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.
November 10, 2014 |
ON LAST WEEK'S Fox broadcast of the Eagles and Texans, Chris Polk was described as running "angry. " LeSean McCoy agreed with that description of Polk, when it was relayed to him. "I would say so - that whole, 'Arrrhh!,' head down . . . He runs hard," McCoy said. "That's the only way I know how to run," Polk said as the Eagles prepared for tonight's encounter with the Carolina Panthers. "It's not that I'm angry. I just like to take what the defense gives me. So, you know, I just hit it and get it. " If you met Polk away from the field, you probably wouldn't guess he was a football player, and you almost certainly wouldn't guess he was a power back.
November 1, 2014 |
New Queer Cinema cult hero Gregg Araki's incursion into mainstream film, which began with the 2007 stoner comedy Smiley Face , continues with White Bird in a Blizzard , an enjoyable, if uneven, adaptation of Laura Kasischke's coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl whose mother vanishes into thin air. The film is set in bourgeois suburbia in the 1980s, a world Araki has mocked and assaulted with his wonderfully punk-infused, sexually adventurous...
October 28, 2014 |
Like most people with big weekend plans, David La Puma was watching the weather forecast. It looked perfect: a cold front, followed by northwest winds. Perfect for the birds, that is, and the humans who watch them. Both flocked to Cape May for New Jersey Audubon's fall festival, an annual event that began 68 years ago amid post-World War II ebullience, and that contributes a bundle to the local economy. This year's outing began Friday and ended Sunday. Several thousand birders - often with binoculars plastered firmly to their faces - attended the three-day event, which included field trips, lectures, demonstrations, and an exhibit hall full of the best binoculars and scopes money can buy. On what had to be some of the most glorious days of the fall, people scoped southbound seabirds that soared over the ocean off Avalon Point, where counters log nearly a million birds every fall.
October 26, 2014 |
Andrew K. Touchstone, 51, of Gladwyne, a Philadelphia lawyer and small-game hunter who loved to work his bird dogs in the marshes of Delaware, died of a heart attack Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home. A Bryn Mawr native, Mr. Touchstone graduated from Harriton High School, Lehigh University, and Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. He was a longtime resident of the Main Line. His first job was with the law firm Swartz, Campbell & Detweiler in Center City. He worked for several more years at Smith, Giacometti & Chikowski before starting his own firm, Touchstone & Associates, in 2005.
October 23, 2014 |
"THIS CASE is not about a bird. And it's not about illegal aliens," a defense attorney said yesterday in federal court. Instead, attorney Mark Cedrone told jurors in his opening statement, "This is all about whether he told a lie. " The "he" refers to his client, Mikhail Zubialevich, who is on trial with co-defendants Nikolaos Frangos and George Capuzello. The three men held varying positions as part of a work crew painting the double-decker Girard Point Bridge, which carries Interstate 95 across the Schuylkill in Philadelphia.
October 20, 2014 |
Most valuable player OFFENSE: Jason Peters The all-pro left tackle has been so good that it's easy to take him for granted. With other key pieces missing on the offensive line, Peters has been a security blanket on Nick Foles' blind side. He kept elite pass rushers Robert Quinn and Jason Pierre-Paul from sacking Foles during the last two games. Peters has not allowed a sack since the season opener. DEFENSE: Malcolm Jenkins Although he might not be a star, Jenkins is a significant upgrade at safety and has been valuable to the secondary.
October 10, 2014 |
WHAT YOU SAW the Eagles' defense doing in the second half last Sunday against the Rams? That's pretty much the opposite of what you should see this week against the Giants. We're not really talking here about the nearly-blowing-a-27-point-lead part. A 27-point lead is unlikely against a Giants team that has won three in a row, all by double digits. And we can't really guarantee that the surrendering-a-bunch-of-yards-and-points part won't happen again, either. In the Eagles, we have the NFL's 28th-ranked defense, 24th against the rush, 29th against the pass, a group that has given up big plays with alarming frequency.