November 8, 2014 |
INJURIES along the offensive line have seemingly derailed LeSean McCoy's chase for a second consecutive NFL rushing title. We're about halfway through the season and McCoy is in fourth place, more than 500 yards behind Dallas' DeMarco Murray. Unless there's an injury, McCoy is not catching him - even with a game in hand. But . . . "I'm definitely chasing him," McCoy said. "That's always the plan. Obviously, I'm going to do my part to catch him. Hopefully, I get a couple 200 yarders in there.
July 9, 2014 |
IKE REESE played quarterback. Brian Westbrook had a pass hit him in the face, and threw an interception of his own. Their team lost by 28 points. Things like this seldom happen, if ever, but they did on the turf at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night. Westbrook and Reese, along with Gary Cobb, Mike Mamula and Vince Papale played flag football against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, which came in an undefeated 7-0. The veterans ran all over the NFL alumni, 63-35, but the score is not what mattered.
February 25, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Lots of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine still have a lot of growing up to do. Trevor Reilly, not so much. For one thing, Reilly, a defensive end-linebacker from Utah, is 26 years old. And then there's the fact that he's a married father of two whose younger daughter, 17-month-old Shayn, had a cancerous kidney tumor removed last summer. "She's doing well now," Reilly said. "The biggest thing about marriage for me is that I have a strong wife [Jessica].
December 27, 2013 |
WITH ALL due respect to Brian Westbrook, Duce Staley and the inimitable Ricky Watters, there never has been a back with the gifts of LeSean McCoy. Indeed, only the romance of the run by the La Salle men's basketball team and the shameless self-promotion of ageless boxer Bernard Hopkins kept McCoy from . . . er . . . running away with the award. Mostly, it's because the balloting ends a month before football season ends. Yes, McCoy has been enabled by flashy new coach Chip Kelly, who finished third in the voting.
December 15, 2013 |
A few minutes past seven Wednesday night, the West Chester football players filed into the fieldhouse at the NovaCare Complex. They dropped their bags against a wall, tossed aside the sweatshirts and coats they'd worn on the bus ride from campus to ward off the December chill, and pulled out their cell phones. They snapped photos of the practice field that usually belongs to the Eagles, but for a night, was all theirs. Such are the perks of being one of only four teams left playing in Division II football.
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.