April 5, 2013 |
ONCE CONSIDERED one of the league's most dangerous offensive weapons, DeSean Jackson's productivity hasn't matched his special talent the last 2 1/2 years. Maybe it was that vicious, concussion-causing collision with Dunta Robinson in 2010. Maybe it was the draining struggle to get a new contract. Maybe it was the offense that seemed to allow opponents to take Jackson out of the game plan too easily. Whatever it was, Jackson hasn't been anywhere close to the prolific player lately that he was earlier in his career.
April 5, 2013 |
Nick Foles insisted Wednesday that he fits Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense, a belief that has been challenged by those who say Kelly's system at Oregon was at its best with a mobile quarterback. Foles said he knows the offense the Eagles expect to run, and he can play in that offense. "I wouldn't be right here right now if I didn't," Foles said. "I think I would be somewhere else. Yeah, I believe I fit here. I want to be here. I love this team, and I love this city. " Foles is usually mild-mannered, but he was adamant when reporters peppered him about his playing style.
March 27, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY has been intentionally vague about his plans for the guys on his roster for a couple of reasons. One is that he's a football coach, and football coaches like to be intentionally vague. The other is that, until next Monday, when the league's collective bargaining agreement finally allows Kelly to talk X's-and-O's with his new players, the only thing he has been able to say to them is get plenty of sleep and keep eating your Wheaties. As we go along here in the next several months, we'll start to find out about the specifics of Kelly's offense and defense, and who fits in where and who doesn't fit in at all. One guy whose role I'm definitely eager to find out about is DeSean Jackson's.
March 22, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The Eagles will hold a private workout with Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, Eagles coach Chip Kelly confirmed Wednesday. Kelly was not certain if he would attend the workout, but quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will be present. A 6-foot-5, 237-pound dual-threat quarterback, Manuel would seem an ideal fit for Kelly's offense. Kelly once recruited Manuel at Oregon, but Manuel wanted to stay closer to his Virginia home. "I knew him coming out of high school, thought he had a really good career at Florida State," Kelly said.
March 21, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Joe Banner regards himself as a fix-it man. A problem-solver. The guy you call when everything goes to hell. The guy you call when the pipes are leaking and the heat's not working and the toilets are backing up and the bank is sending you a stream of foreclosure notices. "My strength is in building something, putting something together," the former Eagles president and new Browns chief executive officer said in an interview at the NFL owners' meetings. "If you were in business, I'd be the guy that you'd bring in to bring something back that was headed in the wrong direction, as opposed to somebody who would continue to operate something that was doing reasonably well.
March 17, 2013 |
The Eagles added to their offseason haul by acquiring wide receiver Arrelious Benn in a trade with the Buccaneers on Friday. They gave up their sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2014 in exchange for the 24-year-old Benn and a seventh-round selection this year from Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Benn was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Illinois. He has been a disappointment as a receiver, and in three seasons tallied only 59 catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns.
February 17, 2013 |
Bob Bicknell, the new Eagles wide receivers coach, raised his left hand and lifted each finger individually as he rattled off the members of his team's receiving corps. DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper. "You've got some players," Bicknell said Monday at the NovaCare Complex. "It's important to say 'OK, what do they do well and how can we highlight that?' " And before the team holds organized team activities in April, that's what Bicknell will set out to learn.
February 7, 2013 |
EAGLES FANS got their "Silver Linings Playbook," now it's time for Flyers fans to have their moment on the silver screen. Director/musician Rob Zombie stopped by the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night - along with new buddies Bob Kelly , Bernie Parent and Gary Dornhoefer - to talk about his next project, "Broad Street Bullies," based on the legendary Flyers hockey squad that turned the team from an expansion franchise into a...