March 16, 2015 |
Most evaluations of the Eagles' new quarterback come with a two-word caveat that seems attached to Sam Bradford's name: if healthy . The qualifier shows both the risk the Eagles absorbed in Tuesday's trade and the potential reward that could come their way. "When I put the question mark on him, that's it," said former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, an ESPN analyst. "I don't question his talent, his ability, his cerebral ability to lead a football team and run an offense. But he's got to stay healthy.
November 15, 2014 |
PAUL PALMER played at Temple from 1983-86 for Bruce Arians, and of course finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior behind Miami quarterback Vinnie Testaverde. Now an analyst on the Owls' radio broadcasts, he still holds the program records for career rushing yards (4,895) and carries (935) and has the two best single-season totals (1,866, and 1,516 as a junior). In those days, there was no Big East yet. All the Eastern schools were independents. Ditto the Miamis and Florida States of the food chain.
October 29, 2014 |
LARRY FITZGERALD is 31 years old now, but the Eagles said this week that isn't why Fitzgerald has only 23 catches for 283 yards through six games - putting the Arizona Cardinals' star on a pace for the lowest totals of his 11-year NFL career. "It's nothing to do with Larry not being Larry. It has to do with all the other weapons they've surrounded the quarterback with," Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said this week. "The options are everywhere. The running back is getting a lot, Floyd is getting a lot . Young Brown has got some speed" and 17 catches for 197 yards.
October 28, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The game's biggest play came down to one key sign between the quarterback and the wide receiver. Carson Palmer's signal to wide receiver John Brown late in the fourth quarter was intended to break the Cardinals' rookie wide receiver from the Eagles coverage. Facing a 17-14 deficit, and third and 5 from his own 25-yard line with less than two minutes remaining, Palmer saw the two Eagles safeties positioned as "sticks," or side-by-side. Palmer signaled for Brown to move aggressively toward one of the safeties.
October 25, 2014 |
There is no charming or creative name attached to the offense that Bruce Arians brought with him when he became the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals last season. It is an offense, however, that usually has some complimentary adjectives preceding it: Good , effective , innovative , and inclusive immediately come to mind. It's the last of those adjectives that has forced the face of the Cardinals to adjust to a new way of doing things. Upon entering the NFL as the third overall draft pick in 2004, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald almost immediately became the man in the Arizona offense.
October 24, 2014 |
There is nothing simple about what the Eagles will want and need center David Molk to do Sunday when they face the 5-1 Arizona Cardinals out in the desert. Because the Cardinals have been besieged by injuries on defense, they believe their best weapon against the Eagles, or any offense, for that matter, is deception. So when Molk reaches down to grab the football before the start of each Eagles play, he can expect to see planned chaos on the other side. Sometimes he'll see a 3-4 look, which is the Cardinals' base defense.
October 22, 2014 |
TODAY, JUST as they did last year, the Eagles return from their bye looking toward a date with the Arizona Cardinals. Some things are the same, many things are different for two NFC teams that finished 10-6 last year, the Eagles winning a weak NFC East, the Cards shut out of the playoffs in the powerful NFC West. Had Arizona beaten the Birds last Dec. 1, instead of getting nipped, 24-21, after coming back from a 24-7 second-half deficit, the Cards would have gone to the 2013 playoffs.
October 20, 2014 |
EACH SPRING when the NFL releases its schedule, football-crazed fans across the Delaware Valley go through and mark down potential wins and losses for each of the Eagles' 16 regular-season games. It's a fun exercise, but every fall the same thing happens - a few teams we thought would be good aren't, and several we penciled in as sure-thing wins soon no longer appear that way. So with the 5-1 Eagles on their bye week and all teams five or six games into their seasons, here's a quick look at the statuses of each of the final nine regular-season opponents for Chip Kelly & Co. At Arizona Cardinals Record: 4-1 Combined opponents' record: 17-12 Week 7 opponent: at Raiders In a way, the Cardinals' first 6 weeks have gone similarly to the Eagles, Bruce Arians' squad scrapping its way to wins despite missing several key players.
February 6, 2014 |
WHY WAIT? Aaron Ruff committed to Temple nearly a year ago. He didn't have to. He could have played the recruiting game for all it was worth, since he had options. He just didn't see the point, even if others didn't understand. "Temple had offered me from the [start]," said Ruff, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Imhotep Charter who is rated among the top prospects in Pennsylvania. "When I took a tour, saw the [facilities] and met with the coaching staff, it was like paradise here.
January 7, 2014 |
IN MOMENTS like these, the standard reaction is to display as much affection as one's masculinity will allow, then utter a few heartfelt words that will probably sound corny in hindsight while striding into the offseason with head held high. And so it was that Jason Kelce and Howie Roseman converged in the center of the Eagles locker room on Saturday night and engaged in a sort of man-hug with a standard awkwardness exacerbated by the physical appearance of its participants - one of them 300 pounds and wearing a grimy cutoff T-shirt with a beard that might soon be classified as its own ecosystem, the other in a business suit draped over a frame that might check in at a buck plus 60. "We'll get there," the general manager said.