August 5, 2010 |
BETHLEHEM - Such is the magnetism of crime and rumor that, in his annual State of the Winless address, Jeffrey Lurie largely was spared a grilling on topics of real importance. Instead, the Eagles' owner spent most of yesterday's yearly press conference defending his decision to retain controversial ex-convict Michael Vick after Vick's latest indiscretion. The trade of Donovan McNabb? The rise of Kevin Kolb? The looming labor issue that could shut down the sport? The possible change in schedule that could result in 18 regular-season games?
August 6, 2010
EXACTLY two years ago this week, I wrote a column about Brett Favre in which I essentially called him a crybaby. It was shortly after his Hamlet-like turn with his future in the NFL, when "to play, or not to play" became his pathetic mantra. As I said then: "There is something unseemly in the way that people like Brett Favre cling desperately to their place in the sun, refusing to give worthy successors their shot at the brass ring. " And my final jab, an attempt at humor that failed miserably with at least one fan who told me to stop writing about sports and go back to needlepoint: "Instead of walking gracefully off the field to the roar of the fans, he executed one of the worst quarterback fakes in the history of the sport.
December 6, 2012 |
The last time Andy Reid handed over his offense to a rookie quarterback, it was part of a carefully designed plan to develop Donovan McNabb into a franchise quarterback. That isn't the case as Nick Foles takes his place at the top of the depth chart. Nothing about the Eagles looks carefully designed. They have lost eight games in a row and Reid is very likely in his final season - not his first. It is not an ideal environment for a rookie quarterback. That is why Foles' fellow 2012 draftees - especially Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson - have been handled delicately by their coaching staffs.
January 4, 2009 |
Correll Buckhalter's skills as a sage analyst of his profession are a lot like his skills as an Eagles running back: seldom used and often underappreciated. With the Eagles miraculously in the postseason and favored to advance beyond today's wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings, Buckhalter was asked New Year's Day what could possibly go wrong for his team inside the Metrodome. "A lot of people didn't think we could lose to the Redskins," Buckhalter said. "If you don't take the right approach preparing through the week, anything can happen to you on Sunday.
February 7, 2005 |
When Donovan McNabb ran onto the field at the start of Super Bowl XXXIX last night, Eagles fans everywhere erupted in an emotional outburst of hope and joy. But at that moment, it was pride, not passion, that brought a lump to the throat of a feisty old man in Columbus, Ohio. "I like that McNabb a lot," Ralph Goldston said. "I guess we've got something in common. " They do. Black skin. A silver-and-green uniform. And a connection in Eagles history. Fifty-three years before McNabb led this franchise to its first Super Bowl appearance in nearly a quarter-century, Goldston, a running back from Youngstown State, and another Ohio native named Don Stevens became the first blacks to play for the Eagles.
November 7, 2006 |
One of the most prized possessions for just about every kid in the late 1980s was a pair of Nike Air Jordans. Donovan McNabb wasn't any different. "Well, my dad wouldn't buy them for me," the quarterback said yesterday after the Eagles returned from their bye week and conducted a practice at the NovaCare Complex. "But then we went to a Nike outlet in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and I saw a pair of Jordans that weren't that expensive because it was an outlet. My dad looked at me like I was crazy, and I was like, 'Well, at least I tried.
September 17, 1999 |
Though the apprenticeship of Donovan McNabb has moved behind the scenes, it remains every bit as intense. Maybe more so. "The whole coaching staff gets with Donovan," offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower said. "We get a strobe and we shine that bright light on him and we make him sweat. " Dowhower was kidding about giving McNabb the third degree, but there is a second-degree urgency in the Eagles' continuing training of their first-round draft pick. The first degree is dedicated to the weekly task of game planning and preparing the team for the next game.
October 6, 2003 |
One week after Rush Limbaugh delivered his evaluation of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown crew took the opening minutes of yesterday's telecast to address the controversy. Limbaugh, who resigned from the program on Wednesday, said that McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL," Limbaugh said on the Sept. 28 show. "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.
November 18, 2002 |
In a quiet hallway at the First Union Center, the news of the day stood perched on crutches, a boot protecting that devastatingly broken right fibula. Less than two hours after the Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals but lost their quarterback for six to eight weeks, Donovan McNabb went to see an idol, Michael Jordan. The two met for several minutes in the Washington Wizards' locker room, and afterward, Jordan poked his head outside and said to McNabb's father, "Sorry to hear about my man. " Wasn't everyone in Philadelphia?
November 3, 2003 |
The once-sinking, once-stinking Eagles have risen. Halfway through the season, they remain uncertain about their final destination, but they at least have a chance to go someplace other than home. After yesterday's bumpy ride that ended with a 23-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, the Eagles are 5-3 overall and 5-1 since those consecutive dreadful home losses to Tampa Bay and New England. "We got to the halfway point in a plus," coach Andy Reid said.