Portlandia: Union Need the Three Points at Home Against the Timbers

Portlandia: Union Need the Three Points at Home Against the Timbers

The Union, looking to snap a seven game winless streak, host the
expansion Portland Timbers at PPL Park tonight (7:30PM/The Comcast
Network).

The Union look to build on the moment of their
thrilling 4-4 tie against New England on Wednesday night. After falling
behind 4-1 the U rallied to earn a much needed point. Sebastien Le Toux
notched a brace en route to leading the Union back from the dead. A home
loss to the Eastern Conference cellar dwelling Revolution would have
been devastating.

Can they build on the momentum they created
Wednesday night? If so, they'll need to rediscover how to defend
set-pieces. The back four has been exposed in consecutive weeks on
dead-ball situations. Zack MacMath, who looked shellshocked in the first
half against New England, needs all of the defensive help he can get.
Leaving opponents open for free headers and not marking guys on the far
post is unacceptable. This is particularly true with a rookie netminder. 

On the flip-side, the offensive explosion was
encouraging. Freddy Adu opened his Union account thanks to a nice feed
from Danny Mwanga. it'd be phenomenal if those two guys could develop
some sort of chemistry. Along with Roger Torres they are two of the more
creative Union players.

Coming off of the midweek game this is a tough task
If the Union hope to snap the winless streak they'll need to tighten
things up in the back. Conceding four goals again is not an option. 

Lineup I'd like to see tonight: MacMath, Sheanon
Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabe Farfan, Freddy Adu, Brian
Carroll, Roger Torres, Justin Mapp, Sebastien Le Toux, Veljko Paunovic
Final Score Prediction: The Union carry the momentum from Wednesday and earn the three points with a 2-1 win.
The Toni Stahl Memorial Player Most Likely To See Red: Why not go with MacMath for a takedown in the box?

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.