4 Random Thoughts: Rhys Hoskins Future, 76ers, 8-1 Eagles
I drive 27 miles to work at 4am in the morning. That gives me a lot of time to contemplate the burning questions I have before hitting the microphone. Here are a few issues rattling around my head about the Eagles bye week, a hot start by the 76ers, and the future of Rhys Hoskins.
Is 76ers hot start a case of addition OR subtraction?
If I asked you why the 76ers are off to an impressive 6-1 start and gave you two options, what would you answer? What is making the bigger impact?
- Are the 76ers better because of the addition of Nick Nurse?
- Are they better because of the subtraction of James Harden?
We all know that the answer could be both, but they can’t be exactly even.
My Vote: Just watch this team play. They’ve shown faster, constant ball movement and intensity that we haven’t seen in a while. Best of all, Joel Embiid seems to be really enjoying the Nurse system. If you had a guy like Harden buying in, of course, the team would be better. He wasn’t, and Nick Nurse is off to a rousing start.
GM Bryce Harper decides his own fate, which affects the future of Rhys Hoskins.
If any of us are asked our preferences by our bosses, it’s up to us to speak up and tell them what we prefer. If we don’t, then there should not be any griping over decisions.
Bryce Harper said he wants to be a first baseman going forward. That pushes the de facto team leader Rhys Hoskins out on the street. I don’t blame him. I do wonder what impact it will have on that team. Even in a lost injury season, veterans identified Hoskins as the glue guy. Who takes on that role now?
Enough of the “saving” D’Andre Swift talk!
Through nine games, there have been some strange decisions to have him disappear from touches within many games. He is on pace to be a more productive back than Miles Sanders was last season.
Brian Johnson is great working off the scripted plays, but he has the most talent on offense in the NFL. Things look disorganized way too often. I’d love to see Swift getting more chances to line up and run the ball. You’re going to need that eventually.
Remember the “gauntlet” part of the Eagles schedule?
All summer, the “win/loss game crowd” was talking about the six-game gauntlet the Eagles would have to navigate later in the season.
It got off to a good start with a nail-biter against the Dallas Cowboys (1-0). The trip to Arrowhead Stadium is a huge challenge, but the Chiefs certainly don’t look better than the Eagles so far.
The Bills roll into the Linc on Thanksgiving weekend, and they aren’t even currently holding an AFC Playoff spot! The 49ers come follow Buffalo. They’ve lost three in a row.
Trips to Dallas and Seattle are going to be rough. I see (4-2) in the gauntlet. August isn’t November.
A couple days removed from the Eagles vs. Cowboys game, and @JohnKincade has a question.— 97.5 The Fanatic (@975TheFanatic) November 9, 2023
Are the Cowboys the biggest threat to the Eagles returning to another Super Bowl in the NFC?
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