When the All-Star ballots were released last week, the Flyers were decently represented, with the likes of Danny Briere, Marty Biron, Simony Gagne, and Kimmo Timonen on the list. However, a few fans have noticed one omission—Mike Richards. Richards has put together a great season since being moved up the ranks and given a role with more of an emphasis on scoring than checking, totaling 21 points in 19 games so far this season. Two Web sites dedicated to getting Richards to skate on January 27th have sprung up: votemikerichards.com and voteformike08.com. We're happy to see this Fasano-esque support for someone who truly deserves it.
Tim Panaccio reports that Richards himself isn't phased by being left off the ballot, which was put together a while ago, saying that there are a lot of guys more deserving to play in the game than he is. In fact, the Web sites are embarrassing for the shy 22-year-old.
Richards wishes the sites were taken down, as he is genuinely
embarrassed. "I don't know anything about it; I don't even know how the
all-star ballot is picked," he said.
He's that humble.
Trust us, Mike. There are far more embarrassing Web sites out there. Live it up.
Picture lifted from voteformike08.com.
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.