April 7, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin expressed confidence in his first Penn State team's development after its 11th spring practice on Saturday. With the Blue-White Game scheduled for Saturday, there are several positions up for grabs. "The guys have done a great job investing, coming in and watching film," Franklin said to a small gathering of reporters in the Lasch Football Building's weight room. "I don't look at the big picture - it's just wake up every single morning and maximize that day. And I think our guys have been doing that.
March 19, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin immersed himself in Penn State's football program from the moment he first greeted a young Nittany Lions fan at University Park Airport in January. He has moved past Vanderbilt, rarely referring to the university by name in public anymore. On Monday, he called it "our last institution. " The coach is all about Penn State now, and he moved his commitment to the turf on Monday. The Lions practiced in Holuba Hall for the first time this spring.
March 19, 2014 |
UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin wants his new team to hit the ground running this spring, even if it means running in circles. "There is no walking on the field ever," Franklin said yesterday at a news conference before Penn State held its first of 15 spring practices. "I told them the first day if you don't know where you're supposed to go or what you're doing when the horn blows, then sprint in a circle until you figure it out. " Franklin spent most of his first 9 weeks as the Nittany Lions' head coach in shirts and ties either greeting people at appearances in State College or nabbing eight early verbal commitments for the 2015 class.
March 5, 2014 |
The Eagles signed defensive lineman Cedric Thornton to a one-year contract on Monday. The deal was mostly a formality because Thornton was an exclusive-rights free agent, so he was not free to sign anywhere else. Thornton, who will turn 26 in June, can become a restricted free agent next offseason and is still two seasons away from unrestricted free agency. He started all 16 games for the Eagles in 2013. Thornton finished with 78 tackles and one sack and was a key member of the defensive line.
January 15, 2014 |
AS THE Eagles watched the NFL playoff games over the weekend, there was not much to learn - other than that the better team advanced in all four cases, which means the goal is to get better, which is obvious enough. Stylistically, though, you have young quarterbacks and old quarterbacks, running quarterbacks and pocket passers, good defenses and OK defenses. There is no obvious pattern here, or formula. So, get better. Some of that has to come internally - specifically with the development of quarterback Nick Foles.
January 7, 2014
I HAVE THIS mental image of a dejected Eugene Clarke sitting on the curb outside Lincoln Financial Field while his brother and a friend were inside watching the Eagles thrash the Bears 54-11 on Dec. 22. Clarke's fanny was on the curb instead of in the seat for which he had paid $75. Why? As the 32-year-old tells it, he was the victim of authoritarian security guys with short fuses. Arriving before kickoff, Clarke got in line, as the other guys did, but Clarke chose a bad line.
December 30, 2013 |
The Eagles are one win from the playoffs. To get there, all they need to do is beat a Cowboys squad that is missing its starting quarterback and top defensive player. The Eagles know what's at stake and insist they will not look past the Cowboys or suffer a letdown because of Dallas' injuries. The last time the Eagles played a team this decimated by injuries, the Vikings upset the Eagles. Even if coach Chip Kelly said the injuries did not affect the team's mind-set that afternoon, he must ensure it will not happen on Sunday.
December 23, 2013 |
SOMETIMES in football, taking a chance on a rookie instead of the veteran can pay off. For Bennie Logan, making the most out of every opportunity has been his key to success in his first season with Philadelphia. When the Eagles sent Isaac Sopoaga to New England at the end of October, they made way for Logan - a 2013 third-round pick out of LSU - to replace the 10-year veteran. Although the moved saved the Eagles $1.5 million, they have yet to see whether Logan can handle the full-time load on Philadelphia's defensive line.
December 16, 2013 |
There's no real way to stop Shareef Miller when he gets a quick jump off the defensive line. "Unless you just grab him," Frankford football coach Will Doggett said. And Miller said that on almost every play this season, he was clutched, grabbed, or pulled. But it proved to be just a nuisance for the 6-foot-5, 218-pound junior defensive end. He used his speed, strength, and size to barrel over linemen en route to leading Frankford with 70 tackles and 17 sacks. His size (he plans to add 12 pounds by next season)
December 6, 2013 |
Only two men in the NFL have thrown more touchdown passes than Detroit's Matthew Stafford this season and their names are Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. That's a pretty good quarterback story even if few people in these parts are talking about it as the Eagles prepare for Sunday's big game with the Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Eleven minutes passed Wednesday during a conference call with Philadelphia reporters before Detroit coach Jim Schwartz finally received his first question about Stafford.