October 6, 1986 |
A funny thing happened on the way to oblivion. The Eagles (suddenly, shockingly, impressively, all of the above) have decided they don't want to go. Suddenly: A team that started the season with three losses, two of them of the painfully pathetic variety, has arisen to win two straight. That includes yesterday's 16-0 shutout of the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. Shockingly: A team that gave up big plays by the truckload early in the season has put together back-to-back defensive efforts of the kind that playoff teams would be proud.
September 16, 2009
THE COMPLETE picture isn't important right now. There is more to the story of why the Eagles placed wayward offensive tackle Shawn Andrews on injured reserve, ending his season before he played one play from scrimmage. The fact that the Birds shut down a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman one game into the season over a confusing back issue screams that there is more to this story than we're being told. Why now, after dealing with all of the migraines Andrews put this team through over the last year?
January 18, 2005 |
The view from Minnesota Randy Moss didn't make believe he was dropping his drawers Sunday. The only thing he dropped was the ball. There was no Moss sideshow this time. Unfortunately for the Vikings, Moss didn't put on any kind of a show. For a guy who made such a ruckus in the days leading up to Sunday's game, Moss was quieter than a church mouse caught in the digestive tract of a hungry cat. - Bob Sansevere St. Paul Pioneer Press Reid's view From coach Andy Reid's day-after news conference yesterday at the NovaCare Complex: On being tired of coaching the Pro Bowl as the NFC runner-up the last three years: "To be honest with you, I am. I never thought I'd say I was tired of going to Hawaii, but I am a little bit. " On whether the players will use past losses as motivation: "I guess human nature sets in on those players that returned, and they'll do what they thought they didn't do the last time to help.
November 2, 1986 |
Everything was going to be so much different this year, so much better. Three seasons of Marion Campbell's maddening passivity had transformed the proud, dominant Eagles of the Dick Vermeil era into a boring, enigmatic muddle, and it was time for some bold changes. This wasn't a franchise that merely required some new blood; this was a team that needed a whole new heart. And so it was that Buddy Ryan scratched his name across the bottom of a contract on Jan. 29 and began to rebuild the Eagles in his jut-jawed image.
October 22, 2003
I'D BEEN having trouble with my car (the transmission was slipping), so I took it to the repair shop. I was told that it needed an adjustment, and it would be fine, so I got it and drove away. After a week or so, I started to have the same problems again (slipping transmission would not shift). I was told again that it was a bad sensor, which was replaced, and should be fine. Another two weeks: the same problem. I took it back. They told me the transmission had to be rebuilt.
January 2, 2012 |
By some measures, Mike Vick had one of his best days of the season Sunday. He threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns, a season high for scoring. But he had an interception (his 14th of the year) and a lost fumble (his fourth), adding two more turnovers to the plague that hamstrung the Eagles offense this season. The Eagles won easily, 34-10, over the Redskins at home, but the mistakes were a reminder of the flaws that hurt this team so badly this year. Afterward, Vick veered between vowing to improve and downplaying his own role in his giveaways.
August 14, 2010 |
The record will show Kevin Kolb's first preseason pass as the Eagles' starting quarterback was a short completion over the middle to DeSean Jackson that the fleet-of-foot wide receiver took for a 21-yard gain in the Birds' 28-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field Friday night. As far as reboots go, it was about as good a start as the new-era Eagles could have hoped for from their quarterback. The same can't exactly be said for the rest of Kolb's one quarter under center against the Jaguars.
September 10, 2007 |
GREEN BAY - Well, this game certainly put the "special" in special teams. The Eagles would be 1-0 this morning had they declined to send anyone back to return punts yesterday. Yes, that sounds ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than a 16-13 loss to a Green Bay Packers team that averaged 2.7 yards per rush, 3.7 yards per pass attempt, and did not come close to scoring an offensive touchdown in the season opener at Lambeau Field. Destined to be rehashed more than a few times in the long week before Game 2 against the Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field is the fact that the Packers scored 10 of their 16 points directly off punts the Eagles fumbled away, because neither Greg Lewis nor J.R. Reed had ever fielded a punt in a game that mattered.
January 30, 2015 |
"Do I want LeSean back? Yeah. Do I want Jeremy back? Yeah. Is that the reality? I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen. What if somebody gives us 17 first-round draft picks for LeSean? We're going to look at everything. " - Chip Kelly, Dec. 29, 2014 LeSEAN McCOY has rushed for 5,075 yards the last four seasons. The only running back in the league who has run for more during that period is the Skittles-munching, word-conserving 4-by-4 who will line up in the Seahawks' backfield Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX (5,357)
October 27, 2009 |
RUSHING OFFENSE: There was DeSean Jackson's 67-yard touchdown run on an end-around, and there was, well, that was about it. LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook rushed for just 32 yards on 12 carries in the first three quarters. GRADE C- PASSING OFFENSE: Not one of Donovan McNabb's better days. For the second game in a row, he wasn't sharp. Even his long touchdown pass to Jackson was an underthrown ball. GRADE C RUN DEFENSE: The Eagles' front seven dominated the Redskins' offensive line and held Clinton Portis to 3.1 yards a carry.