November 5, 2010
IT'S THE SAME principle as trying not to stare directly into the sun. When Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning does his presnap-orchestra-conductor bit Sunday afternoon, waving his arms and walking around the formation to chat with his linemen, his backs and receivers, Dimitri Patterson plans to avert his eyes. "I'm not looking at him," Patterson declared yesterday, as he prepared for his first NFL start, after 41 games over five seasons as a special-teams player and reserve cornerback.
October 9, 2009
Andy Reid is going for win No. 100 on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Say what you will about the guy - and plenty has been said - Reid has put up some impressive numbers. With a win, he will become the only Eagles coach in 76 years with 100 wins and will join Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin and Jeff Fisher as the only active coaches with triple-digit wins. So gentlemen, what say you about Big Red? I just cleared my throat. OK, injuries: The NFC championship loss to Tampa Bay to close the Vet. The NFC championship loss to Carolina in the first year at the Linc.
February 25, 2007 |
The NFL's free-agent season opens Friday, and to the fans of a certain football team desperate for an elusive Super Bowl title, this means that the missing links are about to be available for the right price. We're talking, of course, about the Eagles, a team with a fascinating free-agent history, albeit not always an eventful one. With another chapter about to unfold, it's important to remember two things: This isn't a great free-agent class, and the Eagles have less salary-cap room than two-thirds of the teams in the league.
January 23, 2007 |
The New Orleans Saints, one game removed from running all over the Eagles, couldn't run at all Sunday against the Chicago Bears. And now the Saints' improbable run deep into the playoffs is over, a Cinderella story that came to an unhappy conclusion with a 39-14 loss to the Bears at snowy Soldier Field. The man who drew up the defensive game plan to contain the Saints' dangerous backfield duo of Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush used to work for the Eagles. Ron Rivera, the Bears' defensive coordinator, spent five seasons as the linebackers coach under Andy Reid.
October 30, 2006 |
On a cold, blustery afternoon, the New York Giants displayed the depth of their defense. Despite playing without three injured defensive starters and losing another early, the Giants held visiting Tampa Bay to 174 total yards and set up a score with a turnover deep in Buccaneers' territory in a 17-3 victory yesterday. "You know what? I'm not surprised because the backups, the guys who came in, are like starters," Pro Bowl defense end Michael Strahan said after the Giants (5-2)
August 28, 2006 |
Just what the Minnesota Vikings needed: another off-the-field embarrassment involving one of their players. This time, it was safety Dwight Smith, signed last month as a free agent from New Orleans. Smith, 28, received a misdemeanor citation from Minneapolis police early Saturday for alleged indecent conduct with a 24-year-old woman in a stairwell near a downtown night club. Coach Brad Childress expressed his disappointment and said he would discipline Smith, though he did not specify the punishment.
October 27, 2005 |
Tedy Bruschi handled the hits his teammates dished out in practice. Whether he will get a chance for contact Sunday remains uncertain. The energetic catalyst of the New England Patriots' defense, who suffered a mild stroke 8 1/2 months ago, must await coach Bill Belichick's decision on whether he will play against the Buffalo Bills. "I'd like to get out there and see," Bruschi said before yesterday's practice, his second with contact. "But it's out of my control now. " Bruschi returned to practice Oct. 19 after receiving medical clearance, but there was no contact until Monday's session.
February 4, 2005 |
The Eagles' linebackers the last time the team played the New England Patriots, in 2003, were Carlos Emmons, Mark Simoneau and Nate Wayne. Sunday in Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will look across the line of scrimmage and see three different players. That became official yesterday when defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Keith Adams would start ahead of Simoneau at weakside linebacker. "I'm comfortable with Keith," Johnson said after practice at the University of North Florida.
November 22, 2004 |
In the bowels of Giants Stadium, Archie Manning waited, a jittery father eager to see his youngest son. Wearing a black jacket and navy New York Giants hat, Manning watched as one by one, the Giants walked past. Amani Toomer. Tiki Barber. Jeremy Shockey. And then, flashbulbs lit up the dark, dingy hallway. Finally, his boy. Just minutes after losing to Atlanta, 14-10, in his first NFL start, Eli Manning extended his left hand to his father, who grabbed it and pulled Eli into a warm embrace.
September 10, 2004 |
He was supposed to be getting ready for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. He was supposed to be a huge part of the Eagles' offense in the season opener at Lincoln Financial Field. Instead, Correll Buckhalter hobbled into the locker room at the NovaCare Complex yesterday on crutches. Such is life for the Eagles running back whose flashes of brilliance have been overshadowed by his brushes with misfortune. "It's tough," Buckhalter said as he visited with his teammates.