August 27, 2013 |
JACKSONVILLE - I went back to the Marriott Sawgrass Hotel this past weekend for two reasons. They had a really cheap rate, for a resort hotel (hey, Florida in August, they should pay you to go there), and because this was the team hotel for Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles allowed a small group of beat writers to stay with them, chronicling the week that ended up being the high-water mark of the Andy Reid-Donovan McNabb era. If I was looking for ghosts from February 2005, I didn't find any. The hotel is in the process of a big renovation (another reason for the rate)
April 26, 2013 |
Here's Marcus Hayes' take on Lane Johnson from Thursday's Daily News. NEW YORK - When Chelsea Goodman met Lane Johnson 4 years ago, she could not have known all that she would bring to their relationship. A high jumper for the Oklahoma track team, Chelsea met Johnson when he transferred after a year of junior college. A big, strong athlete, Johnson, star prep quarterback in Texas, was not college QB material. He went to Oklahoma as a tight end. By the time their relationship blossomed, Johnson was a defensive end for the Sooners - just like her father, John Goodman, in the late 1970s, before a 5-year stint with the Steelers.
December 31, 2012 |
The Eagles will have the fourth pick in the 2013 NFL draft. It is the highest pick since 1999, when Andy Reid took Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick. It is the first top-10 pick since 2000, when they took Corey Simon with the sixth pick. The Chiefs will have the top pick, followed by the Jaguars and Raiders. The draft is April 25-27.
July 25, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Fletcher Cox knew what it meant to hear fans calling his name Monday along the fences beyond the Eagles' practice field at Lehigh University. Cox, the defensive tackle whom the Eagles selected with the No. 12 overall pick in April's draft, arrived here with the onus of being the highest draft selection the Eagles have made since taking another defensive tackle - Corey Simon - at No. 6 overall in 2000. "You expect a lot of out of them," Cox said of first-round picks, a sentiment coach Andy Reid had expressed a day earlier.
July 24, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM – You can tell rookie reporting date from the arrival of Eagles veterans not so much by the luxuriousness of the cars, or the quantity of the luggage, but by the chipper attitudes. The fellows interviewed Sunday heading into Lehigh were just thrilled to be here, eager to start working out under the late-July sun as they begin their professional careers. Living in a dorm? Sharing a room? They've been doing that for at least 4 years. No biggie. Veterans tend to have a different perspective, one focused on getting out of here and back to Philadelphia, something that won't happen until Aug. 15 this year.
March 1, 2012
The NFL's franchise tag, which somehow survived in the lockout-forged collective bargaining agreement, can be used in different ways. It can be a minor bit of necessary paperwork on the way to a fair and honorable deal, or it can be a major weapon deployed by a team to impose its will on a player. Let's hope the Eagles' application of the tag on DeSean Jackson is more like the former than the latter. Their history offers mixed signals. In the past, the Eagles used the tag as a blunt instrument in dealing with linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and defensive tackle Corey Simon.
April 26, 2011 |
If the NFL draft were an exact science, the Eagles' success rate in drafting defensive tackles would be far greater. But it is not, and that is part of what makes the draft so interesting. Since Andy Reid became head coach in 1999, the Eagles have expended four of their 12 top draft picks on defensive tackles. Three - Corey Simon, Mike Patterson, and Brodrick Bunkley - have come in the first round. None of the four - Trevor Laws was a second-round selection in 2008 - have been voted onto the Associated Press all-pro first or second teams, although Simon did appear in one Pro Bowl game.
April 26, 2011
Andy Reid's Picks: Defensive Tackles Andy Reid's philosophy on the drafting of defensive tackles can be summed up like this: Take them early and take them late. In 12 years, the Eagles coach has selected three defensive tackles in the first round, one in the second, one in the sixth, and three in the seventh. Of the 46 picks Reid has made in Rounds 3 through 5, not one was used on a defensive tackle. The Eagles seem to believe the value at that position is by far greatest in the early rounds.
January 13, 2011 |
The Eagles' quarterback situation doesn't look as "beautiful" from here as it does from Andy Reid's office window. Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb make 2011 the closest thing to a minefield this team has faced since Terrell Owens' inner jerk escaped. The kicker is that Reid and the Eagles' brass laid the mines themselves with a series of questionable decisions: drafting Kolb when they had other needs in 2007; signing Vick in 2009; trading Donovan McNabb and naming Kolb the starter last year, then demoting Kolb after less than one half of play and an injury.