April 4, 2013 |
TWO YEARS AGO, before he ruptured his right Achilles' tendon twice in a 7-week period, Jason Peters was the best left tackle in the NFL. You can debate who might've been the best quarterback or the best running back or best wide receiver or the best pass-rusher in the league in 2011. But there's no debate about who was the best left tackle. There was Peters and then there was everybody else. He was that good. An athletic freak with running-back feet inside a massive 6-4, 340-pound body.
December 18, 2011 |
Howard Mudd has been coaching NFL offensive linemen for 36 years. He has tutored a lot of good ones, but before Andy Reid coaxed him out of retirement last January, he never had to give much thought when somebody asked him to name the best player he ever coached. Walter Jones. Jones was the Seattle Seahawks' left tackle for a dozen dominating years before retiring after the '08 season. Went to nine Pro Bowls. Almost certainly will get voted into Canton in his first year of eligibility.
June 6, 2012 |
IF THE EAGLES lost Michael Vick to injury in the offseason, the alarm would be deafening. The fringy residents of Eagle Nation would hyperventilate if LeSean McCoy tore a chest muscle lifting weights. If DeSean Jackson's right knee buckled at the beach, or if Trent Cole dislocated his shoulder falling out of a tree stand, or if those Pamplonan bulls outrun Jason Babin, the Bleeding Green might slit their wrists. There should be at least as much anxiety surrounding the absence of Jason Peters.
July 30, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Demetress Bell doesn't have to go far to find out what it's like to play left tackle for the Eagles, with Howard Mudd as his offensive line coach. Bell, 28, is sharing a dormitory room at training camp with the man he is replacing and whose very large cleats he must step into. "I've got Jason Peters in my dorm room and Howard Mudd in the classroom," Bell said. "What else could you want?" Peters, whose ruptured Achilles tendon led to the Eagles' acquiring Bell in early April, reported to Lehigh University just like the rest of his teammates, even though he is likely out for the season.
May 30, 2013 |
Jason Peters was absent from Tuesday's organized team activity and hasn't attended the voluntary workouts since the first OTAs were held from May 13 to 15. OTAs are voluntary, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly said that he knew of Peters' whereabouts and that his absence wasn't injury-related. The all-pro left tackle is returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon that caused him to miss last season. "We know where he is, and we know what's going on," Kelly said. Asked whether Peters would be in attendance for the rest of this week's OTAs or for next week's mandatory three-day minicamp, Kelly said, "I expect him here shortly.
October 26, 2012 |
A MONTH from now, we ought to have a pretty good read on whether Jason Peters will play this season for the Eagles. In the meantime, the Eagles' offensive line will have to come together well enough to make that matter. The o-line is a huge focus this week, with the Eagles preparing to return from their bye against the equally rested, 6-0 Atlanta Falcons, whose defense shifts and stunts and tries to confuse blockers. Asked Wednesday whether he would describe the feeling in the locker room as one of tension or of urgency, right guard Danny Watkins said: "I think it's a little bit of both.
December 2, 2013 |
The Eagles offensive line includes the three-man "Elderly Council," a "secretary" who is the line's leader, and the "little brother" who is the unit's most promising player. These characters account for perhaps the biggest difference between the 2012 Eagles, who braced for a head coach's dismissal last December, and this year's team, which is in playoff contention entering Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Left tackle Jason Peters, left guard Evan Mathis, and right guard Todd Herremans form the Elderly Council.
December 6, 2013 |
MICHAEL VICK twice compiled passer ratings of 100 for three games in a row. He began the 2010 season at 101.9, 108.0 and 119.2. In doing so he stole the starting job from Kevin Kolb. He finished the lost 2011 season at 107.0, 107.9 and 104.1, a meaningless run but one that supplied hope for the next season; a meritless hope, as it turned out. The Eagles were 5-1 in those six games. The common denominator: Vick played behind healthy, cohesive starting offensive lines. Nick Foles now has compiled passer ratings of at least 100 for four games in a row: 158.3, 149.3, 104.3 and 112. In doing so, he stole the starting job from Vick.
April 16, 2013 |
The Eagles' newest player is a real powerhouse. The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year. Yes, the long-awaited solar panels and wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field are up and running. More than 11,000 panels have been positioned atop the roof, over some of the parking spots, and armoring the side of the building along I-95. Those are the workhorses.
August 5, 2012
Based on what you've seen in training camp, what do you think is the Eagles' greatest area of concern? 1. Defensive line. Injuries make this position a big question mark. 2. Backup quarterback. Vick better stay healthy. 3. Safety. Where is the upgrade? 4. Offensive line. Replacing Jason Peters will be difficult. 5. Something else.