December 6, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks at Eagles. Wilson leaves a lot to be desired in the aerial department, but his running prowess often makes up for the lack of touchdown passes. The Eagles just shut down Tony Romo and company, but they are typically very generous to opposing passers. Look for a better-than-normal day at the office for Wilson, and better than normal is pretty darn good. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets at Vikings.
December 3, 2014 |
The Eagles' most important free-agent signing in the offseason was second-page news on the day he signed. Mark Sanchez's one-year contract with the Eagles had already been reported by the time the team officially announced it on March 28. His arrival as the backup quarterback to Nick Foles received a fair amount of attention considering Sanchez's history, but not long after his news conference later that morning it became an afterthought. DeSean Jackson was released less than an hour after Sanchez met with reporters and the conversation shifted from the former New York Jets quarterback and the then-unlikely proposition that he could supplant Foles to the discarding of a Pro Bowl wide receiver in the prime of his career.
December 1, 2014 |
If the culture of the locker room translates directly to the playing field, as Chip Kelly likes to say, then it's easy by now to see why Kelly chose to roll the dice on the recovery of Jeremy Maclin rather than live through another season with talented diva DeSean Jackson as his featured wide receiver. Jackson brings a lot to the table, but he can also knock over glasses and use the wrong silverware once he's there. Kelly said that releasing Jackson after a great season was solely a football decision, and, from his point of view, that's exactly what it was - because the culture controls the football.
November 23, 2014 |
Andrew Gardner was a member of the Texans for three years, and in just 10 games for the Eagles this season he has already played five times more than he did in Houston. The offensive lineman has seen action in eight games at three different positions and is likely to earn his third start of the season when the Eagles host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Gardner began the practice week as the first-team right guard while Matt Tobin recovered from a concussion. Tobin was cleared to return Thursday and has been a full participant since, but he has been with the second team and could stay there if Gardner performs well in his place.
November 21, 2014 |
ZACH ERTZ sat down with his tight-end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, in deep despair just a few weeks ago, Ertz said yesterday. Ertz's 30 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns through 10 games aren't adding up to the breakthough year to stardom many observers predicted, the year Ertz expected of himself. In fact, Eagles coach Chip Kelly, asked yet again yesterday why Ertz isn't getting more snaps and catches, basically told reporters it's because 8-year veteran Brent Celek is still a better all-around player, and a better fit for Kelly's offense.
November 20, 2014 |
Sitting in a booth atop Lambeau Field on Sunday, Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis considered making a change as he watched starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher become a frequent target of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Davis ultimately decided to keep Fletcher in the game and was encouraged by the way he played in the second half. Fletcher is starting again on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. "Yes, he is," Davis said Tuesday. "Absolutely. " Fletcher was not available for comment.
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.