November 21, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Just about everything was different this week. The quarterback was new and sharp late. The defense was stifling. And when the game got tight, the Eagles made the biggest plays, winning by 17-10 on the road against the Giants. For the first time in weeks, there was joy in the Eagles locker room. Vince Young threw a third-down strike for the winning touchdown, and as the Giants drove on the ensuing drive, Jason Babin stripped Eli Manning and Derek Landri recovered.
December 8, 2011 |
The Eagles offense should get a boost this week, though it might arrive too late to save the team's season. For the last four weeks, the offense that started hot has been missing at least one of its top weapons. Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, and DeSean Jackson have not played together since the team's Nov. 7 loss to the Chicago Bears. All are expected to be on the field Sunday, putting the team's top talent back into the passing game and possibly helping others. "It definitely opens the offense up for everybody else," Vick said.
December 13, 2012 |
AS THIS season trudges to an inglorious finish, the Eagles needed to make a roster move to bring aboard fullback/tight end Emil Igwenagu, so he could back up Clay Harbor, with Brent Celek sidelined for Thursday's game against Cincinnati. That move was to place defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the nonfootball injury-illness list, ending Patterson's season, agent Peter Schaffer said. But that isn't the part that has Schaffer angry enough to plan to file a grievance with the NFLPA.
December 15, 2012 |
The Eagles reached a new level of futility in the second half of Thursday's 34-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when turnovers came so fast that they could barely execute a play without committing one. At one point, the Eagles turned the ball over on three consecutive plays and four times in five plays - a feat so laughable that the few fans remaining at Lincoln Financial Field could barely muster the deafening boos they would ordinarily dispense....
July 28, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Practice had ended minutes earlier, and most of the Eagles ambled to the locker room to shower and get out of the sun. Some complied to autograph and interview requests. Clay Harbor stayed on the field running routes for the backup quarterbacks. Harbor has a personal mission this training camp. After practice, the third-year tight end needs to catch 50 passes. He had caught extra passes during the last two training camps, but it was an inexact routine. This season, Harbor made an initiative to catch 50 each day. "That will help you a lot," Harbor said, "knowing you got 50 more catches after practice than your competition.
September 10, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - Standing under a scoreboard that showed the Eagles trailing the Cleveland Browns late in the fourth quarter, running back LeSean McCoy admitted to a worry that was likely widespread among Eagles fans. "Not this again," McCoy said. Michael Vick noticed his teammates wondering what was wrong with their quarterback, that Vick hung his head because of the overbearing guilt of "letting my team down. " It appeared an offseason spent trying to solve 2011's problems was a failure.
June 8, 2012 |
The subject was Brent Celek, and the double sports hernia surgery and hip surgery the Eagles' starting tight end underwent at the end of the 2011 season. Clay Harbor, Celek's backup, was amazed. "That's big-time," Harbor said during Eagles OTAs this week. "My rookie season , I played with one sports hernia. I was struggling?...?it was hard. I remember Brent coming off [the field] midway through the season saying, ‘I really gotta get this checked out. It's really starting to hurt.' We found out he had a [double]
November 19, 2012 |
Here are some observations and ruminations about Sunday's Eagles-Redskins game: It's like a bad rerun. The Eagles gave up another long touchdown after there was an obvious breakdown in the secondary. It was difficult to say for certain who blew his coverage during a second-quarter touchdown. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was closest to the play, but he looked like he was playing a quarter zone. Safety Nate Allen, meanwhile, appeared to have made a bad read and left Aldrick Robinson all alone in the end zone.
October 12, 2012 |
SURROUNDED BY a swath of reporters on the Eagles' practice field at the NovaCare Complex, Andy Reid was asked about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. He laughed. "When they give you the nickname 'Megatron,' that means you're pretty good," Reid said. "He's a really good player. " That would be an an understatement. Since the start of the 2008 season, Johnson has more touchdown catches (46) than any other receiver in football. He led the NFL in both receiving yards (1,681) and yards-per-game (105.1)
November 22, 2011 |
If he is healthy, Michael Vick will start at quarterback Sunday against the New England Patriots, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday. Vick's two broken ribs kept him out of Sunday night's game, so the if is significant. But after Vince Young's performance in the Eagles' 17-10 victory over the New York Giants in which he led the Eagles on an 18-play, game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, Reid may not feel as compelled to hurry Vick back. Young, though, was erratic in the first 28 minutes.