Whenever the Eagles drop a game they should have won, there's no shortage of blame to go around in Philly. We hold our teams accountable if they underperform, and it's rare we take it easy on the guilty parties. So without further ado, let's you and I determine whose fault yesterday's debacle was.
I'll begin by pointing the finger at Reggie Brown, who dropped a would-be touchdown, showing us (again) why he'll never be good enough to carry the load in a pass-heavy offense. Hell he can barely earn his check as a number 2 guy now that Kevin Curtis has become the top wideout in town. Brown was targeted 8 times yesterday, so it's not like the Birds weren't trying to get him involved. With those 8 opportunities, Brown managed only 44 yards and obviously didn't sniff the end zone chalk. He wasn't the only one to drop a pass though, with Thomas Tapeh and Curtis each dropping first-down passes that hit them square in the hands. Donovan McNabb's completion percentage and total numbers are misleading this morning, because there were certainly some awful drops by his receiving corps. I thought that overall, 5 had a decent game. That his receivers got next to nothing after the catch (when, praise the gods, they did catch the ball) made it impossible to sustain any drives.
There's a long list of putrid plays, players, and decisions yesterday, but for some reason, these are what bothered me most. What's on your mind after this letdown?
The defense's bend-and-shatter final drive? Reid relying on the pass late in the game, when the Eagles had the lead? The D line's lack of pressure on Brian Griese (and every other QB they've faced)? Who's to blame for the red zone woes, which have resulted in the Eagles scoring only 2 touchdowns outside of the Detroit game? That should be enough to get you started, as if you needed any help this morning...
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.