September 23, 2014
THIS DEFIES BELIEF. Eagles players keep reciting a tiresome refrain about "Next Man Up," and, given the militaristic nature of the NFL, distilling remarkable feats into a nonsensical chant follows the logic of the league. Wade Smith, however, has not been in green long enough to be completely brainwashed. In his 12th NFL season, Smith realizes what the Eagles have done in the first 3 weeks is amazing. In the first three games of the season, they have played nine offensive linemen, and played them extensively.
September 17, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The prettiest pass that Nick Foles threw Monday night traveled in a perfect arc from his right hand to the left corner of the end zone, and although Riley Cooper had Colts defensive back Vontae Davis at his hip, the football still descended into Cooper's hands as if a parachute were attached to it. Here was a go-ahead touchdown falling out of the sky and right into Cooper's hands, if he could just do the thing that the Eagles are...
September 9, 2014 |
The Eagles already trailed by 17 points when the Jacksonville Jaguars entered field-goal range twice in the second quarter Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The defense needed to keep the game within a reasonable margin, and it could not allow the Jaguars to keep finding the end zone. On a third and 1 from the 31-yard line, Brandon Bair stopped Jaguars running back Denard Robinson for a 1-yard loss. The Jaguars were limited to a 50-yard field-goal attempt, which sailed wide left.
September 3, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO - when Chip Kelly was a rookie coach straight out of Oregon, Michael Vick was the starting quarterback and kicker Alex Henery was listed as one of the team's strengths - few could have predicted that the Eagles would win 10 games and no one would have mapped out the unpredictable path they took to capturing the NFC East. Things are a little bit different going into 2014. Kelly is in his second season and his innovative offensive philosophies have proved to be as successful as they were in college.
August 18, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - It's a new world, one that increasingly marginalizes defensive players. But if certain Eagles don't adjust to restrictions on contact downfield and use of the hands on the line, they will become refugees of the offense-friendly NFL. And there's nothing Chip Kelly or any NFL coach can do to save them. "You don't have to agree with the speed limit, but if the cop's out there with a speed gun, you better take your foot off the gas or he's going to pull you over," Kelly said after the Eagles fell to the New England Patriots, 42-35, in the preseason.
August 14, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Jeffrey Lurie purchased the Eagles 20 years ago after a failed attempt to buy the New England Patriots. Reflecting on that period at the Patriots' practice field Tuesday, the Eagles owner said he has not looked back and is grateful that an opportunity came up in Philadelphia. "I sort of love the fact that I was able to buy a team where it was more urban because the Patriots were in Foxborough," Lurie said. "A fan base like the Eagles, one of the old-line franchises.
August 12, 2014
THERE WAS no artificial turf or an inflatable plastic Eagles head for the players to run through onto the field, when the Birds won the 1960 NFL championship at Franklin Field, their home from 1958-70. But despite those differences, the bricks and concrete were the same yesterday, as the Eagles held their final public training-camp practice in front of a crowd of about 28,000 people, in the oldest stadium still being used for NCAA football, built on the Penn campus in 1895. Legends from the past were honored, and attendees included Chuck Bednarik, Pete Retzlaff and Jeremiah Trotter, among more than 30 others.
August 10, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Jeremy Maclin started for the Eagles on Friday, marking the veteran wide receiver's first game since Dec. 30, 2012. Maclin, who missed practice time this week with leg soreness, did not play in 2013 because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He finished with one catch for 15 yards, hauling in the only pass on which he was targeted. Fellow wide receiver Riley Cooper did not play beacuse of a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of training camp.
July 27, 2014 |
AT CAPE MAY Convention Hall last Sunday, the late-afternoon light came through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the main-stage auditorium, the ocean rippling in the glow, as the Rev. Jeffrey W. Elliott, pastor of Cape May Lutheran Church, led about three dozen casually dressed worshippers in prayer. It was the midpoint of a summer series of Sunday vesper services conducted each week by a different pastor in a spirit of ecumenism by the churches of Cape May County. "We're trying to promote the idea that we all believe in the same thing, but we just practice it in a different way," said the Rev. Rina Terry, pastor of Cape May United Methodist Church, who coordinates the weekly vespers.
July 27, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - It'll probably never surpass Cape May and its environs as the Jersey Shore's birding capital. But a small patch of woods on a coastal islet, where a concrete bridge foundation for part of the Route 52 Causeway was rebuilt two years ago at the resort's main gateway, may just be giving veteran birders a new place to flock. The nesting and the squawking - despite the constant roar of traffic off the nearby causeway - can call to mind explorer Henry Hudson's crew. As soon as the Dutch explorers came ashore in 1609, they started giving everything an embryonic-inspired moniker - such as Great Egg Harbor, Great Egg Bay, Little Egg Inlet - because of the inordinate number of seabird nests and eggs laid out across the marshlands and woodlands as far as the eye could see. Pull in, park your car, and stand for a few minutes on the elevated walkway along stretches on the northern side of the little woods, and you'll likely be able to see at least a half-dozen bird species.