March 26, 2015 |
PHOENIX - After cutting through what's truth or fiction in the Eagles Front Office Power Struggle of 2015, the bottom line is that Jeffrey Lurie, when faced with the prospect of choosing between Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman, made the correct final call. "I changed my mind," Lurie said after nearly three months of public silence on why he gave Kelly final say over football operations only five days after he scoffed at a question on whether Roseman would return as general manager. "I'm an owner that tends to absolutely be supportive of a coach and his vision if it's a real sharp and smart vision," Lurie said later during a 40-minute news conference at the NFL meeting.
December 5, 2013 |
NOT EVERY NFL coach hired from the college ranks fails, it just feels that way. For every Bill Walsh, there are three Steve Spurriers. Chip Kelly might or might not match Jimmy Johnson's two Super Bowls, but he's also no Bobby Petrino. With the first three-quarters of Kelly's rookie year in the books, here is a look at some other college-to-NFL head coaches: Successes Bill Walsh, 49ers, 1979: The father of the West Coast offense, Walsh was hired from Stanford and built a juggernaut in San Fran.
May 15, 2013 |
FIVE BALLS in the air, music everywhere. Five receivers running different routes simultaneously, each somehow managing to find one of those balls from the clutter in the air and catching it . . . And not one crash. Amazing. "You zero in on running your route and keep your head up," Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin was explaining after yesterday's OTA at NovaCare. "And whatever ball comes your way, you catch it. We don't really know what quarterback is throwing to what route.
September 3, 2012 |
Steve Young remembers when he got it. The Hall of Fame quarterback said he believes that Michael Vick is getting it. But is the Eagles quarterback willing to take the final step from get to got? And even if he does, will that be enough for Vick to deliver upon the lofty expectations from over a decade ago when he was the first overall pick in the NFL draft? "It's time to be the big, grown-up quarterback," Young said recently by telephone. "Everybody wants Mike to be that kind of quarterback.
May 18, 2012
The Eagles announced Wednesday that former offensive line coach Bill Walsh, 84, died Sunday at his home in Atlanta. Mr. Walsh spent 32 years coaching professional football and wrapped up his career with the Eagles from 1987 to '91 before retiring, the Eagles said in a statement. A former star at Phillipsburg (N.J.) High School, Mr. Walsh played college football at Notre Dame, where he was an all-American center and a part of two national championship teams. After a six-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and two all-pro selections, Mr. Walsh began his pro coaching career in 1960 with the Dallas Texans of the American Football League.
April 1, 2008 |
Bill Walsh is going out on top. After a highly successful five-year tenure, Walsh has resigned as Holy Spirit's football coach and has been replaced by assistant coach Charlie Roman, athletic director Keith Gorman announced yesterday. Walsh, 40, a former standout quarterback at Spirit, stepped down to spend more time with his family; he compiled a 41-13 record, including a championship-filled 12-0 mark last season. "The timing is right," Walsh said last night. "I have a 6-year-old daughter, and with all the banquets and awards last year, I was away a lot, and it was very taxing on my daughter and my wife.
January 28, 2008 |
Marcus Witherspoon, a standout senior defensive end/linebacker at Holy Spirit, returned from a recruiting trip to Rutgers yesterday and decided he would attend Michigan on a football scholarship. Before the season, Witherspoon made an oral commitment to Michigan, but he started to have second thoughts after Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr resigned in November. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Witherspoon subsequently visited Tennessee and Rutgers and was impressed by both schools. "But he understands the power of a Michigan degree and what it means," Holy Spirit coach Bill Walsh said yesterday.
January 4, 2007 |
The Eagles picked up a high-profile fan in late November, which was long before their bandwagon started to overflow. Bill Walsh decided when Donovan McNabb was injured and Jeff Garcia became the Eagles' quarterback that he'd take a special interest in the East Coast team that runs the West Coast offense he made so famous when he coached the San Francisco 49ers. "Oh, yes," Walsh said from his Stanford University office earlier this week. "That's my team. " And Garcia is Walsh's quarterback.
November 11, 2006 |
Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, who built an NFL dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers and revolutionized the sport with his West Coast offense, disclosed yesterday that he has leukemia. "I'm positive, but not evangelistic," Walsh, 74, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and The Sports Xchange Web sites. "I'm pragmatically doing everything my physicians recommend, and I'm working my way through it. " Walsh said the cancer first was diagnosed in 2004, but he feels better since a series of blood transfusions in the past month.
October 29, 2004 |
The Holy Spirit coaching staff figured it had assembled a pretty thorough scouting report for tonight's Cape-Atlantic National showdown at Hammonton. That is until Mike Holland, one of the Spartans' four senior captains, stepped forward with a bit of information that set head coach Bill Walsh back in his seat. "We, the coaches, knew that we had never beaten Hammonton. But it was the kids that discovered that we had never even scored a point against them," Walsh disclosed in a tone that suggested both bemusement and bewilderment.