May 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Johnny Manziel once reneged on a verbal commitment to Chip Kelly. Kelly returned the favor last night. Kelly, who coached Oregon when Manziel backed out and went to Texas A & M and has long gushed over Manziel's abilities, declined to pick Manziel with the 22nd pick. The Eagles traded the pick for the Browns' 26th overall pick and a third-rounder. The Browns ended Manziel's misery. The Eagles picked Louisville pass-rushing linebacker/defensive end Marcus Smith at No. 26. Or Jon Harris, again.
May 3, 2014 |
Well, it was just another week with those chatterbox Eagles. All three major players in the team's hierarchy - Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and Howie Roseman - were available to share their thoughts with the public. Blah, blah, blah. You just can't shut up these guys. Kelly emerged to say that releasing DeSean Jackson five weeks ago was a "purely football decision"; Lurie said, "What he said"; and Roseman held a wide-ranging predraft confab with the beat writers in which he confirmed everything except the stuff you couldn't probably figure out on your own. Perhaps all this exposure, which arrived after a month of stonewalling and hiding, was a coincidence, or perhaps an acknowledgment that the organization believes it is time to make nice with the paying public again or toss a bone in its direction.
April 25, 2014 |
The Eagles will host DeSean Jackson and the Washington Redskins on Sept. 21 at Lincoln Financial Field, one of the highlights of the 2014 schedule released Wednesday night. The Eagles also will play on Thanksgiving for the sixth time in franchise history, when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 27. The Eagles will play four prime-time games, including three at home. They have six nationally televised games, including one on a Saturday. The schedule will begin Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Linc - the first Week 1 home game since 2010.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Eagles' apparent attempts to trade DeSean Jackson raise the question of what, exactly, Chip Kelly is looking for in his wide-receiving corps. Kelly gave us some clues when he talked to reporters Wednesday at the NFL meetings. Previously, we figured we knew Kelly wanted more size than Jackson offers at 5-10, 175, though we know from watching how he used Jackson last season that Kelly isn't allergic to speed; he found a way to get Jackson a career-high 82 catches for 1,332 yards.
March 26, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - One of the questions arising from the departure of Michael Vick is about what the Eagles are going to do at the quarterback position, behind Nick Foles. Given Chip Kelly's oft-stated enthusiasm for 2013 rookie Matt Barkley, will the Birds just move Barkley up a spot and draft a QB, making the whole group extremely inexperienced? Or will a veteran come in and either compete with or usurp Barkley? We moved closer to an answer yesterday, when ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Eagles were the favorites to sign Mark Sanchez, the 27-year-old the Jets jettisoned when they signed Vick.
March 25, 2014
PHILLIES fans once hurled batteries at J.D. Drew because he refused to sign with their team. Philadelphia is the only city in America that had a judge, court and even jail on the premises during a professional football game. And, yes, Philadelphia fans did throw snowballs at Santa Claus. But that is another story. What is the source of Philadelphia's infamous reputation for negativism, for always expecting the worst of its sports teams? After all, Philadelphia did have its moments of sports glory.
March 24, 2014 |
Michael Vick moved north to the New York Jets Friday night after an improbable five-year journey in Philadelphia. It started with a cold reception from Jeffrey Lurie and ended with the owner making a glowing statement about the quarterback whose signing created a nationwide controversy. So now that it's over, what should we make of it all? "Much ado about mediocrity" would probably be the most fitting headline. Vick was here for 80 regular-season games. He started half of them and won half of the 40 he started.
March 22, 2014 |
It was a day in 1980 when the kid walked into the Cape May Bird Observatory. He'd left Cornell and wanted a job as the person who leads the Cape May Point hawk count during the fall migration. While he was at it, the kid asked if the center's director, legendary birder Pete Dunne, wanted to see his field sketches. As Dunne recalls, they filled five loose-leaf binders. And even then, they were "just magnificent. " The kid was David Allen Sibley. By now, Sibley's depictions of birds are known to pretty much every birder in the nation because they fill his field guides.
March 13, 2014 |
Malcolm Jenkins fit the paradigm the Eagles set last offseason during free agency. The former Saints safety, who agreed to a three-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, is young, relatively inexpensive, and considered by some to be an ascending talent. Most of the team's signings last season followed this pattern, and some panned out, but the two additions at safety were strikeouts. So it's understandable if skeptics question Jenkins and the Eagles' evaluation of the 26-year old. Jenkins may not have the resumé of Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, or Donte Whitner - three other free-agent safeties - but the Eagles believe his skills are suited to their scheme.
February 22, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles remain haunted by their 2011 free-agent spending spree, when they handed out big contracts with little return. They took a more tempered approach the last two seasons. Even when pursuing free agents to help rebuild the roster last winter, the Eagles did not hand out burdensome contracts. General manager Howie Roseman, however, said the team is still willing to spend big money as it did with Nnamdi Asomugha and Jevon Kearse if the player's talent, age, position, scheme fit, and makeup all match what the team desires.