Sixers could really use his defense, rebounding and passing right now. One positive is the development of young point guard Tyrese Maxey. I think it’s time for general manager Daryl Morey to rev up the trade talks for Simmons. He’s not playing for Philadelphia again, and the Sixers have been shorthanded long enough. Just get the best deal possible for Simmons and move on.
- At least the Eagles are kind of intriguing, as they have an outside shot at the playoffs. They already won two more games than last year. It’s encouraging to see head coach Nick Sirianni grow in the job after a rough start. As for the quarterback situation, I love what Jalen Hurts brings to the table in many ways, but his passing accuracy is nowhere near where it has to be. Can he develop that? I hope so because I’d really like for him to be the QB going forward. Whether he will be, however, is very much up in the air right now.