November 24, 2015 |
1. Indefensible: Reluctant to blitz rookie quarterback Jameis Winston (19-29, 246 yards), the Eagles (4-6) saw him complete touchdown passes to five different receivers in the 45-17 loss to the Bucs (5-5). Reluctant to tackle running backs, Eagles linebackers were blocked out of, run over by and eluded by Buccaneers all afternoon. The Bucs finished with 283 rushing yards, the most surrendered by the Birds this season. The Eagles have allowed 99 rushing yards or more seven times. They have lost six of those and needed overtime to win the other.
June 17, 2014 |
ONCE THE SEVENTH and final round of the NFL draft concludes each spring, it's typically interesting to learn which undrafted free agents the Eagles are bringing in for training camp. There's usually a good story or two among them, perhaps a kicker with a unique nickname or a former star running back who overcame extreme medical odds to earn a pro contract. But of the 15 undrafted rookies the Eagles signed after last month's draft, there is perhaps none a more intriguing prospect in Chip Kelly's system than Trey Burton, the multifaceted tight end from the University of Florida.
January 3, 2014 |
AT THE foundation of many recent successful NFL teams is a good defense and triplets on offense. A steady quarterback, a workhorse at running back and a dangerous wide receiver give opposing defenses fits and usually fill up the franchise trophy case. While it's quite premature to include the Eagles' key skill-position players among the great triplets, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun and looking at some of the most triumphant triumvirates in the Super Bowl era: 1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-82 QB: Terry Bradshaw (Drafted 1st overall, 1970)
October 30, 2013 |
Barry was better than Emmitt. And Calvin is better than Dez. For all his toughness, mind-boggling durability and irrefutable role in the Cowboys' dominance of the early 1990s, nobody but a diehard Dallas fan would honestly select Emmitt Smith over Barry Sanders as their featured running back. I know, I know . . . Barry quit. Emmitt never did (though many wished he had sooner). I get it. But the debate is not about which player had a bigger heart, or was more loyal to his team.
September 10, 2010 |
As always, Week 1 is pretty much a shot in the dark and should be handled with care. NFL and college football is like Christmas for those of us who like to dabble in a little wager. But in this case, Christmas lasts until the Super Bowl. So, since we have 5 months ahead of us, there is no need to go out and squander an entire bankroll on the first set of games. Stay smart and you stay alive. Don't chase. Now, on to the game, which should be very entertaining. Kevin Kolb has some very big cleats to fill, and it ain't gonna be easy in the opener.
August 5, 2010
DID YOU KNOW that Emmitt Smith gained more yards against the Eagles than any other team? Or, that of Smith's NFC East rivals, the Eagles were the only team he had a losing regular-season record against? As Smith prepares to enter the Hall of Fame this weekend, he will take the pieces of some of the Eagles' best defenses with him. Many times against the Eagles he was the windshield, but a few times he was the bug. Smith set his career high with 237 rushing yards on Halloween night at Veterans Stadium in 1993.
February 4, 2005 |
He ran through a list of people, from his beginnings in Pee Wee football to high school, college at Florida, and finally the NFL. Emmitt Smith rattled off names with the speed and skill he used to avoid tacklers. But when he came to Michael Irvin, Smith got stopped. And Rodney Peete, Randall Cunningham, Daryl Johnston - he barely made it through them. "I thought I could make it," Smith said at a Super Bowl news conference yesterday to announce his retirement after 15 years in the league.
February 2, 2005 |
Emmitt Smith yesterday denied a report that he was about to retire. ESPN.com, citing unidentified "confidants" of the star running back, reported that Smith would retire tomorrow in Jacksonville, Fla., the site of the Super Bowl. Smith, 35, spent the last two seasons with Arizona after 13 years with Dallas. "Did you see my year last year? Do you think I'm ready to retire?" Smith said in a report on the Dallas Morning News Web site. Smith rushed for 937 yards and nine touchdowns.
December 17, 2004 |
Fifteen seasons may not be not enough for Emmitt Smith. The NFL's most prolific running back sounds as if he would like to come back for a 16th, either with the Arizona Cardinals or with some other team. "I don't have no problem playing next year," he said after yesterday's practice. Smith stopped just short of saying for sure he will come back. "I'm not totally happy with the way I performed in terms of the success of the team and all," he said. "But I wanted to make a contribution, and I feel like I have made a contribution, and I think I've got a lot in me to make more contributions to this team or wherever it may be if I choose to continue on. " Smith, 35, has rushed for 732 yards in 202 carries, an average of 3.6 yards, and has scored nine touchdowns.
November 5, 2004 |
Emmitt Smith is approaching another milestone - 18,000 career yards rushing. No one else has made it even to 17,000. Smith needs 59 yards against Miami on Sunday, and the way the Dolphins are defending the run, the goal is reasonable, even on an Arizona Cardinals team that has lost 17 straight on the road. "That means I've run a long ways," Smith said. "It means a lot. Heck, there has not been a back in the National Football League to go over 18,000, so that's pretty special.