December 23, 2011 |
Asante Samuel did not practice with the Eagles for the second straight day, putting his availability for Saturday's game at Dallas very much in question. Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Samuel tried to run on his strained hamstring Tuesday, but that the cornerback felt sore afterward and was held out from Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions. "Asante is still a little sore, and we'll just see how he does here over the next couple days," Reid said. Because of the short workweek, Thursday was the last strenuous practice before the Eagles board a flight Friday afternoon.
December 22, 2011 |
Bobby April and his special- teams units have been very lucky lately, and he knows it. In the last two games, the special teams have had three turnovers and a punt blocked. The defense helped limit the damage, taking the ball back twice, but the other two led to touchdowns for the opposition and could have been huge momentum swings if the offense and defense hadn't played better. "Those were major, major gaffes," April said Wednesday. "You can't do those two things in a game and generally win. " The blocked punt came against Miami, and then the Eagles lost the ball on a punt return when DeSean Jackson threw across the field to rookie Curtis Marsh, who was immediately hit and fumbled.
December 12, 2011 |
MIAMI - From the Commando Crawl to the Florida Flip, the Eagles' defense repeatedly sold out to stop the Dolphins when it counted. Six times, the defense stiffened its backbone and stymied the Dolphins' short-yardage efforts. Each time, it contributed to the Eagles' 26-10 upset win. Plays came from the likely - tackle Cullen Jenkins and end Trent Cole - and the unlikely: reserve tackle Derek Landri, who channeled his inner Marine; cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, a Bradenton, Fla., native with heretofore undiscovered acrobatic skills; and Asante Samuel.
December 11, 2011 |
MIAMI - Well, at least for one week the pitchforks and torches can be stowed away in the garages, and the talk radio spoofs can be left off-air, and the calls for the end of his tenure as defensive coordinator can lose some of their volume. Juan Castillo's defense put forth its best effort of the season and finally won a game - mostly on its own - as the Eagles smacked a just-as-down-on-their-luck Miami Dolphins, 26-10, Sunday at SunLife Stadium. A cynic might say, "You owe us four more," in light of the five fourth-quarter leads the Eagles defense has choked up this season.
November 25, 2011 |
An early Thanksgiving Day practice ended abruptly for Nnamdi Asomugha after the Eagles cornerback injured his left knee during a noncontact play. Though the sight of Asomugha's crumpling to the ground and being carted off the field was troubling, a source close to the situation later said nothing was structurally wrong with Asomugha's knee, and it won't require season-ending surgery. His status for Sunday was unknown, but the injury wasn't as significant as it originally appeared.
November 24, 2011 |
Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson both were held out of Eagles practice Wednesday, and Jeremy Maclin was limited, raising questions about the three offensive stars' availability for Sunday's game. Vick tried to throw Tuesday, but his broken ribs prevented him from getting much work in, coach Andy Reid said. While Reid would not say definitively who will play Sunday, his update seemed to point to another start for Vince Young against the Patriots. "[Vick] didn't do much," on Tuesday, Reid said.
November 23, 2011 |
Now that they have exorcised their fourth-quarter demons, Juan Castillo and his defense have finally unraveled the mystery of how to close out an opponent, right? Wrong. Upon closer examination, the Eagles had the same old leaky defense in the late going of what was eventually a much-needed victory over the Giants Sunday night. But one thing saved that unit from coughing up a sixth fourth quarter lead this season: Vince Young and the nine-minute long, game-winning drive the quarterback engineered.
November 13, 2011 |
Andy Reid's gamble on defense has failed, and it has cost his team its season after just nine games. When Reid promoted Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator, he admitted it was a strange move, but said it was one that would take the Eagles defense to another level. He was right on both counts, but not in the way he expected. The Eagles defense has gone from subpar last year to awful in 2011, and it has bungled away the team's hopes. Forget all the statistics except this one: the Eagles have blown five fourth-quarter leads, none worse than Sunday's collapse against backup quarterback John Skelton.