November 20, 2014 |
THE SUN shone brightly in eastern Pennsylvania yesterday, a dazzling change from the Monday-morning hangover weather: endless clouds and drizzle, brought, perhaps, by the rainmaker passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers. By yesterday the region was well into recovery from post-Packers malaise; buoyed, perhaps, by a thrilling Steelers win in Nashville against the team that visits Philadelphia on Sunday. Yesterday might have been bright, but it was bone-chilling; a fitting circumstance, considering the cold reality that confronts the Eagles as they come down the homestretch.
November 19, 2014 |
Old friend DeSean Jackson took to his Instagram account after the Redskins lost to Tampa Bay on Sunday and posted the following observation: "You can't do epic [stuff] with basic people. " The stuff between the parentheses is the stuff he is usually full of, just so nothing is lost in translation, and the saying itself is plagiarized from many Internet sites, but nevertheless Jackson had a point when it comes to winning and losing in the NFL. All that changes from one team to the next is the definition of "epic.
November 18, 2014 |
LOOKS AS IF the Redskins have more problems than their politically incorrect nickname. On Sunday, quarterback Robert Griffin III shared his frustration after a 20-point loss to the visiting Buccaneers that dropped the 'Skins to 3-7. "It takes 11 men," said Griffin, who threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. "It doesn't take one guy, and that's proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons and the Aaron Rodgerses, those guys don't play well if their guys don't play well.
November 11, 2014 |
David Golkow, 16, figures he has been on athletic teams since he was 4 and involved in sports since he can remember. He says he's never been bullied, but over the years, he's heard hurtful things said to others. He's an admirer of former Eagles star DeSean Jackson and the work Jackson's foundation has done to combat bullying. But then, in the summer before his sophomore year, David discovered Bully , a wrenching documentary about the abuse some children face. An idea took root.
November 8, 2014 |
THE FRANCHISE has been around since 1933, and in that time, only four wide receivers have appeared in more Eagles games than Jason Avant, who buckled his chin strap here 116 times over eight seasons. He was never a star, but in his prime, Avant, a fourth-round draft pick in 2006, was a key third-down target and an example of selflessness coaches hoped younger players would follow. Avant spent so much time after practice catching balls from the JUGS machine, it would have been fitting for the team to bolt a plaque to the base commemorating his dedication, after he was released last spring.
November 8, 2014 |
THE LATE Al Davis was obsessed with speed. Always took the wide receiver or defensive back with the fastest 40 time, regardless of production, intelligence, hands or length of rap sheet. His fondness for guys who could fly was why the Raiders inexplicably selected Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh pick in the 2009 draft, a curious decision that ultimately allowed Jeremy Maclin to fall to the Eagles 12 picks later. When it comes to wide receivers, Chip Kelly cares more about size than speed.
October 29, 2014
GLENDALE, Ariz. - There's no crime in being pretty good. Consider Canada; even Americans agree their neighbors are all right. Malaysia isn't Singapore, but it's hard to have a bad time in Kuala Lumpur. Sweden and Norway get all the press, but you might actually come out smarter if you're raised in Finland. There is no häpeä in hailing from Helsinki, no shame having kinfolk in Calgary. So, too, there is nothing wrong with being an Eagle; nothing wrong with being pretty good.
October 28, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jeremy Maclin was breathless after his breathless performance. "I'm tired, man. I'm tired. Very tired," the Eagles receiver said. "I'm also disappointed we didn't get the job done. " Maclin set a career high with 187 receiving yards on 12 receptions and caught two passes for touchdowns, including a 54-yard, third-quarter bomb. His 32 career touchdown catches tied him with DeSean Jackson and Ben Hawkins for eighth in Eagles history. What may have been most impressive about Maclin's performance was how he returned from a collision with Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
October 22, 2014 |
TODAY, JUST as they did last year, the Eagles return from their bye looking toward a date with the Arizona Cardinals. Some things are the same, many things are different for two NFC teams that finished 10-6 last year, the Eagles winning a weak NFC East, the Cards shut out of the playoffs in the powerful NFC West. Had Arizona beaten the Birds last Dec. 1, instead of getting nipped, 24-21, after coming back from a 24-7 second-half deficit, the Cards would have gone to the 2013 playoffs.
October 21, 2014 |
PAT SHURMUR feels most comfortable when he's uncomfortable. It is no surprise, then, that he smiles even as he squirms when confronted with the million-dollar question: What does he DO, exactly? Shurmur is the offensive coordinator of an offensive system for which he usually gets no credit - neither for its conception, nor its implementation, nor its execution on game day. Will this perception handicap Shurmur the next time he is considered for a head-coaching job? Hardly.