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.
December 3, 2013 |
COMING OFF of their Week 12 bye, the Eagles' defense knew it would be challenged with a different type of quarterback in Arizona's Carson Palmer. Unlike the mobile quarterbacks they faced during the month of November, Palmer was less of a threat to run, which allowed the Eagles to rush the 33-year-old veteran. With numerous blitz packages throughout their 24-21 victory against Arizona yesterday, the Eagles sacked Palmer five times and forced three turnovers en route to the defense's eighth straight effort in which they allowed 21 points or less.
November 27, 2013 |
There was a practice earlier this season when Fletcher Cox, just finished with the sled, looked to his left and saw Cedric Thornton still churning his legs, the sweat dripping from his chin. It was only a fleeting moment longer than Cox had driven his body into the blocking dummy. But after a few months of watching his fellow defensive end, Cox had a question for Thornton: "Man, why do you work so hard?" Eagles coaches have praised the work ethic of all their defensive linemen, so it's not as if Cox was slacking.
November 26, 2013 |
THE TURNAROUND for the Flyers has been well-documented. After the worst start in franchise history, the Orange and Black have found a rhythm, winning six of their last seven and collecting at least a point in all of those games. They now sit at 10-10-2, with a much more promising outlook on the season. "It's huge," Claude Giroux said about getting back to .500. "We have been playing better, and I really think we have a lot of things to still work on, but it is looking better. Everybody is contributing.