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 - Longtime Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called this year's draft the deepest he has ever seen, and while Eagles GM Howie Roseman stopped short of agreeing with his colleague, he said he did see the wide receiver class as "unique. " "When you look at this class and you compare it to classes the last few years, I think we'll be sitting there in every round and there's going to be a receiver we like," Roseman said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Could that mean the Eagles will be sitting at the No. 22 spot in the first round with a receiver they like enough to take?
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.
February 12, 2014 |
SEVERAL NFL teams released statements yesterday asserting they would judge draft prospect Michael Sam on the basis of his talents, not on his sexual orientation. The Eagles were not among those teams - in fact, texts to general manager Howie Roseman went unanswered - but that seemed to be at least partly because the Eagles thought this went without saying. "Why would it change anything?" an Eagles spokesman told an Inquirer columnist. When pressed for some sort of official reaction by the Daily News , the spokesman said to use that statement.
February 4, 2014 |
THEY HAVE a running back who wants to tackle better. They have a linebacker who seeks encyclopedic knowledge. They have a bull of a nose tackle who wants to be stronger, and a tight end who wants to be the best ever. Only one of these young players started more than half of this season's games for the Eagles. They are a second tier of young talent overshadowed by second-year players such as quarterback Nick Foles and defensive end Fletcher Cox, who already might have shown their strongest hands.
January 29, 2014 |
One hundred years ago, a bird named Martha made history with one simple, inevitable act: She died. She was the planet's lone remaining passenger pigeon. Her death on Sept. 1, 1914, marked a rare instance when the exact date of an extinction is known. (Although, in truth, some accounts put her demise a day or two earlier.) How a species that numbered in the billions - once North America's most abundant bird - can disappear in a matter of decades is a sad story of "deliberate, wanton, and direct human actions," said Joel Greenberg, a Chicago author and natural history researcher.
January 7, 2014 |
IT WAS 25 DEGREES with biting winds in the highest reaches of Lincoln Financial Field at 11 p.m. Saturday. Still, they stayed. Along with 20,000 others, the members of the Holmes family remained at their seats long after the games ended. They stood, and they clapped for their unlikely Eagles. The major exodus by less-allegiant fans and perhaps saner fans began at the 2-minute warning, when Drew Brees snuck up the middle (again) for the first down that essentially assured his Saints a win via short field goal.
January 6, 2014 |
Riley Cooper has been a surprise clutch performer this season, and the Eagles' fourth-year receiver continued that in the second playoff game of his career. Yet his performance wasn't enough to keep the Eagles' season alive. Cooper had six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints, 26-24, in Saturday's wild-card game at Lincoln Financial Field. Cooper not only scored the Eagles' first touchdown, but he helped set it up. On the first play of the drive from the Saints' 44 after a DeMeco Ryans interception, Cooper had a 22-yard reception on first down.