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.
November 13, 2010 |
The Eagles' defense has prepared for the Redskins' running game by looking back. The unit's early-season struggles against the run hit bottom against Washington in Week 4, when the Birds allowed 169 rushing yards and 4.8 yards per carry - both season highs - and couldn't stop the Redskins late in the game as they chewed up the clock. The Eagles have reviewed that game tape, with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott pointing out group and individual mistakes, several players said.
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?
September 25, 2012
THE EAGLES WILL retire Brian Dawkins' No. 20 jersey at a ceremony on Sunday night when they play the rival New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. The safety played 16 years in the NFL, the first 13 years with the Eagles. He was a second-round pick of the Eagles in the 1996 draft. He played college ball at Clemson. He was not re-signed by the Eagles after the 2008 season. On Feb. 28, 2009, Dawkins signed a 5-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Former Eagles president Joe Banner said the handling of Dawkins was one of his biggest regrets.
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.
May 5, 2015 |
The myopia of the moment suggests that Chip Kelly has done irrevocable damage to the Eagles and their offense, for both the near and distant futures, by failing to select at least one offensive lineman in this year's NFL draft. Over two years now, the Eagles have sat through 14 rounds and drafted not a single tackle, guard, or center, and for a team with three projected starters who will be 30 or older this season, this strategy would at first glance seem a dereliction of Kelly's duties as coach and player-personnel czar.
May 10, 2015 |
The Eagles' top two picks lined up against each other on the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, with second-round defensive back Eric Rowe covering first-round wide receiver Nelson Agholor during drills. This was notable not only because the two players are expected to be contributors this year, but also because Rowe played cornerback. When the two were last on a field together, Agholor played wide receiver for Southern California and Rowe played safety at Utah. Rowe, who has the ability to play both safety and cornerback, is starting his Eagles career at cornerback.