Flyers Chairman Ed Snider: 'We don't need a fresh perspective'

Flyers Chairman Ed Snider: 'We don't need a fresh perspective'

"We don't need a fresh perspective" -- Ed Snider

And that line -- more than any other from Monday morning's press conference, maybe more than any line at any time -- sums up the last 38 years of Philadelphia Flyers hockey.

Craig Berube was officially introduced as the 18th coach in Flyers history on Monday, and the 11th coach since Paul Holmgren's own tenure behind the bench ended in 1991. Peter Laviolette was fired after just three games. That's the quickest any coach has ever been fired in league history.

Right from the top, things went south. In fact, it very quickly gave way to an irritated Ed Snider arguing with an equally irritated Howard Eskin. That tells you a lot of what you need to know in case you missed it. Although this end to proceedings paints the clearest picture:
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As for specifics, Holmgren said he made the decision to fire Peter Laviolette while on the plane coming back from Carolina last evening. He met with Laviolette this morning, who apparently expressed as much frustration about the state of his team anyone else.

Holmgren, who made a point to say it was decision to fire Laviolette, twice mentioned the excitement surrounding his free-agent acquisitions of Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery over the summer, and how the team had not lived up to that excitement.

"We made some changes over the summer that got us excited," Holmgren said. "It was a fleeting thought."

Then he got into the damning quotes: "Right from Day 1 at training camp, I was concerned about how the team looked."

And in assessing his team's play over three games: "It was unacceptable. We don't look like a team at all."

Holmgren did at one point attempt to slightly remove Laviolette from under the bus, stating: "I'd be remiss not to thank Peter. … He did a good job. ... He's a good coach.

"I like Peter. I thought he deserved another opportunity [after last year].

"Peter Laviolette worked his ass off for the Flyers."

This conversation -- as it should, as it often does when any coach gets canned -- will quickly work it's way right back to general manager and soon focus on what Holmgren's future should be with the Flyers. The coach is responsible for marking all the pieces fit, but Holmgren is the one who put together the team he was concerned about "right from Day 1."

Still, the major takeaway from this morning's presser is that the Flyers are prepared to soldier on as they have since they last won a Stanley Cup. Ed Snider was highly combative throughout the press conference and capped things off in a style that should surprise no one.

When asked if he was worried about the perception Berube's hire might bolster -- specifically, that the Flyers are too insulated by their own history and culture -- Snider doubled down, and did so with some anger in his voice.

"Thirty teams are trying to win the Cup and we're doing our damnedest to do it. That's our culture. That's our culture," he said.

"We don't need a fresh perspective."

Thirty teams are trying to win a Cup, but the Flyers' attempt to do it every single year has led them into one knee-jerk reaction after another.

This is a team operating with a goal in mind, but without any specific road map to get there.

The Flyers are trying desperately to win a Stanley Cup every year, and that's maybe the biggest part of what's holding them back from actually doing it.

Ex-Penn State officials to be sentenced in June over Sandusky

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Ex-Penn State officials to be sentenced in June over Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Sentencing has been scheduled for three former top officials at Penn State University who were convicted of child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.

Former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley will be sentenced June 2 in Harrisburg.

Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment. Spanier went to trial and was convicted in March. His lawyer said he will appeal.

The convictions stem from their handling of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky apparently molesting a boy in a school shower.

The administrators didn't report the encounter involving the ex-assistant football coach to police or child-welfare authorities.

Sandusky was arrested a decade later. He is serving up to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys but is appealing.
 

Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 3.0: Still Barnett or a shift to offense at No. 14?

Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 3.0: Still Barnett or a shift to offense at No. 14?

The 2017 NFL draft is upon us. The Eagles will hold No. 14 overall pick. Here is Paul Hudrick's mock draft 3.0 to get you ready for the 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia. Hudrick's seven-round Eagles mock 2.0 is here

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M, 6-4/272
If there is actually a debate between Garrett and North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, everyone in the Browns' front office should be fired. Then again, the Browns have done worse.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford, 6-2/273
Sticking with Thomas here. GM John Lynch has his eyes set on defense and head coach Kyle Shanahan has his eyes on Kirk Cousins next offseason.

3. Chicago Bears - Jamal Adams , S, LSU, 6-0/214
Adams is a game-changing safety that you can build your defense around. The Bears have so many holes, they take him because he's the best player on the board.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, 6-0/240
So far, my mock hasn't changed from the last one. Fournette adds a physical element to the Jags' offense that vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin will love.

5. Tennessee Titans - Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama, 6-3/286 
Allen only drops because of medical concerns. He's easily one of the top five best players in this draft. He'll make an immediate impact on the Titans' defense.

6. New York Jets - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State, 6-0/193
Like Allen, the only concern over Lattimore is health. He's had reoccurring issues with his hamstrings, but he has prototypical size and great speed.

7. Los Angeles Chargers - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State, 6-1/206
Hooker has dropped in some mocks because of his health. I'm not buying it. He's too talented and this is too good of a fit.

8. Carolina Panthers - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford, 5-11/202 
For the record, this is too rich for my blood, but the McCaffrey hype train seems to be unstoppable. It's not to say McCaffrey won't be an explosive NFL player. He will be.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson, 6-4/218 
Mike Williams and A.J. Green will be a scary duo. Especially when you add Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert and second-year pro Tyler Boyd to the mix.

10. Buffalo Bills - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama, 6-0/229
I know about Foster's red flags. I don't care. He's way too talented to drop out of the top 10 over a couple dumb mistakes. New head coach Sean McDermott has been running his team with a no nonsense approach. I expect Foster to fall in line.

11. New Orleans Saints - TreDavious White, CB, LSU, 5-11/192
This would've been a great spot for Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, but I don't feel comfortable mocking him in the first round with the recent rape allegations. They take White, an outstanding cover corner from their own backyard.

12. Cleveland Browns - Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina, 6-2/222 
Trubisky winds up on the Browns either at this spot or via a trade. Snagging Garrett and Trubisky would be a nice haul for the Browns.

13. Arizona Cardinals - Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech, 6-2/225
Bruce Arians doesn't really seem to be hiding the fact that the Cardinals are looking for a young quarterback. Mahomes has all the physical traits you're looking for but needs time to develop. He'll be afforded that behind Carson Palmer.

14. Philadelphia Eagles - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee, 6-3/259
I've had the Eagles taking Barnett in both of my Eagles mocks and in my last two first-round mocks. If Barnett falls here, it's a no-brainer. Barnett adds to Jim Schwartz's pass rush rotation. He's not a freak athlete but he's a complete football player with a high motor. It's always nice when a Hall of Famer agrees with you on your pick.

If Barnett is gone, I love Western Michigan's Corey Davis. He can play on the inside or outside and can be an impact player from Day 1 for Carson Wentz and the Eagles.

15. Indianapolis Colts - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple, 6-1/237 
The Colts need defensive playmakers and Reddick fits that bill. He'll player early downs in the middle, but if I'm the Colts, I allow him to use his pass rushing skills on passing downs from time to time.

16. Baltimore Ravens - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama, 6-6/251 
Howard could easily go in the top 10. If he falls to Ozzie Newsome, the Hall of Fame tight end will pounce.

17. Washington Redskins - John Ross, WR, Washington, 5-11/188 
They replace DeSean Jackson with a more complete and younger (and maybe even faster) version in Ross.

18. Tennessee Titans - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan, 6-3/209
This would be an excellent pick for the Titans. Davis has been my favorite receiver for a good chunk of the college season. If he was healthy for the combine and ran a 4.4, he'd probably be a top 10 pick.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State, 5-10/210
There were rumblings that Cook could fall to the second round, but he's too talented of a back to slip that far. He's a perfect fit for Tampa and former teammate Jameis Winston.

20. Denver Broncos - Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah, 6-5/297
It took some serious self debate, but I've come to the conclusion that Bolles is the best offensive tackle in the draft. I love his mean streak more than anything.

21. Detroit Lions - Charles Harris, DE, Missouri, 6-3/253
Harris is a safe pick. I'm not sure the current hype is matching the prospect, but Harris is strong, athletic and has a variety of pass rush moves.

22. Miami Dolphins - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama, 6-0/197 
I love Humphrey's athletic profile, but his inability to locate the ball in the air scares me. A team may fall in love with his prototypical size and speed and take him earlier.

23. New York Giants - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin, 6-6/310
Ramczyk allows Ereck Flowers to move to right tackle where he should be more effective.

24. Oakland Raiders - Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama, 6-6/322
I like Robinson more than Ramczyk, but Robinson will be better off starting his career at right tackle or guard.

25. Houston Texans - Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, 6-2/221
Head coach Bill O'Brien deserves the opportunity to develop a good, young quarterback. The Texans have a strong defense and decent running game. They also have an elite weapon in Deandre Hopkins. Watson will have a chance to succeed.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky, 6-4/309
The Seahawks' line needs a lot of help. They snag the best interior lineman in the draft in Lamp.

27. Kansas City Chiefs - Jarrad Davis, MLB, Florida, 6-1/238
Davis is an ideal heir apparent for 34-year-old veteran Derrick Johnson.

28. Dallas Cowboys - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, 6-6/277
Charlton makes a ton of sense for the Cowboys. Rod Marinelli seems to like bigger edge rushers and Charlton fits that bill.

29. Green Bay Packers - T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin, 6-4/252
Watt has been getting serious hype over the last week or so. I still think he's a second-round player, but he would be a solid fit for the Packers.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame, 6-4/233
I love this fit for the Steelers. Kizer has a lot of Ben Roethlisberger-like qualities. He can learn from the sideline and inherit an offense loaded with weapons when Big Ben retires. I'm still of the belief that Kizer has the most upside of any QB in this draft.

31. Atlanta Falcons - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan, 5-11/213 
Peppers falls because of his diluted test, but Dan Quinn will find a way to get the best out of Peppers' versatility.

32. New Orleans Saints - Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA, 6-2/250
If the Saints don't snag White at 11, USC corner Adoree Jackson could be in play. I'll give them McKinley, a proven rusher to play on the other side of veteran Cameron Jordan.