December 11, 2014 |
CHIP KELLY is regarded as one of the brightest offensive minds on the face of the earth. Maybe even in the entire solar system. The impressive scoring and yardage numbers that his offense has managed to put up in his first two seasons as the Eagles' head coach even without the benefit of a great quarterback seem to support that view. Yet, one thing he hasn't been able to do with any regularity this season is find a way get Darren Sproles involved in the passing game. The 5-6, 190-pound running back is lethal in space, as he has demonstrated so impressively on punt returns (a league-best 14.1 yards per return)
December 24, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Eagles playoff hopes ended Saturday, and so might have LeSean McCoy 's chances to win the NFL rushing title or set a new Eagles rushing record. McCoy had just 35 yards on 13 carries, giving him 1,309 on the year. Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 103 yards Saturday, giving him 1,437 on the season, a 128-yard edge heading into the final week of the season. "I laid an egg today, so I probably won't get to get it," McCoy said. He left the game briefly with what coach Andy Reid described as a "tweaked" ankle, and then briefly returned before giving way to backup Ronnie Brown.
December 11, 2011
The Regulars * Reggie White, defensive end. If White is not the greatest defensive lineman of all time, he's among the top 5. * Mike Pitts, defensive tackle. Rotated regularly with Mike Golic, so neither made the Pro Bowl that season. But the three other Eagles regular linemen did - and paid for Pitts and Golic to join them in Hawaii. * Jerome Brown, defensive tackle. Had nine sacks to make his second consecutive Pro Bowl team that season. Died in a car accident in June '92. * Clyde Simmons, defensive end. The "other" defensive end of the unit, Simmons had 13 sacks in 1991 and 19 the following season.
October 14, 1998 |
Say what you want about the Eagles' perceived cheapness; they sure are trying to spend money. As they have done in the past, they are trying to keep a player whom they consider their best in Philadelphia. The Eagles and Kennard McGuire, the agent for cornerback Bobby Taylor, have resumed negotiations to extend Taylor's contract. McGuire was in Philadelphia yesterday to listen to the Eagles, but the Taylor faction was not expected to agree to the latest offers. Taylor, 24, is a fourth-year player.
March 20, 1998 |
Defensive-line help could be on the way for the Eagles, in the form of a familiar face. Former starting defensive tackle Andy Harmon, who was released by the Birds last October, has been visiting teams around the league. Harmon had notched 38 1/2 sacks from 1992 to '95, but was slow to recover from a bone bruise to his left knee suffered in August 1996. Harmon was re-examined in January by Dr. James Stevens, who pronounced him two-thirds healed, according to Harmon agent Jim Solano.
October 7, 1997 |
Andy Harmon didn't see it coming. The veteran defensive tackle was released by the Eagles yesterday, a few hours after telling reporters how frustrated he was by the continued pain and weakness in his troublesome left knee. "It's no doubt that Andy Harmon is one of our most popular players," Eagles coach Ray Rhodes said in a statement. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Andy. . . . This is the difficult side of this business. It's the part of the business that is hardest on me. I think very highly of Andy.
August 29, 1997 |
Andy Harmon not starting is not a big deal, they say. It just sounds like it. After a couple of weeks of coaching-staff debate, head coach Ray Rhodes announced yesterday that Harmon, the Eagles' top defensive tackle, will not begin Sunday's game when they visit the Giants. Instead, run-stopping Hollis Thomas will start alongside Rhett Hall. Harmon will play in passing situations to maximize his pass-rushing skills while he regains full strength in the still-troublesome left knee he injured last season.
August 28, 1997 |
Enough of the pessimism. This team should be good. The Eagles entered 1995 coming off a pathetic seven-game swoon that ended the season and ran Richie Kotite out of town. They came in with a new coach, a quarterback on the outs and a vastly overturned roster. They went 10-6 and won a playoff game. They entered the 1996 season very young, and, by season's end, were starting eight players with less than two years of real experience. They went 10-6. At one point, when they'd won four in a row, stood 7-2, had beaten Dallas on the road, and were extremely healthy for a midseason team, people placed them in the NFC title game.
December 10, 1996 |
Defensive tackle Andy Harmon, whose injured left knee has kept him out of all but two games, crippling the Eagles' pass rush, said yesterday that he was probably finished for the season. Harmon has missed the last seven games, and 12 of 14, with an injured ligament. He tested the knee last week, running drills for the scout team during practice. He had hoped to play Saturday against the New York Jets. But his condition did not improve, and Harmon was still too weak to play.
December 9, 1996 |
Eagles coach Ray Rhodes seems genuinely shocked that his team has struggled since its dizzyingly successful first nine games. It only makes sense, though. Teams have figured out that blitzing frequently, and passing to receivers - including tight ends and running backs - running short routes, disrupts the Eagles' plans. With an inexperienced quarterback and a timid defense, such tactics are bound to work. The team began 7-2, peaking with a heady win over a Cowboys team at full strength and home in Dallas on Nov. 3. Since then, the Eagles have lost four of their last five games, including losses to mediocre Arizona and a battered Indianapolis squad Thursday, 37-10.