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.
January 5, 2014 |
Brandon Boykin keeps a framed list next to his bed of the 12 cornerbacks drafted ahead of him in 2012. It is a motivational ploy devised by his fiancee. Boykin reads the list so often that he has memorized the names. In his second season with the Eagles, the 2012 fourth-round pick still cannot move past the slight. His six interceptions ranked second in the NFL and he emerged as one of the key players on the Eagles defense, but he will continue to judge himself against those 12 cornerbacks "every year, until I'm out of the league.
January 1, 2014 |
Evan Mathis said the words slowly and carefully: "One . . . game . . . at . . . a . . . time. " The Eagles guard wanted to emphasize that the cliché was true when explaining how the team went from 3-5 in the first half of the season to a closing mark of 10-6 and an NFC East crown. Mathis reasoned that because "everything was new to everybody," the team's errors were correctable. He said the improvement came in so many areas, and it happened week by week. "It's a product of the habits that have been instilled in us and that have been created," Mathis said.
January 1, 2014 |
As Chip Kelly retooled and rebuilt the Eagles football operation, changing everything from the offensive and defensive schemes to what the players ate and drank after practice, he also changed a lot of the players, too. There were 22 newcomers on the 53-man roster this season, which isn't an unusual amount of churn for an NFL team, but it did mean that the locker room was split between the group that lived through the disastrous 2012 season and...
December 31, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - Seasons come down to games in the NFL, and games come down to plays, and plays come down to seconds, and sometimes slices of seconds. And there we all were at AT&T Stadium yesterday, slicing seconds deep into the night. Could the Eagles' season really come down to this? With 2 minutes left, the Eagles were punting the ball away to the Dallas Cowboys while only holding a two-point lead. It was not supposed to be this way. The Eagles were a touchdown favorite on the road against the Cowboys and their backup quarterback, Kyle Orton.
December 25, 2013 |
Sometime in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears, outside linebacker Connor Barwin took his spot before the snap and asked his counterpart across the line a friendly question. Barwin, like all his teammates, knew the Eagles would have to play the Cowboys in a week to get a playoff berth, but the nuances of what was happening in the NFC North after losses by the Packers and Lions were not something he bothered to learn in the busy pregame preparation period. "You guys playing for anything?"