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Michael Vick: I can't See Myself As a Backup

Vick elsewhereIn an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Thursday, Michael Vick made it clear that he has no desire to return to Philadelphia as a backup and is set on starting somewhere in the NFl in 2014. 

Michael Vick appeared to slam the door shut on a return to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday in in an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia where the 11-year veteran reiterated his desire to be a starting quarterback in 2014. 

Vick returned to Philadelphia prior to the 2013 season after the free agent market was bare in terms of starting jobs for the 33-year old quarterback and he ultimately won the starting job during a training camp competition with Nick Foles orchestrated by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

Don't expect history to repeat itself heading into 2014.

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Michael Vick: I can't See Myself As a Backup

Vick elsewhereIn an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Thursday, Michael Vick made it clear that he has no desire to return to Philadelphia as a backup and is set on starting somewhere in the NFl in 2014. 

Michael Vick appeared to slam the door shut on a return to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday in in an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia where the 11-year veteran reiterated his desire to be a starting quarterback in 2014. 

Vick returned to Philadelphia prior to the 2013 season after the free agent market was bare in terms of starting jobs for the 33-year old quarterback and he ultimately won the starting job during a training camp competition with Nick Foles orchestrated by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

Don't expect history to repeat itself heading into 2014.

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Michael Vick: I can't See Myself As a Backup

Vick elsewhereIn an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Thursday, Michael Vick made it clear that he has no desire to return to Philadelphia as a backup and is set on starting somewhere in the NFl in 2014. 

Michael Vick appeared to slam the door shut on a return to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday in in an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia where the 11-year veteran reiterated his desire to be a starting quarterback in 2014. 

Vick returned to Philadelphia prior to the 2013 season after the free agent market was bare in terms of starting jobs for the 33-year old quarterback and he ultimately won the starting job during a training camp competition with Nick Foles orchestrated by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly

Don't expect history to repeat itself heading into 2014.

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NBA Draft Profile: Marcus Smart

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In this week’s Draft Prospect Profile, I take a look at a senior who many watched on national television earlier in the week: Marcus Smart. He’s a good choice for this week for a number of reasons. The first of which is because he is fresh off that national TV appearance and so fresh in many people’s minds—including myself. Also, he is a candidate that could slide somewhere nearby each of Philadelphia’s first round picks.

There is no doubt that Smart is an incredible athlete, but frankly he is having an inconsistent stretch, including a four-point dud of a performance against West Virginia. He has been teetering in foul trouble quite frequently, including picking up two in the game’s opening minutes against Oklahoma. In addition to being in foul trouble, when he is on the court he has been struggling shooting the ball. In his last three games, Smart is shooting just 25% and an atrocious 3 for 21 from three.

That would be his biggest weakness, his struggling shot. It is what has scouts most concerned because if he cannot improve it, his NBA potential is rather limited. A hot shot, like Stephen Curry for instance, can really make a player’s career. But he is a sophomore and it is still January, so he has time to improve in that area.

His poor shot is compounded by his terrible selection, which could improve with good coaching at the next level. But it shows that he is not a very good distributor, raising further questions about his position. If he’s not a very good shooter, then he is not an ideal fit as a two. However, he being a poor distributor creates doubt on whether he could be a point guard.

Weaknesses aside, Smart will still be an asset for any basketball team and will go relatively early in the draft. He plays with an attitude and with energy, being your prototypical “hustle guy”. That leads to him getting a decent amount of rebounds for a guard, grabbing nearly six a game. Smart is fearless going to the basket and will get to the foul line often as a result.

Verdict: Smart is an interesting fit the Sixers. On one hand, if he continues to struggle shooting, the Sixers are more than content with Michael Carter-Williams at point guard that they would select Smart to essentially be a backup combo guard. Now on the other hand, if he can hit a shot more consistently, he would be a nice compliment to Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. Brett Brown would absolutely love him as a physical defender and overall player, too. At this point though, if I’m Sam Hinkie, I explore a player with a higher ceiling for my first pick, but for the New Orleans pick he would be a very, very intriguing selection.


Duck Fails: Getzlaf, Perry lead Anaheim past Flyers

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Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the Ducks 5-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. (Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com)

The thing about good teams is that they always seem to find a way to win no matter how much a team may outwork the opponent. Facing the NHL's best, the Philadelphia Flyers played a game that on most night would result in two points.

But that's the thing about the Anaheim Ducks. They are a good team. And the slightest mistake can be the downfall of a team.

That was the story, as the Ducks top line did the most damage to take a 5-3 win against the Flyers on Thursday night at Honda Center.

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Michael Young Retires

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Per Ken Rosenthal Michael Young has chosen to end his 14 year career in MLB.  While I have nearly forgotten most of the stuff that wasn't too heartbreaking about the 2013 Phillies, Young did a serviceable job the few months he was with the club before being cast off to the Dodgers to make one final run at October. Before '13, he spent a dozen years with the Texas Rangers.  He leaves the game with a lifetime .300 BA and .787 OPS.  We here at Philliedelphia wish him well in the golden years.


Tough road trip for Flyers begins in Anaheim against Ducks

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Kyle Palmieri scored two goals in the Ducks 3-2 win over the Flyers on Oct. 29. The Flyers open a three-game road trip in Anaheim on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy of Philly.com)

Tuesday night's game was a much-needed one for the Philadelphia Flyers. The 5-0 win gave the Flyers some form of confidence as they begin a stretch of games on the West Coast.

The Flyers last road trip featured games against the Canadian teams of the West. This time, they will tour California. It starts against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at 10 p.m.

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Sewell, NJ native Anthony DeAngelo is one of the top rated American-born skaters

 

 

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Sewell, NJ native Anthony DeAngelo (Photo c/o Yahoo Sports Canada)

Slowly but surely, the Philadelphia and South/Central Jersey area is starting to produce NHL talent. Pittsburgh gets all the national love because of Brandon Saad, R.J. Umberger, Ryan Malone, and Ducks goalie prospect John Gibson among others. They deserve the spotlight and I’m not taking anything away from the superior talent the Pittsburgh and Eastern Ohio area is producing.

With that being said, Bobby Ryan, T.J. Brennan, James van Riemsdyk, Hobey Baker award frontrunner Johnny Gaudreau, Flyers prospect Nick Luukko, and now Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo are all from the Philadelphia and South/Central Jersey area.

DeAngelo was raised in Sewell and played his youth hockey with the Mercer Chiefs. When he was 15, he left to play with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders and then shortly thereafter made a verbal commitment to play college hockey at Boston University.

That would all change for DeAngelo in 2011, when he was the 26th overall pick in the OHL Draft by the Sarnia Sting. He decided to make the jump and go to Canada to play his junior hockey, and so far it seems to be working out just fine.  

In 2011-12, his rookie OHL campaign, DeAngelo posted six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 68 games played. Last season, DeAngelo showed why he’s an offensive force registering nine goals and 45 assists for 58 points in 62 games played. DeAngelo currently leads all OHL defenseman in scoring with 13 goals and 47 assists for 60 points in 41 games played.

He was one of the final cuts for the Team USA world junior squad this year, but I expect him to play a prominent role next season.

NHL Central Scouting lists DeAngelo as their top-rated American-born skater in their mid-term rankings sitting 10th overall. ISS Hockey has the diminutive right-handed defenseman as their 23rd best prospect in their January rankings, while TSN’s Bob McKenzie lists him as his 26th best prospect.

DeAngelo is a smooth skating, offensive-minded defenseman who has some incredibly quick feet. He’s creative and slippery with the puck, but he also has a feisty side at times. He’s not the biggest guy at 5’11, 175 pounds, but he does like to throw his body around.

What I like about DeAngelo’s game is his heavy shot from the backend. He can quarterback a powerplay and his shot is reminiscent of P.K. Subban’s. DeAngelo does have a lot of Subban-esque qualities to his game. He’s not as big and powerful as P.K., but the feistiness and creative side Subban employs on the ice, DeAngelo does as well.

Here is quick little video of DeAngelo’s ability.

His puck skill and playmaking ability are excellent, as he sees the ice very well and creates offensive. From what I’ve seen, DeAngelo likes to jump up into the rush. However, too many times he gets himself into trouble when he over-handles the puck. At the end of they day, scouts will be looking for what he can do defensively. Right now, he just needs to develop and be more consistent defensively.  

For me personally, I think he’s vastly underrated. The bottom-line is you can’t teach speed and talent and DeAngelo has both. His speed right now translates to the NHL. Some people have said he’s Ryan Ellis or Ryan Murphy 2.0. I don’t buy that one bit. I said he has some P.K. Subban qualities, but he compares best to Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.

I still can’t believe Don Lucia cut him from the US WJC team. I think DeAngelo is going to be a playmaker in the NHL for a long time if  he gets drafted by a solid organization that can be patient and allow time for him to grow his game. I’m looking right at you Chicago, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and Boston.

So where will he end up?     

I do think his lack of defensive prowess and size will scare off teams and make him a late-first round pick. DeAngelo will almost certainly still be on the board when the Flyers select. With the Wells Fargo center being only about a 25 minute drive or so from Sewell, how neat would it be for the Flyers to take the hometown kid?

I’ll tell you what, if they do select him, a future defense corps of Shayne Gostisbehere, Samuel Morin, Robert Haag, and Tony DeAngelo sounds pretty darn good.  

 


Nick Foles: I Learned A Lot Watching Peyton Manning

Nick Foles Fist PumpNick Foles said Thursday in New York that he learned many valuable lessons from watching Peyton Manning execute the Denver Broncos offense against the Eagles earlier this season. (Image courtesy of FoxSports.com)

Peyton Manning probably makes the ideal role model for any up and coming quarterback, even those already in the NFL, and Nick Foles certainly agrees. 

Back in October as Manning and his Denver Broncos were in the process of dismantling the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20, the Eagles second-year quarterback was standing on the sideline as one of the game's all-time greats executed his offense to near perfection, all the while taking mental notes. 

Foles, while on the set of Mike and Mike in the morning, who are in New York this week as manning prepares for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, leading the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks, and said he learned some valuable lessons on that October afternoon in the Mile High City. 

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Nick Foles: I Learned A Lot Watching Peyton Manning

Nick Foles Fist PumpNick Foles said Thursday in New York that he learned many valuable lessons from watching Peyton Manning execute the Denver Broncos offense against the Eagles earlier this season. (Image courtesy of FoxSports.com)

Peyton Manning probably makes the ideal role model for any up and coming quarterback, even those already in the NFL, and Nick Foles certainly agrees. 

Back in October as Manning and his Denver Broncos were in the process of dismantling the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20, the Eagles second-year quarterback was standing on the sideline as one of the game's all-time greats executed his offense to near perfection, all the while taking mental notes. 

Foles, while on the set of Mike and Mike in the morning, who are in New York this week as manning prepares for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, leading the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks, and said he learned some valuable lessons on that October afternoon in the Mile High City. 

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