January 6, 2016 |
I THINK we all can agree that the Eagles' defense was really, really awful this season. If, for some inexplicable reason, you still have your doubts about that, well, go check the NFL's final defensive rankings, and that almost certainly will put you over the top. They finished 30th in yards allowed and 28th in points allowed. They were 32nd in run defense, 28th in pass defense and 26th in third-down defense. They were 25th in sacks per pass play, 31st in red-zone defense and 31st in touchdown passes allowed.
December 6, 2015 |
Eric Rowe is playing just his second season as a cornerback. The Eagles rookie spent his first three collegiate seasons at Utah as a shutdown free safety. Rowe said he is constantly learning at his new position. And his tests have been stiff. Rowe matched up last week against Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, one of the league's most imposing targets. And on Sunday, he'll be staring down New England quarterback Tom Brady, who Rowe said is the best quarterback he has ever seen at reading defenses.
December 3, 2015 |
MALCOLM Jenkins' first-ever appearance in an NFL regular-season game was short and not so sweet. The 14th overall selection in the 2009 draft, he played only one snap in the New Orleans Saints' season opener against the Detroit Lions. It came early in the third quarter of what would end up being a 45-27 Saints rout. The guy on the other side of the line from him for that one play was none other than Calvin Johnson. "One-on-one, no help," Jenkins recalled. "Sixty-seven yards later, he stepped out on the 2-yard line.
November 28, 2015 |
Jeffrey Lurie DOWN - Ultimately, this is the Eagles owner's mess. He gave an NFL neophyte complete control of personnel in a sloppily arranged marriage that somehow left Howie Roseman in the building. What will he do to fix it? Chip Kelly DOWN - His offense has become predictable. His choice for defensive coordinator keeps coming back to haunt him. He can't get his players to play for him. And now Kelly has turned into a coach who makes countless head-scratching decisions. Bill Davis DOWN - He isn't a bad coordinator.
December 5, 2014 |
HERE IS a look at the out-of-division competition the 9-3 Eagles face in the NFC playoff race. First-round byes go to the two division winners with the best records. The other two division winners will host wild-card teams in the first round of the playoffs. The prediction is that the Eagles will be the No. 2 seed. PACKERS Record: 9-3 Position: 1st place in NFC North Best win: Week 13, vs. Patriots, 26-21 Worst loss: Week 8 at Saints, 44-23 Season highlight: Is it even possible to defeat Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field anymore?
September 5, 2014 |
THE DRAFTS room is empty. The spilled beer has been cleaned up. No more cheat sheets, sleepers or mock drafts. For better or worse, richer or poorer, in suspension and health, we have our fantasy teams now. What we don't have are answers. Those will come in the next 17 weeks. By then, hopefully my guys will have paid their league fees. As Week 1 kicks off, here are a handful of questions that will be decided between now and when the Christmas carolers knock on the door and scare the bejesus out of our dog. * What sort of impact will Darren Sproles have on LeSean McCoy's numbers?
August 29, 2014 |
Keenan Allen, Chargers: Allen's 71 catches were the seventh-most ever by a rookie wide receiver. He slipped to the third round coming out of Cal because of a knee injury. He's not sneaking up on anyone anymore. Antonio Brown, Steelers: Second in the league in catches (110) and yards (1,499). Look for him to improve on eight touchdowns and crack the top-five receivers heading into 2015. Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Since he had 12 TDs in 2012 and 13 in 2013, he's going to get 14 in 2014, right?
March 25, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Eagles arrived at the Ritz-Carlton yesterday with the NFL buzzing about their attempts to trade wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The Birds continued to have nothing to say on the eve of the NFL meetings. General manager Howie Roseman was spending time with his family yesterday. Team president Don Smolenski mingled with reporters in the lobby but was much more eager to talk about the Lincoln Financial Field renovations. And chairman Jeffrey Lurie stayed out of public view, as did coach Chip Kelly.
December 27, 2013 |
After his team lost eight of 10 following a 3-1 start, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak is embattled (sports jargon, meaning "about to be tossed out on his keister"), but he's serene about it. "It's part of this profession," he said of the daily questions he gets about his job security, then went into his best coach-speak. "I can only control what we do this Sunday. . . . After that, what happens as far as that goes, some of that's out of my control to some degree. " Translation: Munchak, who has one year left on his contract, may see an opportunity on the horizon.
December 10, 2013 |
The snow certainly helped to slow down the potent Detroit passing game on Sunday, but the Eagles defense also did its share of strong work, especially against football's best receiver, the Lions' Calvin Johnson. Johnson had only three catches for 49 yards, which was a major reason the Eagles earned a 34-20 win over Detroit at Lincoln Financial Field. Johnson set the Lions team record for career receiving yards on a 33-yard reception late in the first quarter, but he did little damage after that.