Please Enjoy These Quotes from the Penguins on Their 'Mental Collapse' in Last Year's Playoffs

Please Enjoy These Quotes from the Penguins on Their 'Mental Collapse' in Last Year's Playoffs

The Flyers' 2012 quarterfinal playoff series with the Penguins featured fights, goals,  suspension-inducing hits, poor goaltending and worse defense. Let's also not forget Peter Laviolette breaking a stick over the boards during a philosophical debate with Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma on the final day of the regular season.
For Flyers fans, it was about as good as it gets (minus a Stanley Cup).
And for the Penguins ... well, they're still trying to figure out what the hell happened.
For reference, Pittsburgh killed off 237 of its 270 penalties during the 2011-12 regular season, good enough for the third-best percentage in the league (87.8). Come playoff time, the Pens surrendered 12 of their 31 goals allowed while the Flyers were on the power play, meaning they successfully killed off less than half of the Flyers' man-advantages (11 of 23, 47.8 percent).
Thanks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, we'll let Brooks Orpik, Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby take it from here:

Orpik: "It was just a big lack of confidence. I think it was more a mental collapse than anything."

"...they were all tentative mistakes, really. Guys who were maybe afraid to make a mistake."

"Our attitude was a little fragile."

Fleury: "The Flyers are the Flyers. I hate losing to them."

"That [series] was crazy bad. Everything just went all wrong, all the time."

Crosby:  "I don't think it's one that's easy to analyze -- I think we've all tried to do it -- but even if you ask people outside the series, they'll never be able to explain fully what happened."

Hmm. I don't know. I feel like this does a decent job:

Eagles sign Soul DT Jake Metz following workout

Eagles sign Soul DT Jake Metz following workout

Jake Metz has gone from the Soul to the Eagles.

Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski on Monday night tweeted a congratulatory message about the defensive tackle signing with the Eagles.

Metz and Soul wide receiver Darius Reynolds, fresh off an ArenaBowl title last Friday, worked out for the Eagles this afternoon before practice. Metz is the 74th player on the roster, which means the team is still below the next cut line — which is Tuesday at 4 p.m. — of 75. The Eagles' roster has to be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Metz, 25, graduated from Souderton Area High School and played his college ball at Shippensburg University. For the Arena Football League champions, Metz posted Soul highs in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (10).

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said there was a chance he could look at Odubel Herrera in a corner outfield spot over the final weeks of the season.

Scrub that idea.

“Not this year,” Mackanin said Monday. “If we decide we're going to do that, we'll encourage him to play a corner in winter ball and then in spring training, if that's what we decide to do.

“I thought about doing that. But I don't know if we want to do that now. We’ll just let him get back on track offensively. I won't say it won't happen here or there. But we're not going to make that move right now.

“Let's try to keep his mind as uncluttered as possible right now. It looks a little cluttered.”

The Phillies have thought about moving Herrera to a corner spot because they have a top center field prospect in Roman Quinn. Also, Aaron Altherr is an excellent defender in center.

Quinn seemed to be on target for a call up after the Eastern League playoffs, but that could be in doubt now that he’s on the disabled list with a concussion.

Still, Quinn may be this club’s centerfielder of the future. And behind him is Mickey Moniak, this year’s top draft pick. He’s a ways away. But it’s worth wondering if the Phillies believe Herrera’s future is at a corner outfield spot. Or whether Herrera will be wintertime trade bait.

Mackanin was asked if he believed Herrera’s future would be in a corner spot.

“You know, I'd rather not really even comment on that,” he said. “I don't want him to think that we're not pleased with him. I just want to keep him confident the rest of the season.”

Herrera’s defense in center field has slipped this season.

“He was better last year defensively,” Mackanin said. “He's made a lot of mistakes this year. I think we've all seen that. But that doesn't mean he's not going to play center field anymore. There's another month left to see what happens.”

Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative in the All-Star Game. He hit .294 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage before the All-Star break. Since then, however, he was hitting .252 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .378 slugging percentage entering play Monday night.