August 18, 2016 |
NELSON AGHOLOR paused briefly to confer with Howie Roseman before speaking with a group of reporters after Tuesday's Eagles practice. We don't know what Roseman said to the team's 2015 first-round draft choice. "We still have faith in you"? "Don't let these clowns bother you"? Or maybe, "See what you've gone and made me do, I hope you're happy"? The Eagles' trade for enigmatic wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was very much about Agholor. It also was about Rueben Randle and Josh Huff and Chris Givens, but it was more about Agholor, the guy Chip Kelly drafted in 2015 to replace Jeremy Maclin.
August 12, 2016 |
THE EAGLES were not a good football team last year. I'm leading with that in an attempt to pre-empt the sort of reaction that tends to follow the next sentence I'm about to write. See, while the Eagle weren't a good football team, they also weren't a horrible football team. At least not relative to the rest of the league. Oh, they were horrible in some respects. Many, even. But the reality is, they went 7-9 and easily could have gone 8-8 or even 9-7. A two-point loss to the Falcons, a three-point loss to the Redskins, a one-point loss to the Dolphins . . . the Eagles held fourth-quarter leads in all three.
August 5, 2016 |
What else was he going to do? It was late May, during the Eagles' organized team activities, and Doug Pederson had never been an NFL head coach before, which meant he had no game film of his own offense, which meant that he had to use the next best thing. So to introduce his players to the system's formations and concepts, he showed them film of the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs. Pederson had been the Chiefs' offensive coordinator under Andy Reid. It was close enough to what Pederson wanted to do with the Eagles.
August 4, 2016 |
NEWPORT, R.I. - A year ago, Temple's football team was picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference's East Division in a preseason media poll. The Owls won the division. This year, the Owls again hope to exceed expectations after they were picked to finish second in the East to South Florida. The poll was released Tuesday during the AAC's football media day. USF received 15 first-place votes, compared with nine for Temple and six for Cincinnati. Last season, Temple went 10-4 and 7-1 in the East, losing only to South Florida, 44-23.
June 30, 2016 |
Jeremy Boucher had not thought about Wednesday night as a last. But it will be the last time the recent Pennsville graduate plays football with teammate and co-captain Ryan Simpkins. It will be their last high school football game, the bookend for an emotional year. The Adam Taliaferro Foundation All-Star Classic, set to kickoff at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rowan University, provides a fitting end. "It makes this more than another football game," Boucher said. And not just because of the level of competition.
June 20, 2016 |
Brad Hawkins never planned on becoming a multisport star at Camden High School. He never planned on playing football, period. "I was all basketball," Hawkins said. "I knew so much about the tradition of Camden High basketball. I always wanted to be a part of that. "I didn't even think I would play football. " Hawkins played football. He played basketball. He ran track. He is the Inquirer's senior boys' athlete of the year because he excelled in all three, moving from sport to sport during the course of the school year as easily as he shed would-be tacklers on the football field or skirted around defenders on the basketball court.
June 9, 2016 |
Fletcher Cox returned to practice for the first time under new coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday, although the star defensive tackle spent a significant part of the session as an observer. Pederson limited Cox's workload on the first day of mandatory minicamp after Cox missed two months of voluntary workouts and practices. The coach said that did not come at the directive of Cox's agent or the player while they are in negotiations with the team on a new contract. "He's coming back and we want him to be in the meetings, we want him to go through the walk-throughs, and we want him to get as many mental reps this week as [he]
May 27, 2016 |
Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft was a plugger as a football player, not a star by any means but never outworked. Fittingly, he played special teams at Indiana University, a selfless performer who would do anything to help his team win. "I was the Steve Tasker of my team," Kraft said during a recent interview in his office. Then he quickly added, "Now don't compare me to Steve Tasker. " Tasker was one of the top special teams players in NFL history, mainly with the Buffalo Bills.
May 19, 2016 |
Darren Sproles is not at the Eagles' practices this week and has not attended any voluntary workouts, coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday. Sproles is spending the spring with his family and is expected to attend the mandatory minicamp next month. "He and I are in direct communication," Pederson said. "We have been talking all offseason and I have no issues with Darren. I fully expect him to be here for the mandatory camp. But again, this is a voluntary program, so I can't fault him for [not]
May 15, 2016 |
Peter Liacouras had a vision for Temple University. He wanted the commuter school on North Broad Street to become a world-class institution. He wanted star sports teams and leafy green quads and all the hallmarks of a classic American college experience. He wanted a diverse faculty and a student body that looked like the city Temple called home. And for nearly two decades as Temple president, he charged headfirst toward that vision - courting controversy along the way - as the university he dreamed of slowly became reality.