July 27, 2016 |
Summer vacation did not change coach Doug Pederson's plans at quarterback. Sam Bradford is still atop the depth chart, and Carson Wentz is still expected to be inactive for the season opener and potentially through the season. Both quarterbacks were on the field Monday for the Eagles' first day of training camp practice, and it started a 48-day march to prepare Bradford for the season opener while developing Wentz as the future franchise quarterback. "Going into September 11th, you know, Sam's the guy," Pederson said.
July 19, 2016 |
DOUG PEDERSON'S one and only year as a player with the Eagles was, for lack of a better word, interesting. Andy Reid didn't want to throw his first-round rookie quarterback, Donovan McNabb, into the deep end of the NFL pool until he felt he was ready. So, in 1999, he signed Pederson, a career backup, to hold the fort until then. Pederson ended up starting nine games that year and the fort was constantly under attack, both from opposing defenses and from Eagles fans. The fans actually were scarier than the defenses.
September 29, 2015 |
The pre-Mass sentiment at the Cherry Street Tavern was unanimous. Pope Francis would deliver. The Eagles would win. Your basic Philly miracle. And so it was on this unusual Sunday, as the tavern at 22d and Cherry Streets served first as an Eagles tailgate party, and later as a refuge for those who couldn't get into the papal Mass. "The pope comes, the Eagles get their first miracle," said patron Rick Lacey, 60, of Springfield, after the team triumphed over the New York Jets, 24-17.
April 28, 2015 |
LIKE ANY PLAYER on a high school football field, Rasheed Bailey used to harbor those big thoughts. He'd catch himself daydreaming about playing in large, loud college football stadiums at Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame. Then the bubble would burst, reality would seep in and he'd look around to find no one knocking. Bailey played for Roxborough High School, in the tough-and-tumble Philadelphia Public League on Friday afternoons. As a tight end. In a Wing-T offense that primarily ran the ball.
September 10, 2014 |
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
June 6, 2014 |
The Eagles promoted six members of their football operations staff and hired two more. Rick Mueller was named director of pro personnel. Formerly the player personnel executive, Mueller will oversee all aspects of pro scouting. He previously worked for the New Orleans Saints and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Also promoted: Jake Rosenberg, from manager to director of football administration. Rosenberg is the Eagles' lead negotiator and works in salary-cap management under general manager Howie Roseman.
May 9, 2014 |
SOMETIMES, change just feels like something that is routine - a necessary evolution to adapt to the times. Then there are changes that make you look inward and think about your position in the status quo. Yesterday, to me, the Eagles made a change like that when they announced that they were letting go of longtime public address announcer Dan Baker after 29 seasons, during which he never missed a game at Veterans Stadium or Lincoln Financial Field....
January 5, 2014 |
BROAD STREET Birdy dreams of green Budweiser Clydesdales (vegetable dyes, harmless to horses) with Boy Wonder Foles at the reins while Coach Kelly scans the parade route and shouts, "No huddle! City Hall to the Linc in two minutes!" FLY, DIE-HARD, FLY: While Birdy wings it to tonight's wildcard playoff vs. the New Orleans Saints, Jim Reeves and his daughter Joanne will root the Birds on in Largo, Fla., where he recreated his former Philadelphia cheesesteak joint as Big Jim's Famous, a mecca for jersey-clad Eagles die-hards who jam his sports bar on game days.
August 8, 2013 |
NEARLY 50 YEARS ago, Jerry Wolman did not actually own everything in Philadelphia sports - it just seemed that way. Wolman owned the Eagles, which he bought in 1963 for the fabulous sum of $5,505,000. He owned Connie Mack Stadium, where the Phillies played their games. He part-owned the Flyers and the Spectrum along with Ed Snider. It was an unprecedented empire in Philadelphia sports. The irony, of course, is that the empire was eclipsed decades later by the one built by Snider, the former protégé and partner whom Wolman blamed for failing to help rescue him during the financial crisis that cost him both teams.
August 8, 2013 |
Jerry Wolman, 86, the son of a coal-region grocer who became a pivotal figure in Philadelphia's sports history after amassing a fortune in construction and real estate, died Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Potomac, Md., surrounded by family. The owner of the Eagles in the 1960s, and an early part-owner of the Flyers, Mr. Wolman was instrumental in the building of the Spectrum and was a key lobbyist in convincing the National Hockey League to award a franchise to Philadelphia.