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I didn’t make it over to Camden today because repair guys are at the house to fix my leaking roof.
Anyway, a large portion of Sixers media day was shared by the team, including Markelle Fultz’s eight-minute availability.
The biggest thing that jumped out to me was a question from the AP’s Dan Gelston about comments made this summer by trainer Drew Hanlen:
Gelston: Drew said this summer in a podcast that you had the yips, where you forgot how to shoot. That’s what he said. How does that happen – is it just the injury? Is there more to it? Confidence? How do you get that?
Fultz: Yeah, you know, I think it was a mis-term in words. But me and Drew have talked, and what happened last year was an injury. Let me get that straight. It was an injury that happened that didn’t allow me to go through a certain path that I needed to to shoot the ball. Just like any normal person, when you’re used to doing something the same way each and every day, and something happens, of course you’re going to start thinking about it. It’s just normal. So, of course I had that injury happen, and then people took certain things, of changing shots, and ran with it. But that didn’t affect me. That’s the reason I didn’t just come out last year and try to go against the media or whatever. I just was worried about getting healthy and getting back to what I do. That’s what I did this summer, so I’m happy.
For reference, the Hanlen quote comes from Daniel Schmidt’s “Talking Schmidt” podcast.
I promised I was going to do part two of the video review, so here it is.
The main focus from the Tampa game was the multitude of breakdowns in the secondary, which we went over on Wednesday.
Today let’s go over the all-22 film again and look at how Doug Pederson used his receivers, running backs, and tight ends while trying to navigate the injuries to Mike Wallace and Jay Ajayi. How did he line them up? Did Nelson Agholor play more on the inside or outside? How can he adjust with Jordan Matthews now available?
Before I get into the film, I do want to re-post what I logged on Monday after the game in terms of how they divided up their runs and passes from under center and shotgun:
- 44 passes out of the shotgun (a lot in the 4th quarter while chasing the game)
- 7 passes from under center
- 13 runs out of the shotgun (including the direct snap to Agholor)
- 8 runs from under center (two quarterback sneaks and the option/toss to Smallwood)
- (two more under center sets were wiped out due to a holding and tripping penalty on the second drive)
And in week one, this is how Doug lined ’em up:
- 35 passes out of the shotgun
- 1 pass from under center (play action)
- 18 runs out of the shotgun
- 5 runs from under center
From week one to week two, Pederson went from six to 15 under center sets and cut back on the amount of running he did out of the shotgun. Part of that, of course, was the fact that the Eagles were playing from behind, which forced them into throwing 44 passes out of the shotgun as a necessity. The Eagles showed more RPO and sweep action looks in week one and got away from that in the Tampa Loss.
Right, so there’s the context for that.
Some other things I saw on film:
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I’m all-in on this. These videos are good.
We're on the case… pic.twitter.com/ZgvJ67xl2f
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 21, 2018
My theory is the mascot has something to do with a Zamboni.
This is the second video the Flyers have put out– the first noted some strange goings on during building construction.
Of course, the Flyers won’t come out and say it’s a mascot, but I bet we find out soon enough. Given the clues, it might just be Donald Trump.
Are eSports the future?
That one guy in the comments section seems to think so, but 97.5 the Fanatic isn’t so sure.
Philadelphia’s first FM sports station is putting out feelers to see if any of their listeners care about video gaming. They sent out this message to people on their email list, seeking feedback:
Mike didn’t write that, of course. Some producer or creative services or sales person did.
But I find the email very interesting because I am almost one million percent certain that the 97.5 listener base does not care about eSports. I don’t think Bernie from Broomall or Jose from Norristown or that Bob guy from Tennessee with the great accent know a single thing about video games, nor would they have any interest in listening to eSports programming or podcasts.
Anthony Gargano will no longer host the 97.5 morning show. He is not on the air this morning following The Maestro’s reveal that Marc Farzetta would be coming to the station to be on in the mornings. This came as news to virtually everyone at 97.5, including Gargano, his producer, Jamie Lynch, and other top hosts at the station.
This morning, Philly.com confirmed our deep, probing speculation that Farzetta was joining the station to replace Gargano. We believe that Gargano found out about all of this yesterday, and that the decision to replace him with Farzetta was in the works for some time.
Farzetta curiously didn’t pick up shifts for Angelo Cataldi at WIP when he was on vacation this summer. Many in the industry have non-competes that restrict them from appearing on a competitor’s station for timeframes of 90 days or so. Maybe this was the case with Farzetta and thus explains his quiet disappearing act at WIP.
What’s quite clear, however, is that our war reporting kicked off a series of events that led to Gargano finding out that he was being replaced by Farzetta. Always listen to the sounds of The Maestro’s concertos. MUSIC NOW:
The already slim playoff chances became even slimmer last night for the Phillies.
Their series opener against Atlanta started out well for the first six innings, but the Braves got a run in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a Lucas Duda double. They got four more in the following inning en route to an 8-3 win over the Phils. Their magic number to clinch the division is down to four games.
Vince Velasquez went three innings and gave up three runs off five hits. Atlanta’s Kevin Gausman gave up those same numbers in 6 1/3. Tommy Hunter gave up the Duda double in the seventh and Luis Garcia gave up all four runs in the eighth and couldn’t record an out.
So with that, two more wins in the rest of this three-game series for the Braves clinches them the division. They’ll play again tonight at 7:35 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia with Nick Pivetta on the mound against Julio Teheran. Saturday will feature Jake Arrieta against Mike Foltynewicz and Sunday’s matchup will be Aaron Nola against Anibal Sánchez.
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If a baseball team’s season dies at SunTrust Park and no one is around to watch it, does it make a difference? I didn’t think so.
Those who did, for whatever reason, check in to see if the Phillies could at least make things interesting in Atlanta this weekend instead saw a team play a willing victim to a thorough beatdown delivered by the soon-to-be NL East champion Braves. In an absolute had-to-have game, Gabe Kapler’s team could not: execute routine plays, reach base, get out Braves hitters in key spots, or bother to show any urgency with its season hanging in the balance. I don’t know how to recite the same old story yet again, so let’s keep this simple. I stand not amazed by any of the following that occurred. Continue Reading
The “Philly Special” will forever be known as the tone-setting play that helped propel the Eagles to a Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots last February:
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) September 12, 2018
After tonight, however, it may also be known as the play that helped propel the Browns to their first regular season win in 635 days.
Trailing the Jets 14-12 late in the third quarter after a one-yard Carlos Hyde touchdown run, Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley broke it out on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt:
LANDRY TO MAYFIELD!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 21, 2018
I’m sure the fine people of Cleveland will rebrand the play. Henceforth, I wonder what those in Cleveland will call it. To Twitter we go:
Five minutes and reddit has already named Baker's 2PT conversion The Cleveland Steamer…and you know what…I'll allow it.
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) September 21, 2018