November 12, 2012 |
At 5:23 p.m., with the game tied in the second quarter, rookie quarterback Nick Foles took his first regular-season NFL snap after entering the game to a big ovation. With a woozy Michael Vick unable to continue, Andy Reid had finally been forced into making a move he had avoided for weeks. Vick left with a concussion. Foles could not save the game. There may be nothing that can save this Eagles season or Reid's job. Foles helped the Eagles to a 17-10 third-quarter lead before the team unraveled in the fourth quarter and allowed two defensive touchdowns and a special teams touchdown in a 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
February 28, 2013 |
MIKE PATTERSON. Cullen Jenkins. And there will be more. Roster carnage is the only certainty when an NFL team fires an underperforming coach. Andy Reid goes, Chip Kelly arrives, the vision of the entire Eagles organization changes and the world is again reminded that those 8-year contracts signed by NFL players are really a series of eight, 1-year contracts. And don't forget to write. With that, a word here about cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha: He needs to go - for his sake, and Kelly's sake, and everyone's.
December 14, 2012 |
It was so much simpler when Joe Banner was around. He was the cartoon villain with the black cape and the twitchy mustache. If the Eagles did something coldhearted or tone-deaf or just plain arrogant, Banner got the blame. Fans, media, radio talk-show hosts had their bad guy. So now what, now that Banner and his black hat are in Cleveland? It was Howie Roseman who stuck a second shiv into the back of defensive tackle Mike Patterson on Wednesday. It was Roseman, the general manager touted as a kinder and gentler contract negotiator, who slashed Patterson's pay in August and then deprived him of more money by putting him on the non-football illness reserve list.
March 8, 2013 |
FOR YEARS, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was the poster boy for free-agency stupidity, spending millions on big-name veterans in March and regularly finishing 5-11 or 6-10 in December. Then, two summers ago, the Eagles blew Snyder right out of the water by going on the mother of all free-agency shopping sprees. "Somebody wrote the words, 'The Eagles are all in,' and that's how we look at it," the team's former president, Joe Banner, boasted after the Eagles corralled the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Ronnie Brown and Vince Young.
September 16, 2011
DOWN THE row of lockers, Jason Babin was talking about his greatest hope for the Eagles' defense - "what I want for Christmas," he said - is to create such a nasty persona for this group that opponents actually fear them. To which, Cullen Jenkins smiled. "I'm more of a nicer guy," he said. As it turns out, it takes a village to dismember a quarterback. And if Trent Cole is a bundle of lethal emotion, and Babin is a funny, sarcastic assassin, Jenkins is more of the even, stable, relentless center.
October 8, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - One play. The Eagles defense needed to make one play here Sunday. An interception, a sack, a fumble recovery, a third-down pass swatted away - anything to disrupt Ben Roethlisberger's methodical game-winning drive. That one play never came. "We should have won that game," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "We didn't take advantage of the opportunity. " You can't fairly blame a defense for a 16-14 loss to the Steelers. The Eagles are 3-2 despite an offense that has broken the 20-point barrier just once and a quarterback who just can't stop giving the ball away.
August 24, 2012 |
CULLEN JENKINS woke up Tuesday morning and turned on the TV, still tuned to ESPN, from his family having watched the Eagles-Patriots game the night before. "I was like, 'Uh, oh . . . Here we go,' " Jenkins said to a few dozen reporters crowded around his locker stall Wednesday. Jenkins, 31, has been around the NFL since 2004. He knew he was in for a long week when he woke up to images of himself nose-to-nose with Eagles coach Andy Reid, Jenkins and Reid locked in a discussion so heated they had to be separated by defensive-line coach Jim Washburn and a few players.
October 25, 2012
IT TOOK 22 games. It took a .500 season from last year's Dream Team. It took five close games and a blowout upset in the desert. And, last week, it cost them the head of their most devoted soldier. It appears as if the Eagles finally have grown up. The tenor among the Birds of Promise finally has shifted from entitled to entrenched. The tone was set at the beginning of the shortened 2011 season, enbodied by Asante Samuel, of all people. "Pick-Six," as he calls himself, constantly crowed during practices without admonition.
October 29, 2012 |
THERE IS a poignant scene toward the tail end of the classic film "Rudy" in which Rudy Ruettiger is trying to make an impression on the Notre Dame coaching staff in the last practice of the season. Ruettiger the runt drilled third-team halfback Jamie O'Hara, who proceeded to throw a tantrum. "Last practice of the season and this [expletive] thinks it's the Super Bowl," O'Hara said. Legendary Irish coach Ara Parseghian, played by Jason Miller, freaked out. "You just summed up your entire sorry career here in one sentence!"
August 3, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Cullen Jenkins left Wednesday afternoon's practice early with a hamstring injury, the Eagles said. The defensive tackle was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance image Wednesday evening. Jenkins pulled up lame early in practice during a team drill. He then headed to the trainer's tent to have his leg examined. After testing out the hamstring, he rejoined the defensive line but did not practice and eventually rode a cart into the locker room. The Eagles' entire projected starting defensive line is currently sidelined.