September 27, 2013 |
IT HAS BEEN just three games, but Peyton Manning is on his way to one of the all-time seasons. He's probably not going to continue his pace of 64 touchdown passes, but he who doubts No. 18 does so at his own peril. Plus, he's playing the Eagles on Sunday. Manning has won three of four starts against the Eagles with eight touchdowns, three interceptions and 1,031 yards. Not too bad, really. Nine times in history have NFL quarterbacks thrown for 40 touchdown passes. Four of those players did so in seasons they also faced the Eagles.
April 3, 2013 |
Free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday that could pay him as much as $3 million this year. The contract has no guaranteed money. The ex-Eagle is due to earn a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could make an additional $1.65 million in incentives. "It's not about the money for him. He wants to play for a winner," his agent said. The former all-pro was released by the Eagles on March 12 after two disappointing seasons.
April 28, 2012
Who says the Eagles don't care about linebacker? For the second time this offseason the Eagles made a major move to improve their linebacker corps, a perennial weak spot that has been as much a part of the Andy Reid experience as screen passes, fastball linemen, and "time's yours. " After landing DeMeco Ryans in a stunning trade, investing in a veteran middle linebacker with a significant contract to fill a significant need, the Eagles on Friday used their second pick in the draft, number 46 overall, to bring in Mychal Kendricks, a 5-foot-11 speedster from Cal. It's the earliest the team has drafted a linebacker since Reid's first draft, when he took Barry Gardner with his second-ever Eagles pick, 35th overall.
April 26, 2011 |
The Eagles have drafted 13 linebackers since Andy Reid was hired as their head coach in 1999. Six of those selections were in the sixth or seventh round. The Eagles have not drafted a linebacker in the first round under Reid and have taken just one in the second round since 2001: Round 1 (0) Round 2: (3) Barry Gardner (1999), Quinton Caver (2001), Matt McCoy (2005) Round 3: (2) Chris Gocong (2006), Stewart Bradley (2007) Round 4 (1): Keenan Clayton (2010), Round 5 (1)
January 7, 2011 |
That spotlight following Green Bay's Clay Matthews around the field Sunday should help illuminate something about the Eagles, as well. Matthews is living, hirsute proof that linebackers still can be disruptive forces in the NFL. That is something you wouldn't know if you only watched the Eagles the last few years. It is almost as if they apply their old (and discarded) philosophy about wide receivers to the position, choosing a group of interchangeable "C" students over flashy, standout playmakers.
September 24, 2010 |
Another week, another difficult tight end challenge for the Eagles' defense. From the Packers' tall and wide receiver-fast Jermichael Finley (four catches for 47 yards) to the Lions' power-forward-strong Brandon Pettigrew (seven for 108) to the Jaguars' big, fast and athletic Mercedes Lewis. "Most teams have invested in a good tight end," said Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. "We've got to be able to hold up there. " Much has been made of the Murderer's Row list of quarterbacks the Eagles have on their 2010 dance card.
September 19, 2010 |
Turning-point games don't usually announce themselves ahead of time. They are recognized only in retrospect, across the long sweep of what came next. In that way, there is nothing particularly momentous about the setup for Sunday's game in the cavernous covered garage that is Ford Field in gloomy downtown Detroit between the Eagles and the Lions. The Eagles are already frayed around the edges after just one regular season game, and any outcome, even a loss to the woeful Lions, could be written off as nothing more than the hangover that resulted from the opening binge of injuries and bad luck against the Packers.
August 25, 2010
BEREA, Ohio - Sheldon Brown saw something last season that he had never seen before in his NFL career. Something disturbing. Something that he feels was every bit as responsible for the Eagles defense's struggles last season as the never-ending injuries and the departure of Brian Dawkins. What he saw were teammates - some, certainly not all - who didn't buy into what the team's new defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott, was selling. "You have to believe in what's in place," said Brown, who was traded in April along with linebacker Chris Gocong to the Cleveland Browns.
August 25, 2010 |
BEREA, Ohio - Chris Gocong finally is going to get to do something that he seldom got to do in his four seasons with the Eagles. Rush the passer. "Every year, I would take my reps at it and they would have plans to do it," said Gocong, who was traded to the Browns in April along with cornerback Sheldon Brown for linebacker Alex Hall. "Then we'd get to the game and we never really got around to it. I wouldn't say it was disappointing, but it was frustrating. " The 6-2, 263-pound Gocong was a pass-rushing defensive end at Cal Poly, whom most scouts projected as a 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL. But he was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the '07 draft and converted into a run-stopping strongside linebacker in their 4-3 scheme.
August 20, 2010 |
When the Eagles play the second game of the interminable NFL exhibition season in Cincinnati on Friday night, only two players from the starting offensive and defensive lineups of the 2004 Super Bowl team will be on the field. Of course, both of them will be wearing tiger stripes on their helmets. In some ways, that giddy romp to the league's championship game in February 2005, which followed seasons of slow growth and not a little frustration, seems like just yesterday. It is still the main reference point for the tenure of Andy Reid as the team's head coach.