The Eagles Look Good In Preseason Opener, But Where’s The Defense?

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Friday night brought christmas to south Philadelphia as Philadelphia Eagles fans were treated to a peek of what their 2013 team will look like. For months Eagles fans have anxiously waited to see how the team will play under the leadership of new head coach Chip Kelly. Even with a 31-22 loss to the New England Patriots there was plenty of optimism shared by fans while leaving the game. Here are a few of my observations from Friday nights game.

QB competition – I like the size of Nick Foles, to be honest any 6’5″ or taller QB, but Mike Vick, with the protection of this O-Line is capable of putting together a spectacular year similar to the 2010 season. That potential combined with Vick’s leadership role on the team makes it obvious that he will be named the starter.

Tackling – My high school and college coaches always said, “Perfect practice makes perfect.” Knowing how forward thinking it has been reported that Coach Kelly is, how is it possible to think the defense can perform at a professional level if they don’t tackle in practice. It was offensive to the entire city of Philadelphia to have Patriots HB, LaGarrette Blount run a circle around our entire defense on his way to a 51 yard td.

Final thoughts: The Philadelphia Eagles showed promise under the direction of new head coach Chip Kelly. However, football is a game played in three phases, Offense, Defense and Special Teams. The Eagles seem to have the Offense and Special Teams on track but if the Defense doesn’t get up to speed we could be in for a lot of high scoring losses this season. Let’s hope they tighten things up before week 1 of the regular season.

Words By: Philly_Ron

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Sixers Push Past Suns 103-83

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The Philadelphia 76ers are use to going on streaks. Most of the time they’re losing streaks but like I’ve said during the preseason this team is different. After coming off of a tough loss to the Portland Trailblazers in the season opener the Sixers could have easily gone into the game versus the Phoenix Suns in a funk.

Instead, the 76ers dusted that loss off and used it as motivation to put the lights out on the Phoenix Suns. In just 48 hours the Sixers seemed to have found the answers to their defensive lapses against the Portland Trailblazers. More important than playing great defense was the way the Sixers protected the ball. Coming off of a twenty turnover performance the Sixers cut that total in half and it paid dividends on the scoreboard.

Philly’s most unappreciated athlete, Andre Iguodala, continued to provide a spark for the youthful Sixers squad. He started the game aggressively on offense and hit multiple three pointers while playing solid defense.

In addition to the great play of Andre Iguodala, center Spencer Hawes continued his early season dominance on the boards by grabbing 11 rebounds. The highlight of the night for Sixers fans as well as Spencer Hawes was his third quarter steal that turned into a run out dunk and a 21 point third quarter lead on the way to a 103-83 victory.

This was a total team effort, with six players finishing in double digits. That’s impressive because Coach Collins dressed nine players. The Sixers still have a long way to go before the national media considers them good, but it’s easy to see there is a change for the better in the 2011-2012 76ers.
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Words by: @Philly_Ron

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