An interesting week for the Phillies and Eagles
The Phillies decided to fire their hitting coach John Mallee, in favor of former World Series winning manager Charlie Manuel.
Charlie was a very successful hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians before he became the Phillies’ manager. I think this is a bit of a desperation move by the Phillies’ front office. It's definitely an effort to try to save the season because the wildcard standings are so close.
I almost always feel bad for the coaches who get fired as they are usually the scapegoat for the players not doing their job. I do think it will be fun to see what happens with this development because Charlie certainly is a great coach and funny character as well.
In the Eagles’ first preseason game, they lost to the Tennessee Titans. It certainly wasn't the kind of game an Eagles fan had hoped to see. If that weren't bad enough, it was even made worse because their backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld is now out for six weeks with a broken wrist.
This puts a lot more pressure on Cody Kessler, who is now the backup quarterback by default. Carson Wentz did not play at all in this game but ,with this injury issue, we will probably see him a little more than we expected in the preseason.
The defense played quite poorly in this game. I hope they get progressively better over the rest of the preseason games or we are in trouble. It's never good when a big injury starts the season off this way, but it happens and the rest of the team needs to step up.