May 5, 2013 |
GRADING the draft 10 days after it ends is truly mission impossible. Virtually all of the experts agree that it takes at least 3 years before you can get an accurate reading. Nonetheless, we all do it. Chip Kelly's first draft as Eagles coach got generally good marks - I give it a solid B, a grade made more credible by the fact that it was the same as that given by the great Ray Didinger. There were a few naysaying analysts who opined that Kelly's strategy of picking the highest-rated player on the board resulted in us ignoring the greatest need: defense.
April 26, 2013 |
ELEVEN YEARS ago, the Eagles hit the trifecta in the second and third rounds of the 2002 draft, selecting Colorado safety Michael Lewis, cornerback Sheldon Brown and a Division 1-AA running back by the name of Brian Westbrook. Lewis spent five seasons with the Eagles, three as a starter. Went to a Super Bowl and Pro Bowl with the Birds. Brown was a rock at right corner for the franchise, starting 98 games in eight seasons and helping the Eagles advance to five NFC Championship Games.
April 19, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY'S first game as Eagles coach will be on a Monday night. But his third game will be just as intriguing. The Eagles' 2013 schedule came out on Thursday and they'll kick things off with a visit to Washington on Monday, Sept. 9. Ten days later, former coach Andy Reid returns to Lincoln Financial Field when the Chiefs play the Birds. Here's a look at the Birds' 2013 slate. Week 1 - Monday, Sept. 9 at Washington, 7:10 p.m., ESPN All-time series: Washington leads, 81-71-6.
March 17, 2013 |
Only 33, Brian Westbrook already suffers from short-term memory loss. He can't remember names, recall facts, or retain new material moments after he's told them. Westbrook can trace his health problems to at least a pair of concussions suffered during a shortened nine-year career. That is why the former Eagle advised current Birds running back LeSean McCoy to take his time returning from a concussion last season. McCoy missed four games but refused to sit out the final two games for further rest because he called himself a "competitor.
March 14, 2013 |
BRIAN WESTBROOK : Legendary Eagles running back, Hall of Fame kisser? The retired Eagle was in town last weekend at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, reppin' shave company Gillette. If you didn't recognize him, there might be a good reason: Gillette persuaded him to shave his long-standing goatee. Why did Westbrook go facially bald? He said that 85 percent of women (polled by people who make money in the anti-beard business, mind you) prefer kissing a clean-shaven face. "I was very hesitant.
March 5, 2013 |
Here are the answers to " Eagles and black quarterbacks: A quiz . " 1. Rodney Peete was the Eagles starting quarterback for 24 games from 1995 to 1998, including a memorable playoff win, 58-37, over Detroit in 1995. Donovan McNabb had an Eagles record 142 starts (five more than Ron Jaworski), Cunningham had 107, and Vick has had 35. Those 308 starts are equivalent to more than 19 full seasons. 2. Vince Young , a former Tennessee Titans starter, started three games for the Eagles after Vick got hurt in 2011, and played in three others.
December 19, 2012 |
The Eagles are in their 10th season at Lincoln Financial Field, where they've posted a 45-34 regular-season record and a 4-2 mark in the postseason. In that same span, they are 46-32-1 on the road. So much for home-field advantage. Even so, here is a look at some of the most significant Eagles moments at the stadium: Sept. 8, 2003: The Linc opened with a thud as Tampa Bay, which closed Veterans Stadium by stunning the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game 9 months earlier, shut out the Eagles, 17-0.
November 8, 2012
I DON'T BELIEVE Andy Reid. On Tuesday, during his day-after-game news conference, Reid kept a straight face and responded with conviction when asked whether he still had faith in his players. Even with the prevailing thought that the Eagles again showed little heart during Monday's 28-13 loss to the Saints, their fourth consecutive defeat, Reid vouched for his players. "Absolutely," Reid said when asked whether he still had confidence in his team. "They are a close bunch and they have character.
October 23, 2012 |
UNDER ANDY REID, the Eagles have come off their bye to play an opponent also coming off its bye only once before - they faced the Atlanta Falcons, the same team the Eagles will face this week, in the same situation. In 2008, the Eagles and Falcons both rested the week of Oct. 19. The Falcons were on their way to an 11-5 season, the Eagles were headed for 9-6-1, but also for a playoff run that took them to the NFC Championship Game. The Eagles won at the Linc, 27-14, with Brian Westbrook running for 167 yards on 22 carries and catching six passes for 42 more yards.
September 27, 2012 |
FROM HIS vantage point on the Eagles' sideline that Sunday at Three Rivers Stadium in 2000, Ike Reese could see the play unfold. A big hole opened up in the Pittsburgh offensive line and into it rumbled Jerome Bettis, the 5-11, 252-pound running back who was affectionately known as "The Bus. " Reese was certain Bettis would pick up 15 or 20 yards. But Brian Dawkins charged up from his safety position, launched into the air and stopped Bettis cold. Reese remembers that it was "one of the loudest hits I have ever heard.