January 27, 2014 |
HONOLULU - LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson won't line up against each other on the field during tomorrow's NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. But the two Eagles stars will be on opposite sidelines, however, and there's plenty of friendly competition going on between the two this week. "I've got to get it," McCoy said this week. "Even if we ain't teammates, I've got to get it, man. " The four guys representing the Eagles at this weekend's Pro Bowl are divided up evenly, with guard Evan Mathis joining McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher, on Jerry Rice's team, while Jackson and quarterback Nick Foles will play for Deion Sanders' team after the two Hall of Famers drafted their squads on Tuesday and Wednesday.
January 26, 2014 |
HONOLULU - United during their run to the playoffs, the Eagles selected to the Pro Bowl find themselves divided by the all-star game's new format. As members of Team Sanders, DeSean Jackson and Nick Foles will spend Sunday afternoon at Aloha Stadium on the sideline opposite teammates LeSean McCoy and Evan Mathis with Team Rice. So does Jackson plan to spare his fellow Eagles the trash talk that's likely to flow come game day? "Can't do that, man," Jackson said, playing into the teammates-turned-rivals scenario.
January 25, 2014 |
HONOLULU - Nick Foles reflected on his breakout season with the Eagles a few yards away from the surf as a winter swell pounded Oahu's west shore. The backdrop Wednesday afternoon only reinforced how far Foles had come in the last few months. Ending the season in Hawaii certainly wasn't in the picture for Foles in early October, but he thrived in Chip Kelly's offense after taking over at midseason, ascending from backup to Pro Bowl quarterback with a stunning run of 10 starts.
January 21, 2014 |
Sunday was about quarterbacks. That much, no one could deny. The NFL's two conference championship games were about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and their dueling legacies, about Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson and the validation of the position's evolution. These were the day's most compelling stories, because in football, the quarterback is always the most compelling story. Around here, though, the questions foremost on everyone's mind during a championship-game Sunday are usually the same: What can the Eagles learn from this?
January 19, 2014 |
DESEAN JACKSON yesterday became the fifth Eagle named to the Pro Bowl this season, after Houston's Andre Johnson decided he'd seen enough of Hawaii, having been selected seven times. This will be the third trip for Jackson in six NFL seasons, his first in 3 years. In his first season in Chip Kelly's offense, Jackson set career highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332). He will join quarterback Nick Foles, running back LeSean McCoy and guard Evan Mathis in Hawaii for the Jan. 26 game.
January 17, 2014 |
IT'S EASY to look at the final numbers on the Eagles defense and walk away unimpressed and skeptical about the future. They finished 29th in total yards allowed and 32nd in passing yards allowed. They were 20th in sacks (37), 19th in yards allowed per attempt (7.3), 15th in opponent passer rating (84.0) and 14th in touchdown passes allowed (25). But if you chuck those first four dreadful performances against the Redskins, Chargers, Chiefs and Broncos when Bill Davis' unit still was trying to decipher his new scheme, and look at the numbers again through a 12-game prism, you'll be much more impressed.
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 14, 2014 |
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators on Saturday said that Jackson's mother had discovered on Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.
January 14, 2014
THE AMAZING season of Nick Foles will end up in Hawaii, as we all figured. Foles, the first alternate for any of the six Pro Bowl quarterbacking spots, was assured of going when Russell Wilson took the Seahawks past the Saints into the NFC Championship Game this weekend. The Pro Bowl will be Jan. 26, in Honolulu. Foles' 119.2 passer rating led the league, as did his ratio of 27 touchdown passes to two interceptions. He would have made it outright had those numbers been compiled over the entire season, instead of 10 starts.
January 13, 2014 |
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he's offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators said Saturday that Jackson's mother had discovered Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.