January 4, 2015 |
LESEAN MCCOY set the bar exceptionally high for himself entering this season. More than 1,600 yards on the ground, a rushing title and preseason chatter of a 2,000-yard campaign tend to have that effect. And while McCoy's sixth NFL season - his second under coach Chip Kelly - didn't live up to the one that preceded it, the Eagles' running back added several more lines to his resume in 2014, chief among them the title as the franchise's all-time leading rusher. McCoy, who finished fifth in the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year voting, finishes the regular season third in the league in rushing, with 1,319 yards - his second-best single-season mark - to go with his five touchdowns.
December 26, 2014 |
LeSEAN McCOY has played 6 years, is the Eagles' all-time leading rusher, with 6,693 yards heading into Sunday's season finale at the Giants, but has never played on a team that won a playoff game. One of the crushing realities of the Eagles' December swoon is that it won't happen this season, either, for the back whose only postseason action will come next month in the Pro Bowl, as one of five Eagles selections. "It's tough," McCoy said this week. "Every year, you strive to get to the playoffs, get there, and hopefully have a nice, little run, get a chance to get to the Super Bowl.
December 17, 2014 |
UNDER ANDY TALLEY, Villanova has had a great tradition of prolific quarterbacks, from Kirk Schulz to Chris Boden to Brett Gordon to Chris Whitney. And there were plenty of other really good ones in between. But none of them had the kind of career that John Robertson is putting together. Two years ago, the North Jersey native won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS. And last night, the dual-threat redshirt junior added the Walter Payton Award that goes to the best player at his level.
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.