October 24, 2012
FOR THE FIRST time in more than a year, Mike Patterson pulled a helmet on over his head and buckled the chin strap and ran out on a football field. It was only a practice - and a practice without pads, at that - but everyone on the Eagles recognized the milestone. "Fresh legs, fresh legs," is what they shouted at Patterson, a starter at defensive tackle from 2005 until this offseason, when the brain surgery happened. The seizure that overtook him on the practice field at Lehigh in August of 2011 was frightening.
November 22, 2012 |
Vinny Curry wore a high-top fade two weeks ago. The rookie second-round pick thought he was going to make his debut at defensive end, and wanted the hairstyle for his first appearance in front of Eagles fans. But Curry was a healthy scratch again. So Curry got another haircut last week. His luck still did not change and he did not dress for the 10th consecutive game. Eagles fans finally will get to see Curry in Week 12. He likely will be active for Monday's game against the Carolina Panthers, according to a team source.
February 14, 2013 |
The relish bottle at the opposite end of the table caught Jerry Azzinaro's attention and made him wonder. Are we feeding our players correctly? Is there too much sodium in that 12.7-ounce container? Is the relish filled with sugar? Only with his players' trust, Azzinaro said, will the Eagles' new defensive line coach find success here. He said his unit needs to trust him in the locker room, on the field, and yes, even in the cafeteria. "I've been married for 32 years and I think trust is the most important thing in a marriage," Azzinaro said Monday at the NovaCare Complex.
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.
December 7, 2012 |
'ENORMOUS Changes at the Last Minute" is the title of a very fine short story collection by the late author Grace Paley. The guess here would be that none of the Eagles' defensive linemen has read it, but they probably can relate. A d-line that already has seen coordinator Juan Castillo dispatched in favor of Todd Bowles and 2011 sack leader Jason Babin exiled to the waiver wire (then to an even less desirable locale, Jacksonville), now has a new position coach, Tommy Brasher, who is replacing the fired Jim Washburn.
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.
August 26, 2012
CLEVELAND - The Eagles have five defensive ends who could start on any number of NFL teams - six if promising rookie Vinny Curry develops as expected. The depth at the position, while a luxury, will present Andy Reid with a few difficult decisions when rosters are to be trimmed to 53 by Friday. And yet, when faced with replacing the injured Jason Babin during the preseason, the Eagles coach did not promote one of his backup ends but rather shifted a defensive tackle - most notably Cullen Jenkins - outside.
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 25, 2013 |
The Eagles reached the bye week with a winning record and sole possession of first place. Coach Chip Kelly's first season in Philadelphia will include meaningful December football, and it comes after an entertaining first three months. Here's what happened and what's ahead: MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OFFENSE LeSean McCoy No one has benefited more from Kelly's arrival than McCoy, who leads the NFL in rushing and has already topped 1,000 yards. When asked what it means to eclipse that mark in Week 11, McCoy said it means there are a lot more yards to gain.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Nick Foles and Garrett Celek are good friends. How good? When the two were roommates at Michigan State, they decided to get Chinese symbols tattooed on the inside of their left arms, just under their armpits. Tattoos often come with stories of regret, however. "I love the guy, but I kind of regret getting them," Celek said. "I need to probably get it removed one day. " Celek is a rookie tight end for San Francisco. The younger brother of Eagles tight end Brent Celek had just gotten done showing his Chinese symbols to someone during Super Bowl media day on Tuesday.