December 11, 2010 |
As the Eagles' offense aims for an improved showing in Dallas, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has his eyes on stopping Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff. "Ratliff is a special player, and they've got several," Mornhinweg said. "Ratliff chews people up. " Last year, Ratliff faced off against Nick Cole, who made his only two starts at center in the Eagles' regular-season finale at Dallas and then the NFC wild-card rematch. He was filling in for the injured Jamaal Jackson.
October 12, 2010 |
A frustrating season for Brodrick Bunkley got much worse Sunday night, when Bunkley suffered ligament damage in his left elbow on the second play from scrimmage of the Eagles' 27-24 victory at San Francisco. Bunkley is probably done for the season, Eagles coach Andy Reid said last night on his radio show. "He's going to have to have surgery on that elbow," Reid said. "That's not a good thing. He had ligament damage in there. The nerve to where your funny bone is, that nerve shifted and so they have to go in and straighten it out. It's not a career-ending thing, but it's going to take time to get him back.
August 8, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM - Danny Watkins might not be the only rookie starting on the Eagles' offensive line this season. Jason Kelce, a sixth-round center out of Cincinnati, is getting a long look with the first team in training camp. "He's a superior athlete. He's just so quick," Watkins, the first-round right guard from Baylor, said when asked about Kelce after a muggy morning practice. "I really like playing next to him. He just comes off the ball and he's so fast. He reminds me of the fastest hedgehog you've ever seen - his facial hair, and his [spiky]
July 22, 2010
Kevin Kolb's ascension to starting quarterback is the most prominent - and perhaps final - step in the transformation into the next generation of the Eagles' offense. Todd Herremans is the only member of the projected starters, pending center Jamaal Jackson's recovery from knee surgery, to be a full-time starter for the team before 2008. With 30 games as an Eagles starter, DeSean Jackson, at 23, is second on the offense in seniority as a full-time starter. The average age of the starters is 25.4 years old, with the number dropping to 24 for the skill-position players.
January 7, 2007 |
For a team that played in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season, the Eagles will enter this postseason with a large number of starters who are as green as the team's uniforms - at least as far as playoff experience is concerned. When the Eagles (10-6) host the New York Giants (8-8) in today's wild-card game at Lincoln Financial Field, 10 of their 22 starters will be making their first postseason appearance. That is a high number for a team that has qualified for the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons.
September 14, 2009 |
The Eagles were dealing with many of the concerns that had arisen during their seven-week journey from the start of training camp at Lehigh University to the start of the season yesterday at Bank of America Stadium. And then, in an instant, a new and greater fear developed before their eyes. Quarterback Donovan McNabb, after bulling his way past Carolina cornerback Richard Marshall, fell into the end zone for a touchdown, then immediately winced in acute pain when Damione Lewis, a 301-pound defensive tackle, came crashing down on his back.
August 13, 2009 |
The Eagles checked out of Lehigh University early yesterday, but not before another prominent offensive lineman checked into the trainer's room. The final victim of Camp Wounded Limb was Todd Herremans, who suffered an injury to his left foot that coach Andy Reid said could prevent the Eagles' starting left guard from playing in any of the team's four preseason games. "It's a stress reaction in a bone in his foot just above the arch," Reid said after the Eagles made final preparations for tonight's exhibition opener against the New England Patriots at 7:30 at Lincoln Financial Field.
August 26, 2011
THE ST. LOUIS Rams' defense was ranked No. 7 in the NFL last season in sacks. The Atlanta Falcons' was No. 20. The New York Giants' was No. 5. That is how the Eagles' regular-season schedule opens. At the Rams, at the Falcons, home for the semiannual blood sport against the Giants. That is what awaits quarterback Michael Vick and the unsettled, unsettling right side of his offensive line - two killers in the first 3 weeks, and also two dome games where the noise has a chance to shake the continuity of a shaky group of pass protectors.
September 29, 2009 |
I SAY, LET DeSean be DeSean. As long as the Eagles' second-year wideout doesn't hurt himself, incur a crucial penalty, or inadvertently eject the ball before crossing the goal line, I don't care if he performs the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" in the end zone. I know center Jamaal Jackson was sincere when he went over to No. 10 and voiced his objections to the flip, slide and split after the 64-yard touchdown reception Sunday, but I just can't help but flash back 5 years, when Terrell Owens' post-TD "artistic statements" were just wonderful theater, as far as teammates and fans were concerned.
September 3, 2011 |
The Eagles reshaped their offensive and defensive lines this offseason, bringing in new coaches to revitalize areas that Andy Reid believes are fundamental to NFL success. The twin makeovers, though, left very different results when the team pared its roster to 53 Saturday. On the defensive line, coach Jim Washburn has depth and experience: 10 men for four line positions. Six of them played in Philadelphia last season and only two of them have less than two years experience.