August 2, 2016 |
To borrow Charles Dickens' famous line -- or was it Melania Trump's -- it's the best of times, it's the worst of times for Billy Davis. The former Eagles defensive coordinator is down in Naples, Fla., living a life of leisure on Jeff Lurie's dime, spending quality time with his wife, Sherry, and their five children, and waking up every morning to a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. Sounds like the perfect life, and for the better part of the last six months, it was. But Davis is a football coach.
July 16, 2016 |
Pennsylvania will open 20 centers around the state by fall to coordinate care for people addicted to opioids, the Wolf administration announced Thursday. The centers - six of them in Southeastern Pennsylvania - will not be new locations, but instead are existing organizations that will function as navigational hubs to coordinate a range of services for Medicaid patients. By integrating treatment for substance abuse, mental health, and physical health, their mission is to help ensure patients get all the types of care proven to promote recovery.
June 6, 2016 |
When Sheila O'Callaghan was growing up in the 1950s and '60s in North Jersey, the somewhat older members of the Crowther side of the family seized her imagination. They included admirable women, more than a couple of whom pursued higher education near Philadelphia, at Rosemont College on the well-to-do Main Line. One of them was O'Callaghan's aunt, Catherine "Nan" Holland, a 1951 Rosemont graduate who went on to marry the dashing Hugh Crowther. When it was time for O'Callaghan to go to college, she selected Rosemont.
May 31, 2016 |
Brandon Graham wonders sometimes how his first six seasons with the Eagles might have been different if not for the revolving door that welcomed and discarded defensive coordinators. "Especially that last year when coach [Andy] Reid was here," Graham said last week after a practice session at the NovaCare Complex. "It was my first time starting after my injury and I ended up getting 51/2 sacks and I really felt like I was headed in the right direction. And then, bam, here comes the 3-4. " Few members of the Eagles have fond memories of that 2012 season, which was Reid's last in Philadelphia.
May 26, 2016 |
Jim Schwartz talks like a head coach. The Eagles defensive coordinator, of course, has been there and done that, and would likely want another shot at leading an NFL team. But Schwartz wasn't brought to Philadelphia to be the head coach. And that is something that he has been cognizant of since he was hired on the day the Eagles officially introduced Doug Pederson. He has mostly kept a low profile, and when he has spoken, he has been deferential to his boss. Schwartz entered some tricky terrain on Tuesday, though.
March 18, 2016 |
YOU KNOW the old saying: You can never be too rich, or have too many capable quarterbacks. Howie Roseman opened the vault and gave rookie head coach Doug Pederson his two preferred passers. Sam Bradford agreed to a 2-year, $36 million contract. Chase Daniel, the backup in Kansas City when Pederson was the coordinator, signed for 3 years and $21 million. With that sort of investment in two healthy veterans, the Eagles should just sign, oh, Josh Freeman and be done with it. Right?
January 27, 2016 |
STEVE CARIC, the agent who negotiated tight end Zach Ertz's new five-year, $42.5 million contract extension, also happens to represent another Eagle - linebacker Kiko Alonso. Caric said Alonso is "very excited" about the prospect of playing for new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Alonso, the NFL's defensive rookie of the year in 2013, was with the Bills in 2014 when Schwartz was hired as the team's defensive coordinator. But he never got a chance to play a snap for Schwartz, tearing his ACL before the start of training camp that year.
January 22, 2016 |
THE EAGLES made official the hiring of offensive coordinator Frank Reich on Wednesday evening, a day after Jim Schwartz took charge of new coach Doug Pederson's defense. Pederson's staff is nearly complete. The announcement that Reich, who spent last season as the Chargers' offensive coordinator, was officially on board included the names of 14 other assistants. Pederson seems only to lack a quarterbacks coach - reports say former Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo will get that role - and a defensive line coach to replace Chip Kelly's righthand man, Jerry Azzinaro.
January 21, 2016 |
JIM SCHWARTZ, introduced Tuesday as the Eagles' new defensive coordinator, said he doesn't want to be typecast as someone who requires a 4-3 setup or a Wide 9 alignment of his defensive ends, though he has used those elements to great success in Tennessee, Detroit and Buffalo. Schwartz said the biggest constant in his career has been that he has coached teams that were strong up front, and it all flows from that. "If you can generate rush without blitzing, it really gives you an advantage as a playcaller," said Schwartz, who turns 50 in June.
January 20, 2016 |
Penn State coach James Franklin rounded out his staff for the 2016 season, announcing Monday the hiring of former Illinois co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks as the team's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Banks, who spent the last four years at Illinois and has 20 years of coaching experience, is the third new hire by Franklin since the end of the regular season. He joins offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover. Franklin and Banks worked together on the Maryland coaching staff in 2003 and 2004.