Jeffrey Lurie Speaks: Andy Reid Will Coach the Eagles in 2012

Jeffrey Lurie Speaks: Andy Reid Will Coach the Eagles in 2012

Jeffrey Lurie, owner of your Philadelphia Eagles, took the podium at the NovaCare Complex with a cloud over what exactly he would address. Would Andy Reid be fired? Would he resign? Will Juan Castillo be back as defensive coordinator in 2012?

Lurie finally spoke, and whether you like his answers or not, Andy Reid will be back as head football coach of the Eagles in 2012.

Lurie started out by wishing everyone a happy new year and noting what an unusual season it was for the Birds.

"It's a long season, it's not about each individual game," Lurie said. "This season was without question the most disappointing season since I owned the team."

"The primary emotions are anger and frustration," he added about the season. "It's not only unacceptable, it's very, very disappointing."

"That being said..."

Wait for it...

This is the point where Lurie went through the specific games the Eagles played well in towards the end of the season. There are many things to feel optimistic about in 2012, but there are no excuses for the poor performances in 2011.

So what about Andy Reid? How does Lurie evaluate the head coach? Three fold: Track record of the coach. Shorter term history of the coach (3, 4, 5 years). Intangibles.

I couldn't keep following along his thought process after that. This Eagles team had great practices and players really respect Andy Reid. Or something.

So with that...

Andy Reid will be back.

Jeffrey Lurie can't wait to watch Andy Reid coach next season. How about you, Eagles fans?

Add your thoughts in the comments.

...more coming...

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P