December 23, 2014 |
LANDOVER, Md. - DeSean Jackson cruising downfield, unimpeded, relishing his vengeance ... that will be the visual epitaph of this lost Eagles season. Other images frame this central picture. Jeremy Maclin, still fully dressed in front of his locker 45 minutes after the season's worst loss ... Marcus Smith, the first-round pick, pulling on his shoes next to the shower entrance, anonymous at the end of a fruitless first season in which his fellow defenders constantly struggled ... LeSean McCoy, fuming that he had endured another backfield beating because the Birds can't go deep ... Bradley Fletcher, in street clothes, finally benched and fleeing the scene faster than he ever pursued a receiver ... Cary Williams, Fletcher's co-starter since last season uniformed, mute but likely free next month to go sconce shopping ... Jeffrey Lurie, hiding in plain sight at the back of the tiny visitor's locker room ... Chip Kelly, quietly thunderstruck on a podium, defeated by his own arrogance as he admitted that DeSean Jackson, who he cut, cannot be stopped.
December 19, 2014 |
THE EAGLES have a lot of difficult decisions to make this offseason, not the least of which is what to do about the quarterback position. Regardless of what happens Saturday or next week against the Giants, regardless of whether the Eagles make the playoffs, Mark Sanchez almost certainly won't be back. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March. He hasn't played horribly, but he hasn't played consistently well either. I'd be shocked if the Eagles tried to re-sign him. Nick Foles still has another year left on his contract and still has his 2013 tape (27 TDs, two interceptions, league-best 119.2 passer rating)
December 16, 2014 |
Seventeen days earlier they were the secondary that stopped Tony Romo's touchdown streak at 38 games, held Dez Bryant in check, and also offered enough run support to keep DeMarco Murray under 100 yards for just the second time this season. It was more than just a step forward for the oft-maligned men in the Eagles defensive backfield; it was a giant leap that lifted the Eagles into first place in the NFC East with an unlikely Thanksgiving Day rout of the Dallas Cowboys down in Texas.
December 12, 2014 |
The Eagles signed safety Jerome Couplin off the Detroit Lions' practice squad to fill the roster spot that opened when they cut Roc Carmichael on Tuesday. Couplin, who is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, played eight games for the Lions this season and had two tackles. He went undrafted in May out of William and Mary. "Big, tall safety," coach Chip Kelly said. "We think he's got potential. The only way you can get a guy like that is you have to add him to your active roster. " Couplin does not yet have a specific role, and the signing appears to give the Eagles a prospect to evaluate for the future.
December 11, 2014 |
The Eagles heard the insults from some Seahawks after their 24-14 loss to Seattle on Sunday, but they were not going to trade barbs. The players know how poorly they played. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who passed for only 96 yards, was on the receiving end of defensive end Michael Bennett's humor. After sacking Sanchez and recording two tackles for a loss, Bennett told USA Today: "You need to tell the Philadelphia police that they need to put an [APB] out, because Sanchez is out there trying to impersonate a good quarterback.
December 8, 2014 |
Vandals set fire to a giant wooden sculpture of the town's namesake bird early Saturday morning in Phoenixville, barely 16 hours before it was to have been burned in a ceremony at the borough's annual Firebird Festival, officials said. But taking their cue from the mythological lore of the phoenix, volunteers rallied to rebuild a smaller version of the winged figure in time for the annual event. The replacement wooden phoenix was ignited shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday while hundreds watched, despite the daylong rain.
November 28, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - It is not exactly a thankless job, playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but it is not exactly a glamour position, either. You spend much of your life trying to tie a rope around some mammoth guard on the other side of the line of scrimmage so that one of the linebackers can make the tackle. In pass-rushing situations, well, most of the sacks go to the guys on the outside while you attempt to crash the pocket and move the quarterback off his spot and into their waiting hands.
November 21, 2014 |
WHEN EXAMINING the entire 10-game sample size, the Eagles' pass rush is clearly much improved from a year ago, the defense's 33 sacks just four shy of the total it amassed all of last season. But in the aftermath of Sunday's blowout loss to the Packers, a game in which the Eagles' front seven failed to effectively pressure Aaron Rodgers, those tasked with hounding the opposing quarterback could use a bounce-back performance. "When we look at film, there's a lot of stuff we could have done better," outside linebacker Brandon Graham said.
November 11, 2014 |
MARK SANCHEZ won his first start as an Eagle, yet the quarterback was largely irrelevant on a low-stress, bask-in-the-glow kind of night, one dominated by Bill Davis' defense – and by the Carolina Panthers' haplessness. Halftime of last night's 45-21 Eagles victory arrived with the home team ahead, 31-7, even though the offense could claim only one solid scoring drive. The Panthers turned it over three times in the first 28 minutes, one of them an interception Bradley Fletcher ran back for a touchdown.
November 11, 2014 |
A JURY yesterday acquitted three men accused of conspiring to lie to federal authorities in a case that involved birds, a bridge and an illegal immigrant. As the jury forewoman read "not guilty" verdicts, the mother and sister of lead defendant Nikolaos Frangos wept in the gallery, and Frangos thrust his arm forward in a cheer. His attorney, Bill DeStefano, said after the verdicts: "These guys did not do anything wrong or illegal. It's a shame they had to suffer through this trial.