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Will Philly Sports Teams Improve in 2013?

Roster movements for Phillies, possible new coach for Eagles and maybe Andrew Bynum return for Sixers could spark rebound.

Rebounding, not rebuilding.

That is hopefully the mindset of the owners of our four Philadelphia sports franchises as their teams head into 2013.

First off, who knows when the NHL will return to play any games this year, but if so, the Philadelphia Flyers will make their usualy Stanley Cup run.

The Philadelphia 76ers have fought hard so far this year, sparked by the young shooters Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner.

But in order to get into the playoffs and maybe over the hump, getting center Andrew Bynum on board -- even for a month or so -- just might be enough to turn this team into an elite contender.

Look what Moses Malone once did. Imagine a healthy Bynum marking his territory in the middle of the floor?

The Philadelphia Eagles will end another dismal season and Coach Andy Reid could be fired a few days after the season, ending his 14-year tenure as the most successful coach in team history.

Who knows what direction team owner Jeff Lurie heads in to pick his next coach, whether to grab a rising talent from college or the NFL coaching ranks or to seek a seasoned veteran like Jon Gruden, who might fire up the fan base.

The roster will face a major shakeup, but the team should focus on developing its young talent than trying to sign big name free agents. (Look how that turned out a few years ago: It basically sunk the franchise.)

With LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Brett Celek, Nick Foles, Bryce Brown and Jason Kelce on offense and Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Fletcher Cox and Mychael Kendricks on defense, the team has a young nucleus that it could build around.

As for the Phillies, fans might have the most hope.

Spring Training will be right around the corner. And hope usually springs eternal.

But 2013 will depend on the health of the Phillies core: Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halliday.

Maybe Cliff Lee will bounce back too and Cole Hamels will continue to be a stud pitcher like he was last year.

It will be interesting to see how newcomers Ben Revere, Michael Young and Terry Adams blend with the team. All will be key in the team's success.

It will be interesting to see who emerges as the Phils' fifth starter, even with the signing of John Lannan, and what will become of the outfield.

Can Domonic Brown become a star? Will Darin Ruf show the power he did all year? Who will fill the void in right field?

Yes, there are so many questions.

There are so many questions for all of our Philadelphia sports teams in 2013.

Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. December 31, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@ Phillyboy: My goal was to temper your positive-thinking with the fact that the "improvements" were perhaps marginal...in areas well-known to be highly-problematic.
Phillyboy December 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Doc...Thanks for your voice of reason. Believe me...I'm a true negadelphian generally. I came out the womb Boooing!!! Since the stars of this team delivered a World Championship I give these geriatric Phils every benefit of the doubt .Realistically , If Manuel uses his bench and bullpen properly there should be no reason why this team doesn't compete for the division and possible wild card position.
Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. December 31, 2012 at 08:07 PM
...reminiscent of the "wheeze-kids"?
Joe K December 31, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Andy Reid...Players coach.+ Stubborn and just could never make gametime adjustments..A good strategist, but a poor field general..The man can not process in real time. Gets less than 100% from his players, and is not great at evaluating players or assistants..Good move today
Dr. Bob December 31, 2012 at 09:36 PM
What is saddest is that even casual knowledge of the game--harbored by fans such as myself--would sustain such observations.

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