NFC East Record Predictions: How Will the Eagles Fair?

Before 2020, the Eagles were always serious competition in the disastrous NFC East, making the postseason from 2017-2019 (3 times); that’s when things turned upside down. This previous season, Philly went 4-11-1, and were plagued by injuries (lots of them!) and inconsistent quarterback play, along with several key players underperforming.

Let’s stop living in the past; it’s a NEW SEASON. This upcoming year most likely won’t bring the Eagles the past success they’ve came across, but there’s still hope for us fans. Let’s look at the different teams in this division, predict their record, and see where the Eagles land!

Washington: The Washington Football Team had a pleasantly surprising 2020 season, making the playoffs with an underwhelming 7-9 record (43.8% win pct.). They ended up losing to the soon-to-be Super Bowl Champs — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — in a thriller. This offseason — although they lost some notable names such as Ryan Kerrigan & Ronald Darby — they added even more talent, including veteran quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick and former Panthers wideout, Curtis Samuel, ultimately bolstering the offense. Washington massively improved their roster this offseason, and in my eyes, will end up with a winning record.

Ceiling: 11-6 | Floor: 9-8

New York: The New York Giants are coming off a rather disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs with a 6-10 record (37.5% win pct.) due to an Eagles loss to the WFT in Week 17. They had a pretty stellar offseason, though, retaining Leanord Williams and signing guys such as Kenny Golladay, John Ross & Kyle Rudolph, while drafting Kadarius Toney, providing Jones with more weapons. Regardless of the nice summer by the Giants’ front office, New York’s success relies on the man under center, Daniel Stephen Jones; how he performs this season is very unpredictable, as he’s flashed immense potential in the past, but has also seemed like a complete bust at times as well. Daniel Jones is why the Giants could place last in the NFC East or end up with a winning record.

Ceiling: 9-8 | Floor: 5-12

Dallas: The Dallas Cowboys’ 2020 campaign is the definition of disappointing. Up until Week 5, Dallas seemingly had one of the best offenses in the NFL, with Dak playing at a MVP level with multiple weapons to throw to…then came the injuries. On October 11th against the Giants, the Cowboys’ season was pretty much over, as Dak had broken his ankle on a scramble. The offensive line was in shambles through the season, Leighton Vander-Esch missed 5 games and Gerald McCoy missed the entire season; definition of an injury-riddled season. After that train wreck, Jerry made sure the offseason would be a positive one, bringing former Falcons HC, Dan Quinn, as DC aboard and drafting standout linebacker Micah Parsons at pick No. 12. 2021 feels like it could end up being a very good year for the Cowboys, but I’m stuck on how Dak could come back; it’d be difficult to recreate what he had going in the first 5 weeks of last season coming off such a serious injury. At best, they could win the division but could be a prime example of mediocrity at worst.

Ceiling: 10-7 | Floor: 8-8

Philadelphia: Finally our very own, Philadelphia Eagles. We all know what happened…the Carson Wentz dilemma, Hurts taking over, a plethora of injuries, Reagor being in/out of the lineup, Ertz playing horrible, Sanders dropping passes, etc…all of that leading to a 4-11-1 season that left us LAST in the NFC East. All fans doubted Howie after this, doubting that he could do anything more to clean his mess and build a competent roster once again; Howie rose up to the challenge. We don’t know if this is a competent team yet, but on paper, it looks like a damn good one. Roseman drafted DeVonta Smith, improving a poor WR room, added Anthony Harris & Steven Nelson, bolstering depth in a desperate secondary, signing Joe Flacco, a former Super Bowl MVP to mentor and backup Jalen Hurts while also getting rid of older players that wouldn’t benefit the team and would take away playing time from the young guys, among other little moves. Howie, throughout the offseason, worked to prepare this team to go through a small period of retooling while keeping what should be a fun roster to watch through the the 17-game season. He did the best he could, but that doesn’t mean it’ll translate instantly, especially not into this first season of the “retool.” The roster consists of several new players playing for an entirely rebranded coaching staff; it’ll take time to settle in. A lot of our potential success relies on Jalen Hurts and how he performs — he had his good and bad moments after taking Carson’s spot late last season. If Hurts can take that leap and cement his spot as the franchise quarterback then that’d make Howie’s work a lot easier these coming years. Focusing on this upcoming season, however, Philly could either surprise the league and end with a winning record or be the laughing stock of the NFL.

Ceiling: 9-8 | Floor: 5-12

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Stock Up/Down: Camp Edition (Offense)

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Philadelphia Eagles reported to training camp. Us fans have finally gotten a look at the sort-of “new-look” Birds since they were eliminated by the Washington Football Team back in January. At last, we’ve been able to see the newest additions to the Eagles and how they’ve performed — whether they’ve exceeded or fallen below expectactions.

Keep in mind, its not been long — teams just started reporting to training camp on July 28th. However, the Eagles’ first preseason game against the Steelers is just 4 days away. Training camp prepared the team’s young players for these moments to make their mark, to show why they deserve playing time when it’ll truly matter. Before this chaos begins, let’s take a look at how training camp impacted the “Stock” of several players.

Jalen Hurts – Stock Same

Jalen Hurts has had a very confusing camp to this point. It’d be an exaggeration to say he’s been bad, because he hasn’t…but at the same time, we can’t necessarily say Jalen has been good, either. He experienced a shaky start to camp, completing just 5/14 passes, but gradually got better until just recently; he had his worst day of practice, as did the entire offense. We continue to see some beautifully placed passes from Hurts, but it may be followed by him missing simple passes. Due to this unpredictable play, Jalen’s stock won’t be touched for now.

Nick Mullens – Stock Up

From what I’ve been hearing, Nick Mullens has looked good in training camp thus far; he’s impressed the coaching staff, but has certainly had his ‘bad’ moments. However — as far as I’m concerned — these mistakes are easily fixable, and likely confidence more than anything else. Point being, Mullens’ overall camp performance has been positive.

Miles Sanders – Stock Same

When healthy, Miles Sanders is a phenomenal back. That’s been established. However, during camp, his poor play in the air attack — an issue that’s seemingly carried on from last season — is very prominent (mainly easy drops). This is unacceptable, especially after he was very effective in this area during his rookie season. It cannot happen, but at the same time, it’ll certainly not be something that holds the Eagles back.

Jason Huntley – Stock Up

Jason Huntley’s supposedly looked really, really good in training camp. He’s flashed great speed in the open field on multiple occasions. There haven’t been any negative comments regarding Huntley, and by the looks of it, he can very well make the 53-man if he keeps up his stellar play.

Kenneth Gainwell – Stock Up

Rookie, Kenneth Gainwell’s also been looking spectacular, particularly in the pass game. He’s constantly been a factor in the air attack, and Hurts has reportedly been targeting him at times as well. Gainwell can also pose a threat when rushing the ball with his explosiveness. It seems as if the Eagles have found another gem in this crowded backfield.

Jalen Reagor – Stock Down

Jalen Reagor’s camp has looked…well, bleak, to say the least. It began with a failed conditioning test, though, he wasn’t in the best mental state either. However, Reagor hasn’t been eye-opening once his mental state supposedly improved. There’s been several wide open drops talked about by the media. The sophomore’s definitely had his moments, including a sweet catch over Slay in 1o1’s, but there’ve been far too many simple mistakes that outweigh the nice moments.

Travis Fulgham – Stock Down

Travis Fulgham emerged as a reliable pass-catcher for this Eagles offense during the 2020 campaign, but unfortunately his role decreased as Alshon Jeffrey became healthy. Now that Jeffrey’s gone, it was expected that Fulgham would make a leap and flash his true potential. While its unfair to say he’s been a complete non-factor, there have been quite a few wide open drops, similar to Reagor. Difference is — due to expectations — Fulgham’s stock doesn’t take nearly as big a hit as Reagor’s.

Quez Watkins – Stock Up

Quez Watkins has been one of the few bright spots in this young WR core. He’s been able to expand his game from just using speed to beat defenders to winning at the line of scrimmage more often. During one play, Watkins completely burned his defender, Steven Nelson, along with the entire Eagles secondary for a 40-yard bomb from Hurts; this was just one of the few eye-catching plays he made. Watkins must be doing something right to be getting this much appreciation from the Philly media. He seems very comfortable in the offense, and could be a critical pass-catcher for Jalen Hurts.

John Hightower – Stock Same

John Hightower’s most definitely had his moments during camp so far. He had a beautiful down-the-sideline catch on a perfectly placed dart from Jalen Hurts in 11o11 and has done well in individual drills too. Unfortunately, Hightower’s also dropped some relatively easy passes and has shown little effort in the run-block…his stock remains untouched.

Jordan Mailata & Andre Dillard – Stock Up & Down

Regarding the LT battle, it’s transparent now; Mailata’s seemingly gotten better and has performed better while Dillard has seemingly gotten worse and played worse; nothing much more than that. Mailata will — barring anything unforeseen — be the Week 1 starter for Philadelphia.

Nick Sirianni – Stock Up (Bonus)

Nick Sirianni has been doing an amazing job with this young Eagles team. On one hand, he doesn’t let players get away with silly mistakes, and is always in their ear if he sees something he doesn’t like. He keeps his guys honest, and that’s something we’ve lacked for quite a while. On the other hand, Sirianni’s always bringing positive energy when someone does something right. The players seem to respect him, and when your group has that type of mutual respect, it’ll almost always translate to the field.

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76ers vs Thunder: Final

RING THE BELL! The 76ers finally take a W after a week of continuous L’s. They blew the OKC Thunder out of the water, 121-90!

Philadelphia 76ers

This was a much-needed win for the Sixers, and they knew it. The games started out very close. There was a lack of effort on defense from the Sixers, which allowed the Thunder to stay with them; then the 2nd quarter came. Philly started playing incredible defense, which led to easy buckets on the other side. At halftime, we were sitting with a comfortable 15-point lead. Once the 2nd half came, Sixers did not take their foot off the gas. The best part? No starter played over 25 minutes. Guys like Tyrese Maxey, Paul Reed, Dwight Howard, Rayjon Tucker, and Isiah Joe among others were able to close out the game.

Again, what stood out most was the defensive play from Philadelphia. They had a total of 22 steals and 7 blocks compared to OKC’s 11 and 1. We also forced a whopping 30 turnovers.

Oklahoma City Thunder

If you’re the Thunder, what are you supposed to do in this situation? The youngest team in the league that sits near the bottom of the Western Conference had to go against an experienced Sixers’ team fighting for the top spot in the East. There was no doubt on how this game would pan out.

However, the Thunder must be credited for something, and that was their ability to capitalize off turnovers; OKC had 35 total points off turnovers, compared to Philly’s 19.

Best Performances:

PHI:

  • Joel Embiid – 21 PTS | 5 REB | 3 STL
  • Ben Simmons – 12 PTS | 3 STL | 2 BLK
  • Tobias Harris – 11 PTS | 4 AST | 4 STL

OKC:

  • Darius Bazley – 14 PTS | 2 AST | 7 REB
  • Ty Jerome – 22 PTS | 2 AST | 2 REB
  • Moses Brown – 11 PTS | 1 AST | 8 REB

Overall, this was a great team performance by the Sixers, and we expected no less, going against this inexperienced Thunder squad. Let’s hope we can transfer the momentum onto Atlanta on Wednesday!

76ers vs Thunder Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers will be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7:00 PM EST! This is a very important game for the 76ers; they’re on a 4-game skid, and this is a perfect time for them to turn it around before the end of the season. There’s also a chance they get some key reinforcements back!

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia has blown their last 4 games to the Warriors, Suns, and Bucks (twice). However, injuries have played a major role in their — quite frankly, pathetic — losing streak. As a result of the losing streak, Sixers currently hold the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. It shouldn’t be a tough turnaround, though, as Philly has the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA, according to ESPN, while the Brooklyn Nets (who currently hold the 1st seed), have to play the Bucks (twice), Nuggets, and Mavericks.

PHI Injury Report:

  • Joel Embiid – QUESTIONABLE
  • Ben Simmons – QUESTIONABLE
  • Danny Green – QUESTIONABLE
  • Tobias Harris – QUESTIONABLE
  • Furkan Korkmaz – QUESTIONABLE
  • Paul Reed – QUESTIONABLE

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City has been absolutely atrocious this season; they sit near the bottom of the Western Conference (13th seed; 20-40), and are in the midst of a 13-game losing streak. However, this is the youngest team in the NBA and one that is, thus, rebuilding. Thunder have also dealt with several injuries, and that doesn’t change tonight.

OKC Injury Report:

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – OUT
  • Luguentz Dort – OUT
  • Josh Hail – OUT
  • Mike Muscala – OUT
  • Gabriel Deck – OUT
  • Tony Bradley – QUESTIONABLE

A loss tonight would be absolutely embarrassing. Whether or not we are missing 2 guys on the injury report or all of them, we’d have to try to lose this game.

Important Information for Tonight’s Game:

  • Against? – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • When? – 7:00 PM EST
  • Where? – Wells Fargo Center
  • TV? – NBCSP

76ers vs Bucks Preview

For the final time this season, the Philadelphia 76ers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks. These two clubs battled it out on Thursday, but the outcome wasn’t in Philly’s favor: Milwaukee won, 124-117. The Sixers look to avoid the season sweep against the Bucks, as they are 0-2 against them this season.

Philadelphia 76ers

Like we just mentioned, the 76ers are coming off a horrible loss to the Bucks. Milwaukee seemed to hit nearly every shot they attempted, and the Sixers couldn’t respond; their play on the offensive end was pretty good, they just couldn’t make any defensive adjustments. A lot has to change this afternoon. Harris HAS to be more impactful consistently, rather than just here and there today. Though he’s coming off an injury, the team needs to see his normal form sooner rather than later. It will give Embiid more than enough room to operate if he can keep the defense honest. We must also see a change in the defense: whether that be schemes, execution, etc. More on-ball pressure is needed. Starting Thybulle may help immensely. Philly cannot afford to give up all momentum and dig themselves in a hole, expecting to come back against Giannis.

PHI Injury Report:

  • Ben Simmons – OUT
  • Paul Reed – OUT
  • Joel Embiid – QUESTIONABLE
  • Furkan Korkmaz – QUESTIONABLE

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are coming off a massive victory against the Sixers, just 2 days ago; they’re looking to translate that energy to today’s matchup; most importantly, Milwaukee’s looking to replicate the magnificent shooting. They’re also looking for another great performance from starters, Giannis, Middleton, and Lopez, along with Portis off the bench. These guys practically handled business by themselves! However, it shouldn’t be as easy this time around; Bucks should most definitely expect changes in the Sixers play, on both ends of the ball.

MIL Injury Report:

NO INJURIES.

Tune in at 3:30 PM EST, on ESPN, to watch Philly battle Milwaukee in their final matchup of the season!

76ers vs Bucks: Primetime Matchup Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks will be facing each other for the 2nd time this season in a primetime matchup! The last time these clubs matched up, Philly was without the presence of MVP candidate, Joel Embiid. Despite the disadvantage, the Sixers put up a respectable fight, not giving the Bucks any breathing room up to the final buzzer.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers are coming off a loss to the Phoenix Suns just last night. They were missing 3 starters, including DPOY candidate, Ben Simmons, All-Star caliber player, Tobias Harris and sharpshooter, Seth Curry. Though this game will go in the losing column for Philly, the short handed squad showed tremendous fight. Phoenix was never able to get comfortable. Joel Embiid had a dominant performance, scoring, (38 points), and doing the dirty work, (17 boards), as he continued his MVP campaign. Though the 76ers lost, Philadelphia still holds the No. 1 seed with Brooklyn close behind, (0.5 games back).

PHI Injury Report:

  • Ben Simmons – OUT (illness)
  • Tobias Harris – AVAILABLE (right knee soreness)
  • Seth Curry – AVAILABLE (left hip flexor)

Milwaukee Bucks

The Suns seem to be giving every Eastern Conference contender trouble, beating the Bucks on Monday. Khris Middleton had just hit a game-tying 3-pointer with approximately 22 seconds left in regulation. Moments after, Devin Booker was fouled by PJ Tucker on a controversial call that resulted in game-winning free throws for the 2x All-Star. Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game in overtime with a leg cramp. Milwaukee is currently on a 2-game losing streak and 3.5 games back from 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

MIL Injury Report

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – PROBABLE (leg cramp)

Along with being an important exhibition matchup for both parties, this is also a potential playoff series preview. Hopefully the Sixers are healthy and can come out with the W!

Kyle Lowry Mock Trades

Many executives think it’s time for the Raptors to move on from Kyle Lowry, and the Raptors are reportedly open to doing so. Several teams are supposedly interested in the 34 year-old guard, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat, Sixers and Clippers being the favorites.

Lowry could boost Philly’s chances of coming out of the East and potentially winning a title. Why? He’d provide instantaneous production alongside Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid. Lowry is still playing at an All-Star level, averaging 17 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game. It would just add another option for Philly to rely upon when others aren’t working, and Lowry is a court-general. As of now, Simmons is playing that role, but with Lowry, it would allow Ben Simmons to be more aggressive. Acquiring Lowry would add yet another closer to the Sixers, on top of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. It would allow Doc to be more creative with his game planning. The best part? Lowry has just 1 year left on his contract, so Philly doesn’t have to keep paying him. It also shouldn’t be too expensive to trade for Kyle. With that, let’s look into some mock trades.

Mock Trade #1 | TOR: Danny Green, Mike Scott, Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, 1st round pick | PHI: Kyle Lowry

In this trade, Philly would be giving up Green, Scott, Ferguson, and Poirier, Green being the only rotational player. In return, they’d get back Kyle Lowry. Toronto may not be getting back the value they’re giving, which means Sixers would HAVE TO throw in a first round pick to spice up the deal. Ferguson may turn out to be a good depth piece for the Raptors as a young 3&D player.

Mock Trade #2 | TOR: Danny Green, Mike Scott, Tony Bradley, Furkan Korkmaz, Vincent Poirier | PHI: Kyle Lowry, Patrick McCaw

This trade has more parts than the previous one. Toronto would again be receiving Danny Green, Mike Scott, and Vincent Poirier, but this time the trade would also include Furkan Korkmaz and Tony Bradley. Philadelphia would receive Kyle Lowry, and this time, Patrick McCaw. Raptors may have to throw in another player, but according to ESPN’s Trade Machine, this trade is valid. I feel that this trade is a win-win for both teams. Philly would be receiving Kyle Lowry and gain some extra depth with Patrick McCaw. Toronto would be getting a familiar face in Danny Green & Furkan Korkmaz, two rotational players for them. Raps would also be gaining front-court depth with Tony Bradley, something that seems to be a need for them.

Mock Trade #3 | TOR: Danny Green (76ers), Lou Williams (Clippers), Patrick Patterson (Clippers), Terance Mann (Clippers), Mfiondu Kabengele (Clippers) | LA: Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Furkan Korkmaz (76ers) | PHI: Marcus Morris Sr. (Clippers), Luke Kenner’s (Clippers)

Last one is a three-team trade! The Sixers aren’t receiving Kyle Lowry in this one, but the other favorites in the Clippers will be. There are a lot of moving pieces in this one. Let’s start with the Clippers. They’d be getting Kyle Lowry whom they’ve expressed interest in, and some backcourt depth to make the loss of Mann and Williams easier. For the Raptors, they’re getting a large haul. Danny Green from the Sixers who’s on a 1-year deal, Lou Williams from the Clips who’s on a 1-year deal, Patrick Patterson who’s on a 1-year deal, and then Kabangele and Mann, both of them being on 3-year deals. Finally, the Sixers get Marcus Morris Sr. and Luke Kennard. All teams seem to be getting what they want here, but the Clippers have to give up a significant amount of players. However, Mann and Williams are the only ones getting minutes. Overall, I think this trade benefits most teams in the long run.

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Looking Into the Nick Sirianni Hiring

So, as most of us have heard by now, the Eagles announced that they hired former Colts OC, Nick Sirianni, to be their new HC. Sirianni came into the conversation late, but seemed to have really impressed Jeffry Lurie and the Eagles in his interviews. Let’s look into this hiring!

Coaching Career

To start off, let’s get to know about Sirianni, and where he’s been in terms of his career: From 2004-2005, Nick worked with DBs at Mount Union. He then moved on and worked with WRs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006-2008. Sirianni went into the NFL after this, helping with KC’s offensive quality control from 2009-2011. The next year, he stayed with KC, but this time as a WRs coach. After his stint with the Chiefs, Sirianni went to San Diego, and worked on a Quality-Control offense with the Chargers. Nick would go on to stay with the Chargers for the next 4 years, being a QBs coach from 2014-2015 , and being a WRs coach for the next 2. Finally, he became the Colts’ OC in 2018-2020, and is now here as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Respected

It’s clear that Sirianni is respected around the league. Here’s what former Eagles’ OC, Frank Reich, had to say about him: “He is a brilliant offensive mind. He is a tireless worker. He pays attention to detail. He has a dynamic coaching personality. I think he is going to be a great head coach in this league. It is hard for me to have a higher opinion of Nick.” That’s not all. Field Yates tweeted this after the Eagles made the hiring aware to the public: “That dude worked and worked and worked tirelessly, taking on any task asked. He earned the respect of everyone around him — players and coaches alike. Eagles got a good one.” Another source claimed that Sirianni is “passionate” and “brings juice” on top of being a “brilliant coach.”

Has Had Success

Nick Sirianni has undoubtedly had success in his career, particularly as of late. He had play-calling input for Indianapolis last season, which was a 28 PPG offense. In the last 3 seasons, the Colts’ offense ranked 5th, 16th, and 9th in scoring, and the team reached the playoffs twice. He maximized Jonathan Taylor’s abilities, which is the opposite of what Doug did with Miles this season, and something Miles really needs. Sirianni did a very good job developing the Chargers’ Mike Williams and Colts receiving core; having someone with experience in that area is crucial for the Eagles considering how many young receivers they have. He also helped Philip Rivers reduce turnovers from his game this past season which was one of Carson’s major issues this season. There is no doubt in my mind that this offense & team as a whole can succeed together.

Concerns?

As of right now, I don’t have many concerns for Sirianni. I do have a few, however: Is Sirianni ready to be a head coach? This is mainly due to the fact that he has no head coaching experience (his 10+ years of coaching experience should help, though). Also, could it be a problem that he’s had little experience coaching on the defensive side of the ball? It will be a major issue if Sirianni prioritizes offense for the Eagles; this is a TEAM sport. Finally, what kind of staff will Nick hire? We will have to wait and see the answers to these questions as the off-season progresses and transitions into the regular season.

All in all, Sirianni was not a bad hire for the Eagles. He may have actually been the most ideal hire because of his coaching experiences. Thanks for reading!

Ben Simmons Must Be Traded In Order for the 76ers to Compete for a Championship This Season.

Why?

Ben Simmons has been under a lot of heat recently, and it’s easy to see why. He’s not been nearly as agressive as someone with his body frame should be. To prove this point, think about this: Simmons has attempted just 9 field goals per game thus far. He’s been passing out of shots under the basket, which shouldn’t be the case as a 6’10 guard; you have to take advantage of those situations. Then there’s still his lack of a jump shot. Floor spacing goes down the drain when Simmons is on the court. Ben has a very well-rounded game, but there are still flaws which he hasn’t fixed since his rookie year, and it will come back to bite. Joel Embiid is in his prime, but Simmons will hold him back, and as good as the Sixers have been up to this point, Ben will become a liability and lose them basketball games come playoff time. Joel Embiid will not be able to play at this high of a level for very long; this is why trading Ben Simmons for an offensive weapon should be in the Sixers’ best interest.

For Who?

Who should Ben Simmons be traded for? That’s the real question. The James Harden ship has sailed (the Rockets would’ve gotten a better package from the 76ers), but he would’ve been ideal. Some other options that come to mind are Bradley Beal (27), and Zach LaVine (25), both players that would grow nicely with Joel Embiid.

Would a Team With Joel Embiid and Beal/LaVine Be Able to Compete With Other Teams Such As the Nets?

Now this is tough. The Nets WILL be the team to beat in the Eastern conference, especially after that James Harden blockbuster trade. We can’t be for sure until the new-look Nets play with each other, but I am certain that a lineup with Joel Embiid and Bradley Beal/Zach LaVine would have a better chance of winning a 7-game series against Brooklyn. These players are guys that wouldn’t pass out of shots, that would do what it takes to get better and win games for their team.

All in all, I, as many other fans, don’t think Simmons will be enough to push us over the hump. Trading him would give the 76ers a legit chance to represent the East in the Finals.

How Howie Roseman Can Save His Job

Let’s keep it simple: the Eagles have been horrible to start the season. They have definitely been playing well these last few weeks, but haven’t been able to get over the hump. Recently, I went into depth on why the Eagles got off to a poor start, but I didn’t go into detail about another cause to our bad start, and that is Howie Roseman.

Howie Roseman is what some might call overrated amongst Eagles fans because of our 2017 Super Bowl run. The truth is, he hasn’t been anything special in Philadelphia, especially when it comes to drafting. Let’s look back at the 2017 NFL Draft: Sidney Jones over Joe Mixon, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, and Chris Godwin. Mack Hollins was also taken before George Kittle. Then there’s also 2019: JJ Arcega-Whiteside over DK Metcalf, and Terry McLaurin. Howie’s had his highs and lows when it comes to drafting (he drafted Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, Miles Sanders, etc.) but when it comes to his lows, it’s a really tough pill to swallow.

Howie hasn’t dished out the best contracts either, and Alshon Jeffrey is a prime example of that. After winning the Super Bowl, Howie gave Jeffrey a 4 year, $52,000,000 contract. Don’t get me wrong, Jeffrey definitely played well and should’ve been resigned, but he got a massive payday considering his age. It felt like a panic move by Howie. You can also look at DeSean Jackson. Jackson got a 3 year, $27,000,000 contract. This was another large contract considering Jackson was 32 at the time, and he isn’t going to get any younger. Jackson wouldn’t have gotten that same offer elsewhere. These were more of the recent ones. You can dig deep and find names such as Byron Maxwell (6 years, $63M) and DeMarco Murray (4 years, $40M).

Howie has also made controversial moves when it comes to letting players walk into free agency. The first example that hits me is Jordan Hicks. Hicks was a quality linebacker for the Eagles when he was healthy, and Howie didn’t even try to bring him back. Shortly afterward, he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals and has been playing very well there.

As of late, it seems like Howie hasn’t had the best relationship with players and personnel. There have been videos revealing arguments between Howie and HC Doug Pederson, star tight end Zach Ertz, and second year receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

So how can Howie turn this around?

Well, it starts with trading Alshon Jeffrey, or aggressively pursuing a trade at the least. The Eagles want that contract off their hands ASAP. He can also find Carson Wentz some help. Like last season, there have been dropped balls that Wentz couldn’t have placed better. This leads to my next point:

TRADE ZACH ERTZ. This one is much more controversial but hear me out. Ertz is 29 and doesn’t fit the narrative of ‘getting younger’. He and Wentz have also not been on the same page this season; their chemistry from last season seems lost. Ertz is also nearing the end of his contract, and is going to ask for Kittle/Kelce money when he simply isn’t playing as well as them.

And lastly, get some capable linebackers. The obvious flaw on this defense is the linebacker core. They’ve been a liability and have cost the Eagles games. This could be the best defense in the league but the current crop of linebackers is holding them back.

Although he’s made several impactful moves, Howie has had his fair share of questionable and ‘bad’ ones as well. The credit he earned with the 2017 Super Bowl can only be cashed for so long.