February 18, 2014 |
THIS WOULD normally pass as a nothing kind of February story as far as the NFL is concerned. But seeing as how so much of current NFL offensive strategy was birthed in college, and seeing as how Eagles coach Chip Kelly is responsible for more than his share of the birthing, it is worth a mention. That is, the proposal to slow down college football. Under current rules, if an offensive team does not substitute, it can snap the ball as soon as the referee makes it ready for play.
February 17, 2014 |
With the start of free agency three weeks away, Eagles free-agent receiver Jeremy Maclin remains hopeful that he can reach a deal to stay in Philadelphia. "I've always stated this is where I want to be. The Eagles have stated the same thing," Maclin said Saturday at the NovaCare Complex before tryouts for the Soul of the arena league. "We'll continue to get on the same page with all that and just get something done. " Maclin spoke to prospective Soul players before the tryout.
February 15, 2014 |
Leaders for pilots at American Airline's American Eagle subsidiary have rejected a tentative contract offer, without sending it to pilots for a vote. American tried unsuccessfully to spin-off Eagle in recent years because its costs were too high. Management asked the pilots to make labor-cost concessions, but the union leadership Wednesday said the cuts were too steep. American, led by CEO Doug Parker, could shut down Eagle - as Delta Air Lines did with its Comair subsidiary in September 2012 - and contract the flying to other regional carriers.
February 14, 2014 |
TWITTER WAS hilarious late into the night of Jan. 4, 2013. That was the night the Cleveland Browns interviewed Chip Kelly for their head-coaching position. A 2-hour dinner stretched for 7 hours, as jokes about the menu and whatever bounced back and forth. It was the Eagles' worst nightmare, being played out amid cyber wisecracks and pseudo-reporting (as if someone had planted a microphone in the table's floral centerpiece): After everything, what if Joe Banner could steal Chip Kelly away from Jeffrey Lurie?
February 13, 2014 |
In January 2013, executives from the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns flew to Arizona to interview Chip Kelly. The Browns' brain trust included former Eagles president Joe Banner as CEO. The Eagles' brass all had close connections to Banner - owner Jeffrey Lurie was his childhood friend and former boss, and president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman were once Banner protégés. After initially rebuffing the NFL, Kelly eventually chose the Eagles. The Browns settled on Rob Chudzinski and fired him after one 4-12 season, moving on to their third coach in three seasons.
February 12, 2014
FOR ANY NFL team thinking about drafting Michael Sam, the Missouri pass rusher who now has come out as gay, three questions will be considered. There should be only one question, the first one, but this is just a recognition of the reality in 2014. So: 1) Can he play? 2) Will the media distraction be overwhelming? 3) Will his teammates accept him? None of us can answer the first one. Sam is an undersized defensive end who probably cannot play that position in the NFL. How he would translate as an outside linebacker is a projection that only professional talent evaluators can make - and even they will disagree, in all likelihood.
February 9, 2014
The Eagles signed former Chicago Bears wide receiver Joe Anderson on Friday. It was the team's first acquisition in nearly a month. Anderson, from Texas Southern, played nine games during the last two seasons with the Bears. He did not record a catch, spending his time on special teams. He returned five kicks last season for an average of 16.4 yards, with a long of 21 yards. The Bears placed Anderson on injured reserve in November with an abdominal and groin injury. - Zach Berman
February 8, 2014 |
The Eagles will raise ticket prices for 52 percent of the seats at Lincoln Financial Field in 2014, while 43 percent of the seats will remain at the same price and prices will decrease in 5 percent of the stadium. This news came as the Eagles began construction on the second phase of their stadium renovations, which will include 1,600 more seats and new video boards and ribbon boards. Seating capacity will increase to more than 69,000. The Eagles' lease with the city does not allow the capacity to exceed 70,000.
February 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb said Thursday that he intends to run as a Republican for the House seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), but has not officially entered the race. "What I want to be very clear about is that my intention right now is to run," Cobb, of Cherry Hill, said in a telephone interview after attending a meeting of Camden County Republicans. But he said he had not filed any campaign papers or made an official announcement: "I've got some other things to do to be fully ready to do that, to put a team together.
February 7, 2014 |
ADDING 1,600 SEATS to Lincoln Financial Field is the biggest shakeup the Eagles have seen to their season-ticket situation since the team opened the Linc in 2003. "It's a puzzle. A big puzzle," said team president Don Smolenski, who spoke to a group of reporters at NovaCare as season ticketholders received an email explaining the changes entailed in the second phase of the stadium renovation, which should be complete by the end of July, he said. The part of the puzzle that will matter most to many fans is that season-ticket prices for 52 percent of the Linc's now-69,000-plus seats will increase somewhere between $10 and $25 per game.