August 8, 2016 |
CANTON, Ohio - Marvin Harrison's professional football journey ended Saturday night right where it began exactly 20 years ago, beneath a blue August sky on the field adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Harrison, the Roman Catholic and Syracuse product who became a spectacular NFL receiver with the Indianapolis Colts, was one of eight men inducted Saturday into the Hall, to football-shaped top of which was visible just beyond the stage where they all addressed a large and boisterous crowd as well as a national television audience.
August 7, 2016 |
CANTON, Ohio - It was as if Marvin Harrison couldn't help himself. During 13 NFL seasons, the North Philadelphia native was obsessed with preparation. So on the weekend that spectacular career was being celebrated, he knew only one way to get ready. "Practice," Harrison said Friday. "Practice is my motto. " On Thursday, 48 hours before he'll be one of eight men inducted during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Saturday night, Harrison conducted a one-man walk-through at 23,000-seat Tom Benson Stadium.
July 26, 2016
BEFORE ANDY Reid hired Jim Johnson to be the Eagles' defensive coordinator in 1999, Johnson had had just one previous opportunity to run his own defense in the NFL. That was with the Indianapolis Colts in 1996-97. It wasn't exactly a rousing success. The Colts won just 12 games in those two seasons and Johnson's defense finished 18th and 25th in points allowed, respectively. I mention this not to besmirch the reputation of Johnson, who is one of the best defensive coaches in NFL history, but to show that even the very best football coaches aren't magicians.
February 8, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The third time was the charm for Marvin Harrison. The Roman Catholic High School product was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in his third year of eligibility. The former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver had been a finalist in each of his previous two years on the ballot. Harrison was one of eight people voted into Canton Saturday by the Hall's 46 selectors during a nearly nine-hour meeting. The others in the 2016 class are quarterback Brett Favre, linebacker Kevin Greene, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, former Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, guard Dick Stanfel, and quarterback Ken Stabler.
December 30, 2015 |
Sam Bradford said Saturday that he wants to remain with the Eagles, and Chip Kelly was not surprised. It was the first time Bradford had been emphatic in public about his desire to stay with the team. Bradford becomes a free agent after the season. "He's always seemed comfortable being here," Kelly said Monday. "It may be news to you guys but not news to us. " Bradford said returning to the Eagles is "not my choice," indicating that it's up to the team signing him to a new contract.
September 11, 2015 |
A new season of the most watched reality TV show in the country resumes Thursday night when Brady's bunch - the lying, cheating and perpetually winning New England Patriots - begins defense of its fourth Super Bowl title of the 21st century against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want dysfunction? You'll find it here within the NFL family. For most of the summer, Tom Brady was scheduled to serve a four-game suspension thrust upon him by commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the superstar quarterback's punishment for his alleged role in the deflated balls controversy that erupted after New England's AFC championship rout of the Indianapolis Colts last season.
September 8, 2015 |
It was the most serendipitous move of Howie Roseman's tenure in his former role as Eagles general manager. With the Eagles staging a placekicker battle that neither man seemed qualified to win last summer, Roseman said he spent about five minutes on the phone in mid-August with his former colleague and current Indianapolis Colts general manager, Ryan Grigson. Before they hung up, the two men had consummated a trade for a couple of players who were going to be waived by their respective teams.
August 23, 2015 |
Chip Kelly has done some things slowly this preseason. The Eagles coach decided there was no need to rush Sam Bradford and his twice surgically repaired left knee back onto the playing field, which is why the quarterback sat out the preseason opener last Sunday against Indianapolis. Running back DeMarco Murray, the man who was just eight rushing attempts short of becoming the sixth player in NFL history to carry the ball 400 times in a season last year with Dallas, also was a spectator against the Colts as well as for a good portion of Kelly's third training camp, which came to an official close Friday.
August 20, 2015 |
IT IS FUNNY how things can creep up without our noticing. In a couple of weeks, the Indianapolis Colts will start their 32nd season since deserting Baltimore and breaking my heart in 1984. Conceptually, I accepted that my childhood team now belonged to kids in Indiana three decades ago, but emotionally I still felt as if I had a higher moral right to ownership of the Colts. After all, the Baltimore Colts had existed for 31 seasons before Robert Irsay shipped them into history on a snowy March morning.
August 19, 2015 |
Sunday was a good overall day for the Eagles as they opened the exhibition season with a fairly solid and injury-free win over the Indianapolis Colts, but it was also a very good day, specifically, for the 2014 draft class. The last draft controlled by Howie Roseman had some undeniable high points. Receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff were contributors as rookies, as was nose tackle Beau Allen and, to a lesser degree, defensive back Jaylen Watkins. There were gaps among the draftees, however, and none bigger than first-round pick Marcus Smith, who became the poster boy of what was portrayed as a failure of the previous player-personnel department.