December 28, 2013 |
Earl Wolff was sitting at his locker at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday afternoon, his back to everyone, his head hanging low, when out of the corner of his eye he saw DeMeco Ryans enter the room. A rookie safety, Wolff is nursing an injured right knee and has missed four of the Eagles' last five games. Though he had practiced Thursday, he still felt so sore that he worried whether he'd be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, for the game that will determine whether the Eagles reach the playoffs.
May 22, 2013 |
THE EAGLES and the Giants exchanged players this offseason. Not formally, of course, but New York signed Eagles free-agent defensive linemen Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins, and the Eagles signed former Giants first-round safety Kenny Phillips. It will be interesting to see which organization had a better read on the other squad's talents. Patterson, a smallish defensive tackle, didn't fit the Birds' new defensive scheme. Jenkins just seemed to be wearing down at 32, and seemed expendable to a rebuilding team.
October 7, 2013 |
After three losses to AFC West teams, the Eagles return to the NFC East in a different state than they left following a season-opening win over the Redskins. The Eagles still have an opportunity in the NFC East, where the combined records through four weeks are 4-12. This is also Chip Kelly's introduction to the Eagles-Giants rivalry. The two franchises have had memorable moments over the years, and Kelly's arrival adds another chapter. "I'm very aware of the rivalry between the Giants and the Eagles," Kelly said.
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.
December 21, 2012 |
THIS IS MY 11th year covering the Eagles, and through about 10 1/2 of those years, I could not envision a day when reporters would matter-of-factly ask Andy Reid about coaching his final home game, while asking Reid's players how the fans should mark the final trip to the sideline for the franchise's longest-tenured and winningest coach. But then, I thought the Eagles would make the playoffs this season, barring catastrophic injury. Injuries did indeed reach catastrophic levels, well after the Birds had exposed themselves as overhyped failures.
May 24, 2013 |
THE MUSIC Howie Roseman was happiest to hear from the Eagles' practice field this spring wasn't Nicki Minaj, Lupe Fiasco or even the Lumineers. It was the sound of Eagles players trumpeting their excitement over new coach Chip Kelly's changes. Roseman, who spoke to reporters yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field after participating in a Rothman Institute panel discussion of "The Impact of Sports," was asked if Kelly's loud, frenetic practices were as big an adjustment for him as they were for reporters, accustomed to the more staid style of 14-year coach Andy Reid.
May 1, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' 2013 draft seems to be generating high marks, as meaningless a notion as that might be before any of the prospects has even been measured for a midnight-green helmet. But last year's record still reads 4-12. If coach Chip Kelly somehow reverses that in 1 year, well, he'll be underpaid at $6.5 million a year, and it might be time for some new statuary outside the Linc. The Eagles were active in addressing gaping holes in free agency, and they corralled some exciting prospects in the draft, but in a perfect world, more of those exciting prospects would have been defensive backs or linebackers.
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.
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 2, 2012 |
THEY NEED a name. Fans of the New York Giants brag about their defensive-end-laden "NASCAR" package. And many NFL anchors, analysts and media members have appropriately defined the personality of the Super Bowl champs through their defensive front. But in a head-to-head comparison Sunday, with a national-television audience watching, it was the Eagles' defensive front that proved more disruptive, the Eagles' defensive front that is quickly defining the personality of this 3-1 team.