So, a moment after I finished my recap of
the Flyers' 5-2 loss in Ottawa, their seventh straight up there and
fourth straight overall, I went to the team's video console site, which
proceeded to crash my browser. The post? Gone. My fault for not saving
it in World or something, and yeah I had about 10 tabs open.
I'm not redoing the whole post, which contained virtually nothing you
don't already know. Everyone from the players to the coach to the
analysts, media, fans... everyone can see this team is underperforming
and trending in the wrong direction as the season hurtles toward its
end. Just a few general points.
The Flyers' stagnancy continued on Tuesday night while the Capitals took
over the East lead (on a shootout winner by Mike Knuble) and the
Penguins climbed to within a point. While the powerplay finally got on
the board with a pair of goals, both by Mike Richards, it still looked
like crap overall, which is actually better than the PK looked in giving
up three Senators goals on the man advantage. Other than Richie, who
scored a pair of goals against the Sens for the third time this season,
Nik Zherdev showed some encouraging signs, and Sergei Bobrovsky was far
better than the four goals against would indicate. Ben Holmstrom got his
elbow out on a hit that may earn him a phone call. It wasn't too nasty,
but that cocked elbow near a head sets off alarms in the discipline
At this point, we're hoping the Flyers can go back to the well and
somehow become a far more inspired team once the playoffs start. Tonight
was a final confirmation that they won't magically be rounding into the
shape we saw for much of the season before round one starts. This
Flyers team, playing for a top seed and division crown, couldn't even
beat a team playing only to stay out of dead last in the conference.
Four losses in a row with two to play. Then, who knows.
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c