September 2, 2016 |
The game had just ended, Pittsburgh had survived over Villanova, 48-41. Pitt coach Walt Harris walked over to shake hands with Villanova coach Andy Talley. "The first thing he said, 'Who in the hell is No. 20?' " Talley said this week. Suspend any knowledge you have of Brian Westbrook. Block out his Eagles glory years. Don't focus on the entirety of his Villanova career. Go back to September 1998 and the opening game of Westbrook's sophomore season. All Westbrook did on a hot afternoon at Pitt Stadium, in his first game as Villanova's clear-cut No. 1 tailback, was go for 428 all-purpose yards.
May 23, 2016 |
The common refrain heard every year by the time the NFL draft reaches the seventh round is that sometimes it's better not to be selected at all than among the final picks. If you're a prospect that's good enough to be chosen at that stage, you'll likely be one of the more sought-after rookies once the free-agency spree for undrafted players begins at the conclusion of the draft. So rather than be earmarked to one team - that may not be of your preference - you now have multiple teams from which to chose.
March 23, 2016 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Could the Eagles draft Ezekiel Elliott with the eighth pick overall in April's draft? Howie Roseman wants the rest of the NFL to think so, or so it would seem. The Eagles vice president of football operations never mentioned the Ohio State product by name on Monday, but it was clear he was referencing Elliott when asked about the value of selecting a running back early in the draft. "There's this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round and undrafted free agency," Roseman said at the league meetings.
February 12, 2016 |
HE RAN a post pattern, Greg Lewis recalls, faking a safety to the outside, digging hard inside, coming free down the middle in the end zone for the 30-yard Donovan McNabb touchdown pass. For Eagles fans, the narrative about the last touchdown drive of Super Bowl XXXIX will always be about how long the sequence took (three minutes, 52 seconds to cover 79 yards in 13 plays, or, in talk-radio lore, forever and a day) and what McNabb was doing, as the minutes dwindled (trying to recover from a hit to the ribs, or, in talk-radio lore, puking, pouting over draft-day booing, pondering what would happen in the event of a tie)
January 15, 2016 |
The little stadium just off Lancaster Avenue - the first sight of Villanova's campus if you're coming out from the city - that's Andy Talley's stadium. For more than three decades, his office has been under the grandstand, nearest Lancaster. "The bomb shelter," Talley calls it. Call it Talley Stadium. That would be a big-time move for Villanova, and Andy Talley always fought to be big-time. That would also be the fitting move after Wednesday's announcement that the Wildcats football coach is retiring after the 2016 season, to be replaced by assistant head coach Mark Ferrante, which gets Talley's full endorsement.
October 21, 2015 |
DeMeco Ryans was having his best performance of the season Monday night before he left the Eagles' 27-7 win over the Giants in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Ryans did not return in the second half. "I could go back in, but I wasn't going to be all the way 100 [percent]," Ryans said. "We'll see how it goes [this week]. " Ryans, the Eagles' veteran inside linebacker, played a bigger role with Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks out of the lineup. He had an interception and a fumble recovery.
August 6, 2015 |
THEIR INTRODUCTIONS were separated by about seven hours and 700 yards. Brian Westbrook came first, strolling out of the tunnel in the southeast corner of Lincoln Financial Field wearing a white floppy cap and an Eagles polo. Jimmy Rollins came second, stepping into the batter's box at Citizens Bank Park wearing road grays and a blue Dodgers helmet. This was yesterday, a Tuesday in early August that would have had nothing going for it if not for a couple of coincidentally scheduled events that returned two of the greatest athletes in Philadelphia history to their home crowd.
April 16, 2015 |
The Eagles might think DeMarco Murray is a better fit for Chip Kelly's offense, but Brian Westbrook is not convinced. The former Pro Bowl running back heard that the Eagles favored Murray's one-cut running style. But he doesn't think that explanation is totally fair to LeSean McCoy, who followed Westbrook in the Eagles backfield. "I hear that a lot about Murray being a one-cut runner - it's easy being a one-cut runner when your holes are [as wide] as a truck," Westbrook said in an interview after speaking on a panel at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium last week.
March 7, 2015
For 17 consecutive seasons, the Eagles' lead running backs have been Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, and LeSean McCoy. Each was drafted and developed by the Eagles. Duce Staley 1998-2002 Brian Westbrook 2003-2008 LeSean McCoy 2009-2014
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.