January 4, 2016 |
When the Eagles have the ball The biggest change for the Eagles is the person calling the plays. Interim head coach Pat Shurmur will be on the sideline making the calls in place of Chip Kelly. Shurmur indicated that the Eagles will not change much, so it doesn't sound as if the they will abandon playing with tempo or reintroduce the huddle. It could be Sam Bradford's final game in an Eagles uniform - the quarterback's future is unclear, and much depends on the next coach. But Bradford will try to finish what might be his best season.
December 1, 2015 |
The sky is not falling on the Eagles. It has crashed upon them, and the force of the blow from three straight repulsive losses has launched Chip Kelly into a hellish existence in which it is not a stretch to consider his team among the worst in the NFL. So where do the Eagles and their coach go from here? New England for a date with the 10-1 Patriots is the microscopic answer. The Eagles' best hope this Sunday at Gillette Stadium is that quarterback Tom Brady is struck with an abdominal injury caused by the excessive laughter that is sure to ensue when he gets a load of the Eagles defense in high def. The macroscopic answer is much more difficult to tackle but slightly more pleasant to ponder for the Eagles and their fans.
September 21, 2015 |
Hindsight is a handy thing and awfully good for accuracy, but it tends to make people forget how little they knew before they knew it. After the Eagles lost their opening game in Atlanta - a loss that popped the hopes of those who wrote 13-3 or something similarly silly on their prediction balloons - it was easy to explain away the defeat after the fact. Hindsight is great that way. Opening on the road is always difficult. That's true. Seattle lost at St. Louis last weekend and Indianapolis at Buffalo.
July 16, 2015 |
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Brandon Boykin doesn't want your pity. So, a broken leg dropped him from the first round to the fourth and cost him $5 million? "It might be the best thing that ever happened to me," Boykin said. So, the Eagles won't move him from nickel cornerback after he outplayed big-name outside corners Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams? "I don't think I've entered my prime," said Boykin, entering his fourth season.
May 3, 2015 |
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
December 28, 2014 |
The Eagles listed Bradley Fletcher as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but what is without question is that the cornerback will not return next season. He may not be the only starter from the Eagles' beleaguered secondary headed for an exit. Safety Nate Allen's contract will also expire in the offseason. Cornerback Cary Williams has one year left on his deal, but all of his salary for 2015 isn't guaranteed. The Eagles could opt to move on from both their outside cornerbacks as they did two offseasons ago when Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie weren't brought back.
October 16, 2014 |
ZACH ERTZ always has aimed high. He doesn't want to be only a good NFL tight end; he wants to be a great one. He wants to catch 80 passes a year. He wants to go to Pro Bowls. He wants to be mentioned in the same breath with the best tight ends in the game. He believes he has that kind of talent. His coaches believe he has that kind of talent. If you saw his incredible, diving touchdown catch in the first quarter Sunday night against Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, you know he has that kind of talent.
August 7, 2014 |
WITH 90 GUYS to watch at training camp, reporters make choices, sometimes subconsciously. There are players you know are just out there to take preseason reps, guys who absolutely will not be around when the 53-member regular-season team takes the field. Why waste your time? Unless they happen to be married to Nobel Prize-winning scientists who also sing Karaoke, or grew up in caves after having been adopted as infants by grizzly bears, they are unlikely fodder for an engaging story.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Judging from some of his comments at yesterday's NFC coaches-media breakfast, I get the sense that Chip Kelly hopes to be a television game-show host in his next life, where he could spend his work week handing out cars and Caribbean cruises and lawn furniture and big, big wads of cash to lucky winners. "I tell all our players I hope they all get paid a billion dollars," the Eagles coach said. "It's not the reality, but I think they all should be paid. This league makes a lot of money.
January 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - DeSean Jackson's face flashed on the big screen and the crowd that came to watch the Broncos and Seahawks get interviewed during Super Bowl media day booed. He laughed. This is New York Giants territory, and MetLife Stadium, site of the Eagles wide receiver's miracle punt return, is just up the road. Jackson, of course, wishes he was attending media day as a participant and playing at the Meadowlands on Sunday rather than spending Tuesday and the rest of the week making paid appearances.