September 16, 2016 |
WENTZ WINS. Eagles coach Doug Pederson on Thursday provided a clearer glimpse at why the Eagles were so confident that rookie Carson Wentz might give them nearly as good a chance to maximize the Eagles' potential this season as did veteran Sam Bradford. Wentz was a combined 28-6 as a starter at North Dakota State and Century High School in Bismarck, N.D. He did not always compile prolific passing stats and he didn't run like Robert Griffin III or Cam Newton, but Wentz won. In an era that worships data and pumps out complex formulae that include a defense's strength, completion percentages and situational results, the concept that wins matter is antiquated.
September 14, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST A disrespectful display I was saddened to read about the Woodrow Wilson High School football team's protest before its game in East Camden, led by the head coach ("Wilson team takes a knee for anthem," Sunday). I served in the military, as did several members of my family. My father served 25 years. I used to attend all of Wilson's games and supported the team, win or lose. I understand and support the coaches' and players' rights to express their beliefs.
September 14, 2016 |
The road leads back to this place, this town, this stadium, those memories. Matt Rhule, coaching Temple Saturday at Penn State, will tell you how as a 5-year-old he wanted to go to Penn State to play football. Rhule was conditioned for it, born in State College. His father had grown up there. Rhule visited his grandparents there while living most of his childhood in New York City. At the end of a conversation focusing on his New York years, Rhule was asked if there was a story about walking on at Penn State.
September 12, 2016 |
When Doug Pederson walks out onto Lincoln Financial Field just before kickoff for his first game as an NFL head coach he will look to the stands and see his wife, Jeannie; their three sons; his sister and two brothers; and finally, his mother, Teri, and those will be the only reminders he needs of who's missing. Pederson's father, Gordon, died Sept. 2 at the age of 77. It wasn't sudden, but even after expected deaths grieving is as inevitable as breathing. Grief is a passage without direction.
September 11, 2016 |
A balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Mason Jones and running back Will Dogba keyed Neshaminy's 42-14 nonleague victory over Downingtown West. Jones had an efficient first half throwing the ball. He completed six of 13 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, the first to Mike Garlick and the second to Cory Joyce. Both passes were more than 50 yards. Dogba carried 12 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in that same span. Mike Crescenzo replaced Dogba in the fourth quarter and iced the game with two rushing touchdowns.
September 11, 2016 |
Jason Pane appreciates high school football - and all that comes with it - as much as anyone. The school pep rallies, the pregame excitement, Friday night lights, the teamwork involved, the drama of a closely played game and the sense of community the sport creates. So it was with reluctance that Pane, the athletic director at Springfield (Montgomery County), announced on Aug. 30 that the school was cancelling its varsity season due to a lack of numbers and overall experience.
September 9, 2016 |
The first play of Doug Pederson's first preseason game in Philadelphia demonstrated the value Chip Kelly placed on special teams in both practice and roster construction. Kelly believed special teams can determine close games, and he was often correct in that area during the last two seasons. Pederson retained special-teams coordinator Dave Fipp and has repeatedly touted the importance of special teams during his first summer as head coach. The Eagles also kept some of their core special-teams players from the last two seasons, including safety Chris Maragos and defensive end Bryan Braman.
September 5, 2016 |
If all goes according to plan, by this time next year Casey Murphy will be just the regular coach of a regular football team. He won't be surrounded by seniors who have endured all manner of adversity. He won't have to rave about the players who have somehow managed to maintain their spirit and focus despite ample opportunity to check out. "We don't want to be a feel-good story," Murphy said of his Gloucester Catholic football team. If all goes according to plan, by this time next year Gloucester Catholic won't be an example of resilience, of persistence, and of the best thing about the 95-team West Jersey Football League's ability to arrange schedules to benefit programs in all stages of development.
September 3, 2016 |
Two of South Jersey's top football programs get a jump on the season with opening games this weekend. St. Augustine, the No. 1 team in the Inquire's preseason Top 25, kicks off the action by hosting Malvern (Pa.) Prep at 6 p.m. on Friday night. "They're kind of like our sister school," St. Augustine coach Mark Reardon said of Malvern Prep. "We're excited to get started. The kids have been working hard for a while now. " The game also is the season opener for Malvern Prep, the No. 5 team in The Inquirer's preseason Top 25 for Southeastern Pennsylvania teams.
August 23, 2016 |
Marquis Weeks, a retired NFL running back, calls his new job as the head football coach at Conestoga High School a "dream come true. " But allegations of hazing and assault that rocked his alma mater last year - and ultimately led to his hiring - have been an ongoing nightmare for one of the nation's most highly ranked school districts. His predecessor resigned in March, and the entire coaching staff was ousted, after the Chester County district attorney charged three senior football players with assaulting a 14-year-old freshman player in the locker room.