September 9, 2016 |
(Teams listed in predicted order of finish) NFC EAST Washington Redskins Last season: 9-7 (Won division; lost to Green Bay in wild-card) Coach: Jay Gruden (13-19 in two seasons) Norman invasion: The Redskins were 25th in pass defense and went out and got Josh Norman from Carolina, the best available cornerback. When you share a division with Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham, and Paul Turner (a little sarcasm), having a shutdown corner is crucial. Outlook: If Sam Bradford was miffed when the Eagles drafted his replacement, imagine how Kirk Cousins feels.
September 2, 2016 |
THE PATRIOTS added another capable tight end, giving them their best duo since the Aaron Hernandez days. But there's some depth to the position beyond Rob Gronkowski and new teammate Martellus Bennett. From Jordan Reed to Julius Thomas and maybe even Antonio Gates, there is value to be had in the middle rounds. Gary Barnidge, Browns: Had a strong first-half of the season, but settled down with just three TDs and no 100-yard games in the second half. Low-end TE1. Martellus Bennett, Patriots: Had 16 touchdowns from 2012-14, so he does have value as a handcuff for Rob Gronkowski.
August 31, 2016 |
IN HIS FINAL preseason appearance of the summer Saturday night, Sam Bradford completed an impressive 17 of 20 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of work against the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles quarterback finished the preseason with a 102.6 passer rating and an 80.0 percent completion rate (only eight incompletions in 40 attempts, and four of those were drops), which, along with $4.75, will get him a venti caramel macchiato at the Starbucks down the street from his South Jersey home.
July 21, 2016 |
WHY DO players buy in to what a coach is selling? Chip Kelly, Doug Pederson's predecessor as the Eagles' coach, sold innovation. He had a lot of new ideas that had been successful in college, including new approaches to practice and to medical monitoring. Players bought in, at least for a while, because Kelly experienced immediate success - heading down the homestretch of the 2014 season, Kelly's career record was 19-9 - and because the training methods he introduced made some veterans feel healthier, fresher.
April 17, 2016
FIRST ROUND Draft: April 28-30, At Chicago 1. Rams 17. Falcons 2. Browns 18. Colts 3. Chargers 19. Bills 4. Cowboys 20. Jets 5. Jaguars 21. Redskins 6. Ravens 22. Texans 7. 49ers 23. Vikings 8. Eagles 24. Bengals 9. Buccaneers 25. Steelers 10. Giants 26. Seahawks 11. Bears 27. Packers 12. Saints 28. Chiefs 13. Dolphins *Patriots 14. Raiders 29. Cardinals 15. Titans 30. Panthers 16. Lions...
March 10, 2016 |
Jordan Fouse scored 16 points, and Green Bay wrapped up a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996 by beating Wright State, 78-69, on Tuesday night in the Horizon League title game in Detroit. Charles Cooper added 15 points for the Phoenix, who jumped out to a double-digit lead and never let the Raiders control the pace. Green Bay (23-12) and Wright State (22-13) were in the championship game after beating top-seeded Valparaiso and second-seeded Oakland the previous night.
February 26, 2016 |
The Bucks County manufacturer of Skee-Ball, that staple of boardwalk arcades at the Jersey Shore, has been sold to a Wisconsin rival in the family-amusements industry. Joseph W. Sladek, who bought Skee-Ball Inc., now in Chalfont, in 1985, called the sale a "bittersweet goodbye" in a news release from the buyer, family-owned Bay Tek Games Inc., which is based in Pulaski, near Green Bay. The price was not disclosed. The deal was signed Tuesday. Skee-Ball manufactures its games in Chalfont, but after a roughly three-month transition will move to Wisconsin, Gaetan Philippon, Bay Tek's chief executive, said Wednesday after meetings with Skee-Ball employees.
February 8, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 14, 1967, Joe Hirschmann arrived in Los Angeles on his way to Vietnam, rented a motel room for eight dollars a night, and wondered how he would spend his Sunday. Rising at 7 a.m. after a fitful sleep, he put on his Marines winter service uniform, having packed away the rest of his clothes before boarding a plane in Harrisburg on Saturday morning. He went to Mass in Inglewood, stuffed his gear into a locker at a Greyhound bus terminal, and called a cab. Someone had mentioned a football game, reminding him that there was indeed a big event taking place in the city that day: the NFL-AFL championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
January 15, 2016 |
ON THE DAY Andy Reid signed him to quarterback the Eagles, amid widespread civic disillusionment, Doug Pederson declared, "My best days are ahead of me. " Nearly 17 years later, we're about to find out whether that's still true. As soon as the Kansas City Chiefs are done with the playoffs, Pederson, their offensive coordinator, will be announced as the 23rd head coach in Eagles franchise history. He will arrive as he did in '99, as something considerably less than the toast of the town, compared endlessly with higher-profile candidates many fans would have preferred.
January 13, 2016 |
Not that it is likely to help his case, but Doug Pederson, the former Eagles quarterback and assistant who interviewed Sunday for the vacant head coaching job, already has his jersey in the Hall of Fame for a Philadelphia accomplishment. As with most things regarding Pederson, however, there are a few asterisks that go along with that story, most of which make you say, "oh," instead of, "OH!" The same applies to his current candidacy for the job that came open when owner Jeffrey Lurie had his fill of Chip Kelly.