September 20, 2016 |
Carson Wentz's second game will be more difficult than his first. The Bears have more talent than the Browns, and Wentz must introduce a silent snap count to combat the difficult road environment he'll experience at Soldier Field. Also, he's playing without reliable tight end Zach Ertz. That makes Monday's game a good test for Wentz, who is trying to become the fifth rookie quarterback to start 2-0 since 1970. Wentz will need to rely on his wide receivers in their matchup against the Bears secondary.
September 18, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In James Franklin's first two seasons as Penn State head coach, the Nittany Lions mostly rode their defense to the success that they achieved in back-to-back 7-6 seasons while the offense struggled in the bottom 20 to 25 percent of FBS statistics. Two games into Franklin's third season, however, the Lions are trending toward a change, with their offense realizing some production with a faster style of play, and their defense encountering some problems behind a mostly young and inexperienced defensive line.
September 10, 2016 |
Not many units graded well during Temple's season-opening 28-13 loss to Army, and that includes the offensive line. It's an area that will need to be vastly improved when the Owls host Stony Brook (1-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. "It wasn't all five of them, but we kind of struggled at guard and center and we were OK outside at tackle," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. Quarterback Phillip Walker was sacked four times, after being sacked just 18 times in 14 games last year.
September 9, 2016 |
Media sessions, missed tackles, and blown assignments all get under the skin of new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, a throwback coach with an NC-17 vocabulary. For the media that means no explanations of what happened - good or bad - immediately after games, a courtesy provided by the team's defensive coordinators at least since the Jim Johnson era. That's too bad because when Schwartz does speak he is almost always enlightening and entertaining, which is why he has probably developed a following among former players.
September 6, 2016 |
Dom Carey has already enjoyed more football success this season with Father Judge than he did playing for St. Matthew in eighth grade. "We lost every single game," the senior two-way tackle said. "It was rough. But I was proud of the way that team battled and never gave up. " With Carey serving as a two-way force, the Crusaders are off to a 2-0 start. They overcame a rash of offside penalties while handing Germantown Academy a 35-14 defeat in Saturday night's nonleague tilt at Northeast.
September 4, 2016 |
Kent State at Penn State Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: Big Ten Network. Radio: WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). History: Penn State leads, 4-0. It's the first meeting since 2013. About Penn State: The Nittany Lions begin their third season under James Franklin and, for the first time since 2011, they are right at or near the NCAA maximum of 85 scholarships. . . . A new up-tempo offense installed by offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, the former head coach at Fordham, figures to favor the Lions' big-play skill players such as running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Chris Godwin.
September 1, 2016 |
The first depth chart of the new football season usually produces a few surprises. But with Penn State in 2016, James Franklin's choices prompted no shockers and little discussion. The Nittany Lions coach released the depth chart Tuesday for Saturday's season opener against Kent State at Beaver Stadium. Of the 22 positions on offense and defense, 17 were manned by either holdovers or players who have started before. Five spots where players either graduated or left for the NFL were filled with first-time starters, including a pair of redshirt freshmen.
August 20, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - In Philadelphia, where defense is worshipped and defensive coordinators can be lionized, performances like the one Jim Schwartz's unit displayed Thursday in a 17-0 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers could generate excitement. The Eagles defense has outpaced the offense throughout the summer, and Thursday was no different. The Eagles' hopes for a competitive team will likely depend on a defense that forced four first-half turnovers and kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone.
August 16, 2016 |
OVER THE last three seasons, the Eagles' defense was on the field for a total of 3,411 snaps. That's 71 snaps per game, which - surprise, surprise - was far and away the most in the NFL over that period. Connor Barwin was on the field for most of them. As an outside linebacker in Billy Davis' two-gap, 3-4 scheme, he played 3,189 of those 3,411 snaps, or 93.5 percent. And lived to tell about it. Not only lived to tell about it, but played pretty damn well. Had 21 1/2 sacks the last two years and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2014.
August 10, 2016 |
C hris Wilson has scraped and primed the walls, but the new defensive line coach for the Eagles has just begun to paint. Wilson is teaching not only a new scheme, one that is the opposite of predecessor Jerry Azzinaro's 3-4 base front, he's changing the defensive line's mentality from reactive to aggressive. He's had to strip the players down and build them back up. And that takes time. That takes repetition. "When you're going to change mentality, you change foundations," Wilson said on Monday.