June 29, 2013 |
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.
May 7, 2013 |
Eagles guard Evan Mathis recently underwent surgery to "clean out" his left ankle and could miss the rest of spring practices, an NFL source said. The source called the surgery "minor. " Mathis played most of last season with an ankle injury - he started every game - and was slated to undergo surgery once the offseason began. The Eagles decided the procedure was unnecessary, but recent swelling and discomfort in the ankle prompted the team to reconsider. He is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.
January 13, 2014 |
NFL SOURCES confirmed yesterday that the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have told the Eagles they intend to talk to player personnel vice president Tom Gamble about their vacant general-manager positions. Because Gamble isn't the Birds' GM, and these are GM jobs, the Dolphins and Bucs don't need the Eagles' permission to talk to Gamble, who joined the team a little less than a year ago from the 49ers, where he had the same title but lesser responsibilities. Gamble began his NFL career with the Eagles in 1988, when his father, Harry, was the Eagles' general manager.
July 26, 2013 |
JEFF STOUTLAND is the Eagles' offensive line coach. He grew up in New York. There is a street smartness about him that becomes obvious in about 30 seconds. He says he looks at players in his business but he also looks at people. "Your demeanor and how you go about every day is just huge, it's huge," Stoutland said. This is a man who says he prefers to coach physically, demonstrating techniques at the front of the meeting room where players put their hands on him and vice versa. He pegs the classroom-lecture attention span of the average player at about 10 minutes.
July 20, 2012 |
These are the moves that defined the Eagles' offseason. We're attempting to rank them by importance: 1 The trade for DeMeco Ryans: If you said the signing of Demetress Bell to replace left tackle Jason Peters was really the most important move of the offseason, you might be right in a strict football sense, but if you're talking about intangibles, about calming the smoldering outrage of the fan base, Ryans has to be No. 1. For so long, the...
January 24, 2013 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The Eagles will have questions at quarterback next season, but the health of their offensive line will be equally worrisome. Three of their starters on the line, including all-pro left tackle Jason Peters, will be trying to bounce back from season-ending injuries. And two of them - Peters and right tackle Todd Herremans - will be 31 this year. The situation screams for the Eagles to select a lineman early in the draft, possibly with the fourth overall pick. For the first time in 14 years, the team entered Senior Bowl week with a high draft pick, but none of the prospects projected to go in the top five, or even the top 10, were scheduled to be in Alabama.
September 23, 2014 |
Nick Foles thought he had thrown an interception, and he thought the play had ended, and so he never did turn his head to the right to see Chris Baker - a 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins - charging toward him with malevolence on his mind. An NFL player lives for an opportunity like the one Baker believed he had, for a clear shot at a defenseless quarterback, and Foles could walk backward across Roosevelt Boulevard at rush hour without risking the same measure of bodily harm that Baker threatened to deliver.
October 20, 2014 |
Most valuable player OFFENSE: Jason Peters The all-pro left tackle has been so good that it's easy to take him for granted. With other key pieces missing on the offensive line, Peters has been a security blanket on Nick Foles' blind side. He kept elite pass rushers Robert Quinn and Jason Pierre-Paul from sacking Foles during the last two games. Peters has not allowed a sack since the season opener. DEFENSE: Malcolm Jenkins Although he might not be a star, Jenkins is a significant upgrade at safety and has been valuable to the secondary.
January 5, 2014 |
Howard Mudd was trying to think of the free-agent tackle, the one the Eagles were forced to sign after Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon before the 2012 season. "The guy from Buffalo . . . Demetress Bell," Mudd finally recalled. "Oops, that didn't work out. " The former Eagles offensive line coach, now retired, was going through some of the combinations of linemen he was forced to insert into the lineup after four (!) of five starters were injured last season. Mudd wasn't complaining.
September 17, 2012
Howard Mudd sat in his cart and told the truth. The loss of Jason Peters will adversely affect the Eagles. "There's certain things that you just don't produce as much because of how good a player he was," the offensive line coach said last week. "Let's say, he can run faster than whoever else we have, and he can whatever, whatever. Ultimately, you would have to say if he's that good, why wouldn't he affect the whole?" Stop the presses. Peters was widely considered the best left tackle in the game last season.