October 11, 2014 |
Marcus Smith stays off Twitter and Instagram to avoid the criticism he may receive from fans, but he can't always evade his family. "I got uncles that are really passionate about football," the Eagles linebacker said. "They see me do something wrong in the game, they'll send me a text and try to correct it. Sometimes I don't text back. " Smith is already under enough pressure. Drafted in the first round by the Eagles, the rookie has played sparingly in his first five games and only because of injuries.
October 10, 2014 |
The Eagles do not know who their starting inside linebackers will be for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice. Ryans has a groin injury and Kendricks continues to miss time because of a calf injury. Ryans sounded optimistic that he would play when he spoke to reporters Tuesday. He has not missed a game since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2012. "I hope [he plays], but I don't know," coach Chip Kelly said. "If there is one guy that I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco.
October 9, 2014 |
When offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was asked about the decision to run Darren Sproles instead of LeSean McCoy on the final offensive drive against the Rams, Shurmur said the coaches "don't care who's in the game. " "We have what we consider to be two dynamic starting running backs," Shurmur said Tuesday. "So when we're constantly answering these questions, as we've been the last couple of days, it's a nonissue to us, and it really doesn't matter. " After McCoy carried the ball twice, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley sent Sproles onto the field for four consecutive plays.
October 8, 2014 |
It does not sound as if Eagles coach Chip Kelly plans to make a change at cornerback in the starting lineup. "No," Kelly said about the possibility, before pointing out that slot cornerback Brandon Boykin played all 26 snaps in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. The undersize cornerback is mentioned most often as a candidate to replace Bradley Fletcher or Cary Williams on the outside. With the Rams needing to pass their way back into the game, the Eagles used nickel and dime formations exclusively in the fourth quarter.
October 7, 2014 |
Just before Bennie Logan lamented the Eagles' lack of killer instinct Sunday, before he conjured the image of a mixed-martial artist too forgiving and passive to endure the Octagon, general manager Howie Roseman sidled up to Logan's locker and jabbed his right hand toward him for a perky little fist pound. "All right, Ben," Roseman said as Logan, the team's 6-foot-2, 315-pound nose tackle, returned the gesture with more deliberation and less enthusiasm. Roseman kept moving around the room, and Logan continued speaking about a 34-28 Eagles victory over the St. Louis Rams that never should have been that close, about a defense that dominated the game's first three quarters, then damn-near disintegrated in the fourth.
October 1, 2014 |
Cary Williams was quieter this time. He was one of the last players to dress in the Eagles locker room Sunday after their 26-21 loss to the 49ers, and this time there would be no rambling monologue about Chip Kelly or a team's tired legs, none of the nonsense that poured out of Williams the week before. Then, he had picked the happy aftermath of a dramatic victory over Washington to paint himself as the only man in the room brave enough to tell hard truths about Kelly's demanding practice schedule.
September 25, 2014 |
REPORTERS, mashed into a dense throng sprouting microphones and lenses, jostled for space around Cary Williams' locker cubicle after practice yesterday, as they have done before, and as they almost certainly will do again. The 29-year-old Eagles cornerback who apologized to Patriots coach Bill Belichick last month for waving the Spygate banner as the Birds were about to visit New England stood in front of a much larger audience yesterday morning for a similar act of contrition. "I spoke to the team today.
September 22, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans was born and raised in Bessemer, Ala., a small industrial town in the center of the state. Its namesake invented a process to mass-produce steel, but it's perhaps best known now as the birthplace of Bo Jackson. When people talk about the child-abuse charges filed in Texas against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, about a culture that could empower a father to strike the inside of his 4-year-old son's legs with a tree branch until they bled, Bessemer is the kind of place they mean, where a boy's roughest justice could come at the hands of a parent.
September 19, 2014 |
WATCHING Mychal Kendricks on Monday night, Emmanuel Acho could see exactly why Kendricks is considered a rising star in the Eagles' defense. Acho was on the sideline when the Indianapolis Colts snapped the ball for their second play from scrimmage. The Colts ran Trent Richardson to the right side. Trent Cole forced him wider. Kendricks knifed through and dropped Richardson for a 4-yard loss, then danced a herky-jerky jig. "Shoots through the line of scrimmage, gets a tackle for a loss, then shows his emotion, as Kendricks always does," Acho said yesterday.
September 19, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks did not practice Wednesday because of his calf injury, and the Eagles are preparing for the possibility that their starting inside linebacker could be sidelined Sunday against Washington. "He's day-to-day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "I have a plan for either one, and obviously without him practicing today . . . we'll have the other guys get the reps. Toward the end of the week, we'll have a better feel. " The Eagles are looking at Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho as potential replacements.