Archive for January, 2016

Leo talks with Haddad of 94 WIP

January 26th, 2016 by Leo | Comments Off on Leo talks with Haddad of 94 WIP | Filed in Interviews, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, TSP Radio


Last night as I was listening to 94 on TuneIn on my Playstation, they were talking about one of my favorite subjects over the last few years, the Sixers.  I’ve been listening to 94 since I’ve been a kid, of course it was a rock station before its reincarnation to a sports station a few years back and I was listening to Sludge last night whom I listen to a few times a week on a regular basis.  I enjoy his show and generally like the topics and his banter and background in music.

I rarely call in to 94 and decided on a whim, since it was his birthday, and he hit a hot button topic of mine to pick up the phone and join in and throw in my 2 cents.  The last time I called in to the Josh Innes show to talk about Bradford of the Eagles I identified myself and got my butt reamed on the air and never got to talk sports so this time I decided just to be an innocent fan.

Let me preface this that I don’t look at 94 as competition to TSP, I look at us as an add on to the fray in the Philly sports media market, TSP started in 2009 and WIP switched to a sports format from a rock station in 2011 and is currently the leader in  sports radio in the Philly market.  If you look up Philly sports radio or 94 WIP radio on Google you will notice TalkSportsPhilly on page 1 or 2 in the search results I’m proud to say.

I began my rant by saying how embarrassing I thought the Sixers were to the city of Philadelphia and what the fans could do to light a fire under this team to get them to perform or to run them out of the city.  Brian handled the question well and came up with some good responses and basically said that the only thing the fan base could do is withhold support and not show up for the games.  But as for seeing a contending team anytime in the near future, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

As I mentioned that I ran a sports media site here in Philly and what all us media guys would have to do with ourselves with all the basement dwelling teams we are housing here in Philly as of late, I was quickly cut off and our conversation ended.  I probably should have had the courtesy of identifying myself since I was a first time caller to his show, but I will call back again and let him know the next time when I do.  Til then, all of us fans will just have to suck it up and hope for the best as the Phillies season comes upon us and pray the Flyers make the playoffs this year.

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Report: Philadelphia Eagles Coaching Search is Over

January 15th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Report: Philadelphia Eagles Coaching Search is Over | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL


Well, we’re a little over two weeks into the Philadelphia Eagles search for a new head coach. There have been many names rumored, fewer names confirmed, and the list has continued to grow shorter

The team began their search by interviewing running backs coach Deuce Staley. Pat Shurmur was next up, and had his own personal tryout by coaching the team against the New York Giants, in the regular season finale. Upon the completion of the season, the team interviewed former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase (later hired by the Miami Dolphins), former New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo (later hired by the Giants), Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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It appears as if that search, has finally come to an end. Following losing out on the services of Gase, Mcadoo, and Coughlin, multiple media outlets are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles plan to hire Doug Pederson as the team’s new head coach.

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Report: Tom Coughlin withdraws name from consideration for Eagles head coaching job

January 14th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Report: Tom Coughlin withdraws name from consideration for Eagles head coaching job | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL


Earlier this morning reports were coming out that the Eagles and former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin were potentially getting close on a deal. That has all changed now.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Coughlin has withdrawn his name from the Eagles head coaching search. Schefter states that it was “not the right fit”.

The news is kind of alarming for the Eagles because this is yet another candidate who has chosen not to take the head coaching job. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports that he was told Coughlin had concerns about the Eagles job, including who the offensive coordinator would be.


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Report: Eagles set to meet with Tom Coughlin for second time today

January 14th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Report: Eagles set to meet with Tom Coughlin for second time today | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles have been with out a head coach since firing Chip Kelly on December 29th, however, that may be changing soon.

According to Ian Rapoport of the Eagles are set to meet with former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin for a second time today.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news this morning that the Eagles were “turning their attention to Coughlin”. With Adam Gase, Hue Jackson, and Ben McAdoo off of the board, there doesn’t seem to be many options left for the Eagles based off of the candidates they interviewed.


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Report: Eagles “One of four teams” interested in trading for Sean Payton

January 5th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Report: Eagles “One of four teams” interested in trading for Sean Payton | Filed in Eagles, NFL

As the head coaching search continues for the Philadelphia Eagles, the reports and rumors continue to fly. The latest report could bring happiness to some Eagles fans.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the Eagles are one of four teams that have interest in trading for New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. The other teams reportedly interested are the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers.

There was a report yesterday that Payton’s status in New Orleans is now in “limbo” after his meeting with general manager Mickey Loomis.

It has been reported by NFL Insider Ian Rappoport that the price for Payton is a second round pick.


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Eagles line up interviews for Head Coaching job

January 4th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles line up interviews for Head Coaching job | Filed in Eagles, NFL

The Eagles ended their disappointing 2015-16 season yesterday with a 35-30 win over the New York Giants to finish the season at 7-9. The win came after the firing of Chip Kelly, and also had some impact on the Eagles draft position come April. Had the Eagles lost the game yesterday, they would have picked 10th in the NFL Draft, however, they will now pick 13th.

With the regular season over the fun is about to begin. The offseason for the Eagles is officially here and that means free agency, the draft, trades, and a new coach. There are many enticing names that have been reported as potential candidates, including Sean McDermott, Adam Gase, Josh McDaniels, and even Sean Payton.

So far it has been reported that the Eagles have already interviewed former player and current running backs coach Duce Staley.

The Eagles will also interview Pat Shurmur, who filled in as interim head coach yesterday, and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase in the next two days, according to a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.


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Philadelphia Eagles: 2016 Offseason Outlook

January 4th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philadelphia Eagles: 2016 Offseason Outlook | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, TalkSportsPhilly

A New Year is now upon us, and I would like to wish everyone a Happy 2016 on behalf of the staff here at TalkSportsPhilly.

Now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, a once interesting off-season now seems all the more interesting.

In a bombshell announcement on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have fired head coach Chip Kelly.  Kelly led the team to a 26-21 record in his almost three full seasons as head coach. Only one of those seasons saw a NFC East championship come back to the City of Brotherly Love.

There’s no secret when it comes to Chip Kelly.  He took the NFL by storm in his first season, winning the NFC East.  The following year, he led the team to a 10-6 season, but faltered down the stretch. Having faltered, the Eagles lost their grip on the NFC East and resulted in missing the playoffs.  For some reason, Chip was then given the keys to the ship. Jeffrey Lurie believed that it as a good idea to make Chip “the guy” and give him complete control. Well, the absolute power went to Kelly’s head.  He tore this team to shreds. As a result of the outgoing talent and influx of new players, this team has wound up at 6-9.

It took 16 weeks, but the Eagles are finally eliminated from the NFC East race. Having lost five of their last seven games, the Eagles have no-one to blame, but themselves for ending their own season. The team has dropped games this season, that they’ve had absolutely no business dropping.  As the season started, it was the offense that cost us games. Defensively, this team stood on its’ damn head to keep us afloat. Holding the Cowboys to a single offensive touchdown in their week 2 loss should’ve been enough for a win. Hell, holding the Falcons to 26 points during the opening game should’ve resulted in a win. But, the Eagles offense failed to live up to their potential, resulting in a pair of heart-breaking losses. As the season has advance, the offense has continued to struggle mightily, and as a result- the defense has seen frequent exhaustion. With the defense constantly on the field, they started burning out easily resulting in an increase in points allowed per game. To just get straight to my point, the Eagles have severely underachieved. Whatever the reason for the Eagles struggles is, it’s glaringly obvious that something has to change in the offseason.

That my dear readers, is why I am here. Through this article, I will layout the offseason that our Eagles face ahead.  Additionally, I will take a look at potential replacements for Chip Kelly, following his shocking departure.

So without further delay, let’s get right down to it.


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