April 16, 2015 |
THERE IS ONE thing we think we know for sure about the Eagles and their possible pursuit of Marcus Mariota: Chip Kelly said last month he would "never mortgage our future to go all the way up to get somebody like that, because we have too many other holes. " Kelly's scenario assumes his former Oregon quarterback will be chosen at or near the top of the draft, which seems quite likely; both NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said recently they would take Mariota over the widely presumed No. 1 overall pick, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
December 1, 2014
I SHOULD have listened. The Eagles' defensive line was trying to tell us something during the week, when it refused to get all gushy over the Cowboys' much-lauded offensive line, the engine driving the NFL's No. 2 rushing attack. "The running back's having a good year running, but I don't see anything spectacular about them," nose tackle Bennie Logan said as the Dallas game approached. "Same offensive line we faced last year, and they have one new guy . . . They're OK linemen.
November 26, 2014 |
AN NFL.COM preview of the 2014 season declared, "the defense is a massive worry in Dallas," and later asserted, "the Cowboys' defense could go from worst to collegiate. " The preview noted that, with yet another defensive coordinator aboard - Rod Marinelli replacing Monte Kiffin, who lasted 1 year after replacing Rob Ryan - "even the players that appear talented, like cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr, were picked to fit a system that is long gone. " Claiborne ruptured a patellar tendon in September, joining sidelined defensive leader Sean Lee, the linebacker who tore an ACL in the offseason.
October 20, 2014 |
Most of us did not see this coming. Most of us, in fact, thought the Dallas Cowboys were headed in reverse, a team primed to fall flat on its face after three straight .500 seasons that concluded with defeats in winner-takes-the-division games against each of its NFC East rivals. Quarterback Tony Romo, 34, was getting too old and coming off back surgery that kept him out of the regular-season finale against the Eagles last season. Jason Garrett was first in line only when he was standing among the NFL's mediocre head coaches.
March 17, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - If you want to know why the Eagles didn't sign high-priced, possible future Hall of Fame players such as Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware, and Jairus Byrd, the answer was on the field last season. Chip Kelly has a system, and within the confines of the NFL salary cap, he and general manager Howie Roseman have spent the last two offseasons spearheading an effort to fill structured needs. Do Kelly and Roseman consider Revis, Ware, and Byrd great players? You bet they do. Do they think the three players would reach their full potential within the confines of the Eagles' defensive scheme?
December 31, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - They kept coming for Nick Foles on Sunday night - DeMarcus Ware and Jarius Wynn and George Selvie and Jason Hatcher, all of them collapsing the pocket, diving at Foles' feet, driving the Eagles' offensive line backward into his face. Everything has been so tidy and calm for Foles most of this season whenever he's dropped back. The Eagles had started the same five linemen in front of him and Michael Vick all season, had developed a cohesion that was supposed to seal Foles inside a cocoon and let him pick apart a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL. Dallas had used 20 defensive linemen this season entering Sunday, an absurd number, especially in a scheme that predicates its defensive success on pressuring the quarterback with four down linemen.
October 23, 2013 |
RESIST THE temptation to analyze this loss too deeply. Film review of the 17-3 setback to the Dallas Cowboys doesn't need to say anything more than "the Eagles lost because Nick Foles was terrible. " Period. Talk all you want, as Chip Kelly did yesterday, about the entire offense being "out of sync," or the fact that Dallas stuffed the run and brought pass-rush pressure even without DeMarcus Ware. (Swarm with enough people, you're going to stop the run, or at least slow it to a crawl.
October 22, 2013 |
A week after Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr shut down Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon with man-to-man defense, there was the belief by some that he would shadow DeSean Jackson all day Sunday. He did not. But Carr covered the Eagles receiver for much of the game and helped hold Jackson to just three catches for 21 yards. Jackson was targeted eight times, but it should be noted that a number of the missed throws fell on the shoulders of Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. On one play in the third quarter, Foles missed a wide-open Jackson downfield.
July 18, 2013 |
THE CINCINNATI Bengals have signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a 5-year contract extension worth $40 million. The Bengals announced the deal yesterday Dunlap's contract would have expired after this season, but it now runs through 2018. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says Dunlap gets $20 million over the first 2 years in a deal with incentives. The 6-6, 280-pound Dunlap is a fourth-year pro from Florida. He had 55 tackles and six sacks in 14 games last season. In a 20-13 victory over San Diego, he had two sacks and forced fumbles, and recovered one late in the game to preserve the victory.
March 1, 2013 |
THE DALLAS COWBOYS have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware , Jason Witten and Miles Austin , to save salary-cap space. Meanwhile, it also was reported Thursday that the NFL's salary cap for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012. Dallas, which was penalized $5 million off its cap in both 2012 and '13, needed to scramble to free up space. By restructuring the deals of star linebacker Ware, tight end Witten, wide receiver Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr and center Ryan Cook , the Cowboys wiped out the $20 million they were projected to be over the cap this year.