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....
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.
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)
May 22, 2013 |
FOR EAGLES tight end Clay Harbor, all this part-time linebacker stuff harkens to an uncharted and uneasy future. For Jason Avant, playing a little nickel corner takes him back to his past. "I got recruited out of high school by most of the big schools to play defense," he was saying after yesterday's OTA concluded at the NovaCare Complex. "I was a two-way player. And I was All-American as a receiver and really close to making it as a safety. And most of the big schools saw me playing there.
July 27, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM — Brent Celek left practice early Thursday with what the Eagles described as a "mild" right knee sprain. Celek later walked briskly to the parking lot, waving off reporters' concerns with "I'll be good. I promise. " He was wearing a wrapping on his right leg. Just a day earlier, the Eagles seemed to be done with their tight-end flirtation. Visanthe Shiancoe had signed with the Patriots, and the Eagles hadn't opted to bring in four-time Pro Bowler Jeremy Shockey for a physical, after reports said they might.
December 30, 2010
A FEW HOURS OF reflection after the Eagles' despicable loss to the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday night did not soothe the beast, but Andy Reid was a bit more reasoned. In the moments after the Birds' 24-14 loss that locked them into the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs, Reid snapped that his team was not "good enough" to rest players for a now meaningless regular season finale against Dallas. Yesterday, however, Reid seemed far more open to the idea that it might be in the Birds' best interest to rest some players against Dallas and get them healthy for the playoffs the following weekend.
September 8, 2012 |
The NFL culture already prompts coaches to conceal game plans and schemes like ATM pass codes, and the Eagles and Cleveland Browns encountered a scheduling anomaly this summer that added even more paranoia to the preparation for Sunday's opener. The teams played a preseason game Aug. 24 at Cleveland. That created a situation in which coaching staffs from the same tree - Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Brad Childress, and defensive coordinator Dick Jauron are former Eagles assistants - spent an entire preseason game operating with the most basic offensive and defensive schemes possible.
September 12, 2012 |
In the end it was all funny, of course, and the Eagles could joke about how close they came to a season-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns. They laughed in the same way that airline passengers do after a very turbulent flight ends safely. Heh, heh. That was a close one. Yes, it was, and the Eagles weren't sure the landing gear would hold on their final drive of the day, a 91-yard slog that was helped a little by a semi-bogus roughing penalty and helped a lot when Cleveland's L.J. Fort showed why he is a linebacker and not a wide receiver.
May 20, 2013 |
Chip Kelly has been open about his desire for versatile players, a trait sought by many coaches. But Kelly's search for versatility stretches beyond convention, as evidenced by at least two roster experiments during organized team activities last week. Tight end Clay Harbor spent one day of practice at outside linebacker. Wide receiver Jason Avant took practice repetitions with defensive backs. Neither player is changing positions. Rather, it seems to be an effort to explore different scenarios, if needed.
December 14, 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.